Curator Spotlight: Trap
Emerging from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia and now taking control of the world's speakers, Trap has blown up in an astonighing way, making interntational stars of it's artists and producers, with videos amassing millions of views on YouTube within a week of the track dropping. It's no surprise the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Nicki Minaj are jumping on Trap beats whenever the opportunity arises.
Often featuring deep 808s, scattered hi-hat rhythms, unique snare patterns, synth plucks, strings and bells, the Trap sound offers up a candy shop of exploration and experimentation in the studio.
Whether you're plan is to create a mainstream hit like the productions of Metro Boomin and Mike WiLL Made-It or putting together a new underground mixtape in your bedroom, Sampleism has a plethora of Trap Construction Kits, loops, oneshots and presets ready to help take your tracks to the next level.
Here are some favourites, although this was a tricky selection! Check out the full collection of the most up to date Trap sounds here.
King Loops - Gucci Thang Vol 1
'Gucci Thang Vol 1'‚ by King Loops kicks off this epic series, bringing you nothing but the most innovative Trap, Cinematic Hip Hop, Gangsta and Urban loops, plus MIDI files. Inspired by artists such as Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, Future, Quavo, Metro Boomin, 21 Savage, Drake and many more.
Freak Music - Trap Minds
"Trap Minds" by Freak Music brings you five harmonic, awesome and intelligent constructions kits. These kits contain great 808 kicks, perfect vocals, perfectly combined drums and heartmade melodies. It's everything you need to take your track to the next level. This pack is an innovation in Trap music. All of these constructions are 100% royalty-free, so one purchased, you can use them in commercial releases without having to pay any hidden costs.
2Deep - M3TRO
'M3TRO' from 2Deep contains five banging beats that fit perfectly into today's Urban music scene. Take your production to the next level and start instantly creating those beats that you would hear from artists like 21 Savage, Future, Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Lil Uzi Vert, 2 Chainz and Migos.
Origin Sound - Unorthodox Trap
Prepare yourself for the twisted, twonked out, huge underground sound of “Unorthodox Trap”, delivering a devastating collection of highly inspiring and original samples that will inject your productions with authentic sounds and beats.
Touch Loops - Future Trap
Dark, twisted, snarling and aggressive. Fusing together elements of trap, grime and electronica, this epic trap sample pack takes all the elements which were so pivotal in forming this futuristic genre and spins them completely on their head. With influences ranging from Troy Boi to Migos, Future & Travis Scott to the darker sides of electronica, this outrageously well produced and executed sample collection is system ready and crying out to be twisted, manipulated and adored.
Audio Masters - Masters of Trap & Hip Hop
'Masters Of Trap & Hip Hop' by Audio Masters features a collection of floor-shaking basses, analogue leads and stabs, bells, plucks and more. Developed for producers of Trap & Hip Hop, inside you will find a cutting-edge material for your production library, designed & recorded using the best outboard equipment on the market.
Crude Sounds - Uzi Green
'Uzi Green' is a brain-blowing Trap & Urban Music sample collection jam-packed with the most ahead of its time sounds designed by Crude Sounds, the sub-label of Kryptic Samples for Trap and Urban music followers. This music library comes across with six thrilling Construction Kits, featuring an array cutting-edge stalwart synth pads melodies, substantial drums loops and roaring warped 808 bass and samples to be chopped, stretched and pitched as well as the MIDI files.
Trap Veterans - 808 Mood
'808 Mood' from Trap Veterans includes five hard-hitting Trap Construction Kits. This amazing product includes all you need to produce and dynamic compositions like a professional. Inspired by the hottest artists right now such as Travis Scott, Future, Metro Boomin and more.
Kryptic Samples - Gucci Gucci
'Gucci Gucci' is a sprightly go pit-a-pat Trap & Urban sample collection jam-packed with sounds ahead of its time, designed by Kryptic Samples for Trap and Urban music followers. This music library comes across with five awe-inspiring Construction Kits, featuring an array cutting-edge nasty synth pads melodies, gripping piano melodies, high-powered drums and growling anamorphic 808 bass and samples to be chopped, stretched and pitched as well as the MIDI files.
Asonic - Ex Ante
Ex Ante is a Crushed Trap sample pack featuring everything you need to create explosive tracks. This crushed collection of 865MB Trap fuelled drops, Construction Kits, melodies, beats & one shots provides some of the freshest, most intense sounds conceivable. Expect the unexpected with Ex Ante, designed to push your production to new limits, this is one sample library not to be missed. Ex Ante contains everything you need to create, intense, authentic and most importantly huge sounding Trap tracks.
Curator Spotlight: Serum Presets
Steve Duda's groundbreaking wavetable synthesizer, Serum, is one of the most popular VST instruments around and a valuable, if not essential, addition to any producer's sonic arsenal. Created in 2013 and released through Xfer Records, Serum has received numerous accolades from the computer music press as well as shoutouts from some of the industry's finest producers.
