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Creative Essentials for Reason

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Reason Refill
ca. 1.78 GB
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Zero-G´s award winning creative essentials series of 31 sample CD volumes have now been expertly converted into refill format to take full advantage of the incredible power and flexibility of reason.

This highly acclaimed library, originally two years in the making, is surely the largest single title available in refill format today - over 7 gigabytes of quality inspiration compressed into one library!

All 31 collections are included: • rhythm guitar & fx • percussion grooves • brass elements • dance vocals • electric dreamz • trance formation • dream zone • spices of india • guitar separates • global sfx • house & garage construction • hiphop & swing breakdown • jungle frenzy • live bass grooves • world class breaks • drum & percussion tools • bass separates • rock & pop vocals • dance drums • upfront lead guitar • ethnic flavours • reggae connection • techno prisoners • funk construction • synth bass loops • vintage keyboards • voices of africa • string textures • woodwind & brass • orchestral flavours • jungle frenzy 2. now you can get the whole series in refill format, an incredible saving compared to buying each title individually!


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Flag ENspaceSOS UK 1/2003


Sometimes size does matter, and Zero-G's Creative Essentials Refill for Propellerhead's Reason software is a good example. Many SOS readers probably started out their sampling lives with some of the budget audio sample CDs from the 31-strong Creative Essentials series. Now Zero-G have reworked the entire contents of this extensive library into a single, three-CD Refill package for use with Reason, providing over 9000 individual samples. Considering that the original 31-CD set would have set you back about £600, the £99 price tag for this re-working of the collection looks like a real bargain.
The three CDs contain eight Refills. The five NN19 Refills are Dance Instruments (mostly based on single samples rather than multisamples), Live and Sequenced Riffs, Vocals (some single samples and some multi-phrase sets), Instruments (single-sample and multi-sample types here) and Percussion. Two Dr:rex Refills provide Drum Loops and Groove Loops, the latter a collection of ReCycle-d musical phrases using a huge range of different instrument types. The final Refill is a collection of ReDrum Kits and Samples.
Anyone familiar with the original Creative Essentials series will know it covers some diverse musical ground. With individual tiles such as Dance Vocals, Spices of India, Vintage Keyboards, Jungle Frenzy and String Textures, the complete series has something for almost every musical occasion and all of that is presented here. In attempting the mammoth task of working through the collection, I was impressed with the overall quality of the sounds and I feel that the sampling technique behind both the single-sampled and multisampled instruments is of a very high standard. True, some of the multisampled instruments are perhaps not as technically sophisticated as a dedicated Reason library might be, but they are all usable in their own right.
What really impressed me was the Dr:rex loops, of which there are over 2000! The Drum Loops cover jungle, dance, hip-hop, techno, reggae, funk and various ethnic styles, amongst others, and everything I tried seemed to have been processed with considerable care through ReCycle. As a result, most of the loops worked well at a variety of tempos. While the sheer number of loops provided is already impressive, the ability to re-program them further via MIDI just makes the collection that much more versatile. The Groove Loops, while fewer in number (only a few hundred!), also work pretty well at a range of tempos. The various brass grooves are good fun, and there are also some excellent electric guitar loops.
The ReDrum Kits and Samples ought to form a good bread-and-butter collection for most Reason users. All the usual suspects are present, from 808 and 909 samples through to 'real' drums and percussion instruments. Some of the samples are dry, while others are processed in some way. I particularly liked some of the 'ambient cymbals', for example. As well as 26 full ReDrum Kits, there are also more snares, kicks and hi-hats than you could shake a rainstick at (although, sadly, I couldn't find a rainstick Ñ but plenty of other ethnic percussion samples are included).
Most of the samples in the Creative Essentials series have been around for a while (and you may well recognise a number of the loops present here!), but there's still plenty of good stuff in this collection to get the muse working. The huge variety of styles covered ought to appeal to any Reason user who is looking to cover all the musical bases without digging too deeply into the pockets. At £99, the Creative Essentials Refill is simply excellent value for money.
