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Dark Side of the Tune releases free Volca Beast sample pack

Dark Side of the Tune Volca Beast

Dark Side of the Tune has released Volca Beast, a free sound library featuring the sounds of the new analog drum machine by Korg.

The Volca Beats was put through multiple gain stages and frequency modulation to create even more depth and range. From quick thumpy sounds for techno and like genres, to beefy Hip-Hop style rhythms, Volca Beast can easily fit into most productions.

All sounds were recorded into analog outboard conservatively, then the Universal Audio Apollo for rock-solid digital stability. These sounds are not normalized, and brought up to about -6 so no digital distortion occurs.

All sounds are offered in 16 and 24 bit resolution, 44.1kHz wave files.

The sample pack is a free download at Dark Side of the Tune’s SoundCloud.

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Dark Side of the Tune releases Sub Phatty Drums free sample pack

Sub Phatty Drums

Dark Side of the Tune has launched Sub Phatty Drums, a sound library featuring 43 one-hit samples recorded from Moog Music’s Sub Phatty synthesizer.

The Sub Phatty excels at thickness and warmth, and with the multi-drive and frequency modulation on hand, it takes the classic ladder sound into new territory.

This collection was recorded into a Universal Audio Apollo with Thunderbolt, dry, with no effects, leaving you the raw sound of the synth to compress and smash in your own way.

Sounds are provided in 44.1kHz,16 and 24 bit resolution to accommodate most modern samplers.

Careful thought went into not making this another 808/909 clone library. Don’t we already have enough of those?

The download is free of charge from SoundCloud.

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Dark Side of the Tune releases FM-Flux free sample pack

Dark Side of the Tune FM-FLUX

Dark Side of the Tune has announced the release of its FM-Flux free sample library.

Original sounds were created with the Yamaha PSS-470, a Digital FM synthesizer.

To add organic modulation, and expand the stereo field, it was run through a Moogerfooger Cluster Flux flanger and chorus pedal. The results are piercing and lush: Crystalline digital precision combined with the warmth of analog modulation.

All samples are in 44.1kHz 24bit High Quality Audio and not normalized.

The sample pack is a free download from Dark Side of the Tune’s SoundCloud page.

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Dark Side of the Tune releases free Dark Filter Drums pack

Dark Filter Drums

Dark Side of the Tune has announced Dark Filter Drums, a free sample pack.

What happens when you hookup the discontinued Dark Energy 1 synthesizer to the Vermona Filter Lancet? M. A. G. I. C. Dual filtering, FM modulation and distortion, add heft and character to these semi modular units. For white noise and stereo samples the mini brute was used in parallel.

A total of 66, 44kHz 24bit Drum sounds are yours for free!

Follow the link to sound cloud and listen to the demo. The sample library link is in the SoundCloud track description.

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Dark Side of the Tune releases Time Wave Zero

Dark Side of the Tune Time Wave Zero

Dark Side of the Tune has announced the release of Time Wave Zero, a sample library for Maschine that shatters synthesizer sameness.

As we race toward interconnectedness, the universe eventually reaches a singularity of infinite complexity, at which point everything occurs simultaneously. What if we used the complexity of sound to expand beyond genre-defining vintage instruments, or create new genres altogether?

In a move to redefine electronic music mastery, Dark Side of the Tune released today Time Wave Zero, a 490-sound sample library that moves beyond pre-conception, and resets sound in a futuristic, spontaneous environment.

Modular synthesis techniques evolve the synth aesthetic beyond brand-based character, with many modern analog synthesizer units used in tandem: no virtual or vintage instruments were harmed in the making of Time Wave Zero.

Bucking the trend of static mono samples, the new library includes many multi-samples, as well as stereo samples adding depth and space with analog time-based effects. As a result, most of the sounds are velocity sensitive and playable, similar to an analog instrument.

Time Wave Zero is available to purchase for $29.99 USD.

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Dark Side of the Tune Twisted Cistern, unique sample library

Dark Side of the Tune Twisted Cistern

Dark Side Of The Tune has announced the release of Twisted Cistern, a unique sample library of nearly 200 original sounds captured in an abandoned reservoir at the Fort Worden cistern in Port Townsend, Washington.

The sound library, christened Twisted Cistern, represents the blending together of organic and digital inspirations. Guitars, toys, circuit bent electronics, percussion and obscure vintage keyboards were lowered into a two-hundred feet in diameter and fourteen feet deep cistern that was originally built as a water supply system when Fort Worden was a military base.

