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A Sonic Salad for Musicians and Video Editors

By Douglas Spotted Eagle

No, the Free Age mind control has not set in?.I just love this library from Hark Productions and Wayne Gerard.

Hark Productions, well known for their unusual and evotic loop libraries, has recently released their latest package of loops known as ?Atmospherix and the name is incredibly appropriate.

Its not often that Ill write a review of a loop library, but this library took me by surprise. Hark Productions teamed up with famed Wayne Gerrard (who has worked with Eminem, Bob James, Garbage, Madonna, Prince, Kid Rock, and David Sanborn to name but a few) to bring this set of loops to fruition. These sounds are FRESH! No other word can describe them as there never before has been a library of this sort of magnitude.

There are two disks in each volume, and two volumes available. Volume One has a total of 492 loops on two disks, while Volume Two offers 370 loops on two disks.

These arent huge quantities of loops when compared to other loop collections in the market; this is by design, according to Kevin Hicks, of Hark Productions. "It's not about the quanitity; It's about the quality and usability," Hicks said. "We feel the longer loops, and in 24bit, offer the user a  very creative and sonically superior experience." The average length of loop found in the sound design folders is approximately one minute each, with some being two minutes in length. The longer loop length allows musicians and video editors to avoid the repetitive nature that looping is occasionally known for if the loops arent properly managed. Additionally, these loops are 24bit instead of the typical 16bit loop. This means the loops are fatter, have greater range, and sound more robust overall. Users definitely get their moneys worth with this library set.

Many of the sounds live up to their names and are described or titled very well. Sounds like ?Ambient Fur are more than just loops; they are sonic tapestries that merely need to be laid over a rhythm (or not) to create an instant soundtrack to a scene. A slow rhythm beneath ?Final Conquest could indicate a long journey, while merely changing the slow rhythm beneath could easily conjour violence or serious action.

Some of these loops have very eclectic textures that are like ear-candy; subtleties abound. Add a touch of reverb or delay and youve got an instant soundscape that can be laid over or under any scene you might have, or as a bed to a more defined rock track.

Shades of pop groups like Evanescence or 3Doors Down, or even Linkin Park fly through some of these loops and rhythms, yet they are not identifiable with any one group. More than anything, theyre loops appropriate for the current culture and identify perfectly with what sort of sounds are heard in todays media. 

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