Hey what’s good fam, back with another review for you
About a month ago, Ableton had a huge sale on their upgrades, so I finally upgraded my version of Live to 8, I think it was like 36 bucks or something (before the sale it was only around 60 or so but I hadn’t upgrade yet lol)
After I downloaded the update I was playing with some of the free partner instruments in there and came across the two libraries from SampleLogic that were exclusive to Ableton Live.
I liked both of them based on the demo instruments so I bought both of the libraries.
Today I’m doing a review on Acoustix, one of the two libraries they created for Ableton Live.
let’s peep it!
So what is Acoustix?
Like other SampleLogic libraries, it’s a cinematic library aimed at composers, sound designers and anyone that wants some creative and “off the beaten path” type of sounds.
This one is based on acoustic instruments and hits, percussion, atmospheres, soundscapes, etc, that have all been effected, morphed and twisted into new sounds and sonic material.
The same type of concept from their other libraires like cinematic guitars, air, the elemnents, and more.
However, this one is made specifically for Ableton Live, the sounds, clips, and kits are tightly integrated into the Live instrument devices, with controls already mapped.
They programmed this library in a way that makes everything feels like it’s actually part of the Live environment.
- content: 200 instruments racks, 63 audio/mid loops, 14 construction kits, 1.6gb
- format: Live 8, Live 8 Suite, Live Intro
- price: $99
How does it sound?
It sounds like SampleLogic.
If you’re familiar with what they do, then you know what their stuff sounds like.
It’s creative, it’s evolving, unique, esoteric, scary, creepy, huge, melodic, harsh, well you get the idea.
I will admit I never paid much attention to this library being that it was Ableton exclusive, and I was also unsure how it would sound compared to their Kontakt libraries, since I felt Kontakt had so much more power in terms of what they could do with scripting and such.
But I’m glad Ableton put the demo packs in the Live 8 library, otherwise I may not have ever checked these out!
The recordings are incredible and the sounds are instantly inspiring, I literally felt like I could create a new song or instrumental from each sound that I played, let a lone when I started to put them together.
The impacts and percussion sounds are huge, the pads are very evolving and multi-layered, and even the melodic instrumens are just fun to play. Not all electronic and werid, you also have some lush horns and woodwinds, strings, guitar sounds, keys, and more.
The arps are cool and fun to play with and the ensembles really have a lot of texture to them.
I also love how they incorporated the controls into the library, it makes it instantly tweakable and customizable.
This library alone had me considering grabbing one of the apc or other ableton controllers just so I could have instant control over the library.
So what’s the bottom line? Is it worth it?
Bottom line is this is an amazing way to get access to the SampleLogic product line at a price that brings it into the grasp of most users.
It comes in at a price about $200 less than where most of their larger libraries start price wise, but the content and quality is right there.
I have cinematic guitars, and have used the free instruments from their “try pack” and I can tell you that they did not skimp on the programming here.
As I said, I liked the demo instruments so much I bought both libraries, knowing it was ableton only…I didn’t care, they were that good.
I give Acoustix 4.5 out of 5 subs, it’s a really great library that shows the quality and creative sound design SampleLogic is known for.
If you own Live 8, this is defintiely a must have, even if you don’t…it may be worth buying a copy of Live Intro just so you can use these sounds! Remember, Ableton Live is capable of running as a rewire slave so you can open it like a plugin in any DAW that supports rewire.
That may sound like extra work, but once you play these sounds you won’t really mind the extra step to use them.
Hey you could even compose entirely with these sounds in Live intro and export it into your DAW for further additions or whatever.
So don’t let the Ableton exclusive thing deter you, especially if you love cinematic and sound design libraries but usually find most of them a bit out of reach price wise.
Listen the demos over at the SampleLogic website: http://samplelogic.com/acoustix.html
Leave a comment below, let me know what you think!