Urban Guitar Jamz Review
Let’s get right to it, this is a long one.
Quality of the loops: 10
Honestly when it comes to Prime Loops
talking about quality is a little silly, at this price range they blow everyone
else out of the water with the sound and attention to detail in loop points and
they stand toe to toe with anyone at any price range in the genres they
offer. No your not gonna get a loop set
of 500 mbs of Didgeridoo but honestly, who the hell needs that kinda
stuff. Prime Loops flat out equals
quality, that’s not a question. How the
packs rate in the other areas… well, they vary hence the review.
Variety of the loops: 9
Well this is Guitar in the context of
Urban music… R & B, Hip Hop and that acoustic Rock mixed with Dance how diverse
could it be? Very! If you’re looking for
guitar… as a guitarist let me tell you this is the stuff right here.
Clean guitars with funky strumming on
dance songs, arpeggios for the girls, sexy wah for the ladies and even some
really daring effects choices on a couple songs and they pulled it off. Dope, I am stealing a lot of ideas for my
guitar gig with the Atomic Beats and Tag Team with this one.
Acoustic guitar? Got that too, Fingerpicked arps, Strummy Acoustic
Rock even got a little Nylon String in there for ya… kinda wish there was more
that Spanish sound is awesome. I think I
gotta find room for a new guitar.
Lots of Distorted guitar with
melodies, “Power chords” and sustained roots of chords ya know, the edgy rock
sound you hear on a lot of hits today.
What about the other sounds? This is a construction kit after all… well
cool synths that add to the bass or balance with an arpeggio on guitar when panned,
very nice. Piano with some cool effects
like filtering and delay, Epic as well as Funky Horn Stabs now, I’m about to
get nit picky…
Bass was pretty much all Sine Sub Bass which I know is very popular. Although the layers of synth in unison added
texture and bite to the arrangements and although the Strings were nice… no
Pizzicato ala Dre. Mike Elizondo is one
of the dopest guitarists / bassists ever (co producer and co writer on In Da
Club) and I was kinda surprised there was no electric bass or string hits like
that but oh well, very diverse collection here and although it’s “Urban” it is
leaning toward the Pop end of the spectrum so I can understand.
I have a “thing” about construction
kits that don’t provide Drum Hits separately and Prime Loops didn’t disappoint
me here, lots of hits sometimes two Kicks or Snares on one song so when you get
to the full songs… a lot to learn about arranging, my favorite part of
construction kits, learning about arranging a mixing and this is a master
Current Up to Date Factor: 10
These beats are exactly what’s hot right now
in guitar land and aside from one song that sounded a little like a Nelly
hit I’m sure you know (which I personally love) could all be on the radio right now.
Which brings us to…
This is a blueprint of what’s hot right now
and as such leaves a lot of room for the vocalist (something I hate to do… lol)
so all the space isn’t taken up in the full beats by synth and piano and crazy
drum fills, however if your clever at chopping loops you can do a lot to spice
up the melodies and such. Guitar is out
of the park catchy wise so if your looking for catchy guitar, this is the one
and it flat out grooves.
Inspiration Factor: 10
What I was looking for was a “how to”
on how to arrange and compose my guitar parts and Prime Loops did not
disappoint there. This was exactly what
I was looking for and aside from maybe copping their nylon string pack Essential
Flamenco Guitars I’m probably good on guitar inspiration for awhile. Ideas on what instruments to put with what
type of guitar, how to EQ pan, it’s all there.
I got a lot to work on for awhile and I feel my production is going to
go to a whole new level. Very
inspirational, in fact I spent most of the night using these mixing panning and
arranging ideas on beats I hadn’t finished... Awesome! I even got ideas on how to play guitar in a
couple styles I was unfamiliar with, bonus.
I just love this pack, so much to
learn from it and great beats to jam with, and one of the best tutorials I’ve
ever purchased on orchestration to put around my guitar. I would say if your wanting ideas on how to
compose guitar parts in Urban Styles or just want some loops to put in your
productions in this style take full advantage of the Bombs of Knowledge dropped
in the Urban Guitar Jamz construction kit.
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