Compared to other genres, perhaps, electronic dance music has had fewer legends and more pioneers. Todd Terry can enjoy being called both. He had a string of underground hits before reaching mainstream-crossover success with singles like “Keep on Jumpin’” and “Somethin’ Going On,” featuring vocals by Martha Wash and Jocelyn Brown. But it was his 1995 remix of “Missing” by Everything But the Girl that made the Grammy-nominated DJ/producer a household name. Growing up in Brooklyn in the late ’80s, on a steady diet of Chicago house music, Terry combines the glamour of disco with Euro-electropop sensibility, and the chunky dirt of NYC hip-hop sampling attitude. This 600MB download-only collection captures it all.
A folder of 66 drum loops provides a compact yet workable assortment of main beats, percussion loops and shaker grooves, each having that crucial vinyl-lifted feel. Tempos mostly reside in the 126–130 bpm range, but the odd carnival backbeat or frantic nod to NuYorican Soul venture beyond. I’ve always loved the trancing-gypsy vibe of Terry’s darker patterns — their bouncing, off-beat elements are cornerstones of the sound of today’s minimal-house and progressive-house heroes like Dubfire and Sharam. Over 190 signature drum hits and 90 FX are provided for rolling your own grooves, and the two dozen bass loops, 13 of which come with an alternate groove and sound, are phenomenally rotund and sit right in the era’s pocket.
The 36 musical loops are split between synth chops/arpeggios, piano chords, and string lines, mostly played staccato. As a bonus, you get a few essential multisampled instruments, including a warm B-3-style organ (no rotary effect); two gorgeous house pianos, one with an almost harpsichord-like octave overtone; 20 bass sounds; a fat old analog resonant-synth stab patch, and over a dozen one-shot guitar smacks, chugs and slides. While you can certainly find larger and more varied collections, there’s a certain je ne sais quoi about these private-vault sounds that extends a much deeper value to any connoisseur of classic house, making this a Key Buy.
Review by Jason Scott Alexander
Genuine house beats and bass lines. Drum hits and FX from Todd Terry’s private stash. Authentic vinyl-lifted character.
Compact size leaves you wanting more.
Acidized WAV, REX2, patches for Kontakt, Halion, NNXT, SFZ, and EXS24.
Apple Loops, Ableton Live 7 or later, and Reason 4 ReFill formats each
Base: $39.95 base; additional formats: $39.95 each, bigfishaudio.com