Primed for use with Push and packed with recordings of vintage hardware within eleven tweakable Instrument Racks, House Racks is a new toolkit for producers seeking the classic sounds of 80s and 90s underground house.
This collection of Instrument Racks brings to Live the hardware that helped shape the sound of house music: the definitive Roland drum machine and synth collection (TB-303/808/909, SH-101 and Juno 106), the Arp2600 and Korg M1 among several others.
The Racks have been optimised for using with Push or a MIDI controller: use the macros to switch quickly between samples, or bring powerful, tweakable processing chains into your productions and performances.
With or without external controls, the Racks have got the key elements of classic house covered:
Drums and perc
The Drum Rack contains eight slots loaded with kick, snare, hat, cymbal and percussion sounds. The Loop Rack holds 32 grooves, ready to be sliced and processed into rhythms, layers and textures of your own. Macro controls let you use the complex processing chains to tweak and twist loops into completely new rhythmic ideas.
The Bass Rack and Pulse Bass Rack each come with 32 distinctive analogue bass tones, flexible modulation sections, plus controls for adding grittier textures or beefing things up. More classic low-end ammo is available in the Reese Rack, with 32 samples of the iconic sounds spawned by Kevin ‘Reese’ Saunderson and later appropriated by jungle music.
The Acid Rack completes the bass collection: 32 sequences from the inimitable Roland TB-303 that can be triggered in an 8-step sequencer and given a modern twist with the on-board effect chains.
Leads and organs
You can find unmistakable house synths, organs and e-pianos within the Classic Poly Rack, thanks to the sounds of early 90s digital workstations (Yamaha RS7000, Korg M1 and Access Virus B). The Lead Rack, meanwhile, offers everything from rich unison leads to distorted, detuned screamers – recorded from modular, analog and digital synth sources.
Pads, stabs and more
With multi-sampled recordings of the Oberheim SEM among others, the Pad Rack is capable of an impressive range of lush textures, ready for sculpting with macro controls. The Wavetable Rack brings the evolving metallic tones of the Waldorf NW1 and Korg Wavestation – try automating them to create shifting textures and layers. An FX Rack completes the set – 64 samples, ready to be processed with filter, looper and delay macros for transitions, spot FX and breakdowns.