Elektron has announced the release of OS v1.01 for its Analog Rytm analog drum machine.
OS 1.01 introduces two new machines. BDFM (Bass Drum FM) and SDFM (Snare Drum FM) are based on linear FM synthesis and endow the Analog Rytm with even more sonic possibilities.
Other improvements brought by OS 1.01 include more copy/paste options and several usability tweaks.
OS 1.01 is available as free download from the Elektron website.
More information: Elektron / Analog Rytm
ModeAudio has launched Drum Collider, a collection of presets for the Kong virtual drum instrument in Propellerhead’s Reason.
Shaking, shuddering and crumbling from the bass, our studio has been marked by the unmistakable sound of Drum Collider! This pack contains 10 full-fat drum kit presets for Reason’s masterful Kong drum machine. Using a mix of Kong’s built-in drum synth modules and 12 bespoke drum hits, we bring you a wide range of kits packed with some classic sounds and some more exotic, rare-groove audio.
Arranged for maximum playability across Kong’s 16 drum pads, we have thumping kicks, tuned 808 basses, dirty snares and some crafty tuned percussion galore here. This release is perfect for everything from dark, dusty and sparse downtempo to broken beats and trap. We’ve also included 40 MIDI loops, complete with variation rhythms and fills so that you can tweak the patterns to fit with your vision.
Drum Collider features
- Refill (.rfl) containing 10 drum kit presets for Kong (160 drum patches total).
- 40 MIDI loops including variations and fills.
- 12 bespoke drum hits (.aiff).
The ReFill is available for purchase for £12 GBP.
More information: ModeAudio / Drum Collider
Audiomodern has announced the release of Glitchee, a Kontakt library featuring a triple glitch & cuts drum machine(s) module with pre-assigned grooves on each key.
Six step sequencers & groove generators with six sound categories on each of the three kits which is best suited to give your music production a contemporary percussive fundament.
You can easily create groovy electronic patterns with crystal sound quality or add-on loops built out of bits, cuts, glitches and blips!
Features three unique glitch kits on a flexible step sequencer moduleplus three bonus instruments with one shot samples.
Glitchee for Kontakt costs 12 EUR. Requires full version of Kontakt.
More information: Audiomodern / Glitchee
Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Rytm16, a sampled Kontakt recreation of a late-1970s analogue drum machine from Poland.
As well as individual drum instrument hits it has 16 onboard preset rhythms (all of which have been beatsliced so they sync to your host DAW), and each preset has two variations, which introduces a nice element of groove. Although it features the usual vintage drum machine suspects (slow rock, cha cha, bossa nova) the Rytm16′s real claim to fame lies in its five separate Disco beats, making it instantly applicable for anyone wanting to recreate classic Disco rhythms, or to reuse Disco motifs in a contemporary setting.
Rytm16 has a warm, soft-edged sound (though the ride cymbals are still sharp and clear). Used solo, it is ideally suited to downtempo styles, chillout, lounge, jazz fusion, and laid-back funk; or it can be layered with modern drum sounds to add a vintage flavour to a contemporary production.
Our recreation of the original machine adds individual pan controls, MIDI velocity control, compression, saturation, distortion and a convolved vintage plate reverb, allowing the user to dial up precisely the drum sound they need.
The library is available for the introductory price of £5.45 GBP for a limited time (regular £5.95 GBP). Requires Kontakt 4.2.3 or later.
More information: Rhythmic Robot / Rytm16
Wave Alchemy has announced the release of Digital Revolution, a virtual drum machine instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
The resurgence of retro drum machines has become an enormous trend in recent months, with iconic sounds from such classic machines as the Linndrum, Drumtraks, and Drumulator featuring heavily in genres such as Indie-Electronic, Pop, Deep House, Bass Music and even Techno!
Imagine having instant access to the world’s most sought-after retro drum machines in a single virtual instrument plugin, being able to mix and match drum machines, creatively process and sequence sounds in a unique, easy-to-use virtual environment…
Introducing Digital Revolution – 12 iconic drum machines, 15,000+ samples, custom interface and sequencer, real-time tone-shaping and much more…. Powered by ‘Revolution Engine’ technology, our Digital Revolution instrument (for Windows and OSX) places the most sought-after digital drum sounds from the 1980′s at your fingertips.
The sample library is available for purchase for £84.95 GBP. Requires Kontakt 5 or Kontakt 5 Player (free).
More information: Wave Alchemy / Digital Revolution
Arturia has announced the availability of SPARK 2, bringing a new look, new feel, and new features to its premier soundsculpting and performance drum machine software for Mac and Windows.
With the timely introduction of SPARK 2, Arturia has given its beat creation software a new look, new feel, and a whole host of new features fit to make it the premier sound-sculpting and performance drum machine on the market — all the more so when perfectly paired up with the award-winning SPARK Creative Drum Machine and SparkLE Creative Drum Machine controllers. It’s a match made in hybrid heaven that’s more flexible than ever before!
Changes in SPARK 2
- All new graphics:
- Tabbed pages.
- Expanded Pattern edit screen.
- New mixer.
- Enhanced Library page for better data management.
- Extended REX support:
- REX file playback per pad.
- Manipulation of REX File slices.
- Modular Drum synth editor:
- Create your own patches.
- Edit existing patches.
- Create custom instrument macro controls modules including:
- Multimode filters and Karplus strong filter.
- ADR envelopes.
- Bode Frequency Shifter.
- Spring mass.
- CV processor.
- Song mode:
- NEW 16 song segments.
- Song segment triggering from hardware.
SPARK 2 is available for the introductory price of 129 EUR/$129 USD between May 1st and June 30th, 2014 (regular 169 EUR/$189 USD). The SparkLE Creative Drum Machine controller (including SPARK 2) will be 199 EUR/$199 USD during this period (regular 249 EUR/$299 USD).
More information: Arturia / SPARK 2
Sound Dust has launched Tiny Chaos Engine, a free “found sound” drum-machine for Native Instruments Kontakt.
Tiny Chaos Engine a sophisticated groove box made with a collection of unlikely sound sources that include a lawn mower, kite flying, celery, static electricity, trickling water and a broken piano as well as some more obvious percussive sources.
It’s great for adding rythmic and tonal interest to more straightforward beats or for creating whole landscapes of clickity clack, wub wub.
Tiny Chaos Engine features
- Chaos button for instant randomisation.
- Order button for an instant return to normality.
- Comprehensive editing with quick edit system for instant results.
- 12 sample engines with individual articulation control.
- 12 sequence engines with algorithmic looping controller.
- Lots of great binaurally recorded sounds.
- Built in manual.
Tiny Chaos Engine is a free download at Sound Dust. Requires Kontakt 4/5, full version.
More information: Sound Dust / Tiny Chaos Engine
Bedroom producers blog has launched BPB Cassette 909, a free sample pack featuring the sounds of the Roland TR-909 drum machine recorded to a CrO2 cassette tape.
The SABA CD 262 cassette deck used to record BPB’s Cassette 909 pack.
Expanding our collection of free tape processed drum machine samples, I am proud to announce the release of the Cassette 909 drum sample library.
Based on an extensive set of clean Roland TR-909 recordings created by Edgar Maguyon, this free sample pack adds a touch of that lo-fi audio cassette crunch to the iconic TR-909 drum sound.
BPB Cassette 909 features
- 155 audio samples in 24-bit WAV format.
- 71 clean Roland TR-909 one shot samples.
- 84 tape processed Roland TR-606 one shot samples.
- Demo track (320 kbps MP3).
The pack is a free download at bedroom producers blog.
More information: Bedroom producers blog / BPB Cassette 909