Big Fish Audio LA Drum Sessions 2There are a number of different drum and percussion libraries out there, and sometimes it can be hard to tell which one is perfect for your projects.  Among the number of offerings from Big Fish Audio was the popular volume one of LA Drum Sessions.  This sample library was a huge hit, but they weren’t 100% happy with it.  They went back to the drawing board and created LA Drum Sessions 2, another set of amazing drum sounds that is a must-have for anyone who uses loops. These samples really bring you a nice variety of genres, tempos, and feels that you can use to make some killer scratch demos and beyond. The approach of the LA Drum Session offering is live tracks played by top session players.

The content in LA Drums Sessions 2 is available in a number of different formats.  You can pull the files off the disc in WAV, AIFF, Apple Loops, or REX file format.  There are over three gigabytes of files here, so you’re going to need some free space to play with this library.  Of course, if you don’t want all of the samples, you can pick and choose which ones you want to import.  After installing them, you’re free to play around and do whatever you want with these top quality sounds.

The library features room, wet, and dry versions of each sample.  You can tailor each to individual productions.  The loops have been sampled at 15 different tempos, and these can be mixed and matched very easily.  They were all recorded from high quality instruments using outstanding mics.  If that’s not enough, you also get some great fills that you can use as a starting point for a project or edit in your favorite sound editor until they’re just right.  The LA Drum Sessions 2 also has a great price tag: you get this huge library for $99.95.

For audio samples check out the Big Fish Audio website: http://www.bigfishaudio.com/detail.html?1177

Vir2 Instruments Acoustic Legends HDBig Fish Audio is a large company known for a lot of great products, and to keep up that high quality, they’ve created a division specifically to work on high quality plug-ins.  This division, called Vir2 Instruments, is the force behind the Acoustic Legends HD plug-in.  It features a large selection of instruments that were all sampled at 24-bit/96kHz, and as you would expect, they all sound outstanding.  The Acoustic Legends HD library is almost 19 GB in size, so expect to have many, many different options here.  In addition to standard acoustic guitars and such, you’ll find instruments like the mandolin and the ukulele, which you might not expect.  There’s nothing too innovative, but that’s OK.  There’s enough content in the library to keep you busy for a long time, and you’re sure to find at least one instrument sampling that fits your project.

The plug-in is laid out in a very easy to use way.  It features your standard options of alternate down, upstroke variations, key-switching, chord changes, and the like.  You can add percussive body effects and mutes.  There are also a number of different steel and nylon string sounds that haven’t been assigned to chords, so you’re free to play with them.  The library also includes fret noise that has been randomly blended into each sound, which is a nice realistic touch.

In addition to all of these instrument samplings, you’ll also find an extra folder full of different effects.  These are all done in a fairly standard way, so don’t expect anything outstanding or different here.  In fact, that’s pretty much how the Acoustic Legends plug-in is overall: nothing new or fancy, but a large, excellent sounding collection of acoustic sounds.  It’s great if that’s what you need, but the price tag may seem a bit high.  The plug-in retails for $250.

For more information you can check out the Vir2 website: http://www.vir2.com/

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