Combining multitimbral sample playback, loop tempo matching, synthesis, multi-effects and an 8GB sound library, is Plug Sound Pro the only software sound source you need alongside your DAW? For those just beginning to make their way in the wonderful world of computer-based recording, a single 'one-stop-shop' product that combines sample playback, synthesis, loop manipulation tools and audio effects has a number of obvious advantages. Ultimate Sound Bank's Plug Sound Pro does all this and is supplied with an 8GB sample library. Available for both Mac and PC, PSP runs in stand-alone mode or as a plug-in (RTAS, VST, AU and MAS for Mac OS X and RTAS, VST and DXi for PC under Windows XP). The sound library includes sampled instruments, loops and 'one-shot' phrases that cover most musical bases and can also be expanded via USB's UVI Soundcards (see the 'Extra, Extra' box for details). So is PSP a good 'does it all' solution to sit beside your DAW at the heart of your computer-based studio? PSP is supplied with a software installation CD-ROM and a DVD-ROM containing the sample library.
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The latter uses a proprietary file format (which USB call a 'soundbank') and the single 8GB file is simply copied to a suitable hard drive location of your choice, prior to installing the software. All the documentation is provided in a PDF format on the installation CD. Installation itself proved straightforward and PSP uses an iLok Smart Key for authorisation. I've no great preference for a software-based challenge/response over a dongle-based approach to copy protection, but you will need to purchase a Pace iLok dongle (about £30) if you do not own one. I did the majority of my detailed testing within Cubase 4 using the VST version of PSP. Initially, I experienced the occasional problem with PSP hanging but USB's technical support supplied me with a beta release of PSP v.
This solved my problems and it has subsequently become an official release. At first sight, the PSP user-interface appears quite busy but it is divided into a number of discrete sections and quickly becomes familiar.
The middle-left of the display is dominated by the Part list. In stand-alone mode, MAS and RTAS modes, PSP is 64-part multitimbral, with four banks (A-D) of 16 Parts.
However, in the other plug-in modes, only 16 MIDI channels are supported in each instance of the plug-in. Clicking on a Part selects it for editing, and double-clicking opens the Preset Browser for selecting sounds or loops from within the soundbank. Positioned at the top left is the Preset Info display, indicating the RAM usage for the current part and the total RAM used. This display includes the Load/Save buttons for a Preset Multi: saving a Multi creates a snapshot of all the current PSP settings. The UVI Master section includes some nice presets. The Part and Pitch controls (centre-top) provide settings for the currently selected Part, and these are mostly self explanatory. The two Aux sliders set send levels to the two global effects plug-ins (more on which below) while the Polyphony setting has an influence upon the CPU usage of PSP, so it is worth adjusting if you find your system under stress.
Aside from the obvious master Volume and Tune controls, the Global section also features a pretty (although not very detailed) frequency analyser display that can be toggled off. The UVI Master section dominates the centre of the display. I'm not entirely sure what the purpose of the large circular graphic is (although it is very attractive), but the section provides a three-band compressor, a simulated tube-style harmonics generator and a limiter. The control set is not as sophisticated as those found on a dedicated mastering processor plug-in but, as demonstrated by a number of the well-chosen presets (for example, 'rock master', 'punchy mix' or 'grunge tube'), it is capable of beefing up PSP 's output in both subtle and distinctly non-subtle ways. The Sound Design section provides a combination of synth-like controls and more standard audio processing with which individual Parts can be further manipulated. The controls are tabbed into three sections: Basic, Advanced and FX.
The Basic controls provide standard ADSR envelopes with velocity sensitivity for amplitude and filter, while a selection of five different filter types is available and the Drive control can add distortion to the filter output. The Advanced controls provide four LFOs, and these can be used to modulate pitch, filter, amplitude and pan, or (amongst other things) can be controlled via the pitch or modulation wheels of your master keyboard. Each part can have up to four insert effects allocated to it, and a further two global send/return effects can be specified. The insert effects themselves cover all the usual suspects. For whichever effect is currently selected, a series of controls is displayed in the far right of the Sound Design window. The send/return effects are split into four groups: delay, reverb, IR Verb and modulation.
