Kocktail Kollection is the only Lounge collection that truly captures the REALLY cheesy sounds of the late 1950's and early 60's. If you are looking to add some retro Lounge flavah to Hip Hop or Dance tracks then Kocktail Kollection is the joint for you.
If you know and love Stereo Percussion Demonstration records from the early 60's. If you even KNOW what a Stereo Percussion Demonstration record is, you will want to own Kocktail Kollection.
Over 1,900 megabytes of greasy, spring reverb laden pieces, steel guitars, accordion licks, cheesy mono synths, vocal licks, guitar "chicks", jazz guitar octaves, live drumz, machine drumz, lo-fi breakz, simulated old lounge record excerpts and lounge hitz, make this a true trip into the oily, lounge lizard, musical past.
As you start using Construction Kits with names like:
Astro Lounge, Volcano at Sunrise, Flutes and Swingers, Swingin'60's, Welk Lounge, TV Suspense Music, Multi Guitar, Dark Paradise, Slo Mo Funk, Ala Brazil, and Acid Mod Atmospherez to name a few, visions of Martini Glasses, Tiki Bars, Hawaiian Islands and Sharkskin Suits, will flood your psyche and......
Well.....maybe nothing that dramatic will happen but Kocktail Kollection can give you some great tools for making authentic Lounge Music of that era, Acid Jazz, Trip Hop, Trance, Hip Hop, Dance and on and on.......
The Construction Kits cover a wide tip of Lounge styles. From the 1960's sitcom theme sounds of: Flutes and Swingers to the more modern Lounge tip of Ala Brazil or the 60's disco twist stylin' of Swingin' 60's you have a wide palette of drum groovez, sound FX, hitz and total retro insanity to make your tracks sound fresh. All kits feature multi key versions of each piece and many of the sounds are even offered with the option of spring reverb or dry.
Authentic tools of that era were used whenever possible. Spring reverb, vintage basses with flat wound strings and mutes, hand held cheapo synths, and vintage guitars and guitar effects from that swingin' time period were used liberally in the creation of this collection. All loops retain a full "back in the day" sensibility combined with full 24Bit digital quality.
Kocktail Kollection was produced and conceived by Vinnie Zummo, the award winning creator of Zero-G's N.Y.Cutz line of sample projects, Escape From The Planet Of the Breaks with Shawn Pelton, and his two most recent ZG releases, Nu Jointz and Akoustik Bass Hitz. He is an avid fan of all things Lounge and a virtual scholar of obscure cheese music of the 50's and 60's.
If you are looking for the deep cheese, Kocktail Kollection is the joint for you. Call up Sammy, Frank, and Dino and let the martinis flow…
• 70s Sequencer Synth Lines
• Accordion Lix
• Adrennalinn 2fers
• Lounge Construction Kitz
• Guitar Slide Octaves
• Lounge Atmospherez
• Lounge Breakz
• Lounge Drumz
• Lounge Guitar Chicks
• Lounge Hitz
• Lounge Lo Fi Break Fillz
• Lounge Single Drum Hitz
• Old Lounge Recordz Mixes
• Vintage Cheese Lix
• Vintage Cheesy Synth Sounds
• Vocal Lix
Over 990 WAV files and 660 REX files in 1.9 GB of brand new material!
Author: Sound On Sound Magazine, UK (FIVE STAR REVIEW)
One look at the artwork for Zero-G's Kocktail Kollection will tell you that this is not your usual sample library. I spent a happy, if somewhat bizarre, couple of hours experimenting with the 1.3GB of Acidised WAV files using Acid Pro 6. The sub-title for the collection is 'Fabulous Lounge Library' and Zero-G suggest that it is intended to offer an authentic slice of late '50s and early '60s 'lounge' music. They're also keen to point out that the contents include huge dollops of cheesy sounds, created with instruments and effects processing that is true to the era, albeit recorded in pristine 24-bit digital audio.
The material is organised into a number of sections. A folder containing 20 construction-kit sub-folders forms the bulk of the material (approximately 1GB). The structure of each kit is interesting, in that the many of them include related loops to create more than one musical section. For example, the Astro Lounge Mixes kit — which is a melting pot of cheesy organ, tribal hip-hop rhythms and the odd vocal hit — contains five different subsets of loops and, while each subset might only be based on single drum, bass and organ loops, the subsets can easily be chained together to form a complete musical piece. The kits are an eclectic mix of light jazz (for example, Multi Guitar Swing), party music lifted from '60s London (such as Flutes and Swingers), clichéd Latin pieces (Ala Brazil Mixes) and comedy music (the glorious Welk Lounge!), along with the odd Trip-Hop influence thrown in for good measure. Weird, certainly cheesy, but also quite wonderful, in a tacky sort of way.
Aside from the construction kits, the rest of the library consists of various groups of loops along with some one-shot samples. For example, there are sub-folders titled '70s Sequencer Synth Lines' and 'Vintage Cheesy Lix'. The former sound like bleeps and bloops from one of those 'tennis' computer games that you used to plug into a black and white TV set many years ago, while the latter sounds like the members of ELP while they were still in nappies. There are also various sub-folders of rhythmic loops, some of which are fairly straight drum loops, while others are more quirky and feature non-standard instrumentation (for example, the wonderful 'Adrenalinn 2fers' folder, which features a combination of Adrenalinn II and guitar). Throw in the various folders of hits, vocal samples and other assorted weirdness and Kocktail Kollection certainly provides plenty of raw ammunition.
Given the musical nature of the material, I would guess that Kocktail Kollection will attract quite a specialist audience. Most obviously, I could see this library appealing to media composers who have to cover a wide range of musical bases at the drop of a hat. It might also have something to offer for hip-hop producers who have a sense of humour in their music. Scary though it might sound, this is also the material of the novelty record, and at one point, I somehow found myself imagining Peter Kay singing over one of the construction hits. While it might be of minority interest, Kocktail Kollection is extremely well done and hugely entertaining, and if you need some retro kitsch in your musical arsenal, then this is a very good place to start. Rated: FIVE STARS out of 5. - John Walden
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