The ´Product Type´ section of the product page refers to the type of samples that are included in the library. These are grouped into 4 main categories and describe how you can expect to find the content to be presented for you to use. Different types of libraries contain samples formatted in different ways depending on the sound source and what would be most usable.
These are short ´songs´ which the user can listen to for inspiration and to get an idea of a practical use for the samples. Each individual component part of the construction kit is then broken down and made available separately. The key and the bpm of the kit is usually supplied. This is a great way to find elements that work together quickly and easily to give your tracks a kick start. Please note that construction kits can include any combination of the sample types that are listed below.
There are non-tonal or sometimes tonal single ´shots´ which are one-off events to drop into your music as required. An example would be special FX which normally come in this format but also percussion sounds too. If the single hit is tonal so at a specific pitch, you can expect to have that listed. Quite often it will be detailed in the file name.
The name is pretty self explanatory but like hits, loops can be tonal or non-tonal depending on the subject matter and a great many sample libraries will have content in this format. In the vast majority of cases the BPM (Beats Per Minute) of the loop will be supplied, letting you know quickly whether it is likely to fit into your arrangement or not. In case of tonal loops you will usually have the musical key listed but not always. Check the format of products that contain loops as this will let you know how they can be used with the software you have, see our formats page for more information. BPM for example is not as important if the sample is in ´Rex´ format because you can change the tempo without altering the pitch if you have the right software.
These are mulitple chromatic samples of a single instrument that have been recorded at different pitches enabling the user to effectively ´play´ the instrument. These are similar to hits in that they are single events and not loops, but the main difference is that you can expect to have many samples of a single source, just in different keys. Some collections may supply 2 or 3 notes per octave, some have every note and some have multiple velociites per note. It just depends on the library so check the description. Multisample libraries are normally released in a format which allows then to be loaded straight into a software or hardware sampler like Native Instruments Kontakt for example. This is due to long and painstaking process of mapping the individual notes to each key.