Loopmasters Dom Kane presents Tech House Tools Review
Dom Kane doesn’t really need an introduction: well known for his House, Electro and Techhouse productions, he furthermore created quality sample placks for loopmasters and Deadmau5′s Xfer Nerve plugin. You might imagine we were really curious about his latest release – Techhouse Tools. Here we go…
750 MB of samples, both one-shots and loops, include patches for all common samplers and the REX2 format, which makes the collection usable for many producers and their software platform of choice.
Starting with the drum and one-shot section which you may find in the „TH3 Sounds and FX“ folder. A little bit confusing to not find any FX in there, you may experience a standard drum arsenal:
9 claps, 4 cymbals, 16 hats, 22 kicks, 25 percs, 5 shakers & 10 snares
Obviously, this is a very basic collection, both in terms of sample amount and quality – everything sounds pretty much “out of the box” of a 808 and others. Layered sounds would have been a quite good idea here. Something we definitely like are the available drumkits which were carefully selected and really fit each other in terms of the included instruments.
Switching to the „Synth Hits“ folder you will find 11 multisampled sounds, again quite basic and not really a huge choice. Last but not least, the „Vocals“ folder offers 27 vocal samples, which are quite okay but could have used a bit more effect work.
Talking of the loop part, this is the truely interesting part of this product. 46 groovy, well-balanced bass loops with good subbass work, 43 inspiring, variable chord/stab loops with cool patterns offer quite some sources for your next track. Still, some of them sound a bit too similar (Chord STB 10-14).
Drum loops are split into 3 categories: addons, without kick, with kick. The first section contains cool clap loops and various percussion types from tribal to basic. The without kick loops contain more percussion elements when it comes to the lower frequency region and are typical main loops. Some elements, especially hihats, are just the same in a couple of loops which makes us think that the art of detail work would’ve been desirable here.
42 kickloops again seem few once you figure they’re compiled in a loopkit manner with single loops being just variations of the others. Still, this doesn’t change the fact that their quality is pretty nice. 12 mostly noise-based loops finalize the fx-loop folder – and again: good quality, but a minor choice…
All in all…
This is a sample pack offering professional sounds with quite some basic elements – which is a good thing as such, but thinking of all the variations of a basic setup, the amount of samples is quickly reduced and has the problem to win against other sample packs for a nearly same price and way more content (e. g. Wave Alchemy TechHouse & Minimal). For true Dom Kane fans, this pack is for sure a good addition, for all others you might want to have a look at Wave Alchemy TechHouse & Minimal, also available at Loopmasters.
More information: loopmasters.com (29.95 GBP)
Summary: This is a sample pack offering professional sounds with quite some basic elements – which is a good thing as such, but thinking of all the variations of a basic setup.