You knew this one was coming, it was a must I had to check this out.
A huge collection of piano, ep, wurli, and clavi licks, riffs, loops, etc…from George Duke!
Yeah…so uhhhh, the main purpose of my review really was to kinda checkout the interface and how you can work with the loops.
I had no doubt that the sounds themselves would be dope lol.
So let’s check it out!
What is George Duke Soul Treasures?
It’s like having access to a bunch of George Duke studio sessions, royalty free…to use however you wish!
No seriously, it’s like they took George Duke…along with his personal engineer Erik Zobler, locked them in the studio, and told them to play some goodness if they ever wanted to smell the fresh air again.
Okay…maybe they weren’t that ruthless, but you know…getting someone of George’s skill to sit down and record a bunch of random loops for other folks to use is quite a feat in itself.
It’s over 500 loops, in a customized kontakt player instrument, tempo-synced and ready to slice.
It’s a sampler’s dream!
Real, authentic, piano and ep samples from a master keyboard player….with the funk and soul we love.
- content: 5.3gb, 503 kontakt instruments
- format: kontakt 4 or kontakt 4 player (free download)
- price: $119.00
How does it sound?
I wasn’t even worried about how it would sound…it’s freaking George Duke, teamed up with his personal engineer, put into an instrument from NI.
That said, it was a lot more diverse than I first expected.
In the videos he talked about doing a bunch of “variations” of similar phrases, so I was thinking a bunch of very similar stuff…I was wrong.
There is a huuuuuuuuge diversity in these samples and with the options to tweak the sound via filters, fx, pitch, and room/echo…it’s pretty deep.
Everything from funky and sharp to smooth and soulful, there’s even a few grand piano riffs that border on the creepy side….good stuff.
Everything has a very nice recording overall and I love that you get two versions in the interface. The “clean” version and the “tube&tape” version which gives an even more vintage/dirty feel to it.
The sound is exactly what you’d expect from a library like this, but the diversity really was a pleasant surprise, so many different styles, tempos, keys, etc.
What’s the bottom line, is this product truly a treasure?
I like this product, not just for the sound but the usability of it is very nice.
I have a few things I liked to see improved though. I would like to be able to edit the slices manually in the interface, adding or removing, moving as I see fit.
I also think the time stretch algorithm could be improved a bit. It would also be nice to be able to have an option to change the panning of each slice.
Maybe even allow each slice to have it’s own fx, filter, room, etc….
Basically I have a ton of ideas on how this kontakt player instrument can become it’s own instrument in the NI lineup, so I will be sharing my input with them directly on this matter.
That said, as it stands now, I can still see many more products like this, maybe covering brass, bass, drums, etc.
I give this a 4.5 out of 5 subs, it’s a very dope interface and a fun way to play with some dope samples.
The fact that they give you the raw waves as well is a good move and shows they have compassion for those of us that like to really get in and mangle stuff to bits.
Good sound, great interface and very fun to actually play with, I definitely look forward to more products like this.
Go check out their demo songs and videos: George Duke Soul Treasures Kontakt instrument
let me know what you think, leave a comment below