Review of Thermionic Solid State Drums in Computer Music Magazine (UK).
NZ’s king of phat returns with another luscious library. Within are (5000+) WAVS, plus patches for Maschine, Battery, Geist, EXS24 and Reason. 11 analogue drum machines and six synths (the lineup features the Tempest, Prophet-12, MS-20. and a modded CR-8000 alongside more obscure kit) were fed into a high-end processing chain, delivering a focussed collection of electronic kicks, snares, claps, hats, congas, shakers, layering tools and more. Together, they boom, bite and bounce beautifully and they’re bursting with old skool flava. 9/10
Review of SuperAnalog909 in Computer Music Magazine (UK).
Goldbaby’s second dedicated TR-909 multisample library (the other being Tape909) sees his beloved beatbox shoved through various outboard configurations (Fat Bustard II, Moog 500 filter, AML ez1073-500, etc) and every sound recorded as eight round robins. You get individual samples and multi-format sampler patches, and as with many of its label-mates, it's the analogue subtleties and nuances that make SuperAnalog909 a worthy endeavour. For the electronic producer seeking a sampled 909 with real character, soul and bite, it's a must—have. 9/10
Review of DFS Blue in Computer Music Magazine (UK).
Goldbaby''s new scripted Kontakt 5 instrument (EX24 version is also included) captures classic synthesizers including the PPG Wave 2.2, Ensoniq SQ80 and DSI Prophet 12. Covering the full gamut of synth sounds (mono basses and leads, poly pads and keys, FX, etc). The samples are as phat as they come, and the interface, with it's built-in step sequencer, is a joy to use. 9/10
Review of Unrealistic Vibrating Particles in Computer Music Magazine (UK).
A 2GB library (1427 samples) of “synthetic FX“ made with GoIdbaby’s extraordinary collection of vintage and modern gear. Its a spectacular panoply of chiptune-style runs and burbles, picturesque drones and atmospheres, threatening sirens, energetic rises and drops, explosive impacts, delicious melodics and more, produced with the exquisite attention to detail we’ve come to expect from the ‘baby. Suitable for use in all styles of dance and electronic music, UVP is a library you may well find yourself calling on for every project, and the value for money is simply ridiculous. 10/10
Review of Dirt and Layers in Computer Music Magazine (UK).
Just shy of 1GB of digital, tape and vinyl noise samples, drum and enhancement layers and general ambience effects. Everything here is imminently useful for bringing a touch of retrofication or grit to individual sounds and mixers, but the single-hit drum layers and 'sucks' are particularly good. As you'd expect from Goldbaby the recordings themselves are superb. 9/10
Review of Ghetto Drum Samplers in Computer Music Magazine (UK).
For his latest multi-format hip-hop/urban-orientated pack, the NZ-based producer has sampled live and vinyl-pressed drums and percussion, and a who's who of classic drum machines (808, 909, DMX, etc), through a quintet of equally classic drum samplers (ES-1, DDD-1, RZ-1, ST-224, ASRX pro), then processed the results with his trusty arsenal of tasty outboard. The analogue crunch, fatness and vibe throughout are palpable, and with just shy of 3000 samples involved, covering a huge amount of percussive ground, the value proposition is extraordinary. 10/10
Review of Urban Cookbook Vol 3 in Computer Music Magazine (UK).
The ‘Baby opens up another Goldmine of full-Phat drum hits, chords, fx, layers (transient's, reverb, vinyl noise, etc) and more, aimed at producers of Hip-Hop and dance music of all kinds. Your meagre outlay gets you over 3000 samples, and even though that number includes a lot of multi-sample sets, it is still an enormous collection. The many accompanying sample patches and Maschine 2 library are the icing on the cake, and this is yet another must have from New Zealand's finest. 10/10
Review of When Alien Drum Robots Attack 2 in Computer Music Magazine (UK).