Notably popular with producers in the EDM scene, Serum is certainly not limited to the genre and is just as impressive when used for cinematic ambiences as it is for Dubstep leads or gnarly Electro basslines.
With a highly intuitive interface and workflow, dual wavetable capabilities, multiple routing options, and an impressive array of handy effects, Serum has set the standard in wavetable synthesis. Not forgetting to mention the most important aspect of the synth... it simply sounds incredible!
Here is a selection of some of my favourite preset collections from the Sampleism catalogue.
Origin Sound - Retro Synths
“Retro Synths - Serum Presets” is a preset pack for Xfer Records Serum that focuses on recreating the classic sounds of famous hardware synthesisers within the constraints of a modern VST. Taking influence from Synthesiser legends such as Vince Clarke, Vangelis and Georgio Moroder, as well as the sounds of Funk & early Hip Hop artists, “Retro Synths - Serum Presets” provides you access to all styles of the synthesiser that are considered vintage in a affordable and highly usable package.
GOGOi - Vapourwave
Vapourwave contains 60 artistically crafted Serum presets for Vapourwave and Chillwave production. Ready to be used in Synthwave, Chillwave, Future Electronica , New Wave, Vapourwave, or to add Woozy synth textures. The sounds are for Synthwave, Retrowave, Future Electronica, Synthpop, Chillwave, Future RnB, and Pop genres. And of course you can use them in any other genres to add more 80s synth textures to your music.
Electronisounds - Bass Music for Serum
Bass Music for Serum will definitely recharge your sound arsenal and give you new inspiration! Overflowing with ALL the fresh sounds you need to write your own bass music bangers from the ground up. The sounds are so easy to use and versatile, you will be coming back to this pack again and again to use the sounds in multiple tracks, for many different genres and ALL BPM's! These 128 patches are based around 75 all new custom wavetables which are also included in this pack for you to design your own patches with. Macro control modulations and mod wheel assignments (just waiting to be tweaked and automated by you) are featured in most patches!
Audiomodern - Opal
OPAL is a stunning collection of ethereal sounds, Ambient Soundscapes, Soft Leads, Synths, Pads and Sequence Sounds programmed for Serum the incredible wavetable soft synth by Xfer Utilising all the cool modulations options the synth has to offer to create an incredible collection of presets guaranteed to add presence and character to your productions. These presets have been carefully crafted and sculpted with the utmost care, making sure each preset has both an impressive sound and an ease of use. Beginners should feel right at home diving into these sounds and advanced users will appreciate the quickness of creating new sounds tailored to their tracks with just the turn of a few controls.
Gravitas Create - Catalyst
120 carefully crafted Serum Presets ready to go. Dive in and see how our top artists make their Sounds. Contributing Artists: AMB | Au5 | Bassline Drift | Celestiate | Cryptex | Dysphemic | David Starfire | ill-esha | Kermode | Pockitz | Psymbionic | Wolf-e-Wolf
Origin Sound - Tisoki Serum Presets
Origin Sound is proud to bring you Tisoki’s signature Serum Presets pack. Giving insight to his renowned sound design, this pack contains various basses from his past releases and hidden gems directly from Tisoki’s hard-drive. The pack covers any type of bass you will need from ferocious growls to piercing screeches. These presets will inspire all producers with its innovative sound design.
New Loops - Serum Bass
New Loops presents Serum Bass - 64 highly refined modern Bass presets for Xfer Serum. These Bass presets are not for the faint-hearted, they’re big, deep, loud and damn right grimy. You’ll find everything from distorted Dubstep wobbles and sequences, robotic bandpass sweeps, and metallic Trap subs to punchy FM Trance Basses, dual-tone Future House plucks, electric EDM Basses and a lot more!
GOGOi - 80s Retrowave
Retrowave contains 60 artistically crafted serum presets for synthwave production. Ready to be used in Synthpop, New Wave, Retrowave or to add 80s synth textures to any track. Inspired by Power Glove, Com Truise, Robert Parker and Mitch Murder. The sounds are for Synthwave, Retrowave, Future Electronica, Synthpop, Chillwave, Future RnB, and Pop genres. And of course you can use them in any other genres to add more 80s synth textures to your music.
Electronisounds - EDM Vigilante
Electronisounds presents "EDM Vigilante for SERUM VSTi". These skillfully crafted patches will bring you instant inspiration. Using this bank of patches, you will get the sound and feeling of EDM straight away! With EDM Vigilante, we've designed a very versatile set of 100 patches and 48 exclusive custom wavetables for this innovative synth. The patches will appeal to producers of many different genres and the all-new wavetables are perfect for those of you who like to experiment and design your own sounds!
