Hey what’s good fam, hope all is well.
Back with another review for ya.
Today I’m checking out a custom urban patch library for MASSIVE by Brian Lee of Xenos Soundworks.
He’s done sound design for most of your favorite synths, so let’s check it out!
What is Straight Up Hip Hop?
To keep it pretty simple, it’s a collection of 64 new patches for NI MASSIVE geared towards hip hop, dirty south, rnb, etc.
You know I’m usually a little skeptical when someone says it’s an “urban” instrument library.
But these patches aren’t cheezy or cliche at all.
It’s basically just a nice collection of new sounds useful in various types of urban or electronic music.
- content: 64 patches
- format: NI MASSIVE (nmsv and ksd) format
- price: $5.95
How does it sound?
This is a nice collection of really usable sounds in my opinion.
I was definitely a little skeptical, I’ve known of Brian Lee for a while through various other plugin libraries and expansions he has done.
Those were usually more geared towards electronic/techno type sounds so I wondered what these would sound like.
What you get are a nice diverse collection of synths, basses, leads, pads and even some keys and fx.
The keys were probably the most surprising, I’d like to see a volume dedicated specifically to these types of sounds. Some of the synth presets could pass as keyboard sounds as well, but they were really melodic and smooth to play.
There were of course some deep basses and raw leads, a few pads as well, would like to see more there too.
He even threw in a nice sounding synth horn patch.
I also love the everything is mapped to the macro knobs so you can quickly tweak the sounds to you liking without much effort.
The velocity responsiveness makes the patches playable and not just static sounding and the use of delay adds some nice character to the sounds.
The other macro parameters you’ll find like filter and “shrink” really let you dig into the character of the sounds.
Oh…and some of those FX are really nice too.
So what’s the bottom line?
Well honestly I’m surprised you’re still reading, at this price it really makes no sense not to just go and get the dang thing.
Seriously, the sounds are well designed, and lots of thought went into the automatable parameters so that you can get some diverse sounds just from tweaking the macro knobs.
I give this patch collection 4.5 out of 5 subs, I didn’t know what to expect but that’s a good thing, as I was definitely impressed with the quality and tweakability of the sounds.
I’m looking forward to seeing what else is hiding over there at xenossoundworks.
Go check it out for yourself, matter of fact, if you own MASSIVE, just go buy it: http://xenossoundworks.com/massive.html
Leave a comment below, let me know what you think