• 媒体名:Electronic Musician誌(USA)
  • 更新日:05.09.01
Electronic Musician誌(USA)レビュー内容(英語)
Rating: 4 out of 5

Raw Power is a collection of over 1500 samples and loops in several rock styles, primarily for use in Propellerhead Reason. The CD includes NN-XT and Redrum patches, REX2 samples, and WAV files. Produced by Jay Price and Jez Miller for Loopmasters, the sounds were recorded at various studios throughout London specifically for use in this library.

Raw Power is divided into five main folders, each based on a musical style. Each folder contains sub-folders that include drums, guitars, basses, and synth samples. Within each instrument's subfolder are individual folders for WAV- and REX-format files. The samples were recorded at 44.1 kHz, 16-bits, and the loops are anywhere from one to four measures in length. A sixth folder, Toolbox, contains Reason NN-XT and Redrum patches with full drum kits, vocal effects, guitar noises, acoustic guitar sounds, and synth hits. A PDF file with CD registration and additional Loopmasters product information is included, as well as a demo WAV file using samples from the Raw Power collection.

The Power of Inspiration

The five main folders-AlternativeUSA, Artskool, NewWave, NewYorkUnderground, and England-sDreaming-hint at the styles and bands that inspired this library (including the Stooges, Blondie, the Sex Pistols, and Radiohead). Each Guitar folder contains a mixture of electric guitar power chords and riffs, as well as acoustic strums. The bass folders include synth and electric bass guitar riffs played with a pick and fingers through a variety of amps and stomp boxes. The Synth folder has loops ranging from classic '70s Clavinet funk to early techno sounds. The Drums folders are divided into two additional folders, one for loops of beats, and the other for fills. The drums are played on a mixture of live kits and electronic drum machines.

Each style folder has its own tempo, with all of the samples conforming to the same bpm. The names of the individual samples hint at the feel, genre, or song they are modeled after. For example, AlternativeUSA, recorded at 145 bpm, includes a very Who-like guitar riff named "Can't Refrain." This folder also includes wah-basses, Rhodes riffs, and a variety of tasteful drum beats.

Artskool (135 bpm) contains much heavier guitar sounds, reminiscent of Hendrix and Van Halen, as well as bass growls and slides, fat Oberheim synth lines, and various hard-rock drum beats with flanging and other effects. NewWave (120 bpm) contains cleaner guitars with jazz-like '80s tones, tremolo riffs, and fuzz-box leads. The folder's synth sounds contain classic new wave lead lines, and the bass and drum loops are as raw and innocent as the music itself was when it first appeared.

England'sDreaming (140 bpm) offers guitar loops reminiscent of early Rolling Stones, Beatles, and other British bands from the '60s. Add a few classic stereo B-3 licks in the Synth folder, as well as some stock drum beats and fills, and it's the British Invasion all over again.

NewYorkUnderground (130 bpm) is full of classic New York-style rock and alternative licks and beats. The crunchy guitars, echo-laden Rhodes, filtered Wurlitzers, and solid drum loops reminds the listener of the breakthrough acts that New York City spawned after the punk revolution landed from England.


Raw Power is an interesting collection of samples that is true to its inspiration. Although my first impressions were that the sounds lacked polish and refinement, as I began to explore the CD further I remembered that polish was not what these musical styles were about: they were about sound and attitude, and Raw Power does an admirable job of recreating both.

There are plenty of clean, open chords, licks, and riffs as well as dirty, power chords in the Guitar folders to piece together any kind of rocking tune. The guitar samples are well recorded, with good tone, feel, and the power to sound loud (according to the liner notes, they were recorded loud). The acoustic guitar samples are especially well recorded.

The basses offer a wide array of licks and tones, most of which are appropriately basic and straight ahead, and along with the drum beats and fills, they can drive the pounding rhythms that these styles of music are known for. Add in the classic keyboard sounds and memorable synth lines, and this collection captures the sound and feel of a musical generation that believed in baring its soul through music.
税込価格 ¥4,796


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  • フォーマット:WAV, ACID, REX2, HALION, EXS24, NN-XT, KONTAKT (Preview)
  • リリース時期:2009年12月

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