Loopmasters Real Strings Vol 4 review

Submitted by on Jan 17, 2013

Hey what’s good fam, back at you with another sample library review

Today I’m checking out a string library from Loopmasters and Organic Loops called Real Strings Vol 4: Hip Hop

Let’s check it out!

So what is Real Strings Vol 4?

hiphopstrings4_bigIt’s the 4 library in a series of authentic string score libraries in various styles.

As you can see, this volume is dedicated to Hip Hop and Urban music.

The series is recorded by Pete Whitfield in his own studio where he records strings for various professional artists, major lables, tv, and media companies.

The idea is to bring high quality authentic sounding string recordings into the hands of musicians of all types and styles.

These are real, live played string samples and performances ready to load into your favorite host or sampler.

They even include the full scores and MIDI info.

Quick Specs

  • content: 249 full loops, 72 phrase loops, 716MB
  • format: Rex, WAV, MIDI, Sibelius
  • price: $47.86

How do they sound?

Reel to Reel Tape RecorderThese strings sound amazing, totally real and authentic. There isn’t too much space or reverb around them but they aren’t completely dry either.

You can tell they were recorded in a great sounding space.

The style of the loops and how they are organized really gives you some flexibility. You get the full loop, then the different parts of the loop like the low strings, high strings, etc.

They are labeled by tempo as well as key for quick access.

The most important part though, is how they sound, and I really love the sound of these loops and phrases.

They are long enough with plenty of variety to be useful in many situations. And they actual melodies/patterns played are actually quick useful and inspiring.

They aren’t just a bunch of simple, run of the mill phrases, there is some really good use of style and movement that shows the ability of the composer/conductor as well as the players themselves.

So what’s the bottom line?

Can I have some more please? Seriously, they sound good and they immediately got me excited to checkout the previous volumes.

4andhalfsubsI give Real Strings 4 a rating of 4.5 out of 5 subs, they are well recorded, well organized, and most importantly they are usefully inspiring.

I would have liked to see a little more in the phrase category but there’s quite a bit there to work with as is.

The only thing that I feel would have taken this to the next level is if they included some multi-sample patches in Kontakt, EXS, and Live formats.

The strings sound that good that I thought of all the melodies I could play with a nice section instrument.

Either way, check out their demos on the site: http://www.loopmasters.com/product/details/1542

Leave a comment below, let me know what you think!


  1. cbroady says:


  2. John Finter says:

    These are pretty good and I’m not even a big loops guy…just picked up Tarilonte’s Era, Forest Kingdom, Epic World, and Desert Winds in that buy one get one sale….btw man what kind of screen capture software do you use?

  3. Thomasgreco says:

    Library is nice but that loop was kickin!

  4. Sharif says:

    Wow this is fantastic and at a very reasonable price. I actually already have owned vol. 2 for a while. I didn’t know they were already at 4! This stuff is pretty much must have. Great product and love your beats, I actually think your beats are getting better and better too, though they were always good. Thanks again for the review!

  5. J says:

    wow, I liked these from the first note. Great sounding strings

  6. tony says:

    i,m sold on this one st.joe, rate it the same as you like the file size as well as the price and sound gonna check out the others to thanks again

  7. SoundsAndGear says:

    @John Finter Yeah they sound great I wish they made some insttuments patches to go with them so we could actually play the strings. I use camtasia.

  8. SoundsAndGear says:

    Yeah…you don’t have to chop it at all, they sound that good lol

  9. SoundsAndGear says:

    Loopmasters has been putting it down for a while, just gotta know what you’re looking for as they cover so many genres. This joint definitely nice!

  10. maskerade45 says:

    That was a really cool chop for what it’s worth. I really appreciate your reviews man!

  11. SoundsAndGear says:

    thanks man, appreciate it!

  12. abecerra71 says:

    Sounds really nice. I have EAST WEST symphony sounds and there just as authentic. But no loops. Which is ok cause i am sorta old school lol. I have always created my own string sounds. but what is that pad your playing on? And what recording software are you running that allows you to control it with the pad. I SOOO want one now lol.

  13. SoundsAndGear says:

    yeah I would like to have an instrument based off of these sounds, instead of only the loops. But I like to show different stuff too. I’m using NI Maschine, love it!

  14. micmutil8r says:

    That sounded like one of those Traumah kicks, HEAVY! Good stuff my man!! Keep up the good work!!

  15. SoundsAndGear says:

    Thanks for checking fam! That was from soundsinHD distorted blends, I did a video on my boomandbap channel, peep it :)

  16. 1971xxtony says:

    Damn they sound really good…

  17. SoundsAndGear says:

    thanks for watching

  18. ARBORICAL says:

    I didnt just download this video to sample those sounds.

  19. pughtube08 says:

    Yo St. Joe, you was feeling that joint! I saw it in the neck snap and the look in the eyes. That joint was about to go hard. Keep hittin them up bruh!

  20. Jazzhop101 says:

    Making man spend money… Again! Lol

  21. SoundsAndGear says:


  22. SoundsAndGear says:

    Hahahaha yes indeed…you saw? LOL can’t hide it man lol

  23. SoundsAndGear says:

    LOL!!!!! Wow

  24. Sounds like a Scott Storch Strings library. LOL. I like it. Keep finding these dope sounds cuz. Check out the blog if you haven’t been on it recently….


    DOPE …Check me out

  26. TurCoD says:

    The maschine looks fun to fuck around with, i would buy one if i had the money for it. Maybe some day.Keep coming with these videos man.

  27. SoundsAndGear says:

    No doubt fam, thanks for checking it out

  28. Hey, thanks for the in-depth review and useful feedback! Great to see how you are using the loops – in ways I had not imagined! It keeps me going! Best from England!

    • saintjoe says:

      Thanks for watching Pete! This thing sounds great, I’m looking forward to checking out some of the others as well as any you have planned for the future. Great sounding instruments. Would be cool to have a few multi sampled patches based on your recordings.

  29. MadOne7950 says:

    what midi keyboard your are working with?

  30. SoundsAndGear says:

    Using a Novation Ultranova

  31. MadOne7950 says:

    Nice!! Midi Keyboard Bro!!

  32. SuperInstrumentals1 says:

    I love watching your videos

  33. SoundsAndGear says:

    thank you for the support!

  34. Baddboy2000 says:

    SJ: Loopmaster’s didn’t hold back with this one. The sounds are great & I agree with your rating. Thanks for giving us a “peep” into this pack.

  35. Art Sanchez says:

    Love it! Are you going to NAMM!

  36. SoundsAndGear says:

    thanks for watching, I will be covering the NAMM news for sure

  37. Haralduz7 says:

    Nice sound to the strings.
    You said that there is three volumes before this one. There is actually four. You also got Disco Strings.

    • saintjoe says:

      Well I was speaking of this specific series, the Real Strings series, which there are 3 before this, making this Vol 4. But yes they also have disco strings as well :)

  38. Apologies for the confusion about the Disco Strings. I’ve no idea why it didn’t get a ‘volume’ number, an error that I’m stuck with now! Best, Pete.

  39. Dropxbeatsx says:

    Sound good might have to grab that

  40. mazar attia says:


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