Bomb Squad - Tactical Beats and Sample Artillery

Review: Bomb Squad – Tactical Beats and Sample Artillery


any WAV sampler, also includes REX and patches for Reason NNXT, Kontakt, EXS24, Live, and HALion.


  • Ready to use aggressive sounds
  • ‘Go to’ drum collection

  • Samey bass sounds
  • Size bumped up by massive loop content
Price at review: £34.95 

Tactical Beats and Sample Artillery is a good deal for producers looking for high quality aggressive electronic sounds with no messing about.

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Straight out the gate, we’d like to register both an eye roll and protracted groan at the unashamed play on Call of Duty weaved throughout Tactical Beats and Sample Artillery. Thankfully, the actual contents of this Hank Shocklee devised sample pack is more original.

Nothing if not generous, Tactical Beats comes in at 1.4GB of 24bit audio

Nothing if not generous, Tactical Beats comes in at 1.4GB of 24bit audio, comprised of drums, percussion, bass, pads and SFX. The sounds themselves are divided into weaponry analogising categories, from the bread and butter ‘Assault Weapons’ and the one shots of ‘Sniper Weapons’ to the sub bass hits in ‘Submachine Weapons’ and more. Somewhat unsurprisingly given the warfare theme, the sounds are all bold, brash, synthetic and very effects laden. The single hit drums are the undoubted standout of the pack, almost every single one instantly usable (although there are some duplicates, or at least so equivalent they may as well be). Kicks are distorted and layered with subs, percussion is twisted beyond recognition, snares are filtered and pushed through spring reverbs, and everything is compressed to within an inch of its life for super quick attacks and extreme loudness.

The single hit drums are the undoubted standout of the pack

The sub bass sounds are also fairly good, if arguably somewhat redundant to anyone with a half decent soft synth – there’s also an issue with quite a few of the sounds having rhythmic amp or filter envelopes added to them, something we’re not keen on for raw materials. The pads are long and suitably terrifying, from atonal dronescapes to bells and hints of fragile beauty; sensibly there are only a relatively small selection of pads so as not to risk sounding samey.

The jaw dropping amount of loop content is commendable, if slightly over egged. Many loops have six or seven variants, which bumps up the total size of the pack considerably: at its best this practice is a great inspiration source for building loops up, at its worst it harks to those lazy days of ‘eJay’-esque drag and drop.

Entirely software sourced (with the exception of the UAD DSP plugins), Tactical Beats and Sample Artillery doesn’t really deliver much genuinely unique material – but that’s not to say that it’s not expertly compiled and executed – by legendary producer Hank Shocklee, no less – with every sound having care and attention taken to its frequency range, punch and loudness. As a go to folder for quick access to hard, aggressive sounds Tactical Beats is a worthy purchase.

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