Vince Clarke, Lucky Bastard
Contact: AMG, www.samples4.com
Format: Reason ReFill CD-ROM
Price: ? 30 ($52 approx.)
Synth legend Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Erasure, Yazoo) has been ReCycled
and virtually recreated in this sonically potent refill. At the heart of
Lucky Bastard is a collection of REX?d modular/analog sequences and
electronic drum loops. Specifically formatted for Reason, this library
contains all the material from the original audio version of LB, as well as
new REX, Malstr?m, and Subtractor patches hand-crafted by Vince himself.
Loops range from down-tempo and dirge-like to driving and frantic. There
are plenty of Clarke?s signature sounds: metallic and noisy hi-hats, oddly
harmonic sequenced riffs, tweazy basses, lo-fi pads. I had no problem
concocting an early ?90s-inspired bed that conjured all the vibe of a bona
fide synth pop classic. Sure, I was reveling in a guilty pleasure. So what?
I challenge anyone to play these loops and not wax nostalgic!
Featured synths include Roland System 100, System 700, ARP 2600, a
selection of Moogs, Sequential Circuits Pro One, Korg Poly Fusion, VCS3,
Serge Modular, Oberheim Xpander, and more. I was a little disappointed by
the NN19 sampler patches, though. None of the synths are multisampled ‹ in
most cases, the patches are mappings of various sequenced phrases.
Fortunately, the Subtractor and Malstr?m patches more than make up for the
skimpy sampler set. There?s no shortage of LFO-synced and step sequence-like
synth patches that Vince reportedly created just for this refill. Whatever
the case may be, these patches blend nicely with the REX material, thanks to
the use of syncable LFOs, which are pressed into service to create a variety
of percolating one-finger jams.
I was also happy to find three song starters ‹ Reason songs stocked with
instruments and MIDI tracks that demo the material nicely. You?re free to
delete the tracks and start making your own tunes; effects are already
bussed and tweaked, so mixing is even made easier.
?80s and ?90s synth pop is enjoying something of a revival these days. If
you?re a cult fan or just in need of an authentic flavor from that era,
Lucky Bastard is guaranteed to satisfy. With this latest incarnation of
Vince?s personal synth collection, he once again proves he?s an ace
programmer with a defining sound.
Rating: [0 of 5 Stars!]