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Kick Free Revolution Bundle

SOR Kick Free Revolution Bundle


Features:

Save 60% to single purchase!
5,8 GB Content
1907 kick free drum loops
70 bonus kickdrums
suitable for house, deep & tech, minimal and techno

Formats:

24-bit WAV Stereo
(partly AppleLoops & REX)

Pricing:

Bundle Price: 49,95 € (60% OFF)
Regular Price: 124,85 € incl. VAT

Welcome to the mighty SOR Kick Free Revolution Bundle by Sounds of Revolution distributed by Resonance Sound.

Your chance to get over 1900 highly creative and inspiring kick free drum loops suitable for Deep & Tech House, Minimal and Techno for a no-brainer discount of 60% OFF! As a bonus you get >70 kick of the very best, finely honed kicks – all sculpted and maximised to work with the tops.

This premium drum loop collection is awarded by artists like DJ Tiesto, Adam Beyer, Funkagenda, Jason Nevins, Tom Middleton, Jonathan Grant (Above & Beyond) to name a few, next to amazing reviews from Music Tech Magazine, Computer Music UK, Future Music and many others.

You get unique kick-free material painstakingly crafted from scratch and exclusively for this sample treasure chest and does not contain any loveless low-cutted material. This collection of Sounds of Revolution contains one of the tightest, funkiest and most detailed kick free drum loops available.

The SOR Kick Free Revolution Bundle is incredibly versatile and useful. It does not only leave enough space for your own creativity, but will even encourage it!

What`s in the bundle?

SOR Kick Free Revolution Vol.1
The name says it all! If you´re in search for state-of-the-art drum loops to boost your productions, here´s the place to discover – SOR Kick Free Revolution Vol.1! This library is power-packed with almost 700 unique kick-free material painstakingly crafted from scratch and exclusively for this sample treasure chest and does not contain any loveless low-cutted material. Furthermore the majority of loops, deliberately left without characteristic snares and heavy processing, come as construction kits that build up step by step, which makes “Kick-Free Revolution” highly fashionable for both studio and live work and perfectly suitable for the production of almost any genre of electronic music. This drum loop collection, universally produced on 127bpm and divided into categories “Experimental”,”Main” and “Perc Loops”, does not only leave enough space for your own creativity, but will even encourage it!

SOR – Kick Free Revolution Vol.2
This collection is loaded with 530+ of the tightest, funkiest, most detailed top kick free drum loops for any genre of house. Produced at 127bpm for ultimate ease plus 70 bonus deep, round kicks to fill out the bottom end.
What’s in the collection?
Club and layered loops > 140 definitive big-room bangers, full-on club workouts: just add a kick and spin.
Clicks, detail and glitch > 100+ minimal-infused toplines, glitched speaker-tweakers and click loops, many with variants for added flexibility.
Rough & FX loops > 77 rough, raw, nu-rave inspired bin-drivers featuring bit-crushed beats and dirty musik-cuts.
Hat loops > 77 pared-down, stripped hat loops, featuring the best in 8ths, 16ths, straight and swinging pure hat lines.
Tonal loops > 52 melodic beatlines featuring toms, claves and more.
Percussive and tribal loops > 80+ afro-tribal perc. grooves and deep ensembles – tweaked for maximum sonic integrity.
Bonus kick drums > 70 of the very best, finely honed kicks – all sculpted and maximised to work with the tops.

SOR – Kick Free Revolution Vol.3
There’s not a single doubt producers all over the world have been waiting for this: After the huge success of the Kick Free Series so far, Oliver Schmitt aka Sounds of Revolution listened once more to the needs of the music producers resulting in this fine collection of carefully crafted drum loops.
Distributed through new label Resonance Sound, they take great care of what “cool drumming” is all about:
777 drum loops (!) – fx, hihat, tonal and percussion drum loops are both inspiring as such and leaving plenty of space for your creativity at the same time. Dedust your conventions, kickstart your signature sound with this fresh groove collection!

