Review: “Master Bundle” by Instruments By Lamprey

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Just because it’s Spring doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bundle up! If you are looking to develop, and explore new sonic textures combining samples and processing, Lamprey’s Master Bundle has a ton of potential.

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“Master Bundle” by Instruments By Lamprey

Enter the sonic world of developer IamLamprey in this Master bundle edition. This library is geared towards composers looking to develop, explore and engineer sonic textures by combining samples and post-processing them into something new.

Master Bundle normally sells for $150.00 from IAMLAMPREY

At the time of posting it is listed at €25 at Vst Buzz

 

Thoughts

NEAT Player version Instrument Preset Browser

Library developers across the spectrum are constantly looking for new and exciting ways to create dynamic, affordable and customizable libraries for the composing community. Lampreys latest master bundle proves that those three things are in fact not mutually exclusive and can be achieved together with the “right tools”. Due to the size of this library and review I want to focus on three things in specific order. I want to start with the GUI and the programming capabilities. Review the sample libraries, sound sculpting and some of my favorite libraries. I’ll then finish with an overview on the expectations, possibilities as well as things I’d like to see in potential future updates. Now, let’s get into to this!

Bundle comes in Both Kontakt Instruments format and NEAT Player format

 

The NeatPlayer, I like it. I like it a lot. The reason I like it so much is because it is absolutely clear that it was designed to “help you” create signature sounds, not create them for you. Any seasoned composer, engineer or musician with a DAW is going to find a ton of on board tools to shape, sculpt and arpeggiate samples to your taste. This is a huge plus for beginners and composers on a budget. A big advantage in this respect is that you have ADSR controls with additional Pitch, Tune, Pan and Gain control. There is also a reverse function for complete sound envelope shaping, including turning it completely on its head!

NEAT Player FX Controls “AMP”

The FX rack included is also very well put together and diverse. The stand outs to me were the amplifier which contains 13 different cabinets to dial up dynamics and a 2x’s over sampling Tube Drive and Wave Shaper. These Two effects add grit and harmonics to the samples for extra texture and sound placement in the mix.

 

The Parametric Equalizer which I personally loaded up with 30 key frames just to demonstrate how much you can drill down frequencies is fantastic.

NEAT Player version FX “Parametric EQ”

It doesn’t have any specific Dbs levels which is actually a plus. Using it like this will give beginners an instant familiarity with the frequency spectrum. This allows you to hear rather than see the sounds. Most pros will do a dry mix just based on sound alone then drill down with parametric eq. Finally, the Utility parameter contains a stereo widener and The Stutter LFO. Most libraries won’t have either of these on board. The widener will give you a much fuller sound without having to drown the rest of the mix in reverb. The Stutter LFO gives a you a unique ability to syncopate the samples and create either concise or random rhythms. Utilizing just these 4 effects alone can go a long way in creating signature sounds and custom presets.

Cloudburst – Playable Guitar Harmonics – Kontakt Interface

The sample libraries are well sampled and diverse enough to give you a deep catalogue of choice, but the organic instruments are in my opinion the best. Specifically Gloom, Cloudburst Acoustic, Oracle Vol. 2 and the PDQ Bass. These instruments leave plenty of room for composers to augment and change the sample with the onboard FX to create new sounds. One thing you will have to be careful of is the delay effect on most of the presets. The feedback setting can be modified or turned off, however, if left on the tail effect is grating and can mar a great mix. The Gloom piano has a rich mid-frequency punch and beautiful harmonic tail. You can use the ADSR and Pitch and Tune to create rich pads and reverses. Cloudburst Acoustic Vol.2 is plucky and has a real bite to the attack. Presets 1, 2, 8 and 10 Are great for shaping arpeggios and building melodics. Oracle Vol.2 is great right pout of the box because this instrument has a 3 sampler engine with 18 sub presets per sample. You can make so many new sounds just by combining the samples. You’ll be making new presets quickly with this library long before you get to fx processing.

NEAT Player ARP = Arpeggiator Controls

The PDQ Bass is perhaps my favorite simply because the low end of music seems to get left behind in the grand scheme of engineering. We know it’s there in the music but we don’t realize how much it fills in the gaps in frequency. The Bass is deep with just enough twang to make medics easy to play and arpeggios simple to build around. Adjusting the attacks and releases can give your mix both a percussive and padded texture. You could build a stringed drum kit out of the attacks and play it against a pad or basic preset making up your own band. Please be sure to adjust the volume for your headphones or speakers as all the libraries load up at max volume and can seriously hurt your ears.

Machine Tribes – Hybrid Percussion – Kontakt Interface

Lampreys Master Bundle is a great starter library for those looking to create and develop interesting textures, rhythms and sound designs. Newcomers to FX processing and envelope shaping may feel a little overwhelmed by the GUI but after a few hours it will feel less daunting. Composers should expect to see a ton of potential in “creating sounds” rather than just selecting presets to build tracks.

My advice would be to start off with the sample tab and augment the ADSR controls as well as Pitch, Tune and Gain to get a feel for envelope shaping in the player. I’d like to see a more eye-friendly color palette for the GUI and a more simplified folder structure without so many reverse tabs. Other than that this library is a very well-developed and custom-friendly library with tons of potential.

Facts

KONTAKT:

Kontakt 5.8 or later (FULL VERSION REQUIRED).
4GB of RAM (8GB Recommended)
Stable internet connection (for download).
Approximately 14GB Free HDD Space

WINDOWS (VST):

Microsoft Windows 10.
DAW with VST2 or VST3 support.
4GB of RAM (8GB Recommended)
Stable internet connection (for download).
Approximately 6.5GB HDD Space

MAC (VST & AU):

MacOS Version up to Big Sur
Intel Chip
DAW with VST2, VST3 or AU support.
4GB of RAM (8GB Recommended)
Stable internet connection (for download).
Approximately 6.5GB HDD Space

M1 Chip NOT officially supported

Monterey NOT officially supported

Master Bundle normally sells for $150.00 from IAMLAMPREY

At the time of posting it is listed at €25 at Vst Buzz

 

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Contributor Nick Rivera reviews Master Bundle by IAMLAMPREY
“Just because it’s Spring doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bundle up!”