Not another beat box kit!
I know, I know…if you’re like me, any time you hear “beat box” from a sample provider, you pass on by!
Well for me, I usually find them to be useless, most of the time a bunch of loops of some person beat boxing that isn’t really that good.
They rarely provide actual “one shots” and the ones that do, I can’t tell what’s a kick, snare, or hi hat!
Yeah, I’m biased against beat box samples…I bet Primeloops didn’t know that before they sent the kit in for this review!
So are they safe?
Primeloops beat box kit has NO freakin loops!
okay, so my first surprise was that a company named Primeloops did NOT put any loops in this beat box kit!
Well, I almost ended my review right there out of excitement, did they actually realize that producers want to use the single hits from a beat box session and not the whole performance?
Did they understand that producers like to make their own loops and performances? Or that we like to layer nice mouth percussion on top of our regular drums?
Hmmm….they did, at least I think so, becuase there isn’t a freakin loop in sight!
But the real question remains….how does it sound and what’s the deal with the kit anyway?
Straight from the mouth of Mowgli
These mouth bangers were created by Mowgli of the World Beatbox Convention, he’s signed to AllFromTheMouth along side others like Rahzel,Killa Kella, and Shlomo…..
So, it’s pretty safe to say, they didn’t get some unknown studio engineer to try and beat box into their high quality Rode NT2000 and “manufacture” some convincing sounds.
They went right to the source and enlisted the mouth of a profesisonal! Good call.
But how do they sound maaaaaaaaaaaaan!
Well I will say, I still didn’t know what to expect, I’m not big into the beat box scene so I didn’t know who Mowgli was, sounded like a dope beatboxer but I just hadn’t had any knowledge of him.
When I opened the folder, the first thing I went to was the kicks, gotta have that knock! In most beatbox kits, the kicks do not “thump” even though they are kicks. Now I wasn’t expecting the same thump as I get from other kicks, but at least enough to let me know it’s a kick!
I wasn’t disappointed at all! These kicks were well defined and well recorded. I could use them as the foundation for a track, or layer with some other drums to get really freaky!
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS…..somebody finally got it right!
For years I was constantly disappointed with beat box sample kits, and hey, even though I’ve been known to do my own from time to time, it’s nice to have a kit right there for immediate use.
So what about the snares, hi hats, and other sounds?
They were all equally useful, and most important, distinguishable! I they snares sounded like snares, and the hats sounded like hats…some of the hats and shakers may sound pretty close but that’s okay!
There are also some weird chirps, blips, bass, scratches, and other mouth candy.
How many sounds do I get man?
This is another part where the kit shines! It includes about 200 or so samples, individual sounds!
You get a folder of kicks, snares, hats, instruments, and kits.
I’m sure you can figure out what’s in each folder.
So what the SoundsAndGear rating on this bad boy man?
It’s a solid kit, very solid. I started to give it a 3.5, which is still good in my book, because it was still a limited kit since everyone won’t like beat box samples, so it’s not as broad in application.
But FUNK DAT!!!
If you’re looking for beat box kits, that’s what you want, the beat box! I had to give it a 4 out of 5 subs man!
The samples are good, the quality is excellent, and they have enough punch and definition to be the main drums in a track.
Good job to the primeloops crew!
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