Kick Free Revolution Vol.1 Demo Tracks

Demo 1 MP3 Demo 2 MP3 Demo 3 MP3

Kick Free Revolution Vol.2 Demo Track

Demo MP3

Kick Free Revolution Vol.3 Demo Tracks


Demo 1 MP3 Demo 2 MP3

Free Samples

SOR KFR1 SOR KFR2 SOR KFR3

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Artist and Press Reviews about Kick Free Revolution Vol.1:

RW Tiesto 102Tiësto
This library is unique in it’s contents, because it’s programmed with kicks which were taken out later. So they are built to work with big kicks! Not just cut loops to create room for a kick. Now that’s the kind of hard work we like to hear!“

 

RW Adam Beyer 102Adam Beyer
Very well put togheter collection of usable drum loops, will defenatly incoporate some of them in my production!“

 

 

RW Jason Nevins 102Jason Nevins
SOR Kick Free Revolution is a must have for any producer or remixer. All the percussive drum loops are top notch and original. You’ll find only current progressive loops that will fit perfectly in any electro, club, house or dance track. The minute I got my hands on the SOR series- I put the sounds & loops to work in all my productions and big name remixes. A huge bonus is that not only do you get the product as standard .wav files- you get REX files, Apple Loops, EXS files (for all of us Logic users)and Kontakt files which give you total flexability. Go download this stuff now !

RW Funkagenda 102Funkagenda
Loving your latest sample collection KICK FREE REVOLUTION Vol.1 ! Loads of usable stuff… Will deffo be using for my forthcoming live set up!

 

 

RW Kiko 102Kiko
KICK FREE REVOLUTION is the best sounding loop libraries I have ever encountered. The most inspiring loops ever. These loops are brilliantly fresh – sounding close to what’s booming out of most clubs‘ main floors. It´s fantastic !!!

 

RW Jonathan Grant 102Jonathan Grant (Above & Beyond
The sample pack KICK FREE Revolution is essential – what’s great is the material sounds very fresh. We’re already using this in our productions, and it’s very easy to drop them into apple loops and get working straight away.

 

RW Stefan Bodzin 102Stefan Bodzin
All the stuff beyond the kick is to find here!! up2date-loops that will push your production to the pro-level. innovative ideas & a very sophisticated sound-desing make this one a secret weapon 😉 TIP

 

RW Timo Maas 102Timo Maas
Very complex grooves and well constructions. The sounds are unique!

 

 

RW Tiefschwarz Sante 102Tiefschwarz + Santé
You really get inspired by the grooves. It´s a high quality production, it dosn´t matter what style you like, techno or house etc.., it´s perfect to get a new idea.

 

 

RW Tanzmann 102Matthias Tanzmann
SOR delivers nice grooves and interesting sound elements in a very good quality. I already chopped me some slices for my productions.

 

 

RW Dash Berlin 102Dash Berlin
KICK FREE Revolution Vol. 1″ is a well-constructed and innovative collection of usable and inspirational samples by German producer Oliver Schmitt. It?s fresh and original. Highly recommended!

 

RW Daniel Wanrooy 102Daniel Wanrooy
„Great samples, really different than the other sample packs, I use them in most of my tracks! Definitely recommended…“

 

 

RW Enersto Bastian 102Ernesto vs. Bastian
The Sound Of Revolution Series are not only one of the biggest and diverse sample packages available at the moment, but most important is that they are unbelievable usable! Looking for a fresh sounding loops for EDM or any other musicstyle…you got it. Looking for a tight fitting bass sound…no problem. At the moment we are working on a couple of new Ernesto vs Bastian tracks and remixes and all we can say about that is that we used quite a bit of the massive sounds of SOR. Recommended! 5 STARS!

 

RW Future Music 102Future Music Magazine UK
One thing that sets Sounds of Revolution apart from the rest of the companies putting out sample DVDs right now is their love of kick-free loops. Most of the samples here would be suitable for producers of just about any kind of House or Techno and with 684 kick-free loops all at 127bpm. They’re fantastically versatile sounds which will add to your productions rather than just being a set of finished loops that do all the hard work for you. As with FX Revolution, this is a pricey disc but you get what you pay for. Rating: 9/10

RW Computer Music 102>Computer Music UK
Sound design whiz Oliver Schmitt returns to Mutekki Media, responding to user requests for more of the kick-free drum patterns that cropped up on his previous titles. The idea is that with very little low-end, these 680 dance-based loops are easy to integrate into your own drum mixes. All loops are at 127bpm, so it would seem the emphasis is on house music, and there are three categories: Experimental has strange loops with lots of quirky hits and FX; Main contains more typical loops, very up to date and easy to adapt to many styles; Perc covers more realistic percussion, such as congas and bongos. This title isn’t as exceptional as Schmitt’s previous output, but it is highly usable. Rating: 8/10

RW Logic User 102Logic User
Die Loops bestechen wie auch schon bei der FX Revolution Vol.1 durch einen klaren, druckvollen und rauschfreien Sound. Die Loops sind alle samt neu und keine abgewaschenen Beats die man schon 1000 mal gehört hat. […] Im Gegensatz zu dem ein oder anderen Mitbewerber hat man sich hier nicht an einen Lowcut Filter bedient und einfach alle tiefen Frequenzen abgeschnitten, sondern gleich ohne Bassdrum produziert. Meiner Meinung nach die beste ‚No Kick Sample CD 2009′.

