To push the limits of modern sampling, we traveled to Cali, Colombia, the self-proclaimed ‘World Capital of Salsa’ to record the most in-depth Salsa collection ever produced. Along with stellar musicians and surrounded by the amazing energy latino artists have, we spent months recording what would become this jewel that is ‘The Bible of Salsa’. Our trip to Colombia was not in vain, as we managed to capture the authentic sabor that can only be heard in places where an artform is more than a hobby, but life itself. We ‘heard’ salsa, ‘learned’ salsa, ‘lived’ salsa and came up with what is one of our proudest achievements.
This First Volume contains thousands of rhythmic patterns, improvised phrases and multi-sampled phrases in unison specifically tailored towards Salsa music and its many, many sub-styles including Timba, Guaracha, Bolero, Boogaloo, Guaguanco, Yoruba, Columbia, Slow Salsa, Fast Salsa, Choque and Plena. Over the last two years, we have worked with professional Salsa musicians sampling everything you need to create this authentic and beautiful type of music.
Each Brass, recorded in amazing detail provides thousands of custom phrases to create the perfect Salsa song. You can use these individual improvised phrases to create your own custom melodic solos, or multi-sampled phrases in unison to comp with the perfect rhythmic passages, which thanks to our advanced polyphonic legato technique, can do fast voice movements not possible with traditional multi-sampling. Although in unison, each of the instruments were recorded isolated, allowing detailed control over each of them.
The piano rhythmic patterns (montunos) have a huge range of chord choices played in root position along with the most used inversions for this type of music. The beauty of sampling independent phrases is that you can get real performances from real players with the touch of a key.
To capture the essence of Salsa percussion, we have spent over two years meticulously planning, sampling and programming multiple rhythms of Salsa substyles, each containing all their parts and even breaks. Each instrument also includes real multiple dynamic layers and a wealth of essential controls, giving you the ultimate flexibility over each phrase. A new standard for phrases based sampling. Additionally, each percussion was recorded using multiple microphone positions offering you the opportunity to work on your own mix.
A four-voices choir was recorded with each of the voices isolated, giving you perfect control over each of them and, thanks to our stellar Multi-Vowel legato developed for Insolidus, allowing you to create choral passages with unprecedented realism. All the choir phrases were recorded using both traditional voices and the ‘nasal’ color featured in authentic Salsa music.
An authentic Baby Bass was recorded both amped and through DI-box, playing all the rhythms for ease of use. Press one key and get the perfect ‘tumbao’.
Every single sample is tempo-synced, and each instrument was recorded in sync with one another; this means that if you load all the percussion instruments at the same time, one key will play the whole ensemble instantly — simplicity meets authenticy all at the touch of a button.