What makes Goldbaby's sample some of the best around is the combination of high-quality sound sources and creative processing, both of which are abundant in this new collection. The kicks alone are superb, with descriptive labels like MPC60_SolidBonk. The claps and effects are also particularly excellent. In fact everything is rich, deep, crisp and inspiring, and with 2112 samples in total, is a total no-brainer. . 10/10
Review of When Alien Drum Robots Attack! in Computer Music Magazine (UK).
Firm favourites of CM, Goldbaby strikes again with another prolific collection of samples. Described by the brazen babes as a 'drum and FX toolbox', this pack is jammed full of high-quality one-shots, kits and loops. There is also a collection of 'rise and fall fix' and layering tools such as transient snaps to give your snares more bite, and vinyl crackle to make your kicks sizzle. All of the samples here sound warm and huge, a testament to both the sound sources (vintage drum machines, samplers and synths) and the high-quality processing they underwent. Don't be put off by the retro sci-fi terminology and artwork - this package will stretch right across genres like hip-hop, dubstep and D&B, as well as being perfect for house and techno. To top it off, each pack comes with a PDF of pictures and equipment used to make the samples. This is a hugely versatile, premium quality pack at a great price. 9/10
Review of Urban Cookbook Vol 2 in Computer Music Magazine (UK).
No one does phat, classy drums quite like Goldbaby and Urban Cookbook Vol 2 is another urban and hip hop essential. Presented in a wide range of formats (including Geist and Maschine, complete with grooves), it's all warm, rich and supremely tasteful, ranging beyond percussion into basses, chords, layering tools and more. A classic in waiting. 10/10
Review of Tape Drum Machines Vol 2 in Computer Music Magazine (UK).
New Zealand's premier drum machine enthusiasts has struck gold again with this selection of meticulous recordings that really put the 'anal' back in analogue. Featuring classic beatboxes such as the LinnDrum, TR-626, DR-55 and Synsonics Pro, recorded to 3 different tape machines, this collection is a must for those after crusty old percussion sounds. The samples are recorded with varying levels of distortion, so there's a choice of pristine or crunched up versions of the sound, and anything in between. The amount of content here (1838 single hertz plus video bonus CR - 78 Rex loops) is amazing, especially considering the price. This pack is incredible value. . 10/10
Review of Urban Cookbook Vol 1 in Computer Music Magazine (UK).
1GB+ of samples and patches for Maschine, Kontakt, EXS24, Geist and Battery, comprising hip hop and urban-oriented drums and percussion of every kind, hits, FX, basses, chords and more. The choice and combination of sounds in the library is exemplary and it all oozes the usual Goldbaby blend of electronic flavour, electric energy, analogue phatness, and human vibe that fans will know and love. This one's simply a must-have for everyone. 10/10
Review of SP1200 Vol 1 in Computer Music Magazine (UK).
Beat-loving kiwi Goldbaby is back with another selection of processed samples. This time, the SP-1200 sampler is his weapon of choice and all the 1088 samples have been run through it's ancient 80s architecture, imbuing them with classic hip hop crustiness. The samples have been recorded in a variety of ways: with the SP-1200s analogue filter, without the filter and with a software based envelope filter. It's this kind of attention to detail that makes Goldbaby's sample packs some of the best around and this is a bargain priced collection of hits, FX and classic drum sounds. Even if you've already got previous Goldbaby collections, covering many of the same kind of sounds, it's still worth picking up . 9/10
Review of Tape Drum Machines Vol 1 in Computer Music Magazine (UK).
The Goldbaby team have a fantastic sample philosophy. They collect much sought-after sound sources, record them dry in pristine 24 bit format, then repeat the process, this time recording via analogue tape machines to add a generous helping of saturation. To be blunt, these recordings are perfect. Goldbaby have sampled 10 classic drum machines through four different tape machines, totalling over 1400 unique samples that are just begging to be used in your next dance number. House, breaks and DnB producers in particular will love these high quality drum kits. 10/10
Review of the Tape909 from required.org
Goldbaby delivers another outstanding sample pack. The Tape909 includes tons of superb quality samples, with the Ampex tape machine delivering unique samples you will not find anywhere else. This will most definitely be my go-to collection for 909 sounds.