 

RW Amazona 102Amazona.de
nice synthetic sounding […] immense groovy […] very varied […] absolut inspiring and a must buy!

 

 

RW Sound&Recording 102Sound & Recording
[…] Immerhin gibt es jeweils zwei oder mehr Varianten, sodass auch Steigerungen möglich. […] Kick Free ist jedenfalls sexy: Dance-orientiert, rhythmisch und inspirierend klickert, rasselt und dengelt es und wartet auf kreativen Einsatz. Kaum ein akustischer Sound trübt das Bild, alles wirkt synthetisch und dynamisch, auch die perkussiven Loops. Eine echte Empfehlung!

 

RW Keys 102Keys Magazine
[…] Im Gegensatz zu den Vengeance-Libraries von Mutekki zeichnet sich Kick Free durch eine größere Formatvielfalt aus. Neben den WAV-Dateien in 24 Bit gibt es auch die Formate AIFF und REX sowie fertige Mappings für EXS24 und Kontakt. Kick Free Vol. 1 widmet sich nur einem Thema, dafür aber mit großer Aufmerksamkeit. Diese Fundgrube ist eine echte Empfehlung.

 

RW Recording-de 102Recording.de
…] Wie der Name schon sagt erwarten einen hier „Kick Free Loops“. Der Untertitel verspricht, dass es sich um „Unique Loops by Oliver Schmitt“ handelt. Das ist mittlerweile schon fast ein Gütesiegel in der Branche und auch ich konnte mich nun schon mehrfach davon überzeugen, dass die Loops sich erfreulich von manch anderer Library abheben. Alle Loops liegen hier in 127 BpM vor. Natürlich lässt sich das Tempo variieren. In Stylus ohnehin und in Kontakt ist Timestretching aktiviert. Dem müssen doch mal irgendwann die Ideen für neue Loops ausgehen, ist während des Tests einer meiner Gedanken. Aber weit gefehlt: Neben seinem Sohn ist sein größtes Hobby nach eigenen Aussagen das Schrauben an wirklich handgemachten Loops, die erst dann gebounced werden, wenn Sie richtig grooven. Und das trifft hier zu. Wer sich selber überzeugen möchte, der kann sich unter www.sounds-of-revolution.com freie Samples herunterladen.
Ein großer Vorteil aller SOR Sample-DVD’s ist die Formatvielfalt. Da sollte wirklich für jeden etwas dabei sein. Vom Produzenten bis hin zum (Ableton-)Live-Künstler. […]

Fazit: Einmal mehr stellt Oliver Schmitt unter Beweis, worin seine Leidenschaft liegt: Im programmieren von Loops, die sich sonst nirgends finden lassen und die perfekt für den nächsten Clubhit geeignet sind. Die perfekte Ergänzung zu dieser DVD ist für mich Club Revolution Vol.1 mit etlichen Einzelsounds, welche aus der „Kick free“ eine „Kick Ass“ Library machen 😉

RW Wusik 102Wusik Sound Magazine
There are a lot of drum loop libraries that offer great drum patterns. They are useful, they sound full and are ready to use by themselves no doubt, but the problem sometimes is that it’s hard to integrate them into your own drum mixes. Enter Kick Free Revolution Vol. 1 and 2, a collection of drum loops crafted with very little or minute low-end. The idea behind a kick free library is nothing new, yet it is clever. It’s intended to give producers a mix and match option for building new and unique drum patterns.

