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Computer Music Review

OK, so not everything in Sample Magic's new 557-sample techno library is actually built on recorded environmental sources - the 'Synth Loops' folder is a giveaway - but the majority of it seems be, and the results are spectacular. The drums and percussion - both loops and one-shots - are obviously 'found' and sound wicked, thanks to deft editing, processing, programming and mixing; but the hybridised basses are surprisingly effective, too, and the atmospheres, textures and FX are no less than a tour de force of sound design. Recommended. 9/10