ECSTATIC GROOVES features over 2,200 24bit samples including over 1,650 loops and 550 single hit sounds. Ecstatic Grooves is a dream for dance producers looking to inject some groove inspiration into their tracks. This mind blowing collection of sample accurate drum and percussion loops, hand crafted drums and fx, was sculpted from the ground up to satisfy the needs of the most demanding DJs and dance producers and ready to drop into your tracks with the minimum of trouble and the maximum of impact. Styles include Hard Dance, Trance, Techno, Progressive, House, Tribal and Dance. Each beat has been broken down into its constituent parts so you can mix and match to your heart’s content giving you endless possibilities for new grooves. If you’re on a mission to find the right beat to add to your next dance hit or club pounding track Ecstatic Grooves is for you.
While many of the loops and sounds are geared towards trance music, the intention was always for Ecstatic Grooves to cater for dance musicians across the board. Therefore, we’ve included a diverse variety of material, from mid 90’s dance and house grooves, to hard European trance, to tribal progressive and tech house, and much more.
However, we also wanted to provide the user with the facilities to easily break free of genre bonds and mix up sounds to form their own unique styles. Afterall, is this not where the true art of dance music lies – in the constant metamorphosis or styles and genres? We certainly think so!
This was to allow users the ability to construct their drum tracks with maximum flexibility using the minimum number of samples. In addition, we felt it was important to allow the user to remix the loops. For instance, if the kick drum is too high / low for your particular track, no problem, simply remix the kick and top loops to your preferred levels. Perhaps the top loop isn’t working for your track? Again, no problem, experiment with some others of the same tempo.
TIP: Try layering in several top loops. If you pick one with a lot of high-pitched hats and another with more mid range percussion, they should provide a nice full arrangement. Sometimes it can sound cool to filter the top out of the lower percussion loop so that it sits back in the mix slightly.
The loops are categorized by style, with tempo markings range from 130bpm to 145bpm:
Hard Dance – faster than the trance beats with more aggressive mix processing and rhythm programming.
Trance – featuring cleaner beats with generally straight rhythms.
Progressive, Tribal, House – these beats range in style from tribal house and progressive to minimal and tech house. Generally they are slower and less aggressive than the above, featuring less generic programming and processing.
Techy – beats ranging from tough German and Italian style techno to electro tek and retro. Perfect for users who prefer a more percussive foundation to their tracks.
Dance – slightly dirtier than the trance beats. Many of these loops are reminiscent of mid 90’s dance music. Rhythms typically featuring heavy swing with a ‘vivace’ feel.
But remember, these categories are very broad generalizations! We urge you to experiment as much as possible, mixing and matching loops from the different categories to form your own unique rhythm arrangements.
DRUMS & FX
Drum sounds are categorized by type. While the sounds in this collection were designed with ‘four to the floor’ dance music in mind, we’ve found them perfect for other styles such a new school break beat and D&B. As well as staple drums (such as kick drums, snares, hats, claps, etc), we’ve included some ‘fx’ type sounds, including reverb kicks, explosive hits, fx percussion, crash hits and reversed cymbal fx. These can be used as sparingly or excessively as the user feels appropriate.
TIP: Why not program a break beat for your trance tune? Having access to hundreds of quality drum samples gives the user the opportunity to program drum parts from scratch, and this means that there are no limits to what can be achieved! Free from the constraints of pre-programmed patterns and tempo, the user is free to a far greater extent. Try pitching the sounds extremely, doubling / halving the tempo, mixing with some of the pre-programmed loops, using exaggerated mix processing (reverb for instance, leaving on part dry with another overly wet), or all of the above!