K-Size Techhouse Edition Review
The product is delivered as a DVD or download at 6GB size – a lot you might think. And yes, it is, but don’t get blinded by pure numbers as there’s loads of formats included (Apple Loops, Rex2/Stylus RMX, Wav/Acid 16-bit) and the crew also thought about convenience for everyone by including sampler patches for Battery, Kontakt, EXS24, Halion and Live.
You get 2800 samples at your fingertips, 1355 of them being loops. Let’s just quickly sum things up contentwise:
- Bass (200)
- Clap (150)
- Cymbals (275)
- EFX (100)
- Kicks (150)
- Loops (1355)
- Perc (300)
- Snare (150)
- Synths (200)
At first glance we quickly realized, especially focussing on the loop part, that this sample pack really sticks to its name: techhouse. There are very few loops where you’re asking yourself whether this is techhouse. The overall quality is pretty nice; samples are clean, punchy and, talking of loops, nicely driving.
So far this all sounds like a good deal: convenience due to lots of included formats, huge content – but there is something to complain about. Having a closer look at the loop folder you will find a bunch of subfolders like addon, full, hihat, percussion, sidechain and synth. However, opening the “full” folder you will find all loops in there, the other subfolders just contain a copy of those loops sorted in cathegories. This artificially multiplies loops and leaves the bad feeling of cheating behind. For sure it’s nice having loops ordered this way – but couldn’t have K-Size created a construction kit instead then? Say single samples and 4-bar-loops for each component, maybe drumloops at different complexity? Would be much more convenient for the user plus supporting creativity.
Another point is K-Size’s effect work on the loops, for example reverb tails that are simply cut at the end of a loop and thereby hinder the sample from sounding clean. The few extra work it would have taken, like adding the cut reverb tail at the end to the beginning would have improved the overall impression.
We’re pretty undecided of what to think about this product. On the once hand you get lots of possibilities by all those sample and sampler formats, there’s loads of content really specific for the techhouse genre as stated in the title – but on the other hand we’re missing the professional 24-bit format, clean-cut and effected loops, plus we can’t get rid of the feeling of cheating. Thinking of the price, this is a pretty expensive product. In case you just need a lot of techhouse samples and loops and don’t pay attention at the very details (or sidechain all loops anyway) and expensive pricing, this is probably a good choice.
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Summary: In case you just need a lot of techhouse samples and loops and don’t pay attention at the very details (or sidechain all loops anyway) and expensive pricing, this is probably a good choice.