The first volume includes 684 loops all recorded at 127 BPM. Most of them would be suitable for electronic music such as Techno and House, but depending on your creativity, you can use these sounds any way you see fit. The samples are broken down to three main categories: „Experimental“ will give producers effects and „something different“ sounds, „Main“ contain samples that are more of your typical everyday loops and „Perc“ would work perfectly if you need realistic percussion elements. While Vol. 1 is delivered in DVD disc format, Vol. 2 is a downloadable product at Sounds-of-Revolution and Sounds/To/Sample sites. Continuing where Vol.1 left off, this library of 611 loops has basically the same formula as the original but it includes 70 deep, round kicks as a bonus. Oliver Schmitt, the man behind SoR, has sprinkled this collection with more diverse-sounding materials than the the first one. You’ll find a bunch of hi-hat patterns, 140 club-oriented sounds, tonal loops with 52 melodic beatlines and 100-plus glitched-out loops for experimental enthusiasts. They say that sequels are supposed to be better than the original, and Vol. 2 delivers. Although both libraries are kind of pricey, they are superbly programmed with many usable sounds.

Artist and Press Reviews about Kick Free Revolution Vol.2:

RW Tiesto 102Tiësto
An excellent follow up of the Kick Free Volume 1 set. Easy to fit in any production because it has everything ranging from tight and dry hihat loops to creative beats with effects, clicks, percussive sounds and extreme beats. The loops are labeled, so that makes it even easier to find the sounds needed.

 

RW Tom Middleton 102Tom Middleton
If you’re making House/Tech grooves, then Oliver’s pack of pristine, swinging kick-less starting points and groove enhancers will set you up for months, if not years! Fantastic value as per usual, with nearly 1 and a half Gigs of diverse ‘tops’ across the spectrum from tribal to glitchy/minal electronic styles. Plus 70 solid Kicks to add..never seem to get enough Kicks right(!) All in all, gets a massive ‘LIKE’ from me.
Rating: 10/10

RW Enersto Bastian 102Ernesto vs. Bastian
The Sound Of Revolution Series are not only one of the biggest and diverse sample packages available at the moment, but most important is that they are unbelievable usable! Looking for a fresh sounding drum loops for EDM or any other musicstyle…you got it. Looking for a tight fitting bass sound…no problem. At the moment we are working on a couple of new Ernesto vs Bastian tracks and remixes and all we can say about that is that we used quite a bit of the massive sounds of SOR. Recommended! 5 STARS!

 

RW Woody van Eyden 102Woody Van Eyden
The sample packs and soundsets of „Sounds of Revolution“ are a MUST have for any producer looking for quality production material. They totally hit my creativity spot and I already have my favorite sounds and drum loops after just skipping through the libraries a few minutes. These will find their way into my productions for sure!

 

RW Inland Knights 102Inland Knights
Another fine sample pack!…..Great selection of drum loops and hits here..guaranteed to work with many ganres! Rating: 8/10

 

 

RW Josh Gallahan 102Josh Gallahan
In my opinion, KFR2 is the most unique and inspiring loop sample bank since years. It has lots of brilliant filler loops, percussions and extraordinary samples. This guarantees a very fast and creative workflow. And the quality of the sounds is an own state of the art. Can’t wait for Vol. 3! btw: I love apple loops :-)

 

RW Lützenkirchen 102Lützenkirchen
I think the whole SOR series are a grail of good stuff actually useful to find their way in real records. Even if I don´t really use drum loops, the way the loops are produced in this series makes it easy to chop and cut them up into easy-to-isolate one-shot samples. I chopped up big parts from Minimal Tech Revolution and Kick Free Revolution. Takes time, but its really worth it. No resampled samples from other sampled stuff that took their samples also from other tracks/samples. No overused dynamics or effects and stuff, so you can easily tweak them to your own style. Thats what the most important for me and the biggest failure and mistake of nearly all other sample libraries. The amount of useful one shot samples that I got out of this series is massive. And I absolutely love the experimental section.

RW Recording-de 102Recording.de
[…] Dies ist die erste mir vorliegende Library eines Drittanbieters, welche sich an die Konventionen des Sage-Converters hält (61 Rex Files pro Ordner). Man kann die Ordner also diesmal in einem Rutsch in den Converter ziehen und gut ist. Klasse! […] Wie bei einem SOR – Produkt erwartet, sind alle Drum Loops auf hohem Niveau und mit Gespür für den Praxiseinsatz programmiert. Sehr schön finde ich die Aufteilung in Kategorien und die sprechenden Namen der Loops. Das macht die Suche einfacher, als nur nummerierte Drum Loops zu durchsuchen. […] In den Kategorien gibt es etliche Loops, die in verschiedenen Variationen vorliegen. Sie sind sehr gut geeignet um einen Song dynamisch aufzubauen. Die Loops sind alle erfreulich unaufdringlich und passen somit gut ins Arrangement. […]

