Yo what’s good fam, it’s Friday, time for some Big Fish!
Had some things going on last week but I’m back at ya with a new dosage!
Just in time for the summer, got something to cool ya off a lil bit!
Today I’m checking out Jazz Colors, another library from Ueberschall
so let’s get it!
What is Jazz Colors?
It is a complete jazz loop and sound tool kit.
It covers bebop, swing, ballad, latin, hardbop, smooth and fusion jazz styles.
It comes in the elastik player and everything is broken out by tempo, key, instrument, etc.
It includes the various parts of the song, including the full backing tracks ( I like to treat these like samples from songs and records, really cool)
You can also browse the kits by section like intro/outro, part a, part b, and part c.
So it’s easy to find parts of a song that go together, but for me, with the elastik browser I just like to browse by sound and not specific loops/kits.
Being able to find horns, strings, bass, etc, regardless of what kit they belong to is dope.
How does it sound?
Sounds like Jazz, real talk.
They covered a broad spectrum here so there’s something for any jazz lover.
From the smooth and laid back sounds of smooth jazz and ballad to the more upbeat fast sounds of latin and bebop, everything is covered.
As usual with Ueberschall, the records are done well and have a nice tone to them that is really true to the styles they are capturing.
Everything has a nice warm tone to it, really makes it feel like you’re digging into some old master tapes.
I like the variety of sounds and tempos, and the fact that it has all types of keys and guitars.
I do wish there were some single drum hits, maybe they were there and I missed them.
There’s plenty of horns, gotta have horns if you got a Jazz library!
What’s the bottom line?
Bottom line is I dig it. As I said before, with the previous Elastik player I stayed away from Ueberschall libraries, but the way they updated it and make finding sounds by type, genre, or whatever, very simple, I love it.
I use it as a straight librarian and use it to quickly find the sounds I need, then I just export the waves and drop them into Maschine, ready to chop.
I also like how they really get into the sound they are going for.
If it says Jazz, it sounds like Jazz and it will be mixed like Jazz. This means you will sometimes find some imperfections in the sound as in it may be lower in some parts, etc. Everything isn’t normalized and limited to death, the tracks have life and sound like actual music, not just a sample library.
I give Jazz Colors 4 out of 5 subs, really dope library that captures the sounds of Jazz many of us have been sampling for years.
I think there are some gems in this library, and in the Ueberschall catalog on a whole. If you can get past them being in the Elastik player, you’ll find yourself in front of a large ecosytem of dope sounds!
Anything you add to elastik becomes browsable by type, genre, tempo, whatever.
So you don’t have to browse by library, just need a bass? Find it, no matter which library it’s from…that’s dope!
Go on over and checkout the demos, let me know what you think: http://www.bigfishaudio.com/detail.html?512363
leave me a comment below, I wanna hear your opinion.
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