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World Loops from Distant Lands

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The Spice Rack (PowerFX, 2008) collection of royalty free world music samples is meant to jazz up the electronic sounds of DJs and electronica musicians with global sounds. But this Swedish-produced collection of wave samples is also ideal for world music artists and home studio aficionados who want to add quality world music elements from far away lands.

The collection includes the always admired samples from Africa, including jembe, talking drum, mbira and much more. While there are a lot of samples of Latin and Brazilian beats in other collections, Spice Rack focuses on the music of some parts of the world that are lesser known. There is a package of Middle Eastern sounds that includes percussion such as darbuka, dumbek and fabulous belly dance beats. Other Middle Eastern instruments featured are the ney, kamenche and setar.

One of my favorites is the superb collection of Indian samples, which includes a large package of sitar melodies, tabla beats and much more. China is also well represented with the increasingly popular guzheng, pipa and the moon lute.

There are smaller sets that include Brazilian percussion and great samples of Australian didgeridoo.

World Loop Spice Rack is 890MB of sampled material and the download is 498MB compressed. To hear a demo, get a complete listing of instruments, or download the collection for $79 go to www.powerfx.com.

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Kong Audio Releases the Latest Addition to the Chinee Series: Chinee Suona

Digital sample company Kong Audio has a new title in its Chinee Series, titled Chinee Suona (Chinese shawm). The musician who provided the sounds is Zhiyu Liu.

Suona was originated in Persia and then slowly adopted by the Chinese in the course of history. By the time of the Ming Dynasty (14th – 17th century), Suona was documented as a prevalent instrument in China.
 
 Suona is rather unique. It is sort of a crossover between brass and woodwind instruments. The sound of Suona is unapologetically harsh, abrasively brash, and just proud-to-be-so-loud. One may arguably say that Suona showcases the energetic elan of Chinese music the best.
 
 Today, Suona is still widely used in the local (especially the rural areas) Chinese activities such as weddings, funerals, and religious festivals. Some modified versions of Suona are now the official instruments of large traditional Chinese orchestras.ChineeSuona comprises of two Suonas (a big Suona and a small Suona) with different note ranges, comes with the meticulously weaved 380 MB sampleset. Like other much-lauded Chinee Series plugins, ChineeSuona is made with in-depth knowledge of the physical instrument, hence resulting in a very playable product. 

System requirements and specs: Windows XP 32/VISTA 32. 512mb RAM. *For Windows platform only.
Works with VSTi compatible hosts. All samples are recorded in 24 bit 96 kHz.

Visit Suona to hear the audio demo.

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PowerFX Releases Music Sample Collection World Loop Spice Rack

Stockholm, Sweden – PowerFX announced the release of World Loop Spice Rack, a sample title which includes 1,220 melodic and rhythmic loops and riffs of authentic ethnic instruments from China, India, Middle East, Australia, and Africa. This downloadable loop CD is targeted to Electronica and Hip Hop producers.
 
 “Much of contemporary urban and electronica productions contain elements of world music, and producers are constantly on the lookout for new sounds from around the globe" states PowerFX CEO Bil Bryant, “here we have recorded rarer instruments that have not been sampled much like the Afghani Rebab or Sarod from India, which both have a stunning natural reverb sound due to the construction of the metal finger board and sympathetic strings or the Pipa which just reeks of soothing Chinese court music. These loops are faithful recordings of indigenous music styles played by masters to obtain and retain the unique sound characteristics of these cultural treasures”, continues Bryant.The World Loop Spice Rack is a comprehensive royalty free sample collection of acidized wav files that are labelled with bpm and key information for easy usability. Over 50 different instruments have been recorded for World Loop Spice Rack with a balance between rhythmic and melodic instruments to use as global groove foundations or exotic melodic lashings.
 
 World Loop Spice Rack is 890MB of material and the download is 498MB compressed. To hear a demo, get a complete listing of instruments, or download the collection for $79 go to www.powerfx.com.

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