Contact: Big Fish Audio, bigfishaudio.com
Format: 1 DVD-ROM with Apple Loops, REX, and 16-bit/44.1kHz WAV files
One might think making a trance CD would be easy, because of the music’s repetitive nature. Hah! The cognoscenti know that what makes trance work is the way it evolves over time — and that doesn’t lend itself to loops that last a few measures. Does Rush beat the odds?
Rush has 15 construction kits with authentic and groovacious loops. Each kit has a mix of all the separate elements, and the drum parts are broken down into individual loops for flexibility. You’ll also find a ton of additional drum and percussion loops, tribal loops, pads, arpeggios, synth hits, synth loops, one-shot drum hits, FX loops, and more.
But a big part of trance is those majestic, sweeping chord progressions that change over time, with overlaid processing. Five kits are based on Cm 140 bpm and two on Cmaj 140, so they’re easy to mix and match; ones in other keys and tempos require a bit more work, although the REX and Apple Loops stretching works reasonably well.
Bottom line: Need a bit of trance for a soundtrack? Rush delivers 110 percent. Aiming for a typical long trance track? Rush provides a very firm foundation, but you’ll likely need to add some finishing touches. In either case, Rush comes the closest I’ve heard yet to a “one-stop shopping” trance/progressive house sample CD — and I’ve already used it in a video.