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Tony Mason...Steamin' - REX
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Following on from the hugely successful ’Smokin…’ Tony’s back and this is one sequel that won't disappoint. Tony's built on the success of his first library including all the style and subtlety that made Smokin' such a hit - but adding new scope with the inclusion of triggered drum sounds offering a much wider palette of sounds for you to utilize. This is something special, but don't take our word for it, hear it for yourself.
Tony's first sample library, ...Smokin', was extremely highly rated by many good judges. It offered something not available anywhere else - it had it's own unique sound. Steamin’ confirms Tony's status and builds his reputation further. With credits including
Fine Young Cannibals
, and many more you would expect something special, and this library is certainly that.
"...this is a selection of smokin' laid back grooves. They are mainly variations around the old swingbeat bum ba-bum-bum b bum tss bum type thing, all superbly played and recorded, of course...Some (from tracks 21 onwards) with excellent fills and hits could make superb drum 'n' bass loops if spliced and speeded up, but it's really the swing-back thangs of hip hop, trip hop and hopscotch (er) that benefit from Smokin'...Those after the `real' drum sound will like Smokin'. For the rest, MIDI files of these excellent loops might be in order."
- Future Music.
"He's metronomically accurate, but his subtly varied off-the-beat placement is complex, organic, and dead funky...Furthermore, Mason excels at crafting patterns that are hip and detailed without sounding contrived - there are few cliches here...No matter how electronic Mason gets, he never sounds mechanical. The triggered loops tend to feel almost as human as the purely acoustic ones."
- Keyboard (USA)
"This CD features the crispest live drums and percussion played by the maestro...The sound of the drums involved are second to none - these are live drums at their best."
"I've been reviewing sample CDs quite a bit recently and although many have had much to recommend them, none has satisfied my own particular personal thirst for a specific kind of sample - until now...Steamin' is over an hour of very pure, very funky drum loops. They have been played with that lived in feel that makes you groove the moment you hear them and you only get from twenty years practicing playing the drums...What can I say, this is the best sample CD I've ever heard, buy it and never run out of breakbeats."
- DJ Magazine
"Crammed with superb acoustic and electronic grooves, Steamin' is the perfect antidote to all those percussive problems that seem to arise whenever you're trying to lay down an authentic hip hop groove (not as easy as it sounds) or create the perfect backing for your latest swingbeat, tech-jazz or soul masterpiece. There's a staggering choice of loops (both acoustic and electronic) on offer here - from slow shuffles to meaty funk fills - all beautifully recorded...some of the seemingly effortless syncopations he managed to fit into a single loop are just breathtaking. The sounds themselves are on an equal footing offering a wide variety of kicks (everything from high n' tight to deep n' hollow), snares (buzz and side sticks too), cymbals, toms and hi-hats. There's also a useful selection of snare and hat grooves for those who prefer programming their own kick patterns...The production throughout is exquisite, as it was on its predecessor. This is exactly the kind of material that the sampler was invested for. You'll find yourself locked in the studio just dreaming up new tracks for the opportunity of getting to work with one of these grooves...no matter which style of music you're working on you'll still find this an essential purchase. Steamin' is a brilliantly creative collection. Don't miss it."
- The Mix
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