Dubstep has been a hot genre for a while now and sample manufacturers are busy releasing new sample material for Dubstep producers. Prime Loops has a nice collection of sample packs for this type of music as well and one of such is the
Ultimate Dubstep Drummer which I had an opportunity to review.
So what does the the Ultimate Dubstep Drummer bring in to the table?
As the name implies, this package emphasize on drums. You’ll get lots of well produced royalty free drum loops (+600Mb of .WAV content) ready to slam your Dubstep (or other style) tracks into new dimensions.
Inside the package, samples are organized into 6 folders: there’s 52 drum machine loops, 42 live drum loops, 42 full mix drum loops, 42 MIDI drum loops, 42 programmed machine drums and 32 one shot drum samples to build your own drum beats.
Basically, each folder contains the same set of drum sequences, but with different drum sounds. In the full mix drum loops -folder, the sequences are fully mixed together.
Tempo is 140BPM on all the loops which is standard in Dubstep.
I listened the samples through and my favourite was the live drum loops. I don’t know whether they are performed by a real drummer (most likely they are) or if they are programmed, but sounds very real and nice for sure! Use these to give a cool “human touch” to your music or mix them with electronic beats and you’ll have a huge drum section in your track. Or process them further with i.e. a slight distortion effect and/or heavy compression to make things sound massive! 8)
Drum machine loops consists of drum beat sequences made by using those pure drum machine sounds – you know, Roland TR 808 and 909 – with not much of processing or special effects added, just pure electronic drums. In my opinion, these will work great in contrast with those live drum loops.
In the MIDI drum loops -folder you’ll find all the drum sequences in a standard MIDI file format which you can import to your DAW, edit them further as you wish and then use your favourite drum samples to play them through. These are good basis & source of inspiration for building your own drum sequences and if you’re not familiar with how a typical Dubstep drum track is put together, you’ll get a hang of it with these.
The programmed machine drums contains the drum sequences played with different drum samples than 808 or 909. Sounds like these are the samples from the one shot drum samples -folder in action (not sure though). Anyway, I like ’em: there’s a lot of bottom end and punch in these drums to give a solid basis for a energetic Dubstep song.
Full mix drum loops is a folder where each drum loop sequence has the live drum -, drum machine -and programmed machine loops layered together and the end result is rich and powerful sounding beats. This is the ready to use as is -drum material to instantly rock your tracks.
One shot drum samples contains very usable set of drum samples. There’s 10 kicks with enough of low end, 10 crispy claps and 12 punchy snares to build drum beats of your own. However, I was a bit of surprised that there was no hihat samples at all. I kind of missed those to complete my beats.. 🙂
Overall, Ultimate Dubstep Drummer is a good package for a Dubstep drum needs and should provide plenty of material to boost your beats!
Details in a nutshell:
- Genre: Dubstep
- Formats: .WAV, FL Studio, Apple Loops, Acid Loops, Stylus RMX Loops, Ableton Live Pack, Akai MPC, Rex2 Loops, Reason Refill and more
- Contains: Over 200+ Authentic Dubstep Drum Loops & Drum Samples, plus 40+ MIDI Files! Including Live Drum Loops, Drum Machine Loops, Drum One-Shots, Processed Beats and more
- Download size: 520MB .zip file
Price for this package is £17.95 (or 27.91 USD / 21.44 EUR) and you can listen the audio demos and buy/download it directly from the Prime Loops website.