Detroit Techno is a sample library by Biome Digital featuring a full set of elements for techno music productions.
Detroit Techno is a huge pack, available in five formats: WAV, Live Pack, ReFill, Apple Loops and Battery. I had the opportunity to test the WAV version, which comes with almost 2GB of audio material such as loops, MIDI files, one shots and FX and multi-samples/patches. The library is split into three main categories as follows.
We jump directly into a vast selection of Analogue Loops – various takes of acid synths, basslines, kick loops, percussions, and textures & drones. The textures & drones are also delivered as 15 Kontakt patches in a separate folder. The sounds are perfect as a starting point or track backbone, or why not, if you’ve lost inspiration; same time they’re great for use as fillers, melodies etc, due to their simplicity allowing solid manipulation.
The next folder is Construction Kits with 10 kits with a BPM range from 120 to 126. Once you open a construction kit, you will discover everything you need to create further, the offer being wide and well structured: each singular instrument & synthesizer loop, the drums split by tracks, one shot samples (drums and instruments), and what’s even more cool- the MIDI files which will give you access to the structure of each loop. With the MIDI’s, you can come up with your own sounds, change notes and patterns, add variations and more.
The sounds cover wet and dry versions of analogue basslines & acid loops, Detroit chords, melodic leads & pianos, minimal & complex drum loops, classic strings & backgrounds, piercing FX and much more. Both analogue loops and construction kits elements are labelled with tempo and key information.
Multi-Samples is the last folder, and gives you even more flexibility, being a complement to MIDI files. Kontakt users have access to 16 Kontakt instruments (Kontakt Player not supported) featuring synth sounds such as acid synths, clean & noisy saws, square & moog basses, plucks, leads and more. If you don’t own NI Kontakt full version, you can use the soundfonts- same synth sounds, but in an accessible format- given that there are plenty of soundfonts players free to download.
- 10 construction kits
- 409 WAV loops
- 25 MIDI files
- 188 one shot samples
- 10 audio demo songs
- 31 patches for Native Instruments Kontakt
- 16 soundfonts (SF2)
Detroit Techno sample library is a valuable collection of legit techno sounds; Biome Digital managed to create a perfect tool for music producers in this area, being suitable for both amateur and advanced musicians.
It is obvious that the sample library was built with simplicity and sound quality in mind, while the variety of formats and patches, as well as its folder structure, makes it accessible for everyday use. The sound quality is top notch, what you hear in speakers denote power and professionalism.
Detroit Techno is very affordable, I don’t think I found yet a niche sample library of its caliber offered at such small price: usually it costs £25.95, but now that we’re near holidays, you can grab it for only £15.57!