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The Lifeshare Loops from Realstrings: Hip-Hop and RnB

The Lifeshare Loops from Realstrings: Hip-Hop and RnB

This is a loops pack with a difference.  You get 28, 4-bar, real strings phrases, minor  and modal keys, recorded at 90 bpm, written to work with urban, RnB and hip-hop styles, performed with all the guts and emotion of real strings.

And your money goes to the homeless charity Lifeshare.

All proceeds from the sale of this pack go to Lifeshare.

Homelessness is a devastaing social problem and it’s up to us to respond.  Buy this pack to get the raw emotion of real strings in your music and help to alleviate the hardship of homelessness as well.

With thanks to the string players (Sarah Brandwood-Spencer, Paulette Bayley, Alex Stemp, Simon Turner and Nick Trygstad), my colleague Julian Cole who has developed a Kontakt version, George Atkins at 80 Hertz studio and the guys at Loopmasters.

Online loops sequencer

A couple of my loops libraries from Loopmasters are organised as construction kits, so a while back I asked my friend, Flash genius and God of all things nerdy, Chris Savage, to create a web-based loops sequencer, to showcase some loops and let users layer them up and see how the building blocks worked.
It’s been 6 months in the making and finally here is version 1 of the Realstrings Online Loops Sequencer.  Audition loops from the selection down the right, drag and drop onto the tracks to layer up and sequence.

I’ll be commissioning updates for Version 2 in the next couple of weeks based on user feedback, so I welcome any suggestions!
How far can we take a sequencer within a browser?
Click on the image to launch in a new window.
Loops Sequencer

Building blocks

My last 2 loops libraries with Loopmasters have been construction kits.  Mike Skinner of The Streets snapped up this concept with the last release from the band before he moved on, as featured on The Guardian website last year, which is constructed almost entirely with strings from Realstrings Volume 2.

rs vol 3In designing loops libraries, I (naturally) try to make them usable in as many musical situations as possible; one usage I envisage is for video and film editors.  Many will be making full use of loops and sequencing tech so it is a natural progression to supply building blocks in loops packs.  Indeed, many composers work in this way, creating musical elements than can interact and overlay.

Here is a track constructed entirely from one set of loops in Realstrings Volume 3, using the solo loops rather than the more common ensemble loops, and it shows how the pack can quickly be used to create a music bed with all the emotional content of string writing, and the flesh and blood of real instruments.

Logic String Loops