'Friction & Icicle: Shogun Drum & Bass Vol 1' from Loopmasters and Shogun Audio is a fine collection of Drum & Bass samples from two of the leading lights of the current DnB scene, Friction & Icicle. Since its inception in 2004 Shogun Audio has gone on to become one of the most essential labels in Dance music today.
Driven by its founders Friction and business partner K-Tee, the Shogun brand has developed in such a way that it is now an all-encompassing Drum and Bass juggernaut, releasing anything from the Deep and Minimal sounds of Icicle, to the dirty Tech grooves of Break and the soulful vibes of Alix Perez.
Brighton raised, multi-award winning DJ Friction is a member of an exclusive club. He is one of a handful of DJs to have smashed through the ranks and become a superstar in his genre, simply through an unbelievable talent behind the decks. This year has seen him add more accolades to his ever increasing CV and he is regarded by many as not only the most skilled, but the most diverse DJ in Drum & Bass.
Jeroen Snik, aka Icicle, is recognised as one of the most technically advanced and highly-respected producers in electronic music. Mastering Tech Funk better than any other, Icicle's music is graceful yet daring and without doubt, technically remarkable. It is tinged with intricate drum patterns reminiscent of Photek and features entrancing, enveloping basslines à la Jonny L and Optical.
For their sample pack, Friction and Icicle have come together to produce a vast collection of sounds and samples which are engineered solely with the dance floor in mind. They have introduced a palette of inspirational beats, basses and musical loops which will no doubt feature in countless tunes in the coming weeks and months.
'Friction & Icicle: Shogun Drum & Bass Vol 1' weighs in at an impressive 820 MB, and includes 780 Drum & Bass Samples, recorded in 24-Bit and split to offer 104 Loops and 676 One-Shot Samples.
Also included is a huge resource of 71 ready-to-play patches for Reason NNXT, Halion, EXS, SFX, and Kontakt soft samplers. Apple Loops, Reason Refill and Ableton Live specific versions are also available.
Breaking it down, this pack includes no less than 27 Hard and Heavy Bass Loops, 40 Fresh Drum Loops, 8 Bonus Classic Breaks, 29 Inspirational Synth Loops, 8 Multi-Sampled DnB Basses, 30 One-Shot Bass Tones, 58 Special FX, 63 Must-Have Stabs, 12 Synth Multi-Patches, 8 One-Shot Synths, plus over 250 Single Drum Samples to program your own beats.
If you produce Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Breaks or Electronica and are looking for a fearsome and intelligent selection of cone-snarling Subs, Tech Synths, Progressive Basses, Crisp One-Shot Drums and Huge FX, then this is a collection that won't disappoint.
When selecting the appropriate download version for your requirements the ZIP (Main) format includes ACIDized WAV and REX2 Loops – all single (non-looping) sounds and Sampler Patches for Kontakt, Halion, NN-XT, and EXS24 soft samplers.Reason Refill, Ableton Live Packs and Apple Loops are not included, and must be purchased where available as separate downloads. Apple Loops packs also include any single hits and EXS patches where applicable.
• 24-Bit Quality
• 813 MB
• 27 Bass Loops
• 40 Drum Loops
• 8 Bonus Classic Drum Loops
• 29 Synth Loops
• 8 Multi-Sampled Bass Instruments
• 30 Bass One-Shots
• 58 SFX Hits
• 63 Stab Hits
• 12 Multi-Sampled Synth Instruments
• 277 Drum & Percussion Hits
• 107 REX2 Files
• 71 Soft Sampler Patches for Kontakt, Halion, EXS24, NN-XT and SFZ Formats
Apple Loops, Reason 4+ Refill and Ableton Live packs available separately.