Ein kleiner Ausflug zum Thema „RAM vs. Preis“: An dieser Stelle muss ich mal ein „ernstes“ Wort zum Thema Speicherbedarf loswerden und eine Lanze für Sounds-of-Revolution brechen. Was mir mittlerweile bei diversen Tests aufgefallen ist: Mehr MB bedeutet meist mehr Gegenwert, welcher sich üblicherweise im Kaufpreis niederschägt. Daher hat es sich „eingebürgert“, dass etliche Produzenten die Loops sogar bis zu vier Mal (!) hintereinander bouncen um anschliessend mit dem „großen“ Samplecontent zu werben. Wenn man genauer hinschaut, ist das in diesen Fällen eine Mogelpackung. Leider fällt das auch bei einigen Tests nicht direkt auf. Wir werden auf dieser Webseite in Zukunft noch genauer hinschauen und Euch über solche Libraries informieren, wo unnötig lang geloopt wurde aber mit großem Content geworben wird. Positive Beispiele gibt es natürlich auch: Die Loops von Sounds-of-Revolution sind alle nur so lang, wie nötig. Es wurde nicht derselbe Loop mehrfach wiederholt, nur um den Speicherbedarf in die Höhe zu treiben. Wenn es mehr als einen Takt gibt enthält der zweite auch eine kleine Variation. Die 424 MB sind „echte“ 424 MB an frischen Loops. Der von Oliver Schmitt aufgerufene Preis von nur 46,95 EUR ist für mich ein Dankeschön an seine Kunden und eigentlich im Vergleich zur Konkurrenz viel zu günstig. Da hätte er wesentlich mehr nehmen können und bräuchte kein schlechtes Gewissen zu haben.

Fazit: Olliver Schmitt hat es wieder einmal geschafft, eine hochwertige Sammlung an Loops abzuliefern. Die Sortierung ist gelungen und etliche Formate werden bedient. Dazu gibt es noch 70 sehr gute Kicks als Bonus. Und das zu einem Preis, der wirklich absolut konkurrenzlos ist. Wer hier nicht zugreift, ist selber Schuld.

KFR2 ist daher mein erster Redaktionstipp 2010! Rating: Redaktionstipp

RW Sound&Gear 102Sounds and Gear
If I had to choose one word, it would be „groove“. This is a collection of funky, groovy top loops?you know…the stuff that moves the track along? No synths, no bass, no pads or fx, straight up top loops. Glitches, blips, and other funkiness to give your track that ‚life‘ […] How do they sound? Authentic…at least to me. Now I may not be an authority on house music, but I know a groove when I hear it…and I also know the types of sounds I look for. Experimental glitches, blips and bleeps…funky breaks and percussion, all with room to add your own kicks and drums to the mix. Well recorded, well produced and just plain fun to play. This is the first sample collection I have reviewed from them, and I can see why people like their products. They give you what you need, nothing more. I look at top loops as the icing on the cake, or if you want to go minimal they can be the whole cake! But they have to sound good and be recorded well, these loops live up to that challenge. So what’s the bottom line? This is a good collection for those that like to step out of the norm when it comes to sounds they incorporate into their music. Or it’s great for those specifically looking for some funky house grooves to add to their productions. I give this collection a 4 out of 5 subs. I like the overall feel of the collection, and it’s very useful. I did feel it got a bit repetitive in some parts, but not much, mainly in the glitchy sounds and loops but then again, a glitch is a glitch and the way they were produced provides enough variety. Taking into account the target of the collection? ‚top loops‘ it lives up to and provides a great collection of grooves you can quickly infuse into your tracks.

