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Wave Alchemy’s debut Omni Series sample CD - Electro House Underground offers over 1GB of 24-bit 100% royalty free electro house samples, loops and sound effects. Included are all the latest ingredients required to make the next generation of floor filling electro house club anthems.
Whats included in the Sample Pack?
Combining Electro House Underground with our second ‘accompanying’ release Electro House Progressions gives you access to a huge and ultimately complete collection of inspirational royalty free electro house, progressive and minimal house loops and samples.
“Arguably the definitive electro house sample collection” Music Tech Mag
660 wav samples, 492 wav loops, 420 drum hits & sound effect samples, 7 drum kits, 37 multi-sampled synth patches, 492 Rex2 files
Electro House Underground consists of 1.5 GB of 24-bit electro house samples and loops in WAV and REX2 formats. These break down to nearly 255 drum loops, 50 filtered percussion loops, 95 tech bass loops, 92 dirty electro synth loops, and 50 sound effects samples. Additionally, there are 56 ready-to-go multi-sampled instruments in Reason NNXT, Halion, Kontakt, EXS24, and other formats.
We start off with a selection of bass loops. Most of the loops are featured in several variations (usually different filter settings), making it easier to use the loops to build a full track. The basslines are all very catchy and the sounds used all have a great vintage vibe. (The liner notes indicate the synths used were a Minimoog, Nord Leads 2 & 3, Access Virus, Roland JP-8000, and Waldorf Pulse). The tempo and key of the basslines are listed in the file names, so it’s easy to find riffs that go together well instantly. The production is great and just right for the genre. Most loops are compressed and in your face (some are even sidechained) and among a lot of dry loops, are ones drenched in bitcrushing, filtering, and other typical electro house effects.
The next section consists of a ton of electro house drum loops. Although these are totally in line with what you’d expect in electro house, most are flexible enough to work in just about any dance-oriented genre you’d care to use them in. The production quality is great and the tonal balance is near perfect meaning these will sound great in a track without needing to do a lot of further processing. Like the basslines, most of the drum loops are featured in multiple variations so you aren’t just stuck with a single loop to build your song with. The beats also vary in their complexity with some being minimal percussion only, some being basic kick, hat, snare constructions, and others containing quite complex percussion arrangements. The feel of all the loops is excellent and guaranteed to get butts shaking on the dancefloor.
In addition to the drum loops is a decent selection of live percussion loops. These are all constructed with real world percussion instruments and run the gamut from shaker and tambourine loops, to conga patterns, to full-fledged percussion arrangements. All are tasteful and perfect for adding to your own programmed drums to give them a bit more feel.
The loops round out with a bunch of synth loops. These were put together with the same gear as the basslines and are of similar quality. Once again, the production and EQing are stellar and genre-appropriate. If you wanted to, you could pretty much build a full track using only elements from the loop section of this library and not need to do much, if any additional mixing and production. However, you probably don’t want to rely on nothing but loops. Lucky, then, that there’s a nice selection of pre-built sampler instruments in various formats. These consist of vintage synth bass sounds, some small drum kits, a hefty selection of claps, hats, synth percussion, kicks, snares, hits, and SFX, and a small selection of synth lead sounds. Of these, the one shot drum hits were my favourite. The synth percussion is contemporary and interesting, the kicks have just the right combination of smack and oomph, the snares sound crisp and present, and the SFX and reverse hits make it easy to add a credible club feel to your tracks with a minimum of effort.
I did run into a problem with the synth bass and lead instruments in EXS-24. In almost all of them, there was a small key range that had the root key set incorrectly. This is a small annoyance, but something to be aware of.
Electro House Underground essentially gives you everything you need to get started making electro house music. It’s very nice when sample libraries offer a selection of sampler instruments and drum kits and not just loops, and this library has a very good balance of both. The sound quality throughout is uniformly excellent and the beats and riffs are all outstanding. Many sample libraries have good stuff, but you have to dig for it. This is one where no digging is required. It’s all good!
It seems that not a month goes by without a truckload of new electro house samples appearing on our desks. However, Wave Alchemy’s Electro House Underground is arguably the definitive electro-house sample collection – a selection that is so ‘now’ it may be out-of-date by tomorrow, but if that is the sound you’re after, it doesn’t get much better than this.
The pack consists of 1.5GB of 24-bit, 44.1 KHz electro samples in WAV, and REX2 formats. These include tech bass loops, electro leads, tempo-synced SFX samples and more than 300 drum and percussion loops. In addition to this there are 56 patches ready to play in Reason NN-XT, HALion, Kontakt, SFZ and EXS formats. A very complete pack of synths, drums and hits, this sample library could be used to build an entire electro hit from the ground up.
While the drum samples are solid and dependable, there’s arguably little here that most of us have not already acquired in our favourite DAW or sampler. Where this pack really shines, though, is in the quality of the synth loops. The mastered finish of the bass loops is truly exceptional, with inventive use of reverb sends, multiple synth sounds and panning. Some loops even have sidechain compression already applied, giving them a bold, pumping quality guaranteed to rock any dancefloor.
Electro House Underground is a very high-quality release indeed, but the included samples will make you sound like any other electro house producer – albeit a very, very good one!
A solid electro house collection with a first-class polished sound. We look forward to more.
Electro House Underground by Wave Alchemy gives you a whopping 1.5GB of unique material for your £45 (or £40 as a download), including lots of multi-sampled basses, drum hits and synth and drum loops. All the material in the library is of a very high standard, which is impressive considering there is so much of it, and aside from vocals, you get everything you need to make your own stomping electro house anthem.
There are a fair number of electro house libraries around, but Electro House Underground's wealth of material and price make it a recommended purchase, even if you already own a few similar sample cds.