Score FX 2


Sound on Sound, 09-2010



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The 7GB of sample material is organised into five basic sections: construction kits, groove patterns, instrument licks, accents, and ambient beds. The first of these dominates, with 30 full kits provided. Titles such as ‘Sleeplessness’, ‘Midnight Sky’ and ‘Forgiveness’ give a good idea of the style of the material. 


The moods are more gentle than the original collection, with strong rhythmic elements (but avoiding a traditional drum kit). There is a definite ‘world’ or ‘ethnic’ feel to many of the kits, and I was reminded of some of Robbie Robertson’s Native American material in places, while other kits had a more obvious eastern influence. Within each kit plenty of loops are provided, with sub-sections for accents, bass, beds, drums, rhythmic elements and solo instruments. 

The last include atmospheric piano, acoustic guitar and some beautifully evocative duduk playing.



Aside from the construction kits, the other sections are all well populated. I was particularly impressed with the ambient beds, many of which are both long and evolving. The groove patterns are also excellent, with lots of rather quirky rhythmic loops created with a very diverse range of instruments, featuring drums, percussion and more melodic sound sources. Aside from the piano and duduk, the solo instruments section also includes sopilka (a Ukrainian flute-like instrument) and vocal phrases. The vocals are split into soprano, tenor and child groups and are mostly vocalised vowel sounds.


Like the original release, Score FX II packs in a lot of content. The material is excellent and (…) there is plenty here to interest media composers looking for some fresh inspiration. 


John Walden