Free Track Downloads – Rough N’Ready Trax

RoughNReady” Tracks are just that. Ideas in the studio that I’ve bounced down – no real sequencing, just on the fly mixing, manual fades etc. 

Patches on the hardware were not saved, so these are literally one-offs, never to be repeated. These are some of them that I think captured a certain vibe worth sharing. 

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I’ll use it to let you know of releases. Some of these rough edits may be turned into more developed ideas. 

I hope you enjoy the rough n’ ready vibe!

Deep House One-Shot Chords – Free Download.

Vintage House Chords | Pads & Stabs

Vintage House One-Shot Chords
Vintage House One-Shot Chords

Vintage House Chords is a collection of lush one-shot chords full of unique character and vintage vibes. Each one shot is a combination of minor 9th chords played through a selection of instruments that helped define the classic sound of House & Techno – the Juno 106, TX81Z, Korg M1, MK2 & Nord Lead. For additional authenticity, each combination of chords was then sampled into the Ensoniq ASR-10 for additional crunch and character.

I hope you enjoy this free download and that the one-shot chords bring you plenty of inspiration.

  • 30 chords, minor 9ths in the key of C and G. (Playable across the entire range of your keyboard for unique chords.)
  • Composites of chords played through the Juno 106, TX81Z, Nord Lead, Korg M1 (VST), Rhodes Piano (VST).
  • All elements and the final composite sampled into the ASR10 for additional crunch.
  • Composite chords sampled to Mono for extra vintage authenticity & to avoid potential phase issues with stacking sounds.

True to the roots of early sampling, the one-shots were sampled as mono files (a technique that is commonplace in classic House, Hip Hop & Techno from the golden era, and a “secret weapon” of many modern producers.) (Tip : pan the mono one-shots hard left and hard right and send both to a stereo reverb for a huge/wide sound with the presence and control that only a mono file brings to your mix!)

To ensure maximum flexibility, the vast majority of these chords have been sampled without heavy use of additional effects. (As these are stacked sounds, even without effects, they are full of character and change subtely as each of the stacked elements evolves.) Care has been taken to give each combination a character that comes to life in YOUR sampler of choice : simply apply your sampler’s modulation effects, alter the ADSR, and/or process with additional effects and you will find a treasure trove of sounds that can be completely YOU. 

I love lush pads, but who doesn’t love a great chord stab? For additional flexibility, the majority of the chords in this pack have been layered with a nice percussive element at the beginning of the sample. You’ll find that these chords, therefore, work great as deep pads and ALSO as punchy percussive stabs. (Tip : adjust the attack on each chord to remove the percussive element, if you wish).

With Vintage House Chords, I hope I’ve created a pallette that creative producers will be happy to return to again and again. Each chord will add vintage character to your music as is, but the magic happens when you use this content in your own way. If you’re a lover of labels like Serious Grooves, KMS, Sistrum, M&S, Moods & Grooves, Sound Signature, Balance, Nite Grooves, Trackmode, Soundstream etc, – or simply a fan of proper deep House, Hip Hop or Techno – I think you’ll enjoy these chords!

Grass Roots House - Detroit To Chicago
My Deep House Sample Pack – Grass Roots House

Using Maschine with Ableton Live (Free Template)

Maschine MK1
Native Instruments Maschine

If you’re using Native Instruments Maschine and Ableton Live, you may have struggled with a common question: what’s the best way to integrate the two?

Or, put another way, how can you make the most of Maschines’ intuitive hands-on hardware, and maximize the sequencing and arrangement features of Live?

I’ve been around the block on this question more than a few times and spent hours testing and revising different scenarios. In the end, I’ve ended up with what I think is the best way to integrate the two, leaving maximum flexibility and accommodating different workflows.

The answer, for me, is a template that routes each of Maschines’ 8 groups to 8 individual tracks in Ableton Live.

For maximum flexibility, the Ableton Live tracks are set up as external instruments, meaning you can not only route & record audio from each Maschine group into the individual Ableton tracks, but you can also record MIDI output from Maschine if you wish.

So, if you like to take advantage of Ableton’s excellent sequencing, mixing and processing features and essentially use Maschine as your sampler, this works well.

OR, if you are one who prefers to do all of your sequencing, mixing & processing work inside of Maschine you can. A nice advantage is that you can still use some of Live’s proprietary effects racks, MIDI effects etc by placing them on the relevant Ableton tracks.


*The first Maschine group in the template is for drums. Utilize Maschines’ dedicated mixer to pan and mix levels, and then bring the audio into Ableton as summed audio.

**When changing the sample on any Maschine pad don’t hit “reset”! It will also clear the routing. Instead, just drag a new sample onto any pad to replace it.

***This template requires Ableton Live 9 or later and Maschine 2.7.8 or later.

****Feel free to update the name of each group in the template if you wish. I’ve just named them in a way that works for me.

Download the Ableton with Maschine Template and enjoy!