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ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums 1.5, electronic drum sample library gets major update

ToneBuilder has released version 1.5 of Driven Machine Drums, adding sounds from two modular systems and 6 new drum machines to the electronic drum sample library.

This new expansion contains 2,280+ new sounds, for a total collection of 4,114 samples, organized intelligently to maximize creativity.

The new content is recorded at 24/96 resolution and includes the DMD15 expansion, Hi-Fi 909, and Hi-Fi Miami.

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums
Driven Machine Drums now includes sounds from 2 modular synths + 6 new drum machines.

Driven Machine Drums v1.5 features

  • Includes DMD 1.5 (original Driven Machine Drums content + update), Hi-Fi 909 (Roland TR-909), and Hi-Fi Miami (Acidlab Miami).
  • Gear used to create the new samples includes Euro Modular (Cwejman, Wiard, MOTM, MakeNoise+), Serge Modular, Acidlabs Miami, Roland TR-909, Jomox MBrane 11, Drumfire DF500, Simmons SDS-1000, MFB-503, Elektron Monomachine, Dynacord VRS-23, Avedis E-27, TK-BC1, Valley People Dynamite, Empirical Labs Distressor, CDSoundMaster Source + w/ 1959 Valvo Tubes, Anamod ATS-1, Thermionic Culture Vulture, Atlas Pro Juggernaut Twin, Schippman Ebbe und Flut.
  • Available in 24-Bit Wav, 24-Bit Aif, Kontakt (3.0+), EXS-24, 16-Bit Dithered Wav (for classic hardware samplers).

Driven Machine Drums is available to purchase for $77 USD. A “Deluxe” version is available for Kontakt and EXS24 for $87 USD.

More information: Driven Machine Drums

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Wave Alchemy releases Drum Machines 02

Wave Alchemy Drum Machines 02

Wave Alchemy has released Drum Machines 02, a bundle of three micro series packs.

Drum Machines 02 bundles together three of Wave Alchemy’s popular micro series packs – 808 Drums, 909 Drums and Drum Fire and offers them at a reduced price of £24.99 (saving you £5!)

Offering over 1500 expertly recorded drum samples, Drum Machines 02 delves deep into the circuitry of the legendary TR-808, TR-909 and lesser-known Drum Fire DF-2000 and MFB Schlagzwerg Drum Machines.

Each Drum sample has undergone a careful recording process using a unique, high-end signal chain to capture the depth and character of the original devices. Further outboard processing, precision editing and creative sample layering brings these classic machines firmly into the present giving you a “modern take on a classic sound”.

In true wave alchemy style each unit has been lovingly sampled with great care taken to capture the tone of the equipment used. All drum samples have been recorded through an API 512 pre-amp with many of the sounds featuring different saturation settings from outboard devices such as the Cranesong Hedd, Empirical Labs Fatso, Distressor and Thermionic Culture Vulture.

Drum Machines 02 is ideal for producers of house, techno, hip-hop, minimal, down tempo and everything in-between.

Drum Machines 02 features

  • 1,513 24-bit 100% royalty free analogue drum hits.
  • 560 Roland Tr-808 drum samples.
  • 435 Roland Tr-909 drum samples.
  • 349 MFB Schlagzwerg drum samples.
  • 169 Drumfire DF-2000 drum samples.
  • A professionally dithered 16-bit version of the full library for hardware sampler enthusiasts.

Drum Machines 02 is available to purchase for £24.99 GBP.

More information: Wave Alchemy / Drum Machines 02 (distributed by Loopmasters)

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Review: Goldbaby Productions The FatJuno-6

Goldbaby The FatJuno-6

The FatJuno-6 is the second sample library in which Goldbaby combines vintage synthesizer sounds with UBK Fatso processing.

The Juno-6 was the first in the Juno series of Synthesizers. Released in 1982 it has become a legend for its warm, full sound and lush analog chorus.

Initially this synth was going to be part of Fatso Synths Vol 2. However it became obvious early on that this synth, through the UBK Fatso, deserved its own product… I’m proud to present The FatJuno-6!

The FatJuno-6 includes 140 instrument patches in both Kontakt and EXS24 formats, each featuring the following categories: mono, poly, layered, raw, and single cycle oscillator. The Kontakt version (which I am using) also has some additional arp instruments and a few multis.

I’m not sure how different the instruments sound in each sampler, but I’m seeing many patches with identical names so I reckon those will be very similar to one another. Regardless, both formats make use of the same 1,630 24bit wav samples.

The FatJuno-6 Arp instrument Kontakt
The FatJuno-6 – Arp patch (with Poly Step script) in Kontakt

The Juno-6 is a six voice polyphonic synthesizer with digitally controlled analog oscillators — pulse, saw, and square + white noise and a square-wave subosc. With its analog filter and chorus this synth is capable of some incredibly fat poly-synth sounds (punchy bass sounds, warm lush pads).

This particular model does not have any patch memory or MIDI so sound patches needs to be (re)programmed every time you want to use them.

The FatJuno-6 samples folder shows that Goldbaby created close to 40 different patches for this sample library. These are all multi-sampled, except for the single cycle oscillator patches.