Perhaps the real surprise here is the IR Verb, a convolution-based reverb with presets based around a good selection of different room types, from small and intimate to concert halls. This reverb is a bit CPU hungry but, given who PSP might most obviously be marketed at (there are some further thoughts on that below), the inclusion of a convolution reverb is a nice plus point. Overall, while there's perhaps not the detailed control you might expect from dedicated plug-ins, the effects section is easy to use. The Advanced tab of the Sound Design section provides LFO and modulation options. The bottom-right corner of the main window contains settings for handling loops. Much of these affect how loops tempo-sync to the host DAW and whether they latch to the project playback when triggered, on the next beat, or on the next bar. Rhythmic loops can also be beat sliced, and slices then triggered via MIDI.
The Drag & Drop button allows either tempo-matched audio loops or MIDI data relating to beat-sliced loops to be dragged and dropped into the host sequencer. Under the hood, PSP also features a well-specified MIDI Learn facility and, via the Expert Mode button, settings that can configure key-switching, govern how larger samples stream from hard disk and give access to up to 17 stereo output pairs. The key-switching provides a very simple way to switch sounds during a performance (for example, to swap between a sustained and a pizzicato string sound), but it is also possible to switch groups of sounds on and off via the same key-switch, so that sounds can be stacked. Keyboard splits can also be created. All this adds further flexibility which would be particularly useful if you wanted to use PSP in a live context.
The instrument palette of PSP can be expanded considerably via a new collection of sample libraries from USB. While each of these comes with its own playback front-end, the sample content can also be accessed via PSP. At the time of writing, five titles are already available: Retro Organs, Retro Keyboards, Xtreme FX, Mayhem Of Loops and Synths Anthology, each priced at £99 (bar Mayhem Of Loops, at £66). Further titles are in development.
Of course, PSP is not all about the front end: it is also supplied with an 8GB sample library. In terms of the multi-sampled instruments, this is a diverse collection.
The instruments are grouped into Keyboard, Fretted, Drums/Percussion, Synths, General MIDI and Orchestral categories. While the selection is perhaps not as comprehensive as something like the 32GB EWQL Colossus (reviewed in the July 2005 issue of SOS), it is clearly intended to provide the same sort of bread-and-butter sample collection. PSP offers plenty of choices for audio effects, even if the controls for each effect are a little basic. It is impossible to cover all the instrument groups in detail in a review of this length. However, a lot of very good, and very useable, sampled instruments are provided. These include a perfectly respectable set of pianos (acoustic and electric varieties) and some nice organs (for example, the 'Tutti Grand Orgue').
Turning to the fretted instruments, there is the usual collection of acoustic and electric guitars, and I particularly liked the nylon-strung guitars when used for picked or melody parts. The bass guitars are solid, and the Fretted category also includes ethnic instruments such as banjo, mandolin and sitar. The Drums and Percussion category covers both acoustic and electronic drum sounds and includes a number of full GM compatible kits.
Again, a good range of musical styles is catered for, whether you want a basic rock kit or something for a gritty urban beat. My only minor criticism here is that on some of the preset kits the kick drum seemed a little quiet compared to the rest of the kit. On the plus side, there's a comprehensive set of individual drum samples, both with and without velocity switching.
These can be loaded into individual Parts, making it easy to build your own kits and balance the volume of the individual drums to taste. The Preset Browser provides access to the various categories of sampled instruments (as shown here), the included loops and any user-imported loops. As with the other sound categories, the Synths cover a wide range of styles. These include, pads, textures, bass, brass, leads, and all sorts of filter-sweep sounds.
There's not a huge choice in any one category but, given the sound-design tools built into PSP, there's plenty of scope for further tweaking once you have found a suitable starting point. The Orchestral sounds are also somewhat limited in breadth, but what is here is perfectly useable and would form a good starting point for someone without a basic orchestral palette. There are some nice-sounding strings and brass, both ensemble and solo, but the obvious limitation is the restricted number of performance articulations provided, although sustained, staccato and, for the strings, pizzicato are included. A few 'ohh' and 'ahh' choir samples are also provided although, rather oddly, there is no dedicated orchestral percussion. The General MIDI category is a useful addition and, like the equivalent category in Colossus, the quality of the sounds would certainly make playback of GM files a much more pleasant sonic experience than your average soundcard's GM set.
