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The Zero-G Sounds of the 70s sample library is renowned for its world-class, totally original but totally authentic 70s-style instrument and percussion performances, capturing the TRUE essence of the 1970s, and delivering the undiluted heart of soul, disco, and funk: recreated, sampled, and reborn.
This is a huge library of world-class, totally original but totally authentic 70s-style instrument and percussion performances, arranged in construction kits together with their broken-out grooves and tool kits. Produced by Mike Wilkie & Matthew Corbett, it's the ultimate Seventies production tool for 21st century groovers. It captures the TRUE essence of the 1970s, delivering the undiluted heart of soul, disco, funk, and punk: recreated, sampled, and reborn. The great golden age of the dancefloor recreated.
What do the 70s mean to you? Glitterballs, strobe lights, dry ice, mirrors, roller discos, the World Disco Dancing Championships, the hustle, the bump, the freak, cocktails, platform boots, flares, bell bottoms, tank tops, velvet suits, spandex, hot pants, medallions on hairy chests, afros & perms, John Travolta & 'Saturday Night Fever', Little Michael & The Jacksons, James Brown, disco divas, boogie. This was the great era, when the 12 inch, the remix and the DJ were born, the genesis of beat mixing. The horns, the strings, the raw disco power.
Now the musical essence and irresistible dancefloor vibes of this great era can live on even more strongly in the music of today with a new generation, thanks to Zero-G's SOUNDS OF THE 70s, and this bundle of 8 download packs now gives you instant access to the entire library.
REVIEWS: These reviews are of the (now discontinued) NI Intakt-powered plugin version of Sounds Of The 70s, but they're very helpful for providing un-biased third-party opinions of the sample library:
"This collection is extremely convincing, both musically and in terms of production... quick, easy access to a convincingly retro sound palette"
- SOUND ON SOUND magazine, UK.
"Infectious 70s samples, lovingly mastered to vinyl before being digitised... not full of the clichés you might expect, featuring respectable and usable samples, all recorded in the most authentic way possible... All the material is original and after a while you find yourself gyrating like Travolta and pointing skywards, your eyes glazing over and a dancefloor-filling house remix thudding away in your head... A very usable collection of 70s sounds that benefits from meticulous attention to detail in production"
- COMPUTER MUSIC magazine, UK.
"Few and far between are contemporary sample libraries that capture the true essence of the disco sound - and none that I've come across do it quite as well as Sounds Of The 70s. This package is a dynamite production tool of super high quality seventies revival - ranging from soul, disco, funk to punk - accurately and honestly capturing an era where the 12-inch, the remix and the DJ were born. I can't stress enough that this library is the real deal. The playing and styling is top-drawer throughout, and the drum loops are some of the best and most original I've heard. Perfect for adding the organics of vintage dance into today's electronic tracks"
- REMIX magazine, USA.
"The 70's were a rich time for pop music... Capturing the variety of this rich musical stew in a sample library is nearly impossible, but Zero-G does an admirable job... Zero-G provides 1.4 gigs of original samples that faithfully capture the grooves and feel of seventies tracks... The quality of the samples is excellent... They cover a lot of territory, and should be great for dance, soundtrack work, hip-hop, and any other place where a little retro sound is wanted... Because the samples are already looped and sliced as needed, it's very easy to get started... In addition to the construction kits, Zero-G ices the cake with B3 organ, bass, drum, Rhodes, synth, guitar, trumpet and Wurlitzer samples and riffs... Conclusion: Zero-G successfully recreates the Sounds of the 70's with this library. The library is massive, with 1.4 gigs of source material... Most importantly, the samples capture both the feel and sound of classic 70's tracks. The library should provide inspiration for many types of music... Gives you that authentic 70's sound, without the costs or legal hassles of sampling old vinyl... Perfect for musicians working in dance and hip-hop genres, but should also be useful for anyone that wants to inject a bit of 70's groove into their tracks... Great samples and construction kits capture the feel of classic tracks."
- SYNTHTOPIA.com website.
