Rhythmic Robot releases SpecDrum 2000 for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot has released SpecDrum 2000, a Kontakt sample library featuring the Cheetah SpecDrum and its three add-on sound packs.

Rhythmic Robot SpecDrum 2000

The SpecDrum was Cheetah’s first foray into drum machines, pre-dating its popular MD8 and MD16 hardware units, and took the form of a hardware expansion to the Sinclair ZX Spectrum home computer. Once the SpecDrum expander had been plugged into the Spectrum’s expansion port, the user could load up dedicated drum pattern editing software that played the eight onboard samples of the SpecDrum. These were 8-bit samples of real instruments. The add-on sound packs came on cassette, and could load in three further drum kits: Afro, Latin and Electro.

SpecDrum 2000 samples all four kits at 24-bit quality and spreads them across four octaves for instant access. The UI allows access to level, pan and tuning controls for the kit pieces, plus a group of Effects which operate across the whole kit. These comprise Tube saturation, Drive distortion, Bit-reduction (to take those 8 bits down even further) and buss compression. Subtle velocity control of kit piece volume is built in for “humanising” if needed.

SpecDrum 2000 features

  • 24-bit samples of each of the SpecDrum sounds, plus all expansion pack sounds.
  • Basic kit, Afro, Latin and Electro.
  • Tuning, level and pan control on a per-kit-piece basis.
  • Drum-specific effects built in: Compression, Distortion, Saturation and Bit reduction.
  • Velocity control of kit-piece volume.

The SpecDrum 2000 (requires Kontakt 4.2.3 full version) is available to purchase for £4.95 GPB. It is also included in a bundle offer with other Rhythmic Robot drum modules.

More information: Rhythmic Robot / SpecDrum 2000


Goldbaby Productions SuperAnalog808, high quality TR-808 sample pack + free Cheetah MD16 pack

Goldbaby Productions SuperAnalog808

Goldbaby Productions has released SuperAnalog808, a new sample pack featuring the sounds of the Roland TR-808 drum machine.

Punchy, warm, analog drums with Round Robin Layering. Using high-end outboard and a compulsive attention to detail… this 808 sample set is pure analog drum heaven.

Why have you created another TR-808 sample set? For a start the 808 is one of my favorite drum machines! Secondly I thought I could offer something a little different. This sample pack has been recorded at a higher sampler rate and has extensive Round Robin treatment to recreate the feel and movement of an analog drum machine. The Tape808 used tape to give it extra Mojo… this time I have used some new high end outboard. Tasty…

Is there anything else that is different? Yes there certainly is. This pack has tuned chromatic BD and Conga patches. So you can play them on your keyboard!

SuperAnalog808 features

  • 1168 x 24 bit / 96 kHz wav files.
  • Instrument patches for: Battery 3, Guru, EXS24, Kontakt 3.
  • Patches make use of extensive Round Robin mapping for a more analog feel.
  • Also includes tuned Chromatic BD and Conga patches (Kontakt, EXS24, Battery).
  • Outboard gear used: Great River Harrison 32 EQ, A-Design EM-PEQ, Kush Audio UBK Fatso, Mutronics Mutator, Crowther Audio – Prunes & Custard, Malekko – B:Assmaster, Boss – Dimension C.

SuperAnalog808 is available to purchase for $39 USD.

Goldbaby has also released the Cheetah MD16, a free sample pack featuring the sounds of a 16 bit British drum machine that came out in 1990.

Probably one of the ugliest drum machines I have ever seen! However it actually has some rather good drum sounds. Plenty of grit and punch with some rather good electro style sounds.

The Cheetah MD16 sample pack is available as a free download.

More information: Goldbaby Productions


Pethu SpecDrum, free vintage Cheetah SpecDrum sounds for Kontakt

Pethu SpecDrum

Pethu has released SpecDrum, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.

All the 32 sounds from the 4 drumkits available for the vintage Cheetah SpecDrum drum sampler.

The Cheetah SpecDrum was a poor man’s Linn alternative – an 8-bit, 3-channel sample player that bolted onto the back of a Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer. Both sequencer program and drum samples had to fit in 48KB’s of RAM, so no wonder long cymbal crashes are in short supply! Despite that, the sounds are surprisingly good.

This set was captured using the Spectaculator 7 Spectrum emulator which includes an emulation of the Cheetah SpecDrum hardware.

SpecDrum for Kontakt 4.1 or higher is available as a free download from the Pethu website.

More information: Pethu Music