“an interesting library with a decent amount of variety and some inspiring loops and riffs”
The golden era of hip-hop was when the art of sampling really began. Classic Hip Hop Cuts, from Samplephonics, looks to capture that vintage, crate-digging sound, with 415 loops and one-shots in your choice of Acid Wav, Apple Loops or REX2, captured on an MPC and processed through analogue tape. You’ll find folders of chunky drum loops, dusty Rhodes chords, wonky arpeggios and synths, funky guitar licks and chopped-up pianos and saxophones. There’s also a handful of drum hits, effects and slightly odd pythons, with patches for Kontakt, Ableton, HALion, Mach 5, EXS24, NN-XT and Sfz. Although everything here has an authentic warmth and lo-fi quality, we occasionally found the tape noise a little overbearing on certain loops. Overall, though, this is an interesting library with a decent amount of variety and some inspiring loops and riffs.