RW Computer Music 102Computer Music
Now we’re talking. SOR’s Oliver Schmitt returns with another impeccable pack for dance musicians. This library provides over 500 percussive loops for all four-to-the-floor dance genres: minimal, electro, trance and house of any flavour will benefit from this collection of glitchy, clicky, processed joy, categorised according to their general style. The clever bit is that all loops are programmed from scratch, but come sans kick drum. Thus it’s easy to use them in your productions and drop your own kicks in there (70 bonis kicks are thrown in too). We could even imagine some of these loops working their way into DnB and breaks tunes: the superior production quality means that you’ll be satisfied even if you just grab a short section of each loop. This one is just shy of classic status – it’s not quite unique enough for that – but that’s certainly not to disrecommend it in any way.
Rating: 9/10

RW Plughugger 102Plughugger
Conclusion: Kick Free Revolution 2 is a good collection of loops that you can use to quickly spiff up your tracks. All in all, this collection offers a nice balance of traditional kick-free loops and slightly more experimental material. While the classic kick-less loops walks pretty much in the middle of the road, that is not a bad thing. Good hihat/percussion patterns have worked wonders in all time of modern music and will continue be in high demand. The highlights of this collection is when Oliver Schmitt is exploring minimalistic grooves and is playing around with odd time signatures – that’s when you forget that you’re listening to a sample library and start producing just by sheer pleasure. […]

Good: Good, original material which spans from classic dance music hihat/percussion patterns to the odd (but not too odd) and fresh.
Bad: No big critisism here.

RW Logic User 102Logic User
Im Vergleich zum Vorgänger KICK FREE REVOLUTION Vol.1, der für mich schon die „beste No Kick Sample Cd 2009″ war, sind hier noch weitere Loop Kategorien vorhanden. Das ganze wirkt somit noch strukturierter und eine Ecke abwechslungsreicher […] Bei vielen Loops wurden interessante Variationen/Steigerungen produziert – ideal für den perfekten Songaufbau. […]

Doch nun zur Kernfrage – wie klingt das Ganze ? Wirklich einzigartig und auffallend frisch! Kein Wunder, steht doch der Name SOUNDS OF REVOLUTION seit dem ersten Sample Pack für völlig neu produzierte und wirklich innovative Loops, wie man Sie bei keinem anderen Anbieter findet. Das Ganze klingt sehr unaufdringlich – man wird also nicht mit übermässigen Effekten wie Hall & Delays überfordert. Das steigert die Kreativität enorm und der Produzent bleibt flexibel. Die Loops fügen sich somit perfekt in jedes Arrangement ein.

Im Vergleich zu manchem Mitbewerber gibt es auch hier wie immer keinerlei gerippte Loops, bei denen z.B. einfach per LoCut Filter die Kickdrum entfernt wurde. Dadruch, dass das gesamte Frequenzspektrum bedient wird, sind die Loops sehr universell einsetzbar. Das macht KICK FREE REVOLUTION Vol.2 auch aus – völlig neue, ungehörte Loops, die wunderbar grooven und die perfekte Basic bilden eine ordentliche Rythmusstruktur aufzubauen.

Schmitt stellt wieder einmal sein Gespür für den Praxiseinsatz unter Beweis. Neben sinnvollen Kategorien ist auch das Auffinden des einzelnen Loops hier sehr gut gelößt, da jeder Loop namentlich benannt wurde – weitaus effektiver als lieblos durchnummerierte Loops.

Was mir auch hier wieder einmal lobenswert aufgefallen ist: Gerade heutzutage, wo immer wieder mit grpßem GB-Kontent geworden wird, gehen Hersteller oft dazu über, gerade Loops unnötig lange zu bouncen, um den Kontent künstlich in die Höhe zu treiben. Kritisch betrachtet ist das aber eine Mogelpackung und dient nur dazu den Käufer zu blenden.

Bei KICK FREE REVOLUTION Vol.2 wurden die Loops nur so lange gebounced wie wirklich nötig. Ein Detail was SOUNDS OF REVOLUTION von so manchem Mitbewerber massiv unterscheidet. Daher ist der Preis in Anbtracht des Gebotenen ein echtes Schnäppchen!

Ihr ahnt es schon: Meiner Meinung nach die besten Kick Free Loops 2010
Rating: 10/10

RW Apfelwahn 102Apfelwahn
Beide Packs (wie auch alle anderen SOR-Produkte) sind an den Bedürfnissen von Producern ausgerichtet, mit denen der Sounddesigner Oliver Schmitt in regem Kontakt steht. Dort kommt es weniger darauf an, einen komplett durchgestylten, möglicherweise auch noch mit Hall versehenen Beat, geliefert zu bekommen – ganz im Gegenteil: gefragt ist eigenständiges Material ohne Bass Drum und Snare, da vor allem diese beiden Schlaginstrumente Stil und Klang eines Grooves beinahe unveränderlich festlegen. Viel flexibler kann man arbeiten, wenn diese beiden prägenden Akteure fehlen. Und auch was den Sound betrifft, sind im Producer-Bereich frisierte und bis ins letzte aufpolierte Sounds weniger gefragt. Hier schätzt man ebenfalls den Freiraum der nachträglichen Gestaltung.

