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Soundtrack construction loops and samples from Sony By Stephen Schleicher

Loop libraries are the blessing to those of us who cant compose a tune or play an instrument.  With the Cinemascape collection from Sony, not only will you be able to crank out a tune, youll be creating something that is truly worthy of the big screen.

The Cinemascape: Soundtrack Construction Elements collection contains numerous loops and samples that are perfect for creating vast open spaces.  From deep booming drones to light airy tinkling sounds there is something in this collection that will hit the mark with a client or target audience.  When using these loops in production, I found they were perfect for beauty shots of nature, or montages that take you to far away places.

Unlike other loop libraries that rely on synthesized sounds to create a loop, the Cinemascape: Soundtrack Construction Elements collection uses rich natural sounds and real instruments delivered in 24-bit fidelity.  These reflective samples are meant to be listened to in order to gain full appreciation.  These are not quick jabs and hits, some of are easily 30 seconds long.  There are even six complete themes so you dont have to create a mix yourself.

The 214 clips are delivered on two discs and are divided into nine categories.  Each category are variations on a set them usually different minor/majors and chords.  For example in the String Phases the beautiful sounding instruments have reverb or one continuous chord for the duration of the loop, resulting in a full sound.  There are also textures can be used to accent special moments in your video.  The different instruments include strings, pianos, guitars, and natural sounds recorded on location.  There are a few processed sounds, but who can resist a great sounding VOX?

I was slightly disappointed that this collection included many promotional loops from other collections, which have no relation to the cinematic sound.  Seeing as how you can sample other loop collections directly from the Sony Media Software site, there really is no reason to include a discs worth of samples for users.  I would rather have the space filled with additional sounds for this specific collection.

All of the loops are delivered in WAV format, and while there are a few ACID projects that accompany the collection, these loops can be used in any audio application on the Mac or PC.  I have used them in Audition, Soundtrack Pro, and Acid.

The price for this collection has dropped since the first of the year from $99.95 to $69.97.  I think this is a solid price for this collection and the quality of the sounds offered. 

For more information on the Sony Cinemascape: Soundtrack Construction Elements collection visit their site

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Stephen Schleicher has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
corporate events.

Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.

He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (, where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Appleā??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.

He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadnā??t even invented the word e-commerce.

And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at

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