ModeAudio’s Vortex combines a stunning collection of ambience loops that will appeal to a wide variety of electronic music producers. This review covers the specifics of the Ableton package but should apply to the Reason version and to a lesser extent the REX2 and WAV loops.
What Do You Get?
150 WAV Loops
60 WAV Stab Loops
1 Ableton Project
5 Ableton Effect Racks
The 150 WAV loops are comprised of five different categories: ambiances, atonal ambiences, noise, rhythmic, and sub.
Modeaudio have helpfully created an Ableton project that showcases the first 20 ambience loops (out of 55) and corresponding noise, rhythmic, and sub samples loaded on separate tracks in Session mode.
This allows you to quickly mix and match any four of the styles to create complex moods and textures effortlessly.
As with many of Modeaudio’s products there is a diverse range of emotion at your fingertips from uplifting ethereal pads to more tense noisescapes
It tends to favour the former, however.
In a separate folder there are an additional 35 ambiance and atonal loops.
The atonal section is perfect to represent strained and unresolved moments in your music where a more stressful feeling is necessary.
Finally, the sample pack is capped off with 60 stab sounds.
These are an assortment textures that span the five main styles mentioned earlier but with a volume envelope suited for adding impact at specific points of a piece.
That’s not quite all, either.
The Ableton pack includes five rack effects that will allow you to customize these, and of course your own samples, even further with reverb, dirt, and more.
Who Is It For?
Once again, Modeaudio have managed to create a library that is not only produced with the utmost in quality but possesses wide appeal.
Everyone from game and film composers to trance and techno producers will find lots of usable content here.