The library features the following Construction Kits:
Humble Cake (90 bpm, 14 samples); East Street (100 bpm, 16 samples); Beat Shave (110 bpm, 18 samples); Blackbyrd (115 bpm, 20 samples); Dingers (120 bpm, 17 samples); Flying Disco Melons (130 bpm, 17 samples). Smooth Ride (90 bpm, 25 samples); Mean & Dirty (100 bpm, 19 samples); Doctor Groovenstein (110 bpm, 18 samples); Bold & Delicious (115 bpm, 19 samples); Fusion Illusion (120 bpm, 14 samples); Spit On The Floor (165 bpm, 13 samples). Freeway Driftin (95 bpm, 12 samples); Weasley Brothers (100 bpm, 22 samples); Groover Funkington (110 bpm, 9 samples); Children Of The Sun (115 bpm, 10 samples); Diggin The Scene (115 bpm, 23 samples); Le Flic (120 bpm, 19 samples). Lets Be Friends (95 bpm, 22 samples); Lite Up The Bite (110 bpm, 11 samples); Power Of Tower (110 bpm, 16 samples); Exceptional Green Band (115 bpm, 19 samples); Fat Slapper (115 bpm, 13 samples); Silver Connection (120 bpm, 19 samples). On The Raydio (95 bpm, 8 samples); Psalm Of The Star Voyager (110 bpm, 18 samples); Sky Bird Flight (110 bpm, 15 samples); Favourite Dancer (115 bpm, 23 samples); Funky Strut (115 bpm, 20 samples); Winter Dinner (120 bpm, 4 samples). The Tranquil Heaven (95 bpm, 14 samples); Steely Pan (110 bpm, 17 samples); Getcha Jaxx On (115 bpm, 12 samples); Herbs With Albert (115 bpm, 22 samples); Jazz Cellar (115 bpm, 12 samples); Calypso Carnival (116 bpm, 16 samples). Dukes Of Starski (109 bpm, 15 samples); Taste Of Marmalade (110 bpm, 10 samples); Too Much Party (110 bpm, 20 samples); Not Cricket (115 bpm, 21 samples); Planet Groove (115 bpm, 16 samples); Super Wasp (115 bpm, 18 samples); The James Gang (115 bpm, 22 samples).
In addition, a 70s TOOLKIT gives you a superb selection of samples for creating your own 70s productions from scratch, or for customizing the Sounds Of The 70s construction kits. The Toolkit includes the following (a total of 312 samples):
Drum & Percussion loops and single hits (55 samples); Bass multisamples, Bass loops, and Bass FX (41 samples); Hammond B3 phrases, stabs and FX (21 samples); Fender Rhodes phrases & stabs (32 samples); Synth multisamples (26 samples); Whurlitzer phrases & flourishes (43 samples); Guitar riffs & multisamples (36 samples); and Trumpet riffs (58 samples).
Reviewed By Syncopator
September 9, 2005
Honestly, this is one of the worst libraries I've ever purchased. I am consistently disappointed with these Zero-G titles. In my opinion they are nowhere near up to EastWest's standards, but EastWest is not creating them; they're just distributing them (AFAIKT).
Sot70s is a hodge podge of poorly recorded and poorly edited samples, organized into "construction kits" and "toolkits" which offer additional samples organized by category. All of the samples are essentially loops which have been sliced for use in the Intakt player. I bought this library because I have to create some disco and 70s-style tracks for a big project, and as I listened to kit after kit, I found practically nothing I could ever use.
The fidelity is poor, and there's generally a "sloppy" character to many of the loops. The loops sound ameteurish and have far too much processing. then, when several of these processed loops are combined, you get a phasey "soup," which I find flat-out unusable.
I should have learned my lesson with "Nu Jointz." Sot70s is similarly sloppy and contains almost nothing usable, IMO, for serious music production. Both are like "toy" or "kiddie" versions of what they should have been. A random collection of bad loops thrown together to form a library.
Needless to say, depending upon your needs, YMMV. But I personally give Sot70s a grade of F-minus.
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