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    Blues Sessions 2 is an incredible sample collection capturing authentic Blues performances on Drums, Guitars, Blues Harp, Resonator Mandolin and Bass by some of the country’s best session musicians at Harvey’s Broadoak studio recorded through some incredible equipment including RCA ribbon mics from the 40's, Sony Valve mics (C37A) from the 50's, Neve and RCA pre amps, and mixed on a classic, 70's Raindirk series III console, formerly owned by Olympic Studios.

    All of the musicians featured on The Blues Sessions II are well-known professionals in their genres and of the highest calibre. They include drummer Liam Genockey, guitarist Roger Hubbard, Vocalists Doctor Savage, Mama Josie, Otis Albini, Blues-harpist Jem Turpin, John Pearson and Harvey Summers.

    The collection is dripping with the atmosphere and mojo associated with blues recordings from the last 100 years, not over-clean, over-produced or sanitized, so you’ll find lots of these sounds are raw, edgy, and in some cases, quite noisy due to the authentic ‘period’ equipment used in their production. This is all intentional and will add bags of character to your productions. Also included are some loops of ‘room tone’ and ‘mic & valve amp’ noise, hum and buzz.

    These can be used to help blend sound together, or you may like to run them underneath your whole mix for added atmosphere!

    This vast and comprehensive sample pack includes over 3 GB 24-bit, 44.1kHz.of loops and hits. We have separated each instrument into separate downloads and in each folder you will find Acidised Wavs, Apple Loops, Rex2 Files and in the Drums and Guitars packs you also get one shot samples and sampler patches.

    Everything has been recorded to include room mics for added vibe, in many cases, such as with the guitars, the direct signal is panned all the way to one channel, while the room mic is panned opposite, so you can balance the wet/dry signal yourself - or just use them as is.

    If you are looking for some serious Blues inspiration for your sampler it really doesn’t get any better than the Blues Sessions series, check out the demo songs and download the free to use taster loops and then sample the best sounding Blues samples by Loopmasters Today!

  • Classic Synthology from Loopmasters is a nostalgic trip back in time to the hot and sweaty cable strewn studios of yesteryear, when analogue synthesisers and rhythm machines resembling overgrown calculators carved out a whole new genre of music for the world to hear.


    Recorded and produced by Harvey Summers at Broad Oak Studios, Classic Synthology takes its inspiration from many of the early electronic music pioneers including Vangelis, Kraftwork, Brian Eno, FSOL and Orbital to name but a few and is intended to be used by todays cutting edge soundsmiths looking for historical sounds from the analogue behemoths of the past.


    This collection includes sounds of now legendry synths including Yamaha CS-80, Arp 2600, Minimoog, Moog Taurus Mk1, Korg MS20, Korg M1 combined with a select few modern analogue counterparts heavily processed through boutique vintage equipment including Neve and RCA pre amps,

    a classic, 70's Raindirk series III console, Eventide H3000 D/SX and a AMS DMX 15-80S for a truly authentic vintage sound.


    Product review by: Celt Islam | Rating: 10/10
    Adorable classic synth sounds ! this is a delightful bag of goodies for anyone into a classic retro synth sound! Ideal for alternative electonica from Transnational Dubstep to Indie based dance music and works a treat with futurist drum and bass.

  • This is the first in a brand new series of multi sampled acoustic drum kits containing multiple velocity layers and round robin techniques that allow for incredible expressive drum performances. Whether you program up drums by hand or choose to trigger from a MIDI controllers the Real Drums series allow for perfect natural sounding drum tracks every time.


    First Up for the Real Drums Series is a wonderful Vintage Gretsch Kit played with Drum Sticks meticulously recorded at Broadoak Studios by producer Harvey Summers, using an eclectic array of stunning vintage mics and equipment in their wonderfully vibey and great sounding live room.

