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To easily adapt its XV a wind controller (Patchman Music - Vol1 Patches Pour expandeur Roland XV et wind controller AKAI EWI 4000S)

By Al1_24, 03/03/2014
I acquired this bank patches there a few months ago after spending some time trying to adapt himself to patch my WX5.
You should know that expanders are overwhelmingly designed to be played from a keyboard and do not take into account the breath (Breath Control CC # 2) to modulate the sound (brightness, volume, ...)
Given the time I had already spent and poor results, I could not resist buying these sounds all the facts. Matt Traum has been recognized for years as a specialist in creating patch for MIDI instruments (including Turbo VL chip for the Yamaha VL70-m) and the 128 + patches 64 performance is the result of his experience wind.

I have not been disappointed with the result. The problems I encountered with the use of integrated patches are erased and I get a lot more expressive playing, less dependent of the attack.
And I intend to use it as a basis for my own patches, now that I see anything that can be implemented to take account of breath.

What I appreciate the most is of course the ready-to-be-used: one load, it works.
What I appreciate a little less, it is the presence a little too much breath (Breath Noise) on certain wood or reverberation a little push, but that can be corrected easily. The manual is very brief (four pages all inclusive, two-thirds for the names of patches and performance without comment), but the product is intended for experienced users.

Ultimately, I do not regret my choice.

Good but could do better (Patchman Music - Wind Controler Sound Bank for Roland Integra-7)

By Fred160656, 06/04/2014
So as usual programming of these banks is very well done the only problem is that only the sounds from PCM banks have been programmed.
I asked Matt Traum on the reasons for this choice (why not use the sounds from banks SuperNatural) the response was quite surprising.
According to Matt current firmware limitations of the Integra-7 does not allow to set optimally and to obtain results to exploit the SuperNatural technology.
Hopefully Roland will make the necessary changes to the firmware and thus unlock the full potential of the new technology.
It is frustrating indeed.
To return to the programmed Matt PCM sounds they offer nothing more in terms of quality compared to that Matt has programmed for the Fantom (indeed the PCM bank is in fact that after the Fantom).

Definitely inspiring, but... (The Loop Loft - Indie Rock Drums MIDI Drum Loops)

By TheStratGuy, 03/08/2015
Used with EZDrummer 2 and SSD4. The bank is somehow organised (you'll likely have to reorganise it to taste for a more convenient use, as is often the case with such products), inspiring and diversified... BUT, there is a major flaw, as these MIDI loops do not... loop correctly(!): each loop originally is followed by a large number of blank measures, which forces to tweak for using properly in a DAW and makes the whole hardly usable in any virtual drummer's preview mode.

After contacting The Loop Loft twice, I first was told they would investigate the problem, then got no reply at all the second time. I ended up correcting this problem myself using Markus Schwenk's MIDI Editor to edit the loops one by one, and now they are plainly usable (and definitely would deserve a full 5 stars as to their quality, IF originally provided in such a state).

This collection really deserves its title, every indie rock fans should find something to their taste here (I actually couldn't find much that I didn't like). It remains usable -and sometimes even sounds better to my taste- when used way beyond the suggested BPM for each collection, and is definitely useful either for inspiration, jamming or direct use in songs: love it, especially the DC and Seattle "sessions"!

I shall also mention that I also own several other MIDI loop packs by The Loop Loft and encountered no comparable issue with any other of them. The fact they did not contact me back the second time also is unusual, I always got replies whenever I had other issues.
Still, I feel somewhat frustrated that the two reviews I tried to post (months away from each other) on their site mentioning the problem never got validated (with no explanation whatsoever, while in the meantime other user reviews were published for the very same product)... Perhaps in their minds a 4-stars-review is not up to par for publication (definitely NOT something you'll see at AudioFanzine btw :bravo: )? It won't help making user comments on their website trustworthy, and I definitely shall skip this section in the future.

The original price tag (29$) is also a bit high for a total +/- 200 loops (especially compared with products in more or less the same price range by Groove Monkee or Platinum Samples that offer way larger numbers of loops equivalent in quality), but at The Loop Loft they often offer special sales and it's not unusual to be able to grab one or the other of their 29$ MIDI packs for 10 to 20 bucks.

So, 4 stars "as is" with this MIDI loops size problem, but would deserve 5 qualitywise should this issue be corrected. AND, maybe, should not-even-negative-but-not-positive-enough reviews also be allowed for publication on their website?...

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