Dubmatix Atomic Reggae Loops Vol I
Production packages for reggae studio heads are few and far between, as companies instead focus their sets on popular genres such as hip-hop, electro, techno, or pop. Sonic Reality and Uberschall have a few reggae-themed offerings, but in general they sound like adaptations of their electronic and rock packages. Enter Atomic Reggae (MSRP: $79.95), a loops collection recorded by Canadian band Dubmatix using live vintage instruments. The set contains 1.5 GB of Acidized and AIFF loops, including live and synth bass, guitar, horns, melodica, and organ, plus one-drop and steppers drum loops. The sounds are processed with reggae-centric analog effects like tape delay, spring reverb, and phasers for a gritty Kingston studio feel. The loops are generally high quality and useful, but a lack of individual hits and mediocre FX was disappointing. New reggae producers or those needing a quick loops injection will be satisfied, but veteran dub scientists should invest in more gear or VSTs.