    Product review by: Aquasky | Rating: 9/10
    yes yes , this is dope , really useful multi sample of a great sounding kit , captures the real nice funk kit sound. easy to use really well set out and most importantly some variations so you can get as the sound of a real drummer as possible which is so important to get the nuances that make it sound real. really nice to see a pdf of the kit and the mics etc used with a list of the layout on the keys .. deffo recommended

  • The vocal samples have been taken from old movies and public information films and are categorised in folders with names such as "American Family", "Army Weather", "Business", "Crime and Murder" and "Devil Island", "Flying Machines", "Monster", "Nam", "Radio Drama", "Teenagers", "Western" and "Kung Foo Bad Dubs". These samples are all 100% Authentic which means that whilst they have all been re-mastered and de-noised, they still retain artefacts from the original recordings, which we feel gives them a much more authentic sound!


    If you need some inspiring vocal samples for your music, then Movie Dialogue includes a truly original set of some interesting and authentic dialogue from one of the most creative periods of TV and broadcast history. Suitable for House, Techno, Ambient, Lounge, Breakbeat, Drum and Bass, Dubstep and all forms of modern musical experimentation.


    Sample Movie Dialogue today!

    Product review by: Jay-J | Rating: 8/10
    These dialogues are so cool and take that downtempo track to the next level.. The words can translate the mood of your track! You can have some serious fun chopping them up into phrases as well.. A very cool pack to have for your production!

  • Whether it's pushed, swung, laidback or in the pocket, rhythm is the glue that holds any musical composition together. Total Percussion features infectious grooves and atmospheric percussion ensembles with Intense Tribal Drumming, Orchestral Tom Sequences, Huge Ambient Cadences, Dubbed-Out Beats and more, perfect for any modern producer looking to add inspirational organic rhythm performances to their tracks.
    Total Percussion is a unique contemporary sample collection, superbly performed with energy and attitude, meticulously recorded and mixed using stunning vintage gear such as the Sony C37A Valve mics, RCA 77DX and 44BX Ribbon mics, Neve pre amps and mixed on Broadoak Studios' unique Raindirk Series III console from 1978 which formerly belonged to Olympic studios in London where it mixed many classic albums from the likes of David Bowie, Queen and Pink Floyd. Whether you are looking for inspiration to start a track with or for something special to add unique and organic elements to your track, Total Percussion has it all!

    Product review by: Chase Buch | Rating: 10/10
    Wow, what a nice pack this one is. This pack will change the way you look at the percussions. So many ideas here. And the quality is absolutly amazing. Highly recommended for any kind of music producer...

  • Movie Dialogue 5 is an inspirational set of 393 separate Wav samples taken from original early Film Dialogue, all licensed for use under the new Creative Commons license agreement.
    The vocal samples have been taken from old movies and public information films and are categorised in folders with names such as "Adventure", "Gangsters", "Hemp", "Space Tests" and "Inventions", “Killers” and “Kennedy Nixon”.
    These samples are all 100% Authentic which means that whilst they have all been re-mastered and de-noised, they still retain artifacts from the original recordings, which we feel gives them a much more authentic sound! If you need some inspiring vocal samples for your music, then Movie Dialogue includes a truly original set of some interesting and authentic dialogue from one of the most creative periods of TV and broadcast history.
    Suitable for House, Techno, Ambient, Lounge, Breakbeat, Drum and Bass, Dubstep  and all forms of modern musical experimentation. Sample Movie Dialogue today!

    Product review by: Inland Knights | Rating: 8/10
    Does exactly what it says in the tin. Its the sort of thing you only use sparingly, quirky old crackly talking and such, but there's a place for this in alot of music and I recommend you check this out. The content is good and the variation too, it's pretty unique to whats out there pack wise also. so have a ganders.

  • The sound effects samples have been taken from old movies and public information films and are categorised in folders such as "Ambient Sounds & Outdoors".
    These samples are all 100% Authentic which means that whilst they have, "Guns, Explosions and War", "Kung Foo", "Space & Sci-Fi". "Emergency Services" and much more, all re-mastered and de-noised yet retaining artifacts from the original recordings, which we feel gives them a much more authentic sound!
    If you need some inspiring sound effects samples for your music, then Vintage Movie FX includes a truly original set of some interesting and authentic sounds from one of the most creative periods of TV and broadcast history.
    Suitable for House, Techno, Ambient, Lounge, Breakbeat, Drum and Bass, Dubstep  and all forms of modern musical experimentation. 

