For adding pure organic soul and sonic temperament to electronic music, there's nothing better than analogue synths. Producers dream of owning classic kit like the Roland Juno 106, Roland MKS-30, Korg Mono/Poly, Polyvox and Novation's Super Bass Station, and engineers spend years tweaking the settings to create perfect, powerful vibrations.
Dmitry Vasilyev is one of those sonic freaks who has dedicated his musical life to discovering new sounds by pushing real hardware to the limit. As the producer of best selling Prime Loops sample packs such as "Synth Addict", "Ambient Illusions" amongst others, he's making his vast knowledge and huge range of equipment available to a wider audience, giving fellow producers the tools they need to get that authentic analogue vibe without a huge, expensive rack.
"Synth Bass Analogy" is Prime Loops' latest collection of professional sample patches, delivering over 80 deep and versatile analogue bass sounds, 24-bit audio all ready-formatted for Kontakt, Halion, NN-XT and EXS24, fine-tuned for use in deep and groovy electronica, house, ambient, garage, disco and minimal techno.
Each of these patches contains several note references to maintain integrity as you play across a wide pitch range, and Dmitry has set it all up to drift and detune just like the real thing. Everything has been captured with high-quality recording equipment and the cleanest signal path possible, to give you serious samples suitable for professional projects. And, as with all our products, this pack is triple quality-checked for drag-n-drop reliability, so there's no interruption to your workflow.
Music lovers always appreciate the complex combination of sines, squares and saws flowing through real hardware, and analogue synths really shine when you give them a bassline, triggering deep, warm sounds that fill the room and add colour to your productions. So, whenever the mood strikes, just throw these lovingly prepared patches into your sampler, and hear your midi patterns come alive with the classic sounds of "Synth Bass Analogy".
There's a pretty broad palette of sounds on offer here. You'll find trembling subs, growling sawtooths, funky/cheesey plucks, biting cross-mod, short and percussive or mellow and sustained. Each synth has a pretty distinctive character and this collection does a pretty decent job of representing that.
I found the Polyvoks samples to be the most interesting and most overtly analog-sounding, but you'llfind something to like among most of the synths represented here. Most of the sounds are quite simple and the sort of thing that anyone with a decent amount of synth programming experience could wrangle up on their own without too much trouble.
I think the value of this collection is more in the individual characters of the synths themselves. Sure, you could program a similar sounding bass, but it's the differences in the oscillators, envelopes, filters, and output stages that really make these instruments sound the way they do.
Prime Loops is currently asking for very little for this collection, so it's perhaps unfair to judge it as stringently as pricier collections. Realistically, I think most people know that not everything in a sample library is going to be usable for them personally. If you're looking for a way to add the character of some classic synths to your tracks, this collection definitely offers a very cheap way to do it.