Review: Goldbaby Productions Vinyl Drum Machines

Goldbaby Productions Vinyl Drum Machines

Goldbaby has released a new collection of drum samples: Vinyl Drum Machines.

Nope, Hugo @ Goldbaby hasn’t been crate digging for obscure vinyl for his latest product. Instead he had his own acetate record cut so he could sample drum machine sounds to get that authentic vinyl touch.

Sampling off vinyl has been a staple of many producers since samplers were invented. Vinyl has an unmistakable sound. Using it as a sample source you get material that is dripping with personality and warmth, that digital sources just can’t recreate.

I have always wanted a record with just drum machine samples on it. Finally I did something about it.

You can see a video of the making of the acetate here.

The result is a record with of 14 drum machines: Linn Drum, TR-626, CR-78, MBase 01, DR-110, Linn LM-1, Drumulator, TR-808, Ritmo 12, TR-909, TR-505, µTonic, SP-12, TR-606.

The drum machine sounds were then sampled from the vinyl record, using 3 different turntables:

  • Pro-Ject RPM + Pro-Ject Tube Box II — audiophile equipment for pristine recordings.
  • Technics SL-1700 + Leak Variscope — vintage setup with a late 70’s turntable and a 60’s phono pre-amp.
  • Vestax Handy Trax — portable record player which runs on batteries; lo-fi!

The end result: 1468 x 24 bit samples.

Besides all the drum machine sounds, Hugo also sampled some bonus content: vinyl noise, vinyl clicks, vinyl hitz and center grooves.

Vinyl Drum Machines is available in Wav, Battery 3 and Guru formats (ReFill soon) starting at $29 USD.

So what do I think?

Every time I see a new Goldbaby I wonder how it is going to be different from all the other drum machine sample libraries I’ve seen before (including Goldbaby’s own libraries), and time after time he manages to exceed my expectations.

Vinyl Drum Machines is a fantastic idea, and perfectly executed. The samples are top notch quality as per usual and the selection of drum machines used provides plenty of variety.

And here’s a nice tip from Hugo:

I have been experimenting with velocity switching between the different record player versions of each drum sound. Hit a pad/key lightly and it plays the plastic portable turntable version, hit it harder and it plays the audiophile version and hit it really hard and it plays the vintage record player version.

Makes for some interesting dynamic drum machine sounds…

Check out the sound clips on the product page and get your wallet out… there is a good chance you’re going to want these!

Visit Goldbaby Productions for more information.

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  • Katzenjammer

    Definitely a cool idea. Might pick this up. He usually does quality work.

  • jose

    I feel like all these drum machines have been done to death. On top of that, let me see these machines he supposedly sampled. His company is kind of obscure, yet he has all the classic sought after machines? I think I’d prefer to just use the quality free downloads of these drum machines that are available all over the net. It’s likely what was done in creating this library.

  • Hi Jose. If you’re happy with the free stuff you find online that’s fine of course, but Goldbaby is the real thing and his work is top notch quality. Don’t forget to get his free samples!

    btw, I don’t think he actually own each and every machine he sampled. I’m pretty sure he mentioned he had borrowed a few machines.

  • Chad

    Jose’s comment is ignorant and insults Goldbaby’s integrity. He is accusing Hugo of lying.

    It’s dumb and does not merit printing on this site.

  • Thanks Chad, reading back it seems I may not have made it very clear how I feel about Hugo and his work.

    If people are still in doubt, please be assured that Hugo @ Goldbaby is as real as they get. Quality products by a quality guy.

    Hopefully Jose doesn’t really know what he’s talking about. Had he took a better look at Hugo’s website and products he would have known what he says is rubbish. Or… Jose knows exactly what he’s doing when he’s trying to praise Bangin’ Beats, while slurring on Goldbaby. Just hope I’m wrong there but I wouldn’t be surprised.

  • Hey Jose

    All the drum machines used I either own or hire.

    I use good quality studio gear and have worked hard to capture the vibe of each machine. Plus adding extra character by getting an acetate pressed.

    Sure you can get free drum machine samples online. Good luck trying to find ones that sound like this though.


  • Ben

    What I don’t understand is this:

    People don’t sample too many drums from drum machines from vinyl… they sample LIVE drums from vinyl…

    If you’re going to go the trouble of all this “waxing” (etc..), why not record some live drums to vinyl in a studio that attempts to mimic the vibe that 60s and 70s drummers played under.

    Cool idea, I’d just like to see it executed differently.

  • I really like the vinyl touch on the drum machines. The Pro-Ject samples do sound a lot different from the Vestax ones. It’s like sampling drum machines off of old records, except it’s new wax.

    I also really like your idea Ben. Recording live drums to record and then sampling that. Get that lovely vinyl vibe on your breaks without having to spend lots of time digging the crates, and there’s no fear of copyright either.

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