    The Pack includes 355 Vintage Movie FX Samples in 18 categories, with X patches in Halion, Kontakt, EXS24, NNXT and SFZ formats for easy auditioning. Presented here in 44.1Khz 16-bit Wav format as a Zip file, simply download and enjoy using these samples immediately!

  • Danny Thompson, one of the world’s leading Double Bass players, has committed 50 years of experience to tape. During his career Danny has played with a long list of musical greats including Ronnie Scott, Stan Tracey, John Stevens, John Lee Hooker, Tim Buckley, Marc Bolan, Rod Stewart, Ginger Baker, Donovan, Kate Bush, Nick Drake, Graham Coxon and of course John Martyn with whom he became lifelong friends. Danny’s dedication to the double bass has given him a rich tapestry of musical knowledge, which meant that he was in a unique position to record this collection of exquisite and versatile loops and samples for you to use in your musical productions, royalty free. The collection features Danny's inimitable playing style and sound throughout - a much sought after commodity. Danny has recorded this collection with his bass, Victoria, which was made by the French maker Gand in 1865. For Danny she is invaluable and will never be out of his life. "Yeah, my absolute beloved. I've tried other instruments but we come as a pair, a partnership. I know every crack, every splinter on her body." Danny and Victoria were recorded using Neumann U47 and KM84 microphones, through a Focusrite IS A430 Mic-pre and a RCA Valve mic-pre.

    A little of the pickup sound was mixed in - just for seasoning and some very subtle compression was added using a Neve 33609 and a little EQ from a Neve 1073.If you are a producer working in Folk, Rock, Progressive, Pop, Dance, Drum and Bass or Downtempo, Lounge or Chillout and you need Double Bass sounds and samples, then sample the master himself – Danny Thompson.


    Awarded 5 stars by Sound on Sound magazine!

  • The Blues Sessions is a collection of great, authentic loops, performances and multi's, performed by some of the worlds greatest blues performers.
    The musicians featured on this collection have worked with such blues legends as "Rory Gallagher", "Davey Graham", "Eric Bibb", "Bert Jansch", "Louisiana Red", "Big Moose Walker", "Woody Mann" and "Roy Rogers and his Delta Rhythm Kings". What's more, the collection has been recorded authentically, using the best vintage equipment and microphones, including RCA ribbon mics from the 40's, Sony Valve mics (C37A) from the 50's, Neve and RCA pre amps, and mixed on a classic, 70's Raindirk series III console, formerly owned by Olympic Studios in London, where it mixed hundreds of classic albums.
    In addition to this material, a selection of genuine, vintage blues recordings - some more than 80 years old - have been carefully edited and included, complete with their original vinyl sounds.

     

    All of the material on this collection has been crafted with feel and vibe being the absolute priority. No quantized or overly cleaned, sterile loops here, just heaps of vibe and mojo, the way blues should be. Everything has been recorded to include room mics for added vibe, in many cases, such as with the guitars, the direct signal is panned all the way to one channel, while the room mic is panned opposite, so you can balance the wet/dry signal yourself - or just use them as is.

    Product review by: Chase Buch | Rating: 10/10
    Excellent pack filled with beautifully produced loops and sounds. Harp & Keys and Vocals are my favourites. If you like adding some analog sounds in your productions you should definitely buy this pack. Overall it's a brilliant pack for all kind of House Prodcution.