The PSP library also includes a healthy collection of loops, which are split into Drums, Electric Bass, Guitar, Hip Hop/R&B, Percussion and Vocals categories. These are a bit of a mixed bag, not because of the quality (which is good), but because of the musical coverage. For example, the Drums category, while containing some excellent acoustic drum loops suitable for generic pop, rock and funk styles, doesn't really stray into other genres. The same comment could be made about the Electric Bass loops; what is supplied is good and serves to demonstrate how well PSP can manipulate loops, but it would have been nice to have more of it. Perhaps the best of the loops are in the Hip Hop/R&B category. This section is organised almost as a series of themed construction kits with plenty of loops within each kit.
Loops from other libraries can be used with PSP, but they do need to be copied into a specific directory before they will appear under the User Loops section of the Preset Browser. This is a bit of a shame, and it would be nice if USB could perhaps allow users to specify other folders where their loops are housed, for PSP to locate them. Once I'd obtained the v.1.03 upgrade, PSP performed pretty much flawlessly inside Cubase 4. I experienced the (very) occasional glitch during sample playback, when the host system was stretched by a busy arrangement or some of the bigger sampled instruments, but things could generally be smoothed out by tweaking the Streaming settings. While playback of loops loaded into PSP could be easily triggered in sync with the Cubase project via MIDI, I did find myself using the Drag & Drop function quite a bit. This does make it very easy to organise loops within a project, although it also, of course, means that PSP 's processing options cannot then be used with the loop. The other feature that is worth commending is the MIDI Learn function for automation of PSP 's controls.
This is very Reason-like and so simple to use, but it does make you wonder when Steinberg might get around to implementing something similar for the various plug-ins included with Cubase. Other than these comments, there is little more to say about PSP in operation — on my test system at least, it functioned exactly as advertised.
PSP is an intriguing piece of software — part sample-playback engine, part loop manipulation tool, part sound processor and part sample library — it turns its hand to almost all the key software functions you might want alongside your sequencer for music creation. However, this does beg the question as to who PSP is marketed towards. As a one-stop-shop for all the above functions, it clearly offers a neat solution, but for users happy to get these same functions using multiple tools, PSP faces plenty of very well-established competition. Experienced computer-studio owners will probably already have both a sampler and loop manipulation tool within their software arsenal and, good though PSP is, I can't see it really attracting existing users away from the likes of Gigastudio, Kontakt, EXS24, Halion, Live or Acid Pro.
However, where it might have more appeal is for those new to the world of computer music creation. The all-in-one format ought to appeal and, as a sample library, PSP would represent a considerable sonic step up from the vast majority of GM-based soundcards, for those that could not stretch to the price of something like Colossus. PSP might also appeal to those looking for a simple sound-source solution for use with a laptop in a live context. Given what PSP offers and the respectable instrument collection it includes, I think it represents decent value for money. What I'm less sure about is whether it will be accessible at this price point to the majority of the users to whom it would most obviously appeal. Ultimate Soundbank Plug Sound Pro £199 pros • A simple 'all-in-one' solution for sample playback and loop manipulation.
• Good selection of bread-and-butter sampled instruments. • Versatile sound-design options. • Easy to use. Cons • Is it good enough to prise experienced users away from other, well-established, products? • Supplied loops good but rather patchy in terms of musical coverage.
• Price may deter those just starting out with computer-based studios. Summary Plug Sound Pro is a neat, all-in-one solution for sample playback and loop manipulation and includes a good selection of audio processing options. It would, therefore, most obviously appeal to those just establishing a computer-based studio system and, if it is in your price range, is well worth auditioning alongside the competition. All contents copyright © SOS Publications Group and/or its licensors, 1985-2017. All rights reserved. The contents of this article are subject to worldwide copyright protection and reproduction in whole or part, whether mechanical or electronic, is expressly forbidden without the prior written consent of the Publishers. Great care has been taken to ensure accuracy in the preparation of this article but neither Sound On Sound Limited nor the publishers can be held responsible for its contents.