Rated: ***** (5 Stars) Review: Creative Essentials for Reason  SOUND ON SOUND 1/2003Sometimes size does matter, and Zero-G's Creative Essentials Refill for Propellerhead's Reason software is a good example. Many SOS readers probably started out their sampling lives with some of the budget audio sample CDs from the 31-strong Creative Essentials series. Now Zero-G have reworked the entire contents of this extensive library into a single, three-CD Refill package for use with Reason, providing over 9000 individual samples. Considering that the original 31-CD set would have set you back about £600, the £99 price tag for this re-working of the collection looks like a real bargain.
The three CDs contain eight Refills. The five NN19 Refills are Dance Instruments (mostly based on single samples rather than multisamples), Live and Sequenced Riffs, Vocals (some single samples and some multi-phrase sets), Instruments (single-sample and multi-sample types here) and Percussion. Two Dr:rex Refills provide Drum Loops and Groove Loops, the latter a collection of ReCycle-d musical phrases using a huge range of different instrument types. The final Refill is a collection of ReDrum Kits and Samples.
Anyone familiar with the original Creative Essentials series will know it covers some diverse musical ground. With individual tiles such as Dance Vocals, Spices of India, Vintage Keyboards, Jungle Frenzy and String Textures, the complete series has something for almost every musical occasion and all of that is presented here. In attempting the mammoth task of working through the collection, I was impressed with the overall quality of the sounds and I feel that the sampling technique behind both the single-sampled and multisampled instruments is of a very high standard. True, some of the multisampled instruments are perhaps not as technically sophisticated as a dedicated Reason library might be, but they are all usable in their own right.
What really impressed me was the Dr:rex loops, of which there are over 2000! The Drum Loops cover jungle, dance, hip-hop, techno, reggae, funk and various ethnic styles, amongst others, and everything I tried seemed to have been processed with considerable care through ReCycle. As a result, most of the loops worked well at a variety of tempos. While the sheer number of loops provided is already impressive, the ability to re-program them further via MIDI just makes the collection that much more versatile. The Groove Loops, while fewer in number (only a few hundred!), also work pretty well at a range of tempos. The various brass grooves are good fun, and there are also some excellent electric guitar loops.
The ReDrum Kits and Samples ought to form a good bread-and-butter collection for most Reason users. All the usual suspects are present, from 808 and 909 samples through to 'real' drums and percussion instruments. Some of the samples are dry, while others are processed in some way. I particularly liked some of the 'ambient cymbals', for example. As well as 26 full ReDrum Kits, there are also more snares, kicks and hi-hats than you could shake a rainstick at (although, sadly, I couldn't find a rainstick Ñ but plenty of other ethnic percussion samples are included).
Most of the samples in the Creative Essentials series have been around for a while (and you may well recognise a number of the loops present here!), but there's still plenty of good stuff in this collection to get the muse working. The huge variety of styles covered ought to appeal to any Reason user who is looking to cover all the musical bases without digging too deeply into the pockets. At £99, the Creative Essentials Refill is simply excellent value for money.
Rated: ***** (5 Stars)

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Mac OS X

  • Intel Mac (multiple cores highly recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM or more
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8
  • 3 GB free hard disk space
  • Monitor with 1024x768 resolution or larger
  • A MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended
  • Internet connection for registration
  • Free USB port for the included Ignition Key
  • CoreAudio compliant audio interface or built-in audio hardware

Windows

  • Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Opteron or better (multiple cores highly recommended)
  • 2GB RAM
  • Windows XP SP3, Vista or Windows 7 (Vista or Windows 7 required for 64-bit)
  • 3 GB free hard disk space
  • Monitor with 1024x768 resolution or larger
  • A 16 bit Windows compatible audio card, preferably with an ASIO driver
  • Internet connection for registration
  • Free USB port for the included Ignition Key
  • A MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended

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