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DJ Mag Review

"Sample Magic's newest release 'Sunrise Sessions SM13' is the latest in the popular 'Sunset Sessions' series, which intends to give the producer all the tools required to dip into the downtempo genre. The latest instalment is a very involved collection of samples covering laidback grooves, electric pianos, jazz-style trumpets and ready-mixed melodies that will combine to create the perfect lounge-style tune. The rhythms and beats are what producers would expect: solid and involved with the realistic hum of old vinyl to add to the effect. We also get the kicks and drum hits separately to build groove tracks from scratch. The best thing about this collection is the instrumental riffs. It’s possible to choose from melodic evolving strings, guitars and saxophones just add a drumbeat! The various piano-related samples cover a good variety, from electric pianos to lazy Wurlitzer licks. The musical one-shots are little stabs, combining moving filtered synth lines and pulsating leads, placing us straight in the atmospheric territory of Blade Runner. All the usual audio sample formats are catered for and the samples can be used in a variety of supported products. Once again with Sample Magic, not only do we get the main DVD, there is a bonus CD-ROM with extra sounds. With attention paid to the packaging, too, this is a quality product."