With its evocative tone and soulful, jazz-tinged implications, the saxophone is the perfect instrument with which to bring a touch of ‘human’ musicality to any dance music production – and with Sax House Grooves in your soundware arsenal, you’ve got it comprehensively covered.
Sax House Grooves presents 6 fully realised and lovingly captured song ideas, each one containing between 12 and 15 live saxophone performances, and clocked at 123bpm. The main, ‘long’ riff in each song runs to 32 bars, giving plenty of scope for exploration and phrase extraction, while the ‘medium’ and ‘short’ riffs serve up more concise alternatives, ready to drop in and go. The performances – by a first-call session saxophonist – are nothing short of sublime, and a wide range of playing styles and techniques are covered, from extended, evolving solos and smooth, lyrical grooves, to staccato stabs, soulful wails and beyond.
Every riff comes in ‘dry’ and ‘wet’ versions, the latter tastefully applying reverb and delay to the sax so you don’t have to. And for an extra creative jolt, the ‘EFX’ versions see most of the medium and short riffs treated to much more dramatic processing – filtering, slicing, glitching, pitch shifting, timestretching and more – providing a wealth instant rhythmic textures for your latest house banger, and potentially inspiring completely new track ideas on their own.
Finally, six full scales of one-shots and stabs are also included, enabling construction of your own licks and lines.
Of course, Sax House Grooves’ brilliantly executed and beautifully recorded horn lines are equally at home in other genres, too. Funk, soul and R&B are obvious targets, but this is a library that anyone working in hip-hop, chillout, lounge and downtempo will also want to check out at the earliest opportunity.
In detail, Sax House Grooves contains 749MB of content – 6 song ideas comprising 351 audio files, in 24-bit stereo WAV format.
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