Review: Twisted Tools Ultraloop Expansions

What could make Twisted Tools excellent loop remixing sampler, Ultraloop, better than it already is? There's 3 possible answers and they come in the form of expansion packs which may blow your mind!  

Recently, Twisted Tools added three new libraries stemming from some insanely talented and well regarded artists in the form of D’arcangelo, Cooh and Arovane. The individual libraries that have come individually from each artist show such an amazing level of skill and even emotion that I felt I had to lay down some words to tell you all about them.

Arovane

The Arovane collection blends nicely with Ultraloop, in the sense that Ultraloop, with its very mercurial ability to blend loops, accentuates Arovane, himself’s equally mercurial talent for blending complicated beats and beautiful melody. Rhythms are dark, intelligent, and original, and run at 125 BPM with beats that are both original and mind-bending at times. There’s also a very nice addition of several melodic riffs, basslines, modular riffs, and more that take this set far away from being just a collection of loops. In fact, I found that many of the melodies and sequences tend to hold much of the emotional charge that I’d heard when listening to full compositions by Arovane. Very nicely done.

D’Arcangelo

Within the D’Arcangelo loops (128 BPM) I discovered some incredible noisescapes, as well as some really nice beats for the floor and for the car stereo when used within Ultraloop. When you hear the loop collection on its own, just as audio loops, you get a collection that is much more rhythm oriented and will do very nicely supplying the main beats to your composition, or will also do wonderfully as layers of background rhythm adding electronic madness to what you’re writing. I would be very interested to hear this collection used in some Industrial, or EBM, as the level of ‘Grrrrr...’ is very high here. Keep in mind, like D’Arcangelo’s regular work, there’s a great deal of video game, 8-bit-esque beats going on here. So, if that’s not your thing, look somewhere else. But, if you want to rip it up and add some edge to your work, this is a great pick.

Cooh

Okay, the tempo goes up dramatically, here. And, the real destruction comes out. Coming in at 172 BPM, the Cooh collection I discovered, after listening to some of Cooh’s work on iTunes, does an amazing job of not just adding a layer of insane on to your work, but is a nicely broken-down puzzle piece of the artist entire palette of sound. There was some serious thought put into this, you can already tell just by listening to the loops individually, and the assortment of the different types that have been included. Basses are incredible and with a quick stack on top of some of the rapid Drum n Bass rhythms, and a stab, or two, you’re going to have some choice DnB of your own, or you can pull back and get some killer Dubstep to boot. 

Conclusion

In reference to all of the new collections, I will say that the Ultraloop patches made from the loops allow you to essentially get an even larger collection. What plays back from Ultraloop are Ultraloop presets made up with the loop collection. With that being said, if you have Ultraloop, you’re getting much more for the money. Regardless, the loops are extremely fresh, and are wonderfully complimentary to many different genre types… As long as they are electronic, or are open to a very electronic influence.

Pros: Incredibly crafted loops from some incredible artists. Ultraloop banks are amazing and add a lot to the purchase. Wonderfully priced.

Cons: Additional content requires owning Ultraloop, which also, of course, requires Reaktor. 

Cost: $19

Web: http://twistedtools.com/shop/reaktor/ultraloop/


Sound Designer, Musician, Author... G.W. Childs has worn many hats. Beginning in the U.S. Army back in 1991, at the age of 18, G.W. began learning electronics, communications and then ultimately audio and video editing from the Department of Defense. Upon leaving the military G.W. went on to work for many exciting companies like Lu... Read More

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