Für Producer gibt es aber noch ein anders „no go“: Viele auf dem Markt befindliche Libraries greifen auf bereits veröffentlichtes Material zurück. Mittels steilflankiger Filter wird ein Teil des Frequenzspektrums ausgeblendet (in der Regel die Bass Drum, d. h.: die unteren Frequenzen) und der Rest in diversen EQ-, Filter- und Effektbearbeitungen mehrfach gebounct zu einem größenmäßig beeindruckenden Paket aufgeblasen. Abgesehen davon, dass solche Produkte urheberrechtlich mehr als grenzwertig sind, ist das Ergebnis nur eingeschränkt inspirierend, und große Teile solcher Libraries erweisen sich schlicht als langweilig oder unbrauchbar. Anders bei Oliver Schmitt und SOR: Hier ist jeder Loop ein bis ins Detail ausgearbeitetes Unikat, und – das sei vorweggenommen – ideenreich und kreativitätsfördernd. […] Amtliche Club-Beats gehen sehr leicht von der Hand; fast ist diese Library zu gut, denn wer seine eigene Kreativität einmal schlummern lassen will, kann sich hier bestens bedienen. […] Dabei hat der Sound etwas Puristisches, und wenn zuvor davon die Rede war, dass eigene Kreativität bei diesen bis ins Detail bestens vorgefertigten Loops nicht zwingend gefordert wird, so gilt dies nicht für die Klanggestaltung. Hier lohnt es sich, mit Kompressoren, EQs bzw. Filtern und auch mit Reverbs einzugreifen, was – wie eingangs dargestellt – ganz im Sinne des Erfinders ist. […] Mit beiden Libraries liefert Oliver Schmitt einen sehr guten Basis-Sound ab, der von hohem Engagement bei der Produktion zeugt und über einen eigenen Charakter verfügt. […] Die Preisgestaltung ist sehr fair und kundenfreundlich.[…]
Rating: Testnote 1

RW Wusik 102Wusik Sound Magazine
There are a lot of drum loop libraries that offer great drum patterns. They are useful, they sound full and are ready to use by themselves no doubt, but the problem sometimes is that it’s hard to integrate them into your own drum mixes. Enter Kick Free Revolution Vol. 1 and 2, a collection of drum loops crafted with very little or minute low-end. The idea behind a kick free library is nothing new, yet it is clever. It’s intended to give producers a mix and match option for building new and unique drum patterns.

The first volume includes 684 loops all recorded at 127 BPM. Most of them would be suitable for electronic music such as Techno and House, but depending on your creativity, you can use these sounds any way you see fit. The samples are broken down to three main categories: „Experimental“ will give producers effects and „something different“ sounds, „Main“ contain samples that are more of your typical everyday drum loops and „Perc“ would work perfectly if you need realistic percussion elements. While Vol. 1 is delivered in DVD disc format, Vol. 2 is a downloadable product at Sounds-of-Revolution and Sounds/To/Sample sites. Continuing where Vol.1 left off, this library of 611 drum loops has basically the same formula as the original but it includes 70 deep, round kicks as a bonus. Oliver Schmitt, the man behind SoR, has sprinkled this collection with more diverse-sounding materials than the the first one. You’ll find a bunch of hi-hat patterns, 140 club-oriented sounds, tonal loops with 52 melodic beatlines and 100-plus glitched-out loops for experimental enthusiasts. They say that sequels are supposed to be better than the original, and Vol. 2 delivers. Although both libraries are kind of pricey, they are superbly programmed with many usable sounds.

RW Future Music 102Future Music UK
Reviewers favourite Olli Schmitt and his Sound of Revolution label return with volume two of Kick Free Revolution, 600+ drum loops of tight tops at 127bpm.
For your buck you get ‚140 definitive big-room bangers‘ as well as some really sweet click and glitch drum loops, which although geared towards the house world can be thrown anywhere with a bit of tweakage. Add some hats, percussion, tonal offerings and 24-bit formats and it looks like Mr Schmitt has produced another gem. Oh and in case you lack the bottom end to make full use of this top-heavy package Mr Schmitt gives you 70 kick drums covering all bases. Bonus! Rating: 9/10

RW Audio-Desk 102Audio-Desk
It’s not hard to guess we were amazed reviewing this product. And besides a sometimes too excessive stereofield usage we were not able to find negative aspects. You get top-notch quality, huge variety and usability ‚Sounds of Revolution‘ has proven once more why their products are one of the best out there. We’re looking forward to Vol. 3!

