The Cool Notes, Eternal, East 17, 49ers, Five Star, Slamm, Erik, Pascal Gabriel, Sam Fox, and many more.
"...a professional product, chock-full of well-recorded and well-presented ready-to-run samples." 4 1/2 and 4 3/4 stars - SOS, Nov 94.
"...monstrously funky..." - Keyboard, USA, Jan 95.
"...all the necessary travel passes to drive a groovy soul train into the top of the charts." - The Mix, July 95.
"...a very good example of how to construct a sample CD." - Future Music, Dec 94.
Both these CDs are packed full of sounds specially recorded for these CDs that whilst being original have a very classic sound. Both CDs include sections devoted to:
Stereo Vocal Blocks
Useful R&B Samples
Snares - M&C, Rare, Swing, 70s/Disco, 80s, R&B, Garage/House, Reggae, Ragga & Misc.
Hats, Crashes, and Rides
Each CD also include the exclusive Black II Black Sample Schools. These are selections of sounds that are used to produce a track in a particular genre. All the samples used to create the track are there, and you can substitute sounds from elsewhere on the CD for those used to give an equally authentic, but different sound. If the track sounds like the type of thing you are aiming for, then these samples will be a great shortcut. Volume 1 features Reggae, Ragga, and Swing Schools, Volume 2 features Jazz House, Euro House, Mad House, Slo' Jamz, Gangsta Rap, and Swing 2 Schools.
More info on the Producer
Steve & Joe are veterans of the UK soul scene. The Cool Notes achieved chart successes during the eighties. They signed for PWL but the plan to 'sell soul back to the Americans' never came to fruition. They have however taken time out to produce and remix for the new breed of UK dance acts and are in the process of relaunching their careers again as The Cool Notes.
GENERAL: REX files are amazing! They are files created by Propellerhead's ReCycle that scan lice up any suitable rhythmic sample and produce a file that includes the sample data and sequence information. These files can be loaded by many of today's most popular software (Reason, Logic, EXS24, Cubase, Digital Performer, and many more!) and will automatically play at any tempo you choose. The software will also give you loads of additional options that allow you to control much more too - use the groove with other sounds, knock out a specific element or take out hits to use in your own loops, and much more! REX2 files are stereo and REX(1) files mono. MOST software supports both formats. You can even import REX files into ReCycle and export them to the huge number of samplers that supports. REXing files is a very skilled job. Some files are easy but a well-REXed library can take a huge amount of work to create. AMG released the World's first REX and REX2 CDs and have been pioneers of the format. If you've never used REX files check them out, once you've used them you'll never go back!
SPECIFIC: This CD features REX versions of every sample from the collection that is REXable. It also includes WAV files so other sounds are also included.