  • Jazz Sessions is a unique sample collection bringing you all the vibes you would hope to hear at any great Jazz Club, and adds swing, soul and solid Jazz attitude to your productions!
    Featuring a huge 3 Gig library of jazz samples played by seasoned professionals and captured with maximum realism and authenticity, Jazz Sessions is the consummate tool for jazz influenced producers worldwide, whether you are looking to make pure traditional jazz, nu-jazz, broken beats, or are looking to melt a pure jazz feel into another style of music – Jazz Sessions will deliver what you need.
    If you need a great collection of smoking Jazz Samples from some of the top players available today, recorded with meticulous attention to detail, and always with that Jazz Club feel and energy – you need to sample Jazz Sessions from Loopmasters today!

    Product review by: Need For Mirrors | Rating: 9/10
    It took me a while to get into the vibe of using this pack as there is just so much to chew threw it was daunting. but once we where acquainted with the pack things feel into place. There is a great section of brass and chord fx, flute solos, sax solos, trombone and trumpets, Everything you need to bring that blue note vibe to your tracks. The percussion section is also a valuable resource. just note that there is a huge volume of material to go through in this pack.

  • Have you heard of the legendary Moog Taurus Bass Pedals? Perhaps this new sample pack from Loopmasters is your first introduction? We are willing to bet that when you listen to the demo samples from this pack you will soon realize why many producers have called it the "Fattest Synth Ever"!
    The Moog Taurus bass pedals were released in the mid-'70s to much acclaim.... they hit the spot with the then popular progressive rock bands for adding an extra element to their productions, and the pedals have been used on countless productions ever since. Despite the synth's minimal functionality, the sound of the Taurus is legendary... thick and fat with pulsating detuned oscillators and, of course, that famous Moog sound.
    The actual Taurus preset is a classic - it has a moderately bright attack which decays to a deep, powerful and solid sustain.... it is just about the perfect bass sound for adding weight to any track. For all types of Dance Music producers this sample collection will be a welcome addition to the range of bass sounds available to integrate into your productions, giving you a selection of no less than 42 Multi-sampled Moog basses,

    utilizing no less than 1700  pristinely recorded 24 bit 44.1khz samples. From Deep and Subby sounds through Resonating Tones, Bright Buzzy Basses and Layered Fifths, we have created what we think is the best modern take on these samples so you will be using them from the moment you get them downloaded to your computer, directly into your tracks.

    Product review by: Faze Action | Rating: 8/10
    What you get in this package is the most classic synth basses of all time. The Moog Taurus is on some very big records from back in the day. Organised and formatted for various samplers and players, there is nothing lacking here. Along with the basic patches that are on the original machine, you also get some extra patches and layered sounds too. With some well known sounds that have been sampled and organised in a very easy to use manner. This is a top notch pack.

  • The vocal samples have been taken from old movies and public information films and are categorised in folders with names such as "Boy Meets Dog", "Chimps in Space", "Eissenhower", "NASA" and "Words to the Wise", “Perversion for Profit” and “Kennedy Nixon”.
    These samples are all 100% Authentic which means that whilst they have all been re-mastered, de-noised and de-clicked, they still retain artifacts from the original recordings, which we feel gives them a much more authentic sound!
    If you need some inspiring vocal samples for your music, then Movie Dialogue includes a truly original set of some interesting and authentic dialogue from one of the most creative periods of TV and broadcast history. Suitable for House, Techno, Ambient, Lounge, Breakbeat, Trip Hop, Drum and Bass and all forms of modern musical experimentation. Sample Movie Dialogue today!

    Product review by: DJ Exacta | Rating: 9/10
    Movie Dialogue Vol. 4 is a dope tool for those looking for that perfect sample. Many good bits to pick from that it's almost hard to choose. The samples are mainly from the 50's and 60's and having them all in one place is superb.

  • The vocal samples have been taken from old movies and public information films and are categorised in folders with names such as "Cosmic Mission Phrases",

    "The Depression", "The Existential Bakery", "What No War" and "One Foetus Left".
    These samples are all 100% Authentic which means that whilst they have all been remastered, de-noised and de-clicked, they still retain artefacts from the original recordings, which we feel gives them a much more authentic sound! If you need some inspiring vocal samples for your music, then Movie Dialogue includes a truly original set of some interesting and authentic dialogue from one of the most creative periods of TV and broadcast history.
    Suitable for Ambient, Lounge, Breakbeat, Trip Hop, Drum and Bass, House and all forms of modern musical experimentation. Sample Movie Dialogue today!