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Features acoustic Pianos in classical, jazz and pop styles, and alternative sounds like Honky-Tonk and Detuned. It also featured a best-of selection of famous suitcase-style electric pianos from the most respected manufacturers of these bygone instruments. A wealth of Clavinets, Electric Organs and Synth-based keyboard sounds complete the modern part of the collection. Featured traditional keyboard instruments include Church Organs, Accordion, Celesta, Vibraphone, Music box & Xylophone. Finally, an extensive Harpsichord section benefits from the new Release Triggerfeature that allows realistic recreation of this difficult instrument. Synth sounds can be found on volume 5 of Plugsound. Keyboard instruments may seem simple to reproduce in a library, but thats only true when you let presets take hundreds of megabytes, and it doesnt automatically make the sounds better.
Most users dont have that much RAM to devote to their sounds, or dont want to wait endlessly for a sequence to load. Enter Plugsound: the sound design team worked really hard and went out of their way to ensure that all instruments use the amount of RAM they need, and no more.
Why create a 200 MB Piano if you can achieve a better sound with 96 MB? In return, this extra work allowed the team to include more sounds in the 650 MB sample library, and make sure that this collection is as complete as it can ever be. Plugsound volume 2 - Fretted Instruments: Kicks off with an acoustic guitar section. It includes a Nylon guitar custom-made by acclaimed maker Gerome, and a wonderful spanish-style nylon guitar.
Moving on to steel strings, a 12 strings and several 6 strings acoustics (from prestigious makers like Guild, Martin, Gerome and Maruha) are featured. Many Dobro and Bottleneck presets add their unique color to the acoustic section. The electric guitar section packs several clean Strat sounds through D.I.
Or amps like Jazz Chorus or Twin reverb. Are especially handy if you own an amp modeling effect plug-in. Distorted Strat is included too, captured with the ubiquitous SM57. The legendary Gibson Les Paul is next, sampled through several different amps.
The electric section then provides the Gibson 335, Jazz guitars, muted playing style guitars, etc. The bass section starts with an awesome selection of Double Basses. Then a wide range of electric bass is covered, both fretted and fretless, including all the classic instruments like Jazz Bass, and many others, covering all current styles. And its not all: volume two include many more sounds like some superb Harp presets and many ethnic sounds. The Ethnic section includes a great selection of usually very rare multisamples like Banjo, Mandolin, Celtic guitar, Lute, Sitar (and electric Sitar), Baglamas, Bozouki, Jubus, Oud, Lute from Morocco, Saz and Tzouras.
Plugsound volume 3 - Drum & Percs Elements: Focuses on drum and percussion sounds. It's a superb collection of 5000 drum sounds, noted for its versatile and professional characteristics. It goes further than any module ever did, thanks to its massive 540 MB sample library. Acoustic Drum kits are sorted by style: Jazz kits, Natural kits (Brushes and Hot Rods), Raw kits (for pop and rock) and Treatment kits (distortion, gate and spring reverbs.). Next comes the electronic drum section. The first folder offers a selection of sounds sorted by machines from which they originates.
From the 70s to the 90s there are not many missing boxes in this selection. All the classics are there, and a good number of forgotten models as well! The Stylistic kits offer another wide selection of electronic drums which are not so instantly recognizable, and are sorted by style rather than by machine: drums for Dance, Electro, Groove, House, Techno, Trash, Jungle, Disco, Lo-Fi, Vinyl With so many presets available, emphasis was put on the ease of use. This is why each drum sound is accessible in three ways. To complete this rhythmic arsenal, an extraordinary percussion selection is supplied. It features more than 60 different instruments such as Congas, Djembe, Bongos, Shakers, Triangle, Tambourine, Castanets, Windchimes, Clave, Darbuka, Woodblock, Berimbau, Timbales, Rainstick and many more. Plugsound volume 4 - Hip Hop Toolkit: This virtual instrument offers the most complete sonic arsenal for Hip Hop, R n B and New Pop/Rock productions.
Its made of more than 600 presets using 1,500 samples. The focus of this collection was initiated by longtime R n B programmers, to obtain a stylish virtual sample library that provides 585 Megabytes of professional-sounding samples. The sound-design team put together a great selection of loops, kits and multisampled instruments. Despite being created by hip hop and R n B artists, this library offers sounds which will be useful to composers working in many modern musical genres: it will be a great asset to music producers and post-pro houses. The first section features construction kits of the latest trends: Timba-style, Funk Mood, Talk-boxed, M&M, Pure R n B, Hip hop. The next section offers drum loops sorted by tempo, Instrument phrases combo, Single phrases mapped to the entire keyboard for easy transposition (bass, fx, guitar, hits, keys, synth), vinyl sounds, basses (phat, R n B), Keyboards, Guitars, Synths, bass/synth Splits, vinyl fx, Drum kits, and sorted Drum presets.
