Activa Trance Essentials


Produced in collaboration with established trance producer Rob Stevenson (Activa), we are proud to present the Activa Trance Essentials sample library.

Since 2004, Rob ‘Activa’ Stevenson has forged a career as one of the hardest working producers in the trance genre, with a number of aliases and styles, releasing on the biggest labels in the world including Paul van Dyk’s mighty Vandit Records, Black Hole, Armada and Anjunabeats, before finding a home at UK independent, Discover Records where he released the critically acclaimed album, This World in 2009 and its follow up, To The Point in 2011.

This sample library contains a fresh collection of inspirational drum loops, drum/FX one shots, construction kits and a huge MIDI library that is sure to get your creative juices flowing. If you are after the clean, pumping, trance sound of producers like Activa, Simon Patterson, John O’Callaghan, Giuseppe Ottaviani and alike, this sample pack is a must have part of your studio arsenal. We guarantee this sample library will become the foundation of every studio session.

With this product we wanted to capture the true 'Activa' sound, rather than just have Rob produce this sample library as a side-project, we asked him to look at this project as a way of cataloguing his own studio sessions and centralizing his production library into a single product. We truly believe Rob over delivered with this ground breaking bundle.

All files are neatly organised into their own unique sub folders, and all files are named and numbered so you can find them quickly during those creative studio sessions. All samples contain BPM (Beats Per Minute) information and root key information (where appropriate). Every melodic ‘loop’ has an associated corresponding MIDI file, including all the bass lines, synth loops, construction kits, etc.

As with every product we release, we strive to deliver the highest quality samples in the industry and this sample library is no exception. This sample library contains the true, popular, trending club sounds that are being played by DJ’s around the globe right now. So truly fresh, inspirational, road tested sounds ready to use out of the box.

This sample library is released as part of our new Artist Series product series, where we give you everything needed to get started from the word go; our sound sets contain the real "bread and butter" sounds that you actually need to get your productions off the ground. No need to waste time searching online communities, we give you the actual sounds professional producers are using in the studio right now.

Artistic Influences

While producing this sound set we were inspired and influenced by the following talented producers and artists.

Activa, Simon Patterson, John O’Callaghan, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Simon Bostock, Sonic Element, Dan Stone, Rank-1, Ben Gold, Armin van Buuren and many others.

Record Label Influences

Below is a list of popular record labels that currently play host to the type of ‘sounds’ the sample library features. This list can also be used to find a suitable record label for your completed productions.

Borderline, Deep Blue Recordings, Always Alive, Enhanced Recordings, Armada Recordings, A State Of Trance, Amon Vision, Perceptive Recordings, Alter Ego Records, Anjunabeats, Anjunadeep, Infrasonic Recordings, Fraction Recordings, Flashover Recordings, Monster Tunes, AVA Recordings and many others.

Sample Library Properties

  • 100% royalty free.
  • 2770+ named samples, sorted into well-defined categories.
  • All samples are rooted and volume normalized.
  • Chart and club proven samples - ready to use out the box.
  • Road tested by the leading producers in the industry.
  • 8 Inspirational construction kits to get you started.
  • ‘Wet’ and ‘Dry’ variants are included for all tonal/melodic samples.
  • MIDI files are included for all bassline, synth and FX loops.
  • In short, the way a sound set should be!

Quality Assurance

Due to our dedication and passion for delivering the highest quality sound ware in the industry, we are tried, tested and trusted by the leading artists in the electronic dance music scene on every release. Our mission is simple; to raise the bar with every product we deliver and set the industry standard.

Below is a short list of artists, producers and engineers that actively use this particular product.

Armin van Buuren, Super8 & Tab, Ben Gold, M.I.K.E, Temple One, Far Too Loud, Thomas Gold, The Frederik, Ryan Enzed, Bart Claessen, Beat Service and Andrew Dawson.

Sample Library

Bassline Loops/Samples

  • 30x Bassline Loops with BPM/key information + MIDI files for each loop.
  • 30x Bassline Multisamples (for each sub bass) for easy sampler import.
  • 113x Top Bassline Loop Samples (included in wet/dry variations with MIDI files).
  • 200x Top Bassline Single Hit Samples all with root key data included.

Construction Kits

  • 8x Complete 'Building Blocks' Construction Kits (including all audio stems + MIDI files)
  • 5x Complete 'Melodic' MIDI Construction Kits (Please hear 'Alternative Demo')
  • 7x Bonus Kits packed with melodic ideas
  • 3x Remix Kits included for reference/educational purposes

Drum Hits (One Shots)

  • 50x Clap Samples
  • 50x Closed Hats
  • 25x Crash Cymbal FX
  • 25x Crash Cymbals
  • 62x Kick Samples
  • 25x Open Hat Samples
  • 150x Percussion Samples
  • 10x Ride Cymbals
  • 25x Shaker Samples
  • 50x Snare Samples

Drum/Percussion Loops

  • 225x Fully Unique Drum Loops all provided with BPM + Full, Stripped and Percussion variants (670+ Drum Loops in total).

FX/Sound Effects

  • 30x Explosions
  • 62x FX Loops all with Key + BPM Information included.
  • 71x FX One Shots
  • 50x Percussion FX
  • 20x Reverb Kicks
  • 50x Reverse FX
  • 50x Snare Rolls
  • 154x Vocal Stabs


  • 111x Synth Hit Samples provided in wet/dry variants.
  • 100x Synth Loop Samples (all with BPM + Root Key + MIDI Files)

Sample Library Summary

  • 619x Bassline samples
  • 84x Construction Kit Files
  • 472x Drum Hits
  • 676x Drum Loops
  • 487x FX/Sound Effects
  • 359x Synth Samples

Product Compatibility

This product includes a combination of WAV files, MIDI files and construction kits (combined WAV + MIDI files). All the files are compatible with Image-Line Fruity Loops, Ableton Live, Apple Logic, Steinberg Cubase and any digital audio workstation (DAW) that supports WAV and MIDI files. The included files are compatible with both Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X Mountain Lion.

