Galbanum Abstraction 04 Mathcore Meets Hooky

Andrew Souter’s name may be familiar to owners of Metasynth and various Native Instruments products, for which his singlecycle waveform coding played a major role in preset development. A fan of using precision math and investing hours of meticulous sample-level editing to create his rather distinctive source material, the Abstraction series is a growing collection of quirky, polyrhythmic beats that are practically textures unto themselves. This fourth installment sees TR-era analog kick and snare loops paired with “found sounds” loops and other tasty oddities, clearly targeting producers of experimental hip-hop and electro-urban music.
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Andrew Souter’s name may be familiar to owners of Metasynth and various Native Instruments products, for which his singlecycle waveform coding played a major role in preset development. A fan of using precision math and investing hours of meticulous sample-level editing to create his rather distinctive source material, the Abstraction series is a growing collection of quirky, polyrhythmic beats that are practically textures unto themselves. This fourth installment sees TR-era analog kick and snare loops paired with “found sounds” loops and other tasty oddities, clearly targeting producers of experimental hip-hop and electro-urban music.

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Arranged in folders of 160 kick, 160 snare, 400 percussion, and 320 full mix loops, files are each two measures in length and have been produced at a native tempo of 106bpm. I found that they timestretched very well between 85 and 130bpm, making each element suitable across a wide range of styles, from club to downtempo. Essentially the same 808 kick and snare combo is used throughout, varying in pattern, velocity, and modulated pitch, but not tonally. Spice comes from the exciting loops of wave-shaped pots and pans, pseudo-organic finger snaps and claps, clicks, scrapes, knocks, zaps, gongs, and other incidental sounds. It’s like a master class in stutter theory and glitch sound design.

What’s really cool is how the individual percussion samples (which you can purchase separately) have been spatially processed for sounds that leap from the speakers. This produces loops which are very active in the stereo field while keeping perfect silence in between hits. It also makes dropping in single hits a piece of cake. And while the mix loops are laden with reverb and delay, the solo kick and snare loops have thankfully been left completely dry, letting you arrange, slice, and otherwise edit them without worrying about effects trails.

PROS

Powerful, glitchy, club-ready beats. Highly original. Well-organized. Per-format pricing saves money as you only buy the format you use.

CONS

Limited kick and snare variety.

FORMATS

Acidized WAV, REX2, Apple Loops.

INFO

Base: $39.95; additional formats: $14.95 each, 1,024 single hits: $14.95 galbanum.com