Rating: 10/10

Artist and Press Reviews about Kick Free Revolution Vol.3:

RW Plughugger 102Plughugger
Oliver Schmitt is a man driven by a passion. Just like Deadmau5, Oliver Schmitt knows the art of creating drum loops that sound spot-on modern with a minimum of ingredients. For someone like me – who rather add than take away – it’s almost like dark magic. But as the old idiom famously says ‚the devil is in the details‘ – and that’s what Oliver Schmitts drum loops are all about. Tiny details that you barely register but perceive as a whole.

[…] The reason for this is that these loops do not only lack the kick but also the snare. The omission of the snare might sound like a simple trick, but it makes the all difference in the world when it comes to actually use the loops in your own productions. This does it make very easy to build dynamic drums for entire track – with your favorite snares and kicks.

CONCLUSION
Being a somewhat decent producer myself – I marvel at the cunning steeped in this drum loop collection. The sounds are both carefully selected and masterfully processed. The usage of tonal elements is very clever and the loops are very dynamic – giving a feeling of ebb and flow.
If you are after the kind of sounds that will help you concur the charts of modern trance pop, this is probably too advanced for your audience. But if you are into modern electro and techno – or want to spice up your productions with those genres – there are few collections that will make you stand out in the same way as these loops will. People will think your production skills are way more advanced that they really are.
One final note about the price. In these days when you can grab gigabyte-sized libraries for 10-20 euros, a price of 64 euros is definitely high. But since the quality of these drum loops is so exceptionally outstanding – Kick Free Revolution files under investment, rather than expense.

Good: truly excellent kick free drum loops.
Bad: Nothing really. It is well worth its price.

Rating: “Get it now” AWARD!

RW Waveformless 102Waveformless
Although I really enjoy programming my own drums, loops can sometimes be lifesavers in adding a specific feel or groove. The trouble is, most drum loop collections are of full drum parts, so if you want to mix your own drum programming with the loops, you have to try and EQ out the kick, or your low end turns to audio mush. Wouldn’t it be great to have just the elements that lend the groove without all the other bits? That’s exactly the idea behind Kick Free Revolution Volume 3 from Sounds of Revolution.

Divided into categories of Kit Loops (electronic hats, thips, perc, and occasional simple snare parts), Hi-hat loops (just what it sounds like), Live Percussion Loops (acoustic percussion loops), Minimal Loops (bleepy/twonky electronic loops perfect for minimal and tech house), Mixed Loops (loops created with all sorts of sounds), Noise Loops (interesting loops created with white noise), Synth Perc (just what it sounds like), and Tonal Loops (loops with tuned percussion elements). The loops all clock in at 127 BPM, but if you’re using the REX/Stylus format, you can change the tempo of most of these loops across a fairly wide range of tempos without unwanted artifacts.

Producer Oliver Schmitt’s production style generally leans towards the heavier end of the spectrum with most of the loops very aggressively compressed and the high end EQ tweaked. There is plenty of that here, but there are also lots of lighter sounding material should that fit your musical context better. In fact, I’d say the best part of this collection is the variety of what is offered here. There’s plenty of loosely swinging hats for house or techno, ethnic percussion for adding a more exotic feel, Kraftwerkian laser rhythms for an electronic edge, straight forward dance grooves, you name it. It’s a fun collection to audition loops from because you’re never quite sure what the next drum loop is going to sound and feel like. This makes it very easy to recommend to musicians looking to add a little inspiration to their drum tracks. Rating: 09 / 10

RW Computer Music 102Computer Music UK
There’s not much change to SOR’s winning formula here: 777 percussive house drum loops at 127 bpm without any kicks to get in the way of your own humongous bass drum sounds. It’s quality stuff, and while there are no surpises, there are some solid loops; especially in the melodic section where things get a little more interesting thanks to some pitch touches that add inspirtation to the otherwhise fairly dry material. Rating: 08/10