Product Explanation

This product contains trance samples and associated corresponding MIDI files for melodic ‘loops’. These files can be used in a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) of your choice and are compatible with both Windows and Mac.

Other common terms for this type of product are: Trance Samples, Drum Samples, Drum Loops, Trance MIDI Files, Trance Construction Kits and Trance Drums.

Technical Specification

  • Availability: Instant Download
  • Format(s): WAV, MID
  • Type: Sample Library
  • Number Of Files: 2772
  • Size (Compressed):
  • Size (Uncompressed):
  • Label: Freshly Squeezed Samples
  • Product Series: Artist Series

With this, you've got yourself the ultimate package of high quality, highly popular and fully club oriented trance samples!


The product images are for illustrative purposes only and no physical product will be shipped when an item is purchased. All products are delivered as digitally downloadable files.

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Product review: Alastair Dolman (AWD) on Aug 12 2014

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Product review: Emanuele Lucariello (Manuel Le Saux) on Aug 07 2014

About Sean Tyas & Darren Porter Sylenth1 Essentials Volume 1:

Very good soundbank, brilliant sounds, perfect for creating real trance. Thumbs up for Mr. Tyas and Mr. Porter!

Product review: Simon Oliver Patterson (Simon Patterson | Dogzilla) on Aug 07 2014

About Sean Tyas & Darren Porter Sylenth1 Essentials Volume 1:

Love it. All sound great and would probably use all of them.

Product review: Gary Maguire (Gary Maguire) on Aug 05 2014

Always been a huge fan of Freshly Squeezed Samples. It's always been quality over quantity with every product released, from their sound banks to sample libraries, I use them in literally every production.

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Product review: Serik Slobodskoy (Hyperbits) on Aug 05 2014

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Product review: Ville Lope (Ville Lope) on Aug 05 2014

About Sample Libraries & Sound Sets:

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Product review: Steve Kaetzel (Steve Kaetzel) on Aug 05 2014

Sunny Lax Sylenth1 Essentials Volume 2 is absolutely massive! A must have for any serious dance producer.

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Product review: Shawn Mitiska (Shawn Mitiska) on Aug 05 2014

I absolutely love the new Sylenth1 Essential Collection Volume 1 sound set released by Freshly Squeezed Samples, whether you're a novice or pro these patches will sound great in any style of music. I'd definitely have to say this is one of the strongest sound-sets to come out for Sylenth1 in a long time and I will most definitely be using these presets in my own productions - great work!

Product review: Dan Stone (Dan Stone) on Aug 05 2014

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Product review: Tibor Tomecko (ReOrder) on Aug 05 2014

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Product review: Frank Thomas Knebel-Janssen (Thomas Gold) on Aug 05 2014

Zebra Essential Collection Volume 1

Amazing collection of presets, loads of super-phat, usable sounds. Perfect for any kind of electronic dance music genre, this is really all you need for an up-to-date production. Many of the sounds went into my tracks directly, I use the whole library a lot and it's pure fun to step through the list.

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Zebra Essential Collection Volume 2

Same extra high quality as Zebra Essential Collection Volume 1 with a more trance based approach. The collection perfectly completes Volume 1 and again, there is so much stuff in there, it's just a pleasure surfing through the presets! All sounds are perfectly crafted and can go into a track directly. But I had real fun when I started tweaking them… Again all thumbs up - must have collection!

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Product review: Miika Eloranta (Super8 & Tab) on Aug 05 2014

If you aren’t familiar with the Freshly Squeezed Samples yet we highly recommend you check out their stuff! We just purchased a couple of new Sylenth1 sound sets and a few sample packs and it was unbelievable how productive our studio session was today. Simply outstanding quality!

We´ve been using loads of sounds from Temple One Massive Essentials Volume 1 in our latest productions, it has turned Massive into our workhorse synthesiser!

Product review: Benno de Goeij (Rank 1 | Armin van Buuren | Jochen Miller) on Aug 05 2014

One thing is for sure - if you want the best libraries in town, Freshly Squeezed Samples delivers what you need. Whether you want electro house rawness or warm plucks, it’s all in there. It’s not just some patches, these are full professional libraries. Doesn’t matter if you are beginner or full time producer, these patches really get you going!

Product review: Armin van Buuren (Armin van Buuren | Gaia) on Aug 05 2014

About Sample Libraries & Sound Sets:

Many people ask me where I get inspiration from for new tunes and usually it's just sounds. A nice or new sound can inspire me to start making a whole new track.

Freshly Squeezed Samples is a perfectly good place to start if you’ve run out of ideas or if you're just looking for instant inspiration for a new track.

They can show you the true possibilities of your plugins and create a place to start.

About Sean Tyas & Darren Porter Sylenth1 Essentials Volume 1:

Don't ask me why, but I currently own more than 400 Sylenth1 soundbanks full of patches. Most of the time, I start from scratch and create my own sounds but sometimes you're just in need for some extra inspiration.

It can be frustrating to start browsing through a bank of presets, only to find out it has only 8 presets and none of ‘em spark any inspiration.

Sean & Darren did none of that. 128 patches that all spark instant inspiration, showcasing why Sylenth1 is still one of dance music’s most used synths out there.

I love the plucks (try VERB Forever), leads and pads but my favorites were the ARPs and Sequences.

If you make modern day dance music (and not only trance) this bank is a must!

Product review: on Jan 01 1970


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