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Music Tech Review

As dance floors tire of the aggressive synths of electro house, many are looking back to the more uplifting soul and funk of the early 80s and 90s house sound. Vintage House from Sample Magic takes trip back to these glory days, using a collection of classic analogue synths and drum machines, while keeping a mindful eye on modern club production techniques.

The pack weighs in at around 680MB of 24-bit audio, and comes in your choice of Wav, Apple Loops and Rex formats, with sampler patches for EXS-24, Kontakt, HALion and NN-XT. As with all Sample Magic releases, you also get a digital booklet with some useful production tips explaining how to get a vintage house sound. The bulk of the pack includes bass loops, drum loops, fills, FX, horn, synth and music loops, percussion loops and tops loops, with an overall sound that is much less bright and aggressive than we've come to expect from most club-based sample packs.

It's clear that the Sample Magic team has been very careful to retain an authentic vibe throughout, and the instant sense of nostalgia on hearing some of the synths and music loops suggests that they've done a good job! The music loop section in particular is superb, with a range of dusty chord progressions layered with low-cut bass, subtle drum elements and vocal stabs making things sound like they've been sampled direct from vinyl (only here, you get all the component parts to aid in your track arrangement).

The beats are also solid, with jacking grooves, and less deep sub in the kick drums than usual. Although, in an effort to give more punch and clout on modern dance floors, the drum have been compressed quite heavily, which may be a bit much for some. Luckily, there's also an excellent collection of warm-sounding individual drum hits, along with some live bass sounds and plenty of classic chord stabs to load into your sampler.

It's refreshing to hear a dance music library the sole purpose of which isn't to slice your head off with aggressive top end. Vintage House contains a wealth of superb hooks and warm production bathed in a deep soulful vibe. 9/10