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Degrees of Abstract

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ACID, EXS24, HALion (full version), Kontakt (Full Version!), Reason Refill, REX, WAV
ca. 4.13 GB
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2Gb of sounds that take you on a panoramic journey into a fantastic world of sound never taken before. Get ready to enter a whole new soundscape of weirdness, innovation and mind-opening inspiration.

Some elements you discover on the way may sound familiar; this is because we have taken inspiration from many genres and styles and tried to give them an experimental twist. If you like the music released by labels such as Warp Recordings, Planet Mu and Ninja Tune etc, we think you are going to love this sample library.

We have aimed to keep the content experimental and cutting-edge and perhaps a little weird, but at the same time fully usable and adaptive to all styles of music. If you are a producer for auditory or visual media you will find plenty of material ideal for radio, television and film scores.

We think you will find the content very varied indeed - manic beats, chilled out pads, disturbing SFX, serene vocals, futuristic synths, gentle guitars and a whole lot more!

This library is your first-class ticket to great sounds - which doesn’t by any means promise a comfortable, safe or banal journey; but what you can expect is an exhilarating and erratic tour of the world of abstract.

FEATURED SOUNDS

1350 Acidized Wav Files
530 Rex2 Files
1250 EXS24 Instruments
1250 HALion Instruments
1250 Kontakt Instruments
Reason Refill

40 x Full Construction Kits
215 x Breakbeats / Drum Loops
165 x FX Presets and Fx loops
170 x Percussion & Drum Kit Sounds
128 x Synths loops and Pads
80 x Bass Loops
25 x Guitar Loops Presets
35 x Vocal loops
 

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Flag DEspacePC & Musik 3/2007


Der Hersteller versichert, dass Freunde der Labels "Warp Records", "Planet Mu" oder "Ninja Tones" auf ihre Kosten kommen werden, was ja dann ebenfalls als Qualitätsversprechen gewertet werden darf. Immerhin entstanden in diesem erlesenen Kreis Platten wie "So Sad" von Vincent Gallo (mag man von ihm auch als Mensch halten, was man will) oder "Motion" von Cinematic Orchestra. 

Und tatsächlich klingt vieles hier seltsam vertraut, ohne dass es aber dann zum Aha-Erlebnis kommt: Geschickt streuen die Produzenten kleine musikalische Störfeuer ein, tonale Fußangeln, an denen man kleben bleibt. Ein wenig tanzbar, etwas mehr elektronisch, viel Verfremdetes und Elektrobeats und stilistisch alles andere als festgelegt, diese Sampling-CD will in keine Schublade wirklich passen. Herzstück des Ganzen sind die 40 Construction-Kits, in denen sich Baukästen mit Namen wie "Heart Mirror Bend", "Summer in Winter" oder "What if" (mit 175 bpm die
schnellste Nummer) tummeln. Und immer, wenn man sich sicher ist, "Das ist doch so-und-so" - kommt alles ganz anders. Jedes Kit ist 40-50 Sekunden lang und wird - neben dem obligatorischen Tutti - in einer Menge von Einzelsounds und -Loops geliefert.

Wer mag, kann die Baukästen mit Einzelsamples aus den Bereichen Bass, Beats, Drum Hits, FX, FX Loops, Guitar FX Loops, Synth und Vocals anreichern, fast alles Ordner mit weiteren Unterordnern. Insgesamt 2 GB an Sounds sind das, mehr als genug also.

Fazit: Für alle, denen Schubladendenken fremd ist und die das Besondere mögen - der Kreativitätskick mit dem Elektrozünder. Als Sampling-CD schon fast zu schade. Testbericht : Degrees of Abstract  PC & Musik 03/2007 Der Hersteller versichert, dass Freunde der Labels "Warp Records", "Planet Mu" oder "Ninja Tones" auf ihre Kosten kommen werden, was ja dann ebenfalls als Qualitätsversprechen gewertet werden darf. Immerhin entstanden in diesem erlesenen Kreis Platten wie "So Sad" von Vincent Gallo (mag man von ihm auch als Mensch halten, was man will) oder "Motion" von Cinematic Orchestra. 

Und tatsächlich klingt vieles hier seltsam vertraut, ohne dass es aber dann zum Aha-Erlebnis kommt: Geschickt streuen die Produzenten kleine musikalische Störfeuer ein, tonale Fußangeln, an denen man kleben bleibt. Ein wenig tanzbar, etwas mehr elektronisch, viel Verfremdetes und Elektrobeats und stilistisch alles andere als festgelegt, diese Sampling-CD will in keine Schublade wirklich passen. Herzstück des Ganzen sind die 40 Construction-Kits, in denen sich Baukästen mit Namen wie "Heart Mirror Bend", "Summer in Winter" oder "What if" (mit 175 bpm die
schnellste Nummer) tummeln. Und immer, wenn man sich sicher ist, "Das ist doch so-und-so" - kommt alles ganz anders. Jedes Kit ist 40-50 Sekunden lang und wird - neben dem obligatorischen Tutti - in einer Menge von Einzelsounds und -Loops geliefert.

Wer mag, kann die Baukästen mit Einzelsamples aus den Bereichen Bass, Beats, Drum Hits, FX, FX Loops, Guitar FX Loops, Synth und Vocals anreichern, fast alles Ordner mit weiteren Unterordnern. Insgesamt 2 GB an Sounds sind das, mehr als genug also.

