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
Elektron has announced it has started shipping its latest creation, the Analog Rytm analog drum machine.
This 8 voice analog drum machine with sample support can be purchased either directly from Elektron or from a wide net of retailers.
Analog Rytm features
- 8 drum voices, each with: Specialized analog percussion sound generator. Sample playback. Analog multimode filter. Analog overdrive.
- 12 velocity & pressure sensitive pads.
- Analog master compressor & distortion.
- Reverb & Delay send FX.
- World class Elektron step sequencer.
- Chromatic, Performance, and Scene modes.
- Performance oriented beat control.
- Individual voice outputs.
The Analog Rytm list price is $1549 USD / 1489 EUR / £1249 GBP.
More information: Elektron / Analog Rytm
The Drum Broker has introduced Erik Jackson Presents – The Essential 808, a drum sample pack featuring the sounds of the Roland TR-808 drum machine.
Forget all other 808 Drum Kits! The Drum Broker teamed up with sound designer Erik Jackson to introduce an essential 808 Drum Kit designed and built from the ground up.
Erik meticulously sampled his Roland TR-808 through a Avalon 737sp, tweaking and recording every parameter on the classic Roland Drum Machine/Synthesizer. Paying careful attention not to alter the original sound and analog flavor of the TR-808, Erik ensured that he didn’t push the compressor too hard during the re-sampling process. Finally Erik created a kit that includes tuned hats, snares, and kicks. Each sample is labeled what note and key they are in.
The sample pack is available from the Drum Broker for $24.99 USD.
More information: Drum Broker / Essential 808
Diginoiz has announced the release of 808 Adventures, a new sample pack featuring the sounds of the Roland TR-808.
This time we’ve decided to collect some classics in one place! We took vintage gear, including the most popular drum machine ever – the TR-808, and produced some great sounding drum one shot samples.
Our main purpose was to get high quality drum samples with warm sound and best dynamics. Finally we think that we’ve made it! What more can we say? Perfect for all genres, from urban, trap, south, hip hop, r&b to club and pop music. To get this pro and unique sound we’ve used vintage SSL, Manley and Api hardware, recording everything on the Apogee Symphony. You will simply love this drum pack!
‘808 Adventures’ contains 139 drum one shots, 90 Mb, multi-format material (24-bit WAV, 24-bit AIFF and 16-bit WAV) ready to use in your favorite sampler or sequencer, both hardware and software, including: Logic, GarageBand, Soundtrack, Digital Performer, Sony Acid, Ableton Live, Adobe Audition, Cakewalk Sonar, Pro Tools, Stylus Rmx, Emagic EXS24 and many more.
The sample pack is available for purchase for 20 EUR.
More information: Diginoiz