    Product review by: High Rankin | Rating: 9/10
    This is absolute sample gold! I've been looking for this sort of pack for a really long time. Gonna be knocking up a Frontier Psychiatrist style badboy very son. The samples all have that lovely old grainy quality that gives them their charm. Some of them are absolutely hilarious as well. There is an endless world of possibilities for them, not just tunes but little stings for radio and all sorts. Good to have them slightly categorised as well as there are so many to go through. A great pack guys, nice work.

  • The vocal samples have been taken from old movies and public information films and are categorised in folders with names such as "Alien Visitors", "Beatniks", "Booby Traps", "Moutain People" "News Reports" and "The Gang Boys".
    These samples are all 100% Authentic which means that whilst they have all been remastered, de-noised and de-clicked, they still retain artefacts from the original recordings, which we feel gives them a much more authentic sound!
    If you need some inspiring vocal samples for your music, then Movie Dialogue 2 includes a truly original set of some interesting and authentic dialogue from one of the most creative periods of TV and broadcast history. Suitable for Ambient, Lounge, Breakbeat, Trip Hop, Drum and Bass, House and all forms of modern musical experimentation. Sample Movie Dialogue today!

    Product review by: Keith Shocklee | Rating: 10/10
    "If you want to get creative with your dj mixes and production, you need Movie Dialogue Volume 2. This pack is full of skits and phrase thats ear catching and witty. Free your mind and get open!..." Enjoy! KS

  • The vocal samples have been taken from old movies and public information films and are categorised in folders with names such as "Assignment outer space", "Keep off the Grass", "made in the USA", "Sleep Easy" and "Vampire Bat".
    These samples are all 100% Authentic which means that whilst they have all been remastered, de-noised and de-clicked, they still retain artefacts from the original recordings, which we feel gives them a much more authentic sound!
    If you need some inspiring vocal samples for your music, then Movie Dialogue includes a truly original set of some interesting and authentic dialogue from one of the most creative periods of TV and broadcast history.
    Suitable for Ambient, Lounge, Breakbeat, Trip Hop, Drum and Bass, House and all forms of modern musical experimentation. Sample Movie Dialogue today!

    Product review by: Dom Kane | Rating: 10/10
    I love the whole concept of this pack, and it's been really well mastered too! Fantastically original and unique content for anyone looking to add some extra spoken depth to a track.

  • Percussionism is a dream for musicians looking to inject some reality into their productions with an awesome collection of looped and single hit percussion samples from all over the world. Whether you need a funky shaker groove, Latin Rhythms, some African drums, or some technoize to skim over the top of your tracks - Percussionism has the right samples for your productions. There are full percussion mixes, fx mixes and individual loops of all drums and percussion included in the full mixes for tempos ranging from 60Bpm to 160 Bpm. Many styles are covered including Latin percussion, African drums, Egyptian loops, Progressive, Jazz, Funk and Indian percussion grooves along with more unusual and completely original loops and atmospheric percussion fx!

    5 stars from sound on sound magazine

    If you like the sound of things being beaten with hands or sticks, then Percussionism from Loopmasters might be right up your street.

    The list of percussion instruments used is pretty extensive: as well as the more usual tambourine, shakers, congas, and bongos, more exotic instruments such as berimbau (a bow with a single steel string), djembe, bougaraboo (like the djembe, only taller) and bendir are included, amongst others. The single CD is packed with some 550 REX 2 loops, over 650 WAV loops, and a further 1300 single-hit WAV files.
    I experimented with the WAV loops and single hits in Sony Acid Pro v4. These are split into tempo groups ranging between 60bpm and 160bpm, but, provided that the usual limits are observed, they can easily be time-stretched to mix and match between the original tempos. As well as individual instrument loops, the collection also includes some full-mix

    and processed loops. All the instruments seem to have been both well played and well recorded. The various drums do not appear to have been over-processed, so there is plenty of attack to things like the conga and doumbek loops, for example. In terms of balance, there seem to be marginally more 'shaken' than 'beaten' loops — I counted over 90 basket or egg-shaker loops, some 60 tambourine loops, nearly 50 shekeree loops, 50 cabasa loops, and over 100 jinglestick or rainstick loops.