In this improbable environment, Dark Side of the Tune captures the ambience of the empty cistern’s 45-second reverberation time. Oscillations move unpredictably through the dimly lit tank as instruments merge with physical space, and Lo-Fi sound sources are brought to life.

Twisted Cistern features

  • Contains 197 sounds in 3 variations, stereo, mono and reverb, giving artists the ability to move between dry mono and soaking stereo. Alternatively, the stereo file is a mixed version of the two.
  • Most sounds are one-hit samples meant to be played on a keyboard. Also included are various loops and drum sounds.
  • Drumen kit contains 30 drum sounds tightly chopped “Amen” style with choice of file type.
  • All files are 44.1 kHz 25 Bit resolution WAV, total content 927.9 MB.

Twisted Cistern is available to purchase as a download and on DVD for $39.99 USD.

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Dark Side Of The Tune releases Queen’s English

Dark Side Of The Tune Queen's English

Dark Side Of The Tune has released Queen’s English, a spoken word sample library.

In this spoken sample library, unexpected vernacular contrasts with wholesome British correctness, delivering dramatic audio clips without the licensing hassles from Hollywood.

Drawing on the disciplinary pronouncements of London-based dominatrix Miss T, producers can add new life to composition through urban street jargon, master & slave instruction, retro cookbook text, fetish descriptions, and other miscellaneous sound bites. Tone is bossy, imperious and crisp.

Queen’s English contains 176 stereo samples recorded with tube equipment at 44.1 kHz. 24 and 16 bit files are offered to accommodate most samplers.

Queen’s English is available on DVD+Download for $29.99 USD.

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Review: Dark Side of the Tune – Dirty Little Sequencer

Dark Side of the Tune is a sample company that prides itself on offering sounds that are different.

The about page on its website says:

“Artistically, we focus on the darker sounds of the underground against the bright and shiny music of pop culture,” says Shawn Shirey, founder and chief sound designer for the company. “Our question authority attitude helps us create modern vibes with a darker tone.”

After releasing Tritone — a collection of three vibe-driven, loop-based sample and sound libraries — earlier this year, Dark Side of the Tune now takes on the MPC market with Dirty Little Sequencer, a collection of three MPC kits.

Dark Side of the Tune MPC kits come in 500 or 1000/2500/5000 format. Each complete kit fills all of the pads on your MPC, offering a simplified and straightforward program at an affordable price. In this collection, we leave out parameter settings, Q links and any pre-arrangement so you can create your own custom kits. Non-MPC users can also use these sounds to build custom drum kits in their favorite sampler.

Dark Side of the Tune - MPC Kits
Drum Abrasion, Bent-O-Box and Lost Percussion

Dirty Little Sequencer MPC Kits

  • Drum Abrasion offers acoustic drums and various found instruments roughly treated with warm tube saturation, tube mic’s and compression, creating a bigger and beefier organic palette.
  • Bent-O-Box contains sounds from circuit bent toys run through analog distortion and modulation. Unearthly guttural noises and screeching digital mayhem meet MPC efficiency.
  • Lost Percussion offers new and vintage analog synthesized drums using circuit bending techniques and analog processing to give them a modern edge. All TR sounds (808, 909) are purposely avoided.

The Dark Side of the Tune MPC kits are available for download in MPC 500 format (48 samples) for $7.99 USD or MPC 1000/2500/5000 format (64 samples) for $8.99 USD.

So what do I think?

The Dirty Little Sequencer MPC Kits offer a nice selection of samples for a reasonable price. The sounds are generally quite rough and noisy, yet very usable.

Although most of the sounds in these packs aren’t necessarily essential, they are unique and full of character. Drum Abrasion and Lost Percussion include a good amount of various drum and percussion sounds. Kicks, snares, hihats, claps, percussion hits, etc… it’s all there.

The Bent-O-Box samples sound a lot like any other circuit bent speak & spell/math type sounds. They are noisy and weird, just like you would expect from this type of stuff. Good quality, don’t get me wrong, but not really my thing.

My favorite pack is Lost Percussion. This one has some lovely drum hits from machines like the Casiotone MT-45, Hing Hon EK-001 and the Yamaha PortaSound PS-200.

Now I do really like unique and unconventional sounds, but these MPC kits clearly aren’t for everyone. Make sure to check Dirty Little Sampler, a collection of exclusive out-takes from the Bent-O-Box, Drum Abrasion and Lost Percussion kits. If you like those, I am sure you will enjoy the full products as well.

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