It’s Friday…yes it’s time for some Big Fish!!
Today I’m checking out a product from a new label they distribute called VIP Loops…
This one is interesting in that it includes vocal hooks withing the kits.
Not just random snips, but fully produced and broken out vocal hooks including ad libs and background vocals.
They seem to have a few different flavors, today I’m checking out the RnB version
So let’s checkout Hook City….RnB edition
What is Hook City RnB Edition?
It’s basically an rnb based construction loop set, but it includes the addition of modern vocal hooks.
Not just random words or phrases, it’s actual hooks…
some auto tuned, some vocoded, some just straight classic harmonized.
It seems to be a mixture of classic rnb ballads…
as well as urban infused techno pop type rnb tracks.
Synths, strings, keys, bass, guitars, drums, fx…all the stuff you’d expect from an rnb sample collection.
- content: 15 construction kits 1.5 gb download
- format: apple, wav, acid
- price: $49.95
How does it sound?
Like songs lol
Seriously, most of these kits, if you listen to the demo tracks, could be songs on their own. That can be good or bad. It’s good because you know everything was produced to fit right.
That can also pose a problem, they sound so good together you almost don’t want to break them up….but you know me…I’ve got to do it!
The synths sound right, a lot of gated and smooth lead type synths in here.
Also some good guitar loops, and even a few piano loops.
The sound like good rnb loops in general, but the vocals add a different creativity to the collection.
The hooks are long, so you have a lot of stuff to chop up, and the phrases actually fit into a commercial rnb setting.
Enough to chop and make your own, with enough variation in recording style/technique to give you a good variety.
Overall the production is very good, well produced, and usable…I wish there were some oneshot drums, but I have no problem chopping up the drum loops.
So what’s the bottom line?
I like this idea, and I like this collection.
It takes sample loops to the next level and shows the creators know how to make songs and not just beats.
Many of us like to chop up small parts of vocals and such, but it’s usually not as easy to find vocals that fit in an rnb style track.
There’s enough variety to keep it useful, with quality loops and riffs to keep you chopping.
It’s an average size collection so it won’t break the bank either.
Wish there were some single hit drums, but that’s not a major issue really lol.
I give this collection 4 out of subs…really good content both vocally and musically.
You can hear some background/headphone music in some of the vocals…which is a given when working on a song, but since these are used as samples you don’t really want to deal with that.
But it’s not too bad, and once you start putting the vocals into songs you can’t notice…but it could pose an issue when mixing vocals from one kit with music of your own or from another kit.
A small thing in the big picture, but worth mentioning if you’re like me and notice stuff like this
Go on over to Big Fish and check it out, let them know I sent ya! Big Fish Audio Hook City RnB Edition
leave a comment below and let me know what you think