There is no doubt that this past year has been challenging for everyone around the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic has held the world in a tight grip and the music industry especially took a big hit, with festivals and live shows across the globe being cancelled. However, despite these unprecedented times, 2020 has been one of the most exiting years to date for Sample Tools by Cr2. With thrilling partnerships, a record number of sample pack releases, as well as expanding our exclusive artist series with more high profile artists, this year had plenty of highs! See what 2020 brought for Sample Tools by Cr2 below.
OUR BIGGEST YEAR EVER!
We have never released more sample packs as we did in 2020. With 48 brand new packs released throughout the year we raised the bar to propel us into the new year. Not only did we release more packs than ever before, we also increased the diversity of our packs and branched into new genres to provide you with all the tools you need to create high quality productions. Sample Tools by Cr2 has something to offer for everyone: from Tech House, Dark Techno and Disco House to RnB, Trap, and Future Bass. We dipped our toes into new popular genres like Deep Minimal House, Indie Dance, and Slap House, and brought you back in time with some nostalgic Acid House and Rave packs.
POUR THE MILK REMIX COMPETITION
During spring we teamed up with Sony Music’s Relentless Records, Future DJs, NAHM and AKAI to host a remix competition for ‘Pour The Milk’ by Robert Doherty. A great collaboration receiving over 1000 entries for the remix competition.
In late April we had the honour of partnering with Roland Cloud to create a range of preset packs for their digital emulation of the incredible Juno 106 vintage synth. 3 in-depth preset packs covering a number of genres including Techno, Tech House, Underground, Future House, Progressive House, Bigroom, Trap, RnB, and Hip-Hop, with more packs to follow soon!
ST2 IN SESSION
In 2020 we also decided to expand our educational side of things and we set up a new blog series ST2 In Session, consisting of exclusive Q&A’s with featured artists. It is designed to give aspiring producers a deeper insight into how artists go about their productions, and how they cope with obstacles along they way during their music creation. We’ve already featured artist such as Tough Love and Taiki Nulight, and are planning to feature many more in the upcoming year!
NEW ADDITIONS TO OUR EXCLUSIVE ARTIST SERIES
In 2019 we launched our exclusive artist series with an incredible sample pack from Purple Disco Machine. The pack was received exceptionally well and therefore 2020 saw us release Volume 2 and Volume 3!
You can now purchase all three volumes as a bundle for a discount price: Purple Disco Machine (Full Collection)
In October we teamed up with the iconic dance duo Solardo for the next huge release in the artist series. With the mindset of doing things bigger and better, we not only released a spectacular sample pack, but Solardo also recorded an in-depth exclusive production masterclass to go with the pack!
Taking things even further we ended the year with the pleasure of working with Mousse T. for the release of his funky disco house sample pack full of warmth and authenticity. Like Solardo, Mousse T. did an exceptional live production masterclass which we streamed via twitch. We’re extremely proud to have one of the most acclaimed artists as part of our exclusive sample pack series, and it sure was a great way to send us off into 2021.
The full pack and production masterclass are available now: Mousse T. Vol. 1
SAMPLE TOOLS BY CR2 APP
At the end of the year we launched our very own Sample Tools by Cr2 app! The app will give you access to a free sample pack including over 500MB of our favourite sounds as well as discount codes to use on our website.
Despite everything going on in the world we can look back at 2020 with some content, and we look forward to 2021, where hopefully things return back to normal and where we can hopefully start attending festivals and live shows again, letting music do what it does best: unite!
Sample Tools by Cr2 wishes everyone wonderful holidays and a happy new year!