D16 Plasticlicks Review
Until now the D16 team was known for brilliant emulations of Roland vintage synths and drum machines, alongside with an effect plugin series. Surely it was quite a surprise to come across Plasticlicks, being the company’s first sample pack – enough reason for pro|tone to take a closer look…
Plasticlicks is availabe at SF2 or hardware-sampler friendly programs (AkaiS5000/6000), a rare extra nowadays. Some of you might wonder why there’s no common sampler formats like Kontakt or EXS – simply because there’s so many samplers out there so D16 decided to serve everyone with the kind of universal SF2. Pretty clever. As all samples are of course also included in wave-format, there’s a way to go for everyone.
The sample collection contains 1611 samples at 24 Bit/44.1 Khz:
- Claps (39 patches)
- Closed Hihats (298 patches)
- Cowbells (19 patches)
- FX Hihats (99 patches)
- Hits (60 patches)
- Kicks (300 patches)
- Metal Percussion (16 patches)
- Mini Percussion (20 patches)
- Open Hihats (227 patches)
- Percussion (74 patches)
- SFX (33 patches)
- Shakers (40 patches)
- Snare Drum Substitutes (51 patches)
- Snare Drums (216 patches)
- Synthetic Percussion (109 patches)
- Tambourines (10 patches)
You might want to realize we wrote “patches” instead of samples: D16 did awesome work and sampled every sound at 4 velocities (32, 64, 96, 127), a very nice and unexpected feature for a “simple drum pack”.
Get the kicks…
…a fresh and decent way! From the very beginning you realize how freshly processed the samples sound, which is by far not always the case – especially if you use old drums as a basis. Listening to the very details you will find plenty of them, another proof this library was carefully designed: even when testing open hihats, where you really wouldn’t expect to hear new earcatching stuff at all it’s totally the opposite here. For sure, you will also find sounds you know from the very first moment you’ll never need them, but honestly: there are very few in here. We especially liked the fx-hihats, kicks and synthetic percussion as there are lots of new and inspiring sounds in there, giving you the right ingredients even for a simple, basic drum setup.
Well, after all these nice aspects, there are also some aspects we didn’t enjoy that much. Some snares are having the same body or tail, rendering them just too similar-sounding. On the other hand there are “too creative” pieces in there hardly qualifying as a snare. However, this isn’t necessarily a drawback but more a question of why not putting these samples in the percussion folder.
The already mentioned velocities D16 includes are, once again, an awesome feature. Going for real, moving drums you need this a lot, and together with samplers like Battery where you can once more add a variation in velocity response you’ll be able compose very vivid drums. Listening to samples having a certain drive you can hear this increasing by velocity – and get a great change in sound character.
Going for suitable club music sound, Plasticlicks is probably not the right choice. However, persueing the Minimal or Electronica genre you will most likely be amazed by these high-quality, creative drum sounds supporting your music just the right way. We like the latest D16 product a lot, despite the slightly negative aspects mentioned above. Nicely, D16 offer a huge 86 MB demo sample pack of Plasticlicks on their website – you should give this a try!
More information: d16.pl (69.00 €)
Summary: However, persueing the Minimal or Electronica genre you will most likely be amazed by these high-quality, creative drum sounds supporting your music just the right way.