Review: Prime Loops - Piano Ballads [Sample Pack]

Review: Prime Loops - Piano Ballads [Sample Pack]

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Last Edited by: Chris MUG5 Maguire June 29th, 2012.

How many songs do you hear on the radio with massive piano ballads? I was skimming through my music library the other day and many of the songs I listened to, such as, Alicia Keys ‘Empire State of Mind’, Michael Jackson ‘You Are Not Alone’, Ellie Goulding ‘The Writer’ and Marc Cohn ‘Walking in Memphis’, have classic piano parts. There are so many hit songs that feature a powerful and emotional piano tune, and now Prime Loops have created their own Piano Ballads sample pack.

This pack offers 350MB of smooth and soulful, professionally mastered loops. These loops are arranged in 20 different folders, each in a different key, with names such as Night Moves, New York, Love Story and Grand Finale. If you were thinking Piano Ballads would be a niche sample pack, you are very much mistaken. The samples range from really jazzy, classical pianos to harpsichord baroque style pianos and also to synth electro pianos, so you can choose to work with a really ‘natural’ sound or if you prefer you can have a more ‘synthesised’ sound.

There are some truly emotive and moving piano loops that could be crafted into a hit pop song with plenty of harmonic and melodic options. Sonically this is quite a versatile sample pack as the samples could be used in a varity of genres, from pop to r’n’b, to jazz and to dance and electronic. There are plenty of catchy melodies to choose from and I would suggest that you work with this pack from the start of a composition, rather than when you’ve already started your production and are adding some loops in. These are the sort of loops that you would build a piece around, instead of adding them into something you have already created.

One of my favourite loops in this sample pack is in the Take Six category. The velvety sounding jazz piano oozes quality and being a lover of jazz these samples did not let me down. Its rare to hear such intricacy and emotion from a sample pack, but Piano Ballads most definitely delivers that. The samples have a delicate passion and at the same time a real swagger to them.

I don’t really need to say this, as I am sure many readers will be familiar with Prime Loops, but for those who may not have come across them, their samples are always of the highest quality. There are never any pop, clicks or unwanted noises and these piano loops are played and produced to a professional standard. As per usual these samples are available in a range of formats so it is extremely easy to use with any DAW. From real old school American funk to ambient classical textures and anthem electronica samples, Prime Loops sample pack Piano Ballads has outdone itself and to top it all off it comes as an extremely affordable price.

For more information on this fantastic sample pack visit: Download Royalty Free Piano Loops, Sounds and Samples for Pop, R&B,Hip Hop & more!



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