Here we have a brand new sample library by Sonue that features traditional Brazilian instruments and rhythms. They have done an excellent job putting the compatibility first, for both Mac and PC platforms and therefore you’re getting the file versions for Kontakt (Full 5.0.3. version or higher), Ableton, Apple loops as well as simply good old .wav loops as a part of the same package. Nowadays it is not uncommon to have multiple platforms in the studio anyways so this can definitely come in handy.

Interface design

The design of the Kontakt instrument is straightforward, in terms of controls, and it has the traditional Brazilian colors to come with. Control-wise there are, aside from the regular panning, volume and tuning parameters, mixing bar (showing the levels of clean and wet signals), high and low cut filter knobs, stereo widening knob and the tape saturation knob. Not to forget the biggest knob is for the regulation of the volume dynamics.

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Effects

The plugin also has a reverb included which is applied by adding the wet signal on the mixing bar to the signal, either with a mouse or a controller. As far as the quality of reverb is concerned, well it is satisfactory for the producers on a limited budget, because naturally if you have a dedicated hardware reverb, you will use it in combination with the clean signal. The reverb effect from the plugin can come in handy, but it is always better not to bounce the tracks with the effects if the processor power allows it, in order to make fine adjustments in the later stages of the production.

The sounds

The sound of the Brazilian tribal instruments will take you to the new heights. The rhythmic patterns are just magnificent. I am not a connoisseur of Brazilian traditional music, but the fact is that at the bottom line it’s all rhythm so in the end it doesn’t matter how you name it as long as it sounds right. And these loops do sound right, you’ll hear some crazy rhythms here but be aware that some of them should be positioned to kick in a little earlier in order to get the full effect. When I was beginning my musical journey we experimented with a lot of tribal instruments coming from all over the world, and I was amazed to hear the sounds of Berimbau a stringed percussion instrument that one of my friends was playing. Alongside many other percussive instruments this is just a cherry on top.

Pros
• Compatibility
• Easy accessible plugin interface
• Integrated reverb
• Enough parameters to alter the samples
• Price
• 24 bit samples

Cons
• Relevant file size is around 700MB due to the multiple copies of the files for different platforms. Online installer could be the solution
• Somehow I was not able to assign the midi controls the VST in standalone Kontakt as well as in my MPC software both of which normally have smooth integration. A Kontakt bug probably since I’ve used that plugin in both cases

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Pros
  • Compatibility
  • Enough parameters to alter the samples
  • Price
Cons
  • Relevant file size is around 700MB due to the multiple copies of the files for different platforms
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