Over 2,000 percussion samples to send 'em to the dance floor.


XRB is a collection of 2,007 invaluable percussion samples for Mac musicians who specialize in dance music. The drum samples include excursions into Latin and vaguely hardcore beats, but the majority are catchy dance-floor riffs, each with a number of variations so you don't have to chop the basic loops. The variety and sound quality are excellent, though there are a few nutty moments (cats squealing and women groaning, for example). Of course, with a little treatment to hide the samples' origin, these could add spice to a dance track.


XRB is well organized and accessible, with the samples arranged into 256 kits to use with iZotope's iDrum software drum machine ($69.99) or to integrate into the browsers of Apple's GarageBand and Logic. You can also drop XRB's audio files into Steinberg's Cubase SX, Reason's Redrum, and more. You get 746.2MB of content to audition, all at 44.1kHz 16-bit stereo (CD quality). If you run projects at a higher sample rate, you'll need to convert the files in order to avoid chipmunking.


The bottom line. Rockers, jazzers, junglists, soundtrack composers, and the like will find little of use here. But Mac-using dance-music buffs and DJs can look forward to a wealth of solid grooves.


COMPANY: iZotope
CONTACT: www.izotope.com
PRICE: $49
REQUIREMENTS: Software sampler or sequencer that supports AIFF or Apple Loops
Crisp CD-quality recordings. Supplied as Apple Loops. Plenty of usable patterns. Integrates well into GarageBand or Logic.
Only useful for dance music. Some gimmicky licks.





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Wow, finally the makers of XRB, the massive collection of iDrum Kits and Apple Loops, have come up with a taste of what you will find in the full library.

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