Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Product: NDS-303 Acid Jam
Format: 24-bit/44.1k WAV files
Demo: Audio demo on product page.
The latest release from the good folks at No Dough is NDS-303 Acid Jam. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out this is a sample library of synth loops from the infamous Roland TB-303.
There really is no shortage of 303 samples out there, so where Acid Jam tries to set itself apart is in providing mostly dry sample loops in several variations for more lively arrangements. The library is sorted into folders categorized by: Main TB-303 Loops, Bassline Loops, Square Loops, Lead Loops, Distorted Loops, and FX Loops. The Distorted and FX Loops categories include processed loops, but most of the others are dry and ready to be messed with in any way you see fit.
If you know the TB-303, you know what to expect here... funky squelches and slides, tight basslines, and more. As No Dough points out, much of what makes the TB-303 so distinctive is its built-in sequencer, and the programming on these loops is very well done and authentic sounding. It might not be the same as having the real deal, but if you're after a little acidic goodness for your latest production, give it a look. [8/10]