Zero-G Analogue Sequencer Loops VSTi DXi AU RTAS Hybrid DVDR
According to Zero-G, Analogue Sequencer Loops is intended to
complement Boddy's Zero-G Morphology virtual instrument, which
features Boddy doing his thing with atmospheric soundscapes and
effects. We didn't have a chance to work with Morphology, but A.S.L.
is an interesting and flexible collection by itself.
Boddy uses classic analogue synths and hardware analogue sequencers,
and they are captured exquisitely in 24-bit sound. The audio loops are
broken down into seven categories: Analogue Drums, Bass Sequences,
Electronic Percussion, FX Loops, Hi-Hat & Noise Loops, Melodic
Sequences & Sine & Pure Sequences. Within each category, loops are
organized by BMP, ranging from 90-150.
ASL doesn't immediately wow you, like some sound libraries. Because
of the limited capabilities of old-school sequencers, the loops are
all fairly simple. But Boddy does a great job of providing starting
points for creating music with that classic analog sound.
Take one of Boddy's bass sequences and mangle it a bit, like
modulating the cutoff with a slow LFO, add a little distortion and
delay, and you've quickly got something with a lot of life and
interest to it.
Zero-G provides a great Berlin-school demo using ASL that gives you
a taste of one way the library could be used.
All-in-all, it's a very nice sample libary. It doesn't offer the
instant gratification of effect laden loops or construction kits, but
it instead provides you with some great building blocks, packaged in a
powerful virtual instrument that lets you easily take the raw material
and manipulate it to your will.
Gear List. Sound Sources:
Moog IIIC (extended) modular
Roland System 100M modular
Doepfer A100 modular
Analogue Systems modular
Analogue Solutions Concussor percussion modules
Moog 960 sequential controller x 2
Roland 100M 182 sequencer
Roalnd 100M 184 polyphonic keyboard arpeggiator
Analogue Systems RS-200 sequential controller
Analogue Solutions CV8 - 8 step CV sequencer x 2
Analogue Solutions GT8 - 8 step gate sequencer x 2
Analogue Solutions MC01- Master Clock with clock dividers
Analogue Solutions FS01 - Fill In / Quad Switcher
Doepfer A100 - various Seq Switch/Clock Dividers/Clock Sequencers
VST 2.0, DXi, ASIO, Audio Units, Core Audio, RTAS, Mac & PC
Windows XP, Pentium III/ Athlon 400 MHz, 256 MB RAM
Mac OS 10.2.6 or higher, G3 500 MHz, 256 MB RAM
Windows XP, Pentium III/ Athlon 700 MHz, 512 MB
Mac OS 10.2.6 or higher, G4 733, 512 MB
The library is described as "100% pure analogue." It's hard to tell
what that means anymore, when you've got digital samples of analog
synths running through digitally-modelled analog filters.
Nevertheless, with Analogue Sequencer Loops, Boddy and Zero-G capture
the essence of classic analog synthesis, with an emphasis on 70's
Berlin-school sequencer sounds.