Looplab Vol.1 - Drum & Bass Drumloops
Music Tech Magazine Issue 127

Focusing on the more underground, tough and tech-sounding drum work in the drum and bass scene at the moment, the pack presents all of its content in loop form, giving you only three ways to use it: sequence the loops as they are, re-program and edit them, or sample smaller snippets from all over and layer them to create a sound of your own. The latter two make the included REX files very welcome for immediate use, slice by slice

  We began our tests with the pack trying to build a sonically richy cymbal section to act as a bed of sound to work from.The folder for hi-hat and shuffle patterns was a good place to start and there's plenty of sonic, dynamic and production-style variation from one loop to the next. The stereo field is also used to great effect - there's no flat 16 patterns here, all of the programming is nicely varied.

      Next we looked for quircky percussive sounds to achieve some variation. Folders of percussion, effected loops and fills all have great content for this. The main loops folder contains kick, snare and basic hat-based rhythms. Again, no single production sound is repeated from one loop to the nexxt so there's hyper-compressed and smacky drums alongside gritty less defined break-like tones. The fills folder in particular tends to be either exotic percussion or more authentic 'real-world' drum fills using toms.
Overall, these loops sound well produced and have a great deal of variety from one loop to the next, making them a superb investment as a long-term sound source.

Music Tech Magazine Issue 130

The release of Looplab Vol.1 - Drum & Bass Drumloops,by ASL SoundLab, was the first from this relatively new company to register on the MusicTech radar. After giving the diverse,dynamic and very usable sample pack a 10/10 in Issue 127, there’s now a lot of pressure for the company to come up with something of an equally high standard. New World Order is a preset pack for the now infamous Massive synth plug-in from Native Instruments. Being in the higher preset pack price bracket, we think a buyer will expect something extra for their investment, so we booted up Massive immediately after installation to find out what’s on offer.

  Split into folder of enveloped synths, FX, manual filter,modulated pads and percussion, you immediately see a different approach for organising sounds – based on how you might use them rather than what they sound like. For example, manual filter presets have no modulation, so you control rhythmic filter aspects through automation,MIDI control or another plug-in; modulated sounds are self- modulated and already rhythmic in nature.
   The number of presets isn’t huge, but as you flick through you can hear the craft that’s gone into them.In fact, for those thinking they can spot the sound of Massive froma mile off, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what ASL engineer Rob Jevons has achieved.
  Among the strong, diverse sounds are some great impact basses, earth-shattering rumble bass and very strong Hoover-esque leads with enough originality to sound different. Many others are simply too hard to describe.
  This is a pack with a good selection of sounds that you can use as new building blocks or reverse-engineer to gain more knowledge on how you can get new sounds from this almost modern classic synth.