The 4th collection from Sample Tools by Cr2 is titled Sound of Techno. This is a very useful and essential library of dark techno samples and loops for music producers. Created by Italian producer Michele Russi, his EDM influences run from Detroit techno, minimal dub techno over to some darker Berlin sounds. I downloaded this 740MB pack and found 132 excellent drum hits—kicks, snares, claps, percussion bits and hi-hats. Included are loops that hit 127BPM for 2 measures each, and a good collection of effects and synth shots—mostly sweeps and builds. I especially like the Song Starters folder—great loop construction kits that will evoke many songwriting ideas. A lot of the darkness in this collection comes from the fat sounding synth bass loops and synth loops folders. Both collections also include MIDI files if you want to make tweaks. All audio files are 44.1kHz/24-bit and the collection finishes with a folder of 20 Massive presets. A great collection that is well titled making them easy to fluff and fold into your musical “stew,” Sample Tools by Cr2 Sound of Techno sells for $19.99. Buy and download them from http://sounds.beatport.com/pack/sound-of-techno/8047.
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