Fazit: Für alle, denen Schubladendenken fremd ist und die das Besondere mögen - der Kreativitätskick mit dem Elektrozünder. Als Sampling-CD schon fast zu schade.

Flag ENspaceSOS 9/2007


"...a good balance between being very usable and containing enough weirdness to give some edge. There is certainly nothing to criticise here... Excellent value for money. FIVE STARS out of 5"

Here's the full text of the review:

Zero-G's Degrees of Abstract is a multi format sample library that is dominated by loops, with some 2GB of sample material spear over approximately 1300 files. I auditioned the material via Acid Pro 6. As might be guessed from the title, producers Dave and Nic Highham are aiming the library somewhat left-of-centre and, while there is plenty of dance friendly material, there is also plenty of processed weirdness. The WAV material is spilt into two evenly sized sections - a group of some 40 construction kits and a collection of individual loops, which span bass, drums, FX, guitar, synth and vocal sounds.

The construction kits give a good flavour of what the whole library is about. Within each of these are a dozen or more individual loops from which an arrangement can be built. With one exception, the original tempos span 70 to 130bpm. The styles of the kits vary. For a chilled vibe - "summer in winter" hits the mark with a couple of mellow guitar loops hat are almost in Mike Oldfield territory. In Contrast, "Back Street Left" is much darker and could be taken down either a Nine Inch Nails or an aggressive Hip Hop Route. The "Breeze In My Head" kit is a sort of 'classical chill out with beats' crossover, and I could easily imagine an arrangement based on these loops working in an advertising context. Other kits stray into
areas such as RnB or techno, so a fairly broad music range is covered, but in most cases there are a couple of loops that can give the kit a quirky feel.

The 600+ loops outside the construction kits cover the same broad musical territory. The 'Beats' folder contains a good collection of drum loops organised by original recording tempo. While some acoustic kits are used, in the main these are electronic and processed sounds, and there is lots to interest industrial hip-hop, RnB or dance producers looking for something a little unconventional.

While there are some useful bass and guitar loops, the best of the rest are the folders of synth loops and vocals. The synths cover a very broad range of styles, from filmic soundscapes through pads, into some analogue arpeggio loops - nothing drastically new, but there is plenty of character all the same.

While there are not huge numbers of vocals, the female vocals are excellent. Many of these have an 'eastern' feel and could easily be used as vocal hooks in instrument arrangements.

In some ways, Degrees of Abstract covers similar territory to the Bill Laswell loop libraries available from Sony and, like those libraries, manages to strike a good balance between being very usable and containing enough weirdness to give some edge. There is certainly nothing to criticise here in terms of audio quality and, given the sheer volume of content Zero-G are also offering excellent value for money.

Rated: FIVE STARS out of 5  Review: Degrees of Abstract  SOS UK 09/07

"...a good balance between being very usable and containing enough weirdness to give some edge. There is certainly nothing to criticise here... Excellent value for money. FIVE STARS out of 5"

Here's the full text of the review:

Zero-G's Degrees of Abstract is a multi format sample library that is dominated by loops, with some 2GB of sample material spear over approximately 1300 files. I auditioned the material via Acid Pro 6. As might be guessed from the title, producers Dave and Nic Highham are aiming the library somewhat left-of-centre and, while there is plenty of dance friendly material, there is also plenty of processed weirdness. The WAV material is spilt into two evenly sized sections - a group of some 40 construction kits and a collection of individual loops, which span bass, drums, FX, guitar, synth and vocal sounds.

The construction kits give a good flavour of what the whole library is about. Within each of these are a dozen or more individual loops from which an arrangement can be built. With one exception, the original tempos span 70 to 130bpm. The styles of the kits vary. For a chilled vibe - "summer in winter" hits the mark with a couple of mellow guitar loops hat are almost in Mike Oldfield territory. In Contrast, "Back Street Left" is much darker and could be taken down either a Nine Inch Nails or an aggressive Hip Hop Route. The "Breeze In My Head" kit is a sort of 'classical chill out with beats' crossover, and I could easily imagine an arrangement based on these loops working in an advertising context. Other kits stray into
areas such as RnB or techno, so a fairly broad music range is covered, but in most cases there are a couple of loops that can give the kit a quirky feel.

The 600+ loops outside the construction kits cover the same broad musical territory. The 'Beats' folder contains a good collection of drum loops organised by original recording tempo. While some acoustic kits are used, in the main these are electronic and processed sounds, and there is lots to interest industrial hip-hop, RnB or dance producers looking for something a little unconventional.

While there are some useful bass and guitar loops, the best of the rest are the folders of synth loops and vocals. The synths cover a very broad range of styles, from filmic soundscapes through pads, into some analogue arpeggio loops - nothing drastically new, but there is plenty of character all the same.

While there are not huge numbers of vocals, the female vocals are excellent. Many of these have an 'eastern' feel and could easily be used as vocal hooks in instrument arrangements.

In some ways, Degrees of Abstract covers similar territory to the Bill Laswell loop libraries available from Sony and, like those libraries, manages to strike a good balance between being very usable and containing enough weirdness to give some edge. There is certainly nothing to criticise here in terms of audio quality and, given the sheer volume of content Zero-G are also offering excellent value for money.

Rated: FIVE STARS out of 5 
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