Review of Tape Drum Machines Vol 3 in Computer Music Magazine (UK).
Goldbaby's extensive classic hardware collection is fired up once again for yet another drum machine sample pack. Recorded onto three different tape machines, using a variety of processing, each of the 3498 samples is a label to help you keep track of what signal path it travelled down, all of which are fully explained in the manual. Speaking of the manual, once again Goldbaby have delivered photos and descriptions of every piece of gear used for this collection. Each drum machine, ranging from the early 70s to 2009, is organised into its own folder, with every element of the kit sampled in various forms. Keeping the price of this pack in mind and the amount of work that went into creating it, there is an enormous amount of content provided. Needless to say, the sound is top class and the variety incredibly wide. Overall, then, this is another flawless package from Goldbaby. . 10/10
Review of Urban Cookbook Vol 3 from AudioNewsRoom.
GoldBaby is an indie fave, and they don't disappoint with their new release Urban Cookbook vol 3 Urban cookbook 3 is a sample pack containing over 3000 samples: 1GB of drums, synths, FX, hits etc. The samples are all setup in patches for ALL the major sample players, Maschine, Battery, Kontakt, Reason, EXS24, and any REX player (such as Stylus). If you haven't got any of those players, there are WAV files to slot into any other sampler. The best thing about this sample pack is the kits. There are roughly 50 kits, each with just over an octave of sounds - your main kick, snare, hats, rims, toms, plus a few extra bits. I think they're quite specific too Ð they're very analog, heavy, with the lovely warm grit and hiss from vinyl, tape, and all the luscious gear used to record the sounds. I particularly like how there's a really thoughtful blend of synthetic and recorded sounds, all put through the same equipment to give it all the same sheen, but with the unmistakable sound of real and synthetic. Very nice blend. It will lend itself to Hip-hop, more groove oriented electronica, dubstep etc best I think. Some of the bass instruments and tuned kicks were also very well recorded, heavy and fat sounding. The loops were surprisingly thin on the ground, but it felt like icing rather than filler. Goldbaby urban cookbook3 is a very tasty little sample pack, and for the price is a no-brainer buy. The sounds are very well recorded, and fresh and innovative. Of course anyone can make a mess even with the best gear, but thankfully not Goldbaby. These samples are just tasty, without being overly warm, or too distorted. http://audionewsroom.net/2015/06/round-up-loops-samples-urban-cookbook-3-ezdrummer2-hip-hop-future-rb.html
Review of Tape808 in Computer Music Magazine (UK).
The Roland TR808 has been a staple of electronic music for more than two decades, but getting your hands on the real thing has been something of an expensive ordeal. If you are not tempted by virtual clones, then how about this compendium of 407 samples of an 808 running through an Ampex half inch valve tape machine. Each hit is provided in a number of forms, with different decay, saturation levels and so on. It all sounds fantastic, and that's what makes the Tape808 a must buy. 10/10
Review of MPC60 Vol 3 from AudioNewsRoom.
There are several reasons for "envying" Hugo (the man behind Goldbaby sample libraries). He lives in New Zealand where now it's SUMMER, he has a gorgeous collection of vintage and modern gear, and he knows how to make people happier with his products. Following his previous hits, he just released The MPC60 Vol 3, a mix of Layered Drums, Vinyl Drums, Various Drum Machines, FX and even some synth sounds, sampled on the Akai MPC60. Several sound sources for this package: DMX, Vermona, Linn, Drumulator, some synths (like the Yamaha CS-10) and more... As you would expect, it's a library with tons of character, that it's a pleasure to hear in the mix. http://audionewsroom.net/2009/12/new-goldbaby-product-the-mpc60-vol-3.html