Brandon Clark - Dark Prairie
Dark Prairie is a sound set that is heavily inspired by today's aphotic film, and game soundtracks. Containing dark ambient/cinematic atmospheres, unnatural, and organic sound effects, industrial bass/ percussive hits, and experimental synths that humbly try to reflect the exploratory nature that resides in most of us. Dark Prairie is fitting for those seeking new sounds for their next Cinematic, Ambient or Industrial composition, or for those just looking for something a little more unconventional.
Curator Spotlight: Field Recordings
Whether to enhance film and game environments or to provide organic elements and textures in a music production, Field Recordings are a versatile asset to include in your sound library. From many varieties of weather and city atmospheres to a range of vehicles, animals and more, Sampleism has a world of audio adventures awaiting your exploration. See below for a small selection of my favourites from some of the world's best sound recordists.
West Wolf - Night Cityscapes
Night Cityscapes delivers the urban sounds of a sleeping city. The collection includes more than 3 hours of night and early morning ambiences that are recorded in Sofia, Bulgaria. All recordings were made between 01:30 and 05:30 am. This collection will uncover city in a way you may not know.
Mindful Audio - WW2 Aircraft
WW2 Aircraft is a collection of recordings of rare World War 2 aircraft captured at several airfields around the UK. It features icons such as the Supermarine Spitfire, Bucker Bu-131 Jungmann, North American P-51 Mustang, Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, Grumman F8F Bearcat and others. The library consists of 59 recordings ranging from 13 seconds to over 10 minutes in length, all recorded with the Sennheiser MKH416, MKH8040 and the Sony PCM D100.
Articulated Sounds - Winter Forest
We present here an ambience sound library from the collection 'Wonders of Nature' that captures the magical essence of dormant snowy forests.
'Winter forest' is not just about silence, it unfolds the delicate flow of lone natural immensity. Over the span of 2 years we recorded the cold north wood forest of the Laurentian in Canada. We captured chilly breezes, sparse birds, creaking barks, freezing rain, raven's vocalizations, wolves, long cold silences. All of which resonate through these unique sceneries of quietude.
Original Sounds - Tokyo City
Get the authentic sounds of Tokyo City in this library from Original Sounds. It features everything from sounds captured in the city centre, busy streets, pedestrian streets, parks, residential areas, trains and subways – exterior and interior recordings captured at different times of day. So If you're looking for the sounds of Tokyo, this one gets you 1 hour and 46 minutes of great, authentic recordings!
Sound Ex Machina - Rain City
Rain City is a HQ sound effects library featuring 84 recordings captured at various indoor and outdoor locations, in a quiet urban environment.
Inside, you will find various types and intensities of rainfall, from soft, detailed dripping on roof tiles and heavy machinery in an idle construction site, to heavy rain in the city at night, to torrential downpour against car windows, Plexiglas rooftop panels, umbrellas and more.
Gravitas Create - Noverture Vol. 1 - Field Recordings
Imagine the feelings and sensations from the natural world combined with the magical, larger-than-life vibes created in the digital world. This is Noverture. 200 MB of field recordings from the Gravitas Recordings collective.
The 21st century has shown us the true potential that lies inside the creation of digital sound. Our ears are the very first to experience these unique, time-warping, reality-bending sensations. Even so, the digital music scene is developing so quickly that, in 2015, we’ve already heard all the grimy wobbles, basic wub-wubs, builds and drops more times than we can count.
This calls for something new – Combining the human experience with our digital creation. This is Noverture.
Epic Stock Media - Organic Nature
The Epic Sounds and FX Organic Nature sound library includes premium quality audio assets and over 3 full hours of sound covering; beaches, birds, fire, forests, freezing rain, ocean, rain, summer nights, thunderstorms, winter, woodlands, and a morning snow shower as well. Forget about messing with your umbrella and suntan lotion, let the Epic Sounds and FX Organic Nature sound effects library bring Mother Nature into your next game or media production. Includes the entire Epic Nature Loops collection too.
SFXsource - Ambiences & Backgrounds
Ambiences & Backgrounds brings together 311 field recordings perfectly suited to a wide range of multimedia productions. Separated into categories including airports, arenas, grocery stores, restaurants, train stations and many more, this collection will prove to be your go-to library when you need to add some real-world sounds to your projects.
Glitchmachines - Idiom
Idiom features 2,600 unprocessed natural sounds harvested from a broad range of unusual sources.
This massive 5.6GB pack is comprised of 20 categorical sub-folders containing a total of 2,600 24bit 96kHz samples. Focused on the weirder side of the natural sonic landscape, we harvested a nuanced collection of new source material full of peculiar quirks and colorful textures.
BOOM Library - Birds of Prey
Birds Of Prey is a sound collection full of extraordinary flying raptors: buzzards, cranes, eagles, falcons, goshawks, vultures, owls and more. The wildlife of the skies represents itself with calling, chirping, shrieking, cawing, screeching, growling and other unique bird voices. Whether aggressive or social, anxious or relaxed, melodic or irregular – get ready for a concert of the remarkable!
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