Arguably AMG's finest ever sample CD.
No expensive was spared recording this CD meticulously over three long years.
Top UK studio Jacobs' state-of-the-art digital multitrack and Dolby S Analogue recorders were utilised, harnessed by top producer Adam Moseley.
Combined with Tavin's superb performances this CD has amazed just about everyone who's heard it. Other sample CD producers have not believed that the performces featured were recorded live and performed by a human, they're that good.
The whole CD has a very contemporary, hip sound so you'll be able to use it whatever music you are making. The ensemble grooves are usually presented in a number of variations and broken down in broken down into a selection of elements so you can recreate your own combinations.
There's also a very comprehensive selection of single hits and solo patterns.
Instruments featured include:
Tablas, Duggis, Lowha Tarang, Kachi Dhol
Cowbell, Jamblocks, Gong, Tam Tam, Gungru
Tambourine, Shekere and loads more.
All in all a very high quality CD with something for everyone,
you owe it to yourself to check this one out, or else you'll never know what you're missing.
More info on the Producer
Talvin is building a burgeoning career as one of the most exciting and innovative percussionists to emerge in recent times. Aside from 'crossing-over' into the Western music scene, he's performed with many of the top classical concert performers from the sub-continent.
He is a remarkably fresh and tireless talent with a big future ahead of him.
In 1999 he also won the prestigious Mercury Music Award.
"4 Stars" - SOS
"...the featured performer, Talvin Singh, is amazing. He's worked with Bjork, Dub Syndicate, Neneh Cherry, Massive Attack, and others, and it shows. From his excellent finger rolls and pitch-bends to the wonderfully executed pops and slaps, Talvin's performance is a clinic in percussive perfection...
Talvin's dynamics and timing are exceptional throughout, no matter what instrument he's playing, but it's important to note that Abracatabla is not a stylistically traditional ethnic percussion disc...As for sound quality, well, spin this disc with eyes closed and you'll swear Talvin is sitting cross-legged on a rug five feet in front of you. Crystal- clear tunings, pristine sounds, tasty touches of effects , the engineering, mixing, and mastering is top-notch...Ernie summarizes: "Overall it's a very musical, grooving disc. Excellent playing." This is one serious piece of work." - Keyboard USA.
"They don't come much more talented than Talvin Singh...there is a large range of music that these could be applied to for fab results...This is not just an ordinary ethnic sample CD - even if you are not after an Eastern feel, with a little bit of imagination these loops could add extra sparkle, spice and class to any music. You could add 'em to ambient, tailor them to techno, give them to Goa or just use them in the sparse arrangements for which they were originally intended. The cliched curry-house loops you find on other CDs are therefore pretty-much avoided...It's not surprising that Abracatabla took three years to complete. This is one inspirational CD from one very talented geezer." - Future Music, April 96.
Talvin's worked with Massive Attack, Bjork, Neneh Cherry, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Dub Syndicate, Courtney Pine, and many more.
GENERAL - Akai S1000 CD-ROMs work with not only the S1000 and S1100 but many other hard and software samplers that support the format too such as the EXS24, Reason and many hardware samplers. If you're not sure check if your sampler supports S1000 format AND exactly how well, it varies and a native format is always preferable if available.
PRODUCT SPECIFIC - This CD-ROM features all the drum and performance loops sliced up in programs that you can load and either play each slice as it is mapped across the keyboard or use the supplied MIDI Files to re-create the original loop and edit as you wish. This is an extremely powerful system allowing you quick and easy loop editing. Non-performance samples and full versions of the loops are also included in banks for quick auditioning too if you prefer to work this way.