    Given the diverse set of instruments, it is not surprising that these samples could be used to add the flavour of a whole range of musical styles. As well as the more obvious Latin, African, or Eastern influences, however, a good number of the loops could easily work in a jazz, funk, or pop context. I often find that starting a songwriting session with a few percussion loops provides an inspiring alternative to some straight drum loops and, within a few minutes of mixing and matching within this collection, I was itching to pick up a guitar or bass to play along. There is also plenty here that would work when writing to picture if the music required just an element or two to suggest an Indian, African, Latin or Egyptian influence.


    For those who like to build their own sampler patches, the huge number of single hits provide plenty of scope for experimentation — more than 230 bougaraboo hits ought to be enough for all but the most dedicated of percussion samplists! Most of the instruments are sampled less intensively than this, but there is still plenty of variety for most. In the main these single hits are also well recorded, although a little more level on some of the samples would not have gone amiss. This one minor criticism aside, Percussionism is a job very well done and, for a single CD, packs in plenty of content. Good value, good quality, and inspiring — now that can't be bad can it? John Walden 5 STARS

  • Superbly recorded, engineered and played, Jazz/World is a consumate production from Harvey Summers at Broadoak Studios. Sublime playing by some of the best session musicians and African master drummers has led to a truly original concept sample CD that will blend seamlessly into your productions.
    The package includes live played saxophones, flute samples, double bass samples and multis, jazzy keys, synths and a superb range of jazz drum kits, hits, multis and exhaustive percussion loops and samples. Never since 'On the Jazz tip' has there been such an influential collection of jazz and world influenced sample inspiration to merge into your productions and to breathe new life into your tracks.
    All Jazz and World samples were recorded using a combination of vintage valve equipment alongside cutting edge digital technology to give you the best feel and quality. If you enjoy the sounds of Buena Vista social Club, the broken beat scene and the likes of Giles Peterson or even a more pure form of Jazz/World music, then you should check this CD out today!

    keyboard mag review
    Jazz/World features some instruments you don't find too often in sample CDs: flutes, saxophones, and double bass, Afro-Cuban style. I used Reason to see how far I could push the REX file versions. I was particularly impressed with the flute loops, they're really funky and quite tempo-elastic. The saxophone loops were also particularly good.
    The Latin percussion loops are in full swing, offering smooth bossa beats and a couple of 6/8 patterns that really grooved. It would have been great to see a few Redrum patches, as a lot of these drum sounds are available as individual hits.
    Overall, Jazz/World is one collection that should find its way to your studio pronto. Verdict: Three words: "Buy this now!"

  • The perfect lounge and chillout sample CD of single sounds, lounge loops, ambiences, soft pads, live and synth bass, special fx, percussion loops, soft key grooves and live samples to create the next generation of lounge and chilled out tracks.
    Sublimely played drums and percussion, variations and single hits allow total flexibility whilst the instrument loops inspire and encourage experimentation.
    If the music of Morcheeba, Zero-7 and Aim are your thing alongside rougher edged Kruder and Dorfmeister type smoking tracks then you have come to the right place!
    The CD features live played drum loops superbly recorded with pan and light eq/fx, percussion samples and hits from real instruments, ethereal and lush pads and multis, instrument parts, live bass loops, variations, percussive samples, special fx versions, basic dubs.