This last section features the most powerful drum selection on the planet in the R n B flavor. A most inspired toolkit: this is the real heavy stuff! Plugsound volume 5 - Synth Collection: 512 patches in total for over 600 MB of sounds, a huge collection of retro and modern synth sounds. The focus of this collection was to supply presets based on a very wide variety of analog, digital, virtual analog and plug-in synthesizers.
World Of Synthesizers focuses on real synth sounds taken from a range of essenntial machines from expensive workstations to specialized sound modules. It gives that collection a variety of sound unrivalled by most hardware modules. When compared with a recent sound mudule using samples, This Plugsound is the equivalent of a recent sample-based expander with over thirty expansion cards!! But this is only the basis to play with: the UVI Engine allows you to taylor each preset to your need with professional quality tools like amplitude and filter ADSR envelopes, two resonant filters, a mono mode appropriate for both leads and one of the 160 bass sounds, and a second LFO for filter sweeps, tremolo, autopan, vibrato or even all four at the same time, and much more. Ashlar Hatch Pattern Autocad Blocks 2d there.
Synth categories offered in the library include: Composites, Flutes, Voices, Tines & Bells, Basses (Acid, analog, disco/house, garage, electropop, hip hop/ R n B, sub, techno), Pads, Soft Pads, Filter Sweeps, Analog Brass, Leads, Organs, Piano-like, Textures/Fx and Short-Reso. Plugsound volume 6 - Global Collection: The latest and greatest General-Midi tone module is here! In fact, Plugsound is more than that: its the next generation of sound modules, relegating their hardware counterparts to oblivion.
Most music related facilities will find this Plugsound invaluable. It provides a realistic and contemporary library designed to substitute to the cheesy GM players, both software and hardware. Fire up Plugsound and suddenly the music you thought dated sounds wonderful! It is also a dream come true for facilities which want to be compatible with musicians without investing in bulky and dated hardware, just for the sake of playing back a few sounds on a session.
Global collection faithfully follows the GM standard for sound classification. The acoustic and electric piano category is first, followed by Pitched Percussions, Organs, Guitars, Basses, Strings, Ensemble Sounds, Brass, Reeds, Pipes The collection then moves on to Synth Leads, Pads and Composites, followed by Ethnic, Percussive and Sound Effect categories. Volume 6 then offers another 128 presets consisting of light versions of the original 128 GM presets. Finally, 7 GM drum kits are supplied, followed by 7 light versions. Most categories feature exceptionnal samples, including the difficult orchestral sounds, that are particularly good in this global collection. The keyboards, drums and guitars are also outstanding. The plug-in: Identical in every volume of the series, the Plug-in is a sample-playback virtual instrument powered by the powerful UVI-Engine.
Plugsound provides you with essential and useful synthesis tools: resonant filters, Amplitude and Filter envelopes (ADSR type); LFO, the most realistic mono-legato youve heard on a virtual synth, Reverb module. The sound library: Each volume comes with a data file full of multisampled presets that are easily accessed through the interface of the plug-in. There is enough space to offer the most in-depth exploration of a given instrument that a tone module has ever done. It evens beats most professional CDROM, limited by archaic formatting conventions which leave only 200-300 megabytes per disc No mess on your hard drive, just those two files. Plugsound formats: Windows (XP recommended) based PC (VSTi, DXi, RTAS). MachFive integration: You can use Plugsound in a multitimbral plug-in, and enjoy dozens of exciting editing features: Three fully featured envelopes, a distortion module, new filter algorithms, syncable LFOs and dozens of great effects.
Integrating one of these instruments is easy: open MachFive and create a new empty soundbank. Now go to the corresponding folder on your hard disk and place an alias of your Plugsounds.dat file in the soundbank folder you've created.
Rescan your MachFive Sounds Folder and youre now ready to use your instrument directly in MachFive.
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