In collaboration with Strezov Sampling, US based composer Casey Edwards has developed his take on the modern hybrid and sound design sample library, Oracle. This is the second of Casey‘s offerings through Strezov Sampling after the popular Aleatoric Modular Series Brass (or technically the fourth, if you consider AMS to be three libraries instead of one). Here’s the official opening blurb on the Oracle page:
“ORACLE by Casey Edwards is a NextGen modern Sound Design library with over 300 ready to use presets and wave files including massive percussion hits, trashy and punchy kits, grungy and glitched out loops, organic metals, real recordings of analog synths and gear, and much more! Combined with one of the most advanced and still very easy to use User Interface ORACLE sets a new standard among all other Hybrid music focused sample libraries out there.”
Like many other areas of electronic music, the freedom and experimentation afforded to musicians through hybrid scoring makes it an area largely governed by individual tastes (even if it is subject to trends like other contemporary genres). Therefore, sample libraries aimed at these areas, such as Oracle, hinge both on creative and customizable functionality, as well as the developer’s particular aesthetic. With that in mind, Meena Shamaly takes a close look at Oracle in his two part video review below.
Part 1: Interface and Controls
Part 2: Presets and Sounds