    computer music magazine
    "The third part of the Loopmasters Origin Series falls into the Lounge/Chillout category. Perhaps the only reason that the decision was taken to adopt this

    decidedly loose theme is that none of the samples ever exceed 120bpm; they are certainly versatile and varied enough to find a place in almost any genre of music. As with previous Loopmasters offerings, you’ll find a wealth of sampled loops in both .wav and .rex formats and, where applicable, the constituent multisamples that make up the instruments (often accompanied by NN-XT or Redrum presets).
    The bulk of this 500MB collection is taken up by the drum ’n’ bass loops section, with 149 drum loops and 62 bass loops. The drums are nicely recorded and mixed and have not been brutalised with excessive effects processing. Furthermore, the loops are excellently edited, and the .rex versions have obviously had a lake of blood and sweat poured into them – there’s no sloppy slicing here! The package is rounded off with a healthy spattering of instrumental loops and sequences, leaving you with a versatile and comprehensive collection at a good price. The best so far from Loopmasters – no doubt." 9/10

  • Welcome to Deep Fried Hammond by seasoned session player, who needs no introduction, Kenny Craddock. In this 2 CD set you will find Hammond performances complete with all of the incidental colour and character that make the instrument come alive. Whatever kind of music you make, these samples will always cut through the mix and add the unique colour and energy only the Hammond organ can bring.

    Sound on Sound | 4 out of 5 Hugh Robjohns.

    It's a rare track of almost any genre that won't benefit from a bit of Hammond burbling through it. Okay, so maybe I'm a little biased as the owner of a console tonewheel Hammond myself; but id you like the 'old throbbing organ', this new sample library from Deep Sounds UK could be just the ticket. The thing about the Hammond is that its idiosyncratic sound is as much about playing style and technique as it is about the tonewheels, valves and Leslie combination. So if your fingers don't have the knack and your keyboard sound like? well, not a Hammond anyway, this might be just the solution your sampler or audio workstation had been waiting for. This is, quite simply, a superb copyright-free collection of conventional, innovative and sometimes downright unusual Hammond licks, fills, riffs, grooves, progressions, slides, growls and funky bass lines all designed to spice up any track. The majority of samples are really imaginative blues/rock-oriented material, with a little gospel and traditional organ work thrown in, and all beautifully recorded and performed in such a way to complement any track without being overpowering. The organ is recorded completely dry, and every nuance is captured with in-the-room clarity, plus a nice stereo width to the Leslie. Kenny Craddock is a whizz at the console of a great-sounding Hammond C3 and Leslie 122 combo, recorded with Neumann U87s at

    Eddie Grant's Blue Wave Studio in Barbados. For anyone unfamiliar with the name, Craddock is an established session player who's recorded and performed with the likes of Van Morrison, Gerry Rafferty, Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and many others? so there's no doubting he know his chops. Every player has their own style, and Cradock's is to play with his left hand on the drawbars just as much as his right is on the keyboard, resulting in a dynamic, evolving sound with a really organic (if you'll excuse the pun), live performance feel. Deep Fried Hammond is provided on two CDs: the first is a straight audio disc that allows easy loading into a workstation for a bit of manual cutting and pasting, while the second is a CD-ROM carrying WAV files for loading into compatible samplers. The audio disc carries 95 separate tracks: the first a demo and the rest individual samples. Most subdivided with up to four variations, each meticulously described in the manual in terms of drawbar, effects (harmonics and vibrato), Leslie settings, tempo and key (or chord progressions). The various riffs and licks last anywhere between about five and 45 seconds, while the tempos range from 74 to 124 bpm, and pretty much al the common keys and chord progressions are catered for. I spent some time messing about with these samples on a variety of tracks composed by a friend of mine, and managed to fond combinations of samples that spiced up nicely on most cases with solid funky bass lines, a variety of chord progressions, a few glissandos and falls, sharp stabs, and a judicious collection of overdriven grunge thrown in for good measure. Within a mix they all work really well, largely because of their constantly changing tone colour, volume and Leslie speed. These grooves aren't mechanical in any way? they really live and breathe with Craddock's long experience of the Hammond and his mucical intuition shining through. If you crave the inimitable Hammond sound on your tracks, but don't have the skills or sources, check out this disc-? I don't think you'll be disappointed.