Review: Riffendium 6 and Riffendium Bass Volume 1 by Audiofier

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I’m a big fan of what Audiofier has done with the Riffendium series and am pleasantly surprised that they have now made it to the sixth and seventh iterations of the series. Riffendium Bass is filled with funky bass grooves that are sure to make you look around your studio for a live musician, and Riffendium 6 brings plenty of funk and vintage riffs to make your pop, disco, and funk tracks burn with vibe.

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Review: Riffendium 6 and Riffendium Bass Volume 1 by Audiofier

To say that I’m a fan of Audiofier’s Riffendium series would be an understatement. These Riffendium libraries have become my go-to rhythm guitarist. Riffendium 6 is a nice addition to the series, covering more of a funk and disco-inspired sonic territory, and now, with Riffendium Bass, I have a session bassist sitting at my fingertips!

Riffendium 6 and Riffendium Bass Volume 1 sells for $85.00 each from Audiofier

Thoughts

When I first encountered the Riffendium guitar series I was blown away at how useful and flexible these loop-based instruments could be. Loops have a reputation for being static and stagnant, but Riffendium libraries are anything but that. Through the clever use of phrase sequencing, Audiofier have sliced each phrase up into small parts that can be moved around, reconstructed, and randomized into a custom performance that sounds fresh and unlike the original source material. Add to this a wealth of guitar cabinets and effects, and you have a formula for something great.

I first want to talk about Riffendium Bass Volume 1.

Riffendium Bass is the first library in the series to venture outside of the world of the electric guitar, but I hope it’s not the last. Riffendium Bass is oozing with funk and soul bass riffs that will make you look around for the session musician in your studio who’s playing them – it’s just that good. As with the other libraries in the Riffendium series,

Riffendium Bass comes with numerous presets that have been chopped into many composite parts that can be moved around to create custom bass phrase loops. What makes this really special is all of the sliding and fret noise that lets you know there’s a real bassist under the hood. The loops in Riffendium Bass range from simple grooves and thump to downright throwing it down, taking the lead, and turning on the juice. When randomizing or rearranging the individual loop slices, you can find yourself creating a custom bass performance that will stand out and lend authentic groove to your tracks.

When working with any Riffendium library, I normally hit the randomize dice button repeatedly to find something I like (let me tell you, it doesn’t take long). There are then eight assignable keyswitches that you can assign each customized loop to. This allows you to string together eight different customized loops (in addition to the two default loops) to create a performance that fits your track and won’t scream “I’m a loop that you’re going to hear in 100 other songs!” In addition to sound-shaping tools like saturation, chorus, EQ, compression, delay, and reverb, there are a wealth of bass cabinets to choose from to allow you to tailor and shape the sound to your liking. There’s also a nice width control that can take your sound from the center of the stereo field to filling up the whole darn thing. Let me tell you, that width control is just sooo good.

As per usual, Audiofier have provided a number of Kontakt snapshot presets to give you both traditional and experimental bass sounds. Add step sequencing effects like filters, repeaters, and step-controlled volume, and you have a ton of control over your studio bassist.

 

Riffendium6

Riffendium 6 continues the Riffendium tradition of creating individual volumes of genre-specific customizable guitar loops, this time those genres being modern pop, disco, and funk. All the same sound-shaping tools and options are available here as in Riffendium Bass and all the previous Riffendium volumes, so I will specifically speak here about the presets and sound of Riffendium 6. Riffendium 6 includes 40 different original recordings that the loops are derived from. There is plenty of funk and vintage vibe here that would be right at home in a Bruno Mars or Justin Timberlake track.

The loops vary from simple chordal loops and simple riffs to complex riffs and chord sequences. One of the things I really like about the Riffendium libraries is that you not only have the keyswitch system that allows you to control the key of each loop on the fly, but for some of the presets you also have a second set of tonal keyswitches that changes the kind of chord you are playing; for instance, you can go from a simple major chord to a dominant 7th chord by engaging a separate set of keyswitches. This means you can do some really cool changes on the fly that allow your performance to resonate with authenticity.

As always, Audiofier have included a healthy dose of Kontakt snapshot presets in both the regular and experimental variety. This allows you to quickly find unique sounds, but also gives you examples of the sound-shaping possibilities available to you. The only complaint I have about Riffendium 6 is that some of the samples are not as clean and pristine as I have heard in previous volumes. I think that is largely due to the style on offer here, but it is something that I have noticed that could be seen as a flaw by some. Again, as with all the Riffendium libraries, there are plenty of cabinets to choose from and all the same sounding editing capabilities. The double track button is always my favorite, as it instantly gives you a single track that sounds like a real double-tracked guitar.

As with all the other Riffendium libraries I have previously revied, I heartily recommend these two newest Riffendium libraries, especially Riffendium Bass. I am so grateful that Audiofier started down this path and I thoroughly enjoy this series.

Facts

Riffendium Bass Volume 1 includes two instruments – Riffendium Bass and Riffendium Bass DI. The over 6,000 included loops have been taken from 40 bass performances. Riffendium Bass Volume 1 contains over 100 snapshot presets. Riffendium 6 includes two instruments: Main and Rev (performed in reverse). Riffendium 6 downloads as over 4 GB with over 4,000 loops and over 140 preset snapshots. Both Riffendium Bass Volume 1 and Riffendium 6 require the full version of Kontakt 5.8.1 or above and are sold by Audiofier for $85.00 each.

Riffendium 6 and Riffendium Bass Volume 1 sells for $85.00 each from Audiofier

 

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Contributor Raborn Johnson reviews Riffendium 6 and Riffendium Bass Volume 1 by Audiofier
“I’m a big fan of what Audiofier has done with the Riffendium series and am pleasantly surprised that they have now made it to the sixth and seventh iterations of the series. Riffendium Bass is filled with funky bass grooves that are sure to make you look around your studio for a live musician, and Riffendium 6 brings plenty of funk and vintage riffs to make your pop, disco, and funk tracks burn with vibe.”