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Heaven 17

From the personal library of Heaven 17, the sounds in this ethereal collection evade easy categorization by disregarding conventional musical genre groupings.

Normally $17.15 USD

Our price $6.86 USD(until 6th Jul)

£4.98 GBP

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  • 266.63MB (Unzipped)
  • 1 min 26 sec @ 16mbs
  • 194 files

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From the personal library of Heaven 17, the sounds in this ethereal collection evade easy categorization by disregarding conventional musical genre groupings.

 

With widely used samples, it incorporates elements of dub, electro, ambient, house, drum & bass, techno, breakbeat, tribal and world musical styles.

 

Includes WAV format.



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Continuing their series of cut~price...

by Sound On Sound Magazine


Continuing their series of cut~price sample CDs bundled together with Mixman LE sequencing software, Zero-G have teamed up with '80s electro-pop pioneers, Heaven 17 and brought us a collection of synth, percussion, vocal and effects samples which appear as both audio tracks and WAV file data. Mixman LE works from blocks of WAV files stored on CD-ROM, but by also providing a dedicated CD containing all the sounds as regular audio files, Zero-G have tripled its usefulness and broadened its appeal.

With the Mixman software being, in essence, a simplified 'groove-based' sequencer, most of the samples on Heaven 17 appear as part of a loop or groove, usually lasting a couple of bars. Content-wise, Heaven 17 is a real mixed bag of breakbeats, individual drum samples, short vocal hooks, effects and a plethora of analogue grunge, whizz and wonder. Noted and respected as a band always willing to push their sonic boundaries further than the average '80s pop sensation, the sound creators/programmers have wisely avoided a ham-fisted attempt at an '80s synth nostalgia sample CD. Instead, they've set out to prove that whoever was behind the resonance and cut off-frequency knobs of their synths back in their Top 10 days is still very much in control, and has a firm and hugely imaginative grasp of current "cool' sound design.

Of course, analogue features heavily, but with their hardened '90s edge and some tasty outboard processing, these sounds work fantastically well for numerous applications, not least hardcore dance styles, to which a great number of these sounds lend themselves naturally. Many of the drum loops have a rich drum & bass flavour, but there are a quite a few surprises in the form of some wonderful acoustic ethnic percussive loops to spice up any lifeless four-on-the-floor track. There are tons of great bass licks and noises, the synth pads are beautiful enough to bring a tear to even Vangelis's eye and the collection of guitars (although limited in extent) smacks of inspired sound processing at its finest.

In conclusion, with just under an hour's worth of track material, the WAV file CD-ROM and the Mixman software thrown in, and names like Zero-G and Heaven 17 attached to the project, you would expect this to be a serious product with a fairly hefty price tag. When you consider that the whole bundle costs less than 30 quid, however, any gripes such as the lack of multisamples pale into insignificance. This is excellent value for money even without the WAV file CD-ROM or the software, but for less than the price of a couple of chart albums these days you'd have to be mad not to check this one out. Any CD that features a musical loop called 'Mr Creosote' (track 25) gets my vote any day of the week!

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