Yo what’s good fam, back with another review for ya
After I did the Neo Soul Keys review many folks asked me to checkout another EP library
It was from Soniccouture and it is called Broken Wurli
I had never heard of it, so didn’t know what to expect, let’s see what’s good!
What is Broken Wurli?
It’s a library based on….you guessed it, a broken Wurli EP
Specifically an EP that has one broken speaker.
They didn’t want to go after “just another ep”
No sire, they wanted something that had a unique character
I would say sampling an EP that has a broken speaker qualifies as an instrument with character!
- content: 8gb (4gb with kontakt compression)
- format: kontakt and kontakt player
- price: $89
How does it sound?
Here’s the kicker…if you’ve been around this site for any amount of time, you know I prefer a good smooth rhodes over a wurli most of the time.
That’s just my taste.
So I didn’t know what to expect
I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It doesn’t have the smooth creamy sound I usually go for in an EP, but that’s a good thing.
They went their own way with this, focusing on the unique tone of the instrument. It has an inherent bite and grit that you just don’t get by simply adding fx. The subtle imperfection of the instrument is actually what makes it perfect for the task it aims to accomplish!
I LOVE the interface and the control you have over your sound, but again, the sound itself is really unique and useful.
I like that they give you general ep presets as well as more unusual sound design presets.
All the fx sound wonderful as well as the included amps.
This thing just has a certain grit and crunchiness to it that I find to be a very welcomed contrast to my normal taste in ep sounds.
What’s the bottom line on Broken Wurli?
Well, I’m always open to checkout new things, and I almost missed a great one in the Broken Wurli
I assumed…”meh, another wurli” but once I played it was quickly saw this was no oridinary ep library
The fact that Soniccouture was confident enough to go their own way and walk their own path in the ep library realm is very well received by myself.
I must thank everyone that informed me about this library as well as Sonicouture for creatiing it, it’s truly a joy to play in it’s own right.
I give this one 5 out of 5 subs as well. Not because it matches sound for sound with my other favorite ep libraries, but because it does it’s own thing in a super efficient manner. It brings something to the table that others do not.
I find many ep libraries are “close” to each other, with some having a slight edge in certain situations.
But here, it’ not about directly emulating the perfect wurli sound, it’s about accurately recreating the unique character of a single expressive and broken instrument in way that can be musically creative and useful
I dig it, and the price is right for what you get, totally an item to put on your list.
Go on over and read up on it, check it out for yourself, listen to their demos: http://www.soniccouture.com/en/products/24-the-attic/g31-broken-wurli/
If you like to wonder off the path a little bit from time to time yet still have the familiarity of an instrument you know and love, check this out, seriously nice tones, from raw and jagged to ambient and airy.
Good job to the folks at Soniccouture….now I’m interested to see what else they have hiding in their attic!