Before the sampled sounds were crafted into Kontakt/EXS24 instruments they were processed with the UBK Fatso. This is basically a tone-sweetening Empirical Labs EL7 Fatso Jr. (features harmonic generation+soft clipper, high frequency saturation, transformer & tape head emulation, and classic knee compression), modified by KuSh Audio to feature three new presets.

The nice thing about using a sampler like Kontakt is that you can do a lot more than just map these Juno-6 samples across the keyboard. Effects, modulation and scripts are used, and various parameters (filter, LFO, pitch, etc.) are assigned to the modwheel and velocity making the sounds dynamic and expressive.

The 140 instrument patches included in The FatJuno-6 offer a wide range of sounds, including drum sounds and sound effects. In Kontakt’s instrument edit mode you can explore the patches to see what is going on and modify the sounds to your liking.

So what do I think?

Product: The FatJuno-6 by Goldbaby Productions
Format: Kontakt/EXS24 (24bit wav)
Price: $49 USD

Goldbaby’s work continues to impress me. The FatJuno-6 includes a wide range of sounds in 140 well designed patches. Apparently some of the instruments with sustain loops were hard to get right because of the chorus effect, but I think they came out great as well.

You can really tell that a lot of work went into making this library — High quality multi-samples, creative & expressive instruments, instant usability, and most of all… a huge fat sound.

If you are looking for the sound of the Juno-6 this is the sample library to get.

More information: Goldbaby Productions

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ToneBuilder announces Driven Machine Drums Sale

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums

ToneBuilder has announced a limited time sale for Driven Machine Drums, an electronic drums sample library, created from an unique blend of 14 drum machines/synthesizers and 9 analog coloration devices.

DRIVEN MACHINE DRUMS highlights the natural sounding punch, depth, and warmth added by a collection of tubes, transformers, and hardware tape emulation.

Driven Machine Drums features

  • 1,820 sounds in 24bit resolution, captured directly from the source using professional-quality cables and A/D converters.
  • Each individual sound has been carefully edited by hand for tight attacks and natural decays.
  • Synthesis sources: Elektron Machine Drum, Symbolic Sound Kyma Capybara, Eventide H8000FW, Korg ER-1, E-mu SP-1200, Oberheim DMX, Emu Mo Phatt, Yamaha DX200, Roland TR909, TR808, TR707, TR606, Vermona DRM-1 MKIII, and Jomox MBase 11.
  • Analog processing: Thermionic Culture Vulture, Anamod ATS-1, Neve 1073 Preamp, Atlas Pro Juggernaut Twin, A-Design EM-Gold, Source + Plus Tube Amp, Empirical Labs Distressor, Moog MF101, and Mutronics Mutator.

Driven Machine Drums is available in two packages:

  • Driven Machine Drums – $37 USD (regular $77), 26 Guru Kits, 24bit Wav/Aif.
  • Driven Machine Drums Deluxe – $47 USD (regular $87), NN-XT, Structure, Kontakt, EXS-24, 24bit Wav/Aif.

This limited time sale is available until April 15, 2010.

More information: Driven Machine Drums

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Review: Wave Alchemy Drum Tools 01

Wave Alchemy Drum Tools 01

Wave Alchemy has recently released another drum sample library, Drum Tools 01.

Drum Tools 01 by Wave Alchemy offers over 1950 exquisitely produced electronic drum samples. All sounds in the collection have been built from the ground up using a jawdropping array of analogue circuitry and exclusive highend outboard gear.

Great care has been taken to capture the tone / vibe and warmth of the equipment used and all sample editing and file naming has been done by hand for maximum precision.

The drum samples in Drum Tools 01 have been created by the creative layering and processing of drum machines, exotic synthesizers / modulars, field recordings and the recording of live drum and percussive instruments.

Ah… just what I need: More creatively layered and processed drum machine, exotic sound sources and field recordings.

Of course I don’t really need another drum sample library… ToneBuilder’s Driven Machine Drums, various Goldbaby Productions titles, and Wave Alchemy’s own Drum Machines 01 already provide me with thousands of high quality samples.

So why Drum Tools 01? The beauty of sample libraries like the ones I just mentioned is that they feature sampled material from a unique combination of analog sound sources processed with high end outboard gear, so Drum Tools still sounds “different” from everything else I already have.

The list of gear used is quite impressive:

  • Sound Sources: Future Retro XS, Korg MS20 & ER1, Jomox XBase 999, Airbase 99 & Mbase 11, Vermona DRM MK11, Elektron Machinedrum UW, Roland TR808, TR606 & TB303, ARP Odyssey, Minimoog Voyager, Nord Lead 3, Waldorf Pulse, and various live recordings & percussive instruments
  • Sound Shaping: Thermionic Culture Vulture Mastering Version, Sherman Filterbank 2, Moog Filters & Envelopes, Korg MS20, Empirical Labs Distressor, SSL E Series EQ & Compressor, SPL Transient Designer & Gainstation Preamp, API 512c Preamp

So what does all this gear sound like? Check some high quality audio demos below to get an idea.

With close to 2,000 samples it is no luxury to have things well ordered. Wave Alchemy shows attention to detail by creating a clear folder structure; main folders like claