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Loot Audio Awards £20,000 of Prizes in a Competition for Music Producers



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Loot Audio Awards

Loot Audio is running an exclusive competition from May 12th, 2021 until the end of May, with over £1,500 worth of prizes, and a free gift for the first 1,500 entrants, totaling over £20,000 in value. 

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Main Prizes Include

First PrizeNative Instruments S49 Keyboard

Second PrizeRoli Equator 2 Synth

Third Prize – 3 x Soundiron products: Hyperion String Elements, Apocalypse Elements and Glitch Hero

Runner Up Prizes

There will also be a minimum of 18 runner-up prizes, and the first 1,500 entrants will receive their choice of free product (Choose between Pipe Festival 2, Fameboy or Cinemate). There are 500 copies of each to give away. Each entry will be able to choose which gift they want and receive a unique code for use on the website. 

  • Ben Osterhouse
  • Audiothing
  • Karanyi Sounds
  • Sound Yeti
    DJ Swivel
    D16 Group
  • Synthmagic
    Concept Samples
  • Ergo Kukke
    3 x £50 Gift Vouchers to use on Loot Audio
  • and more


The competition will run from May 12th, 2021, and requires entrants to fill in their email addresses on the dedicated landing page The competition will end on June, 8th 2021, and the winner will then be picked at random on 9th June 2021 and the winners will be notified via email on June, 14th 2021. 

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Sale on “Pattern Strings” by Ben Osterhouse

“Pattern Strings” offers innovative access to ostinatos by providing a collection of tempo-synced rhythmic fragments. These 19 rhythms have been recorded at two dynamic layers on violin, viola, cello, and bass, with 4 round robins.

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Pattern Strings (Affiliate Link) by Ben Osterhouse is a library for creating ostinato string patterns. It can achieve a wide range of moods, from lightly pulsating string beds to pounding, energetic textures.

This unique library is ideally suited to:

If you are looking for an inspiring, realistic string ostinato sound, this instrument is for you!

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Pattern Strings Features

  • 8.5GB (compressed)
  • Dynamic loading script makes the instrument easy on memory, and provides the user a wide array of sounds from a single nki
  • Endlessly customizable ostinato string patterns
  • Assignable keyswitches
  • Two pattern lanes with crossfade function
  • Panning for individual instruments
  • Panning for each sequencer lane
  • Randomise patterns
  • Remove individual pattern parts using a backspace function (instead of having to clear the entire pattern)
  • Voice limit halves if only one pattern has rhythms in it. This saves memory.
  • All the combinations of instruments have been rendered down, both single and with stereo doubling. This makes it possible to layer instruments together without so much memory and cpu.

How Does Pattern Strings Work?

19 rhythms have been recorded at two dynamic layers on violin, viola, cello, and bass, and each rhythm was recorded as a 4 bar loop. The interface allows you to seamlessly piece together sections of these loops in order to create endlessly customizable ostinato string patterns.

Because the samples are so long, the interface was designed with a dynamic loading system which only loads whichever samples are needed for the current pattern and chosen instrumentation.

This interface is great for experimenting and learning how strings can blend together.

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  • Drag and Drop – You can drag rhythms in the center to either of the pattern strips. If you want to change the order of the rhythms you can do that too, by dragging them around.
  • Legato – With legato turned on, new notes start synced with previous held notes. This way it’s possible to create convincing lines by changing notes according to the rhythms, as seen in the demos.
  • Automatic Bow direction – Pattern Strings plays downbow samples on downbeats and upbow samples on upbeats to create a natural ebb and flow between beats.
  • Tempo Sync – The tempo syncing can be set to half speed or double speed. Some of the samples were recorded at 90bpm, and others at 80bpm. So, let’s say you’re working at 160bpm. This would mean that the 90bpm samples would be time stretched to twice their original speed! To make up for this, you could use the Tempo Sync option to set the speed to be half as fast.
  • Dynamic Loading – Because there are so many samples, the interface was designed with a dynamic loading system so that it only loads what you need. In order to make it more efficient, combinations of instruments have been rendered together, saving on voice count and memory. This way if all instruments are enabled, it will use the same amount of memory and CPU as if only one instrument was enabled.
  • Double – Beef up the sound of an instrument by turning on doubling. Stereo-doubled samples have been rendered down, so turning this on won’t increase the number of voices or memory needed.
  • Custom keyswitches – Say you’re using Pattern Strings on a track, and you have a couple of different variations you want to use at different parts of the track. Rather than opening up multiple instances, you could save variations into keyswitches. Just click “Map”, then click on one of the colored keys at the very bottom of the keyboard, and Voilà, the current pattern can now be recalled by that key!
  • Random – Generate a random sequence of rhythms, and perhaps you will find something useful.

The interface utilizes an intuitive drag and drop mechanic which allows you to arrange the rhythms into sequences in which all the rhythms flow together with natural phrasing and musicality.

With Pattern Strings (Affiliate Link) you can explore in-depth unique beautiful string ostinato textures that cannot be found in any other library. It features the following instruments in one intuitively designed Kontakt interface:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass

Pattern Strings (Affiliate Link) is ideally suited to intimate Film Scoring, TV Music, Chamber Music, or any situation that requires realistic ostinato string textures.

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Ben Osterhouse Winter Sales



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Ben Osterhouse Creative Strings and Kontakt instruments

Ben Osterhouse added a great selection of new deals to his winter sale. You can find a full list of all products currently on sale. Ben Osterhouse is a creative music visionary with enthusiasm for experimentation, known for his critically-acclaimed, tonally rich Kontakt libraries. 

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