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Free Drum Loops From Ableton; Remix Sets, Compressor + $25 From Native Instruments

Happy holidays! Two of the industry’s heavyweights, Ableton and Native Instruments, are taking Santa’s job and delivering free goodies to producers and DJs around the world this week.


First, Ableton has just released a free 483 MB comprehensive package of some of the top drum loops in the Sample Magic back catalog. The package includes 409 24-bit WAV loops optimized for Ableton Live 9, and the loops cross multiple genres, including house, techno, electro, dubstep, D&B, and more. Listen to a taste below:

To get in on the giveaway, you’ll need to be a registered Ableton Live 9 user on ( pirates and slow-to-upgrade users are out of luck), and just visit this page to get your free download.



Native Instruments is also placing presents under the tree for DJs and producers. First up is Supercharger, a “one-of-a-kind tube compressor” that’s been designed for “warming up a vocal or crushing your drums completely”. It’s available for a free download until December 31st, after which is becomes a $49 plugin.

If you’re after a different digital software download from NI – like Maschine expansion packs, Traktor Pro, or Komplete instruments/effects, they’re offering a $25/€25 off coupon code. This code won’t work for hardware or upgrades, and it expires December 31st.

Inspired by four different Maschine expansions released in the last few months, NI has also crafted four Remix Deck Sets for Traktor (Static Friction, Lazer Dice, Pulswerk, and Electric Vice) that are a free download (77.8MB) as well.


And one more discount from NI: Apple has chosen Traktor DJ as an “App Of The Year”, so the team has decided to drop the price of the app down to $9.99/€8.99 for the iPad version and $1.99/€1.79 for the iPhone version. Not quite the free download that we saw over the summer, but still worth mentioning here.

  • calkutta

    sucks what happened,but all great things come to an end,and then re-invent themselves.For example,turntablism,controllerism and super home made production didnt have a foot hold like now.In a world where Die Antwoord can exist and do everything on their own and sell out every show they play-thats just one of the many seeds that grew outta the end of the best time of our lives.-now peep this-

  • æ

    (sorry, but i can’t resist, to share this)

  • Kristof Herme

    totally wrong,it started out before the rave with new beat in belgium,not good informed 🙂

  • æ
  • chris

    in my opinion, a rave is not a rave. I startet with electronic music in the early 90’s. Most of the Hippies drive to Goa in India, after they realize that “War” can’t be the truth – maybe they took to much LSD (?) – during the Vietnam War. (Maybe you ever read about the”Gulf of Tonkin incident”). So they drive to an place of freedom and free Life-experience. They started with looping tapes and drum-recorders. Ben Watkins (Juno Reactor) started there in the early 80s to find sounds during the day, to play it at night. (Juno Reactor gives the sound to the Movie Matrix).
    This Vibes of Goa-Music wents to germany and israel to blow it up for business of good vibes.


    You guys are a bit off on the dates on this my brothers. I was at Narnia 1 and 2 that Nick and Brandon of G.U.N. did and it was 92 i think.for Narnia 1 By 95 i was in New Orleans and my self and many others were on our way to developing the scene here. I had left the West Coast around 93 and Narnia 2 was the last event i went to in Cali. I also thought Storm Raves were a bit earlier than that on the east coast but i was not there personally.

  • JOJO

    You left off Detroit and it’s underground warehouse scene

  • Vink

    Fantastic well written article. I especially love your positive responses to comments even when they are trying to “bash” you. The internet needs more people like you, keep the comments positive!

  • Frankie Bones

    Merry Christmas everyone. I really find this article to be bittersweet. In it’s context, it appears to be written well, but it is flawed so bad that it becomes more of useless history which is far from what actually happened. I don’t know who is to blame here, so I won’t, but it appears that Scotto somehow started the American scene, and I came under his wing. LOL, W T F is that? I mean please by all means check my Facebook photo albums for the truth, there was no such thing as a RAVE SCENE in the U.S. before 1990. Whatever happened in the 80’s has nothing to do with RAVE and EDM which is essentially one and the same.

    • Guy Williams

      That is 100% the TRUTH! Thank you Frankie Bones!

  • Guy Williams

    *ALL* should hail and pay homage to the TRUE pioneers of ELECTRONIC Music…Krafwerk from Dusseldolf West Germany!
    What they did to revolutionize electronic dance music was nothing short of phenomenal! Especially since they began making ALL electronic dance music using only synthesizers in 1970!
    If you haven’t already, check out some of their work, AMAZING considering the era!
    I can truly say that their music inspired my curiosity & love affair with music that still lasts today!

  • chris

    wish you all a nice and a …..<—please refill)


    and a HO HO HA HA

  • BelgiumRaver

    Nice article, to bad its so narrow minded, like only UK and USA have something to do with acid or house…
    Watch TSOB (The sound of Belgium) It explains the origin of new beat an house music from belgium, wich you at least could have mentioned…

  • Sara Simms

    In the mid 90’s, the drum and bass scene was exploding and eventually took
    centre stage in Toronto. Second to only London, Toronto had the biggest drum and
    bass scene in the world. There was a whole crew of Toronto drum and bass DJs that achieved extreme success when the TO drum and bass scene was in full force. These DJs included: Mystical Influence, (who ran drum and bass record shop Eastern Bloc, and Vinyl Syndicate Recordings) Sniper, Marcus Visionary, Lush, Unknown Souljah, Everfresh, Prime, Slip & Slide, Dominik, and Illfingas and MCs including L Natural, Caddy Cad, and
    JD. Drum and bass could also be heard at venues such as Industry, and
    later at Turbo.

    I’ve included a few classic tracks from TO producers, enjoy!

    Slip and Slide – Let Me Know

    Illfingas– Union Station

    Mystical Influence – Dub Plate Pressure (Sniper Remix)

  • Sara Simms

    One thing I didn’t have enough space to cover in this article was the rave scene in Canada. Toronto in particular had a vibrant rave culture; in the late 1990’s Toronto had the second largest d’n’b scene in the world. Here’s how the scene got started:

    One of the early fathers of underground rave scene was Mark Oliver, a young DJ of Scottish descent, who took it upon himself to start spreading the vibes of rave music. His first chance to do so was a gig DJing at an unpopular after hours club, called 23 HOP. At the club, he met Anthony Donnelly and John Angus, and formed Toronto’s first rave production company, Exodus. They began to put on events where Djs like Mark Oliver, Dr. No and Chris Sheppard played. Chris Sheppard was an influential DJ who had a
    dance music radio show on radio station CNFY, and then on Toronto’s all first dance music station, Energy 108. By the mid-90’s dance music had become popular in Canada, thanks in part to the efforts of Chris Sheppard. Dr. Trance (Don Berns) was a radio program director who helped to push the new sound of electronica on the airwaves. After one weekend spent raving in L.A., he wanted to bring the same experience to Toronto. He formed a promotion company called Nitrous, which quickly grew and inspired more rave companies to form.

    • Oddie O’Phyle

      hehehe… i went to club knowledge on fridays, saturdays were trancendance, betterdays, dose, citrus or cyrus parties (rarely went to pleasure force). liquid adrenaline on sundays for the after party and if i still had steam, we were off to catch 22 for magic mondays… those were the days. i’m a k-dub boy that grew up in t-dot, i going to the warehouse to skate the mini-halfpipe and stumbling into a breaks party… with dr. no on turntables…

  • Ankur Kedia

    Something, A couple of us in India discovered recently. THE FIRST ACID RECORD WAS ACTUALLY PRODUCED IN INDIA IN 1982 by composer Charanjit Singh leaving Phuture’s Acid Tracks 4 years behind. He used the TB-303, TR-808 & Jupiter 8 Synthesiser to record the album way back when it was in test mode for the entire world. Its fascinating to hear that this album was recorded way before the terms House music was event heard. This is a missing link in history which has been washed over time & unearthed recently by accident. All information on him can be found here.

    Here’s the entire album which has been re-released in 2010 to spread awareness. Please spread this as far as possible.

    • Sara Simms

      Thanks for sharing this, great track and an awesome album. 🙂

    • Ankur Kedia

      PS : DJ TT Staff, This stuff defo needs to go up there 🙂

  • me

    maybe the article needs the german section.

    >> eye q records << a big treasure

    • me

      and the Sublabel Harthouse.

      • Sara Simms

        Great tracks! Thanks for sharing! Any more classics from Germany from the early days that you can recommend?

  • tetrix

    The rave scene isnt dead in the UK, warehouse parties are everywhere, massive underground all night club nights all the time, and plenty of new BYOB (Bring your own bottle) nights taking place in places like art galleries and empty apartment lofts.

  • gls

    I can’t believe the Eclipse and Shelley’s weren’t mentioned. Two of the best clubs ever, with the Eclipse being the first legal all night venue.

    • Sara Simms

      Where were these clubs?

      • gls

        The UK. The Eclipse was in Coventry and Shelley’s was in Stoke.

  • Marios Siappas

    there was NO London scene mate….it all started in the Hacienda

  • ddotto

    The Full Moon parties in San Francisco, circa 90-91, were among the best of the underground raves at the time. Held outdoors in secret unique locations at each full moon, they were extremely difficult to find, and frequently busted by police. Always set in naturally beautiful locations (the top of Corona Heights, deep in Golden Gate Park, far out in the Marin Headlands,) they were a cut above the plastic and gaudy warehouse parties happening South of Market. Know your SF history, DJTT.

  • D3RKIN

    Here is some Chicago Rave footage from the 90’s.

  • Scott

    You basically left out the entire history of NYC there. Frankie Bones, Storm Rave, Satellite, and anything else other than Scotto. Next time just say it’s a piece about Chicago or something.

  • maniac130

    You have forgotten to mention that the law of 92 (criminal justice bill) came for the first teknival in “Castlemorton fields”.

  • Bcrogan

    I love how the Brits love to believe that they invented Rave. First off, all the music they originally played, acid house, Chicago House, Detroit Techno and Electro were all Black American inventions. Second, the first clubs to use XTC , specifically MDMA were gay clubs in Dallas in the early 80s and in the 70s, American discos like Studio 54 were flowing with XTC’s sister drug MDA.

    • happydan

      It takes two people to get a trend going, one to start the trend one one to validate. Yes, the music may have come from the US, but the UK took the format and made it usable. First is not always best. 🙂

      There was a TED talk on this…

    • perry neyum

      Except in the North of the UK we were partying to Italian Dance music – big piano sounds with the emphasis on good times and plenty of gurning.

      • Sara Simms

        I’d like to hear a few of the older italian dance music tracks. Can you post up a few classics here?

        • Bcrogan

          Just youtube Italidisco. You will find a ton.

        • ScingyHaming

          From my home town in the 90’s….

          A pal who’s a product of that time and sound….

    • Frankie Bones

      Rave was a British creation regardless of the fact that they did use American Dance Music to make it the scene it was. I witnessed that first hand.

  • Dan White

    Not sure why the comments are overlapping here – I’ve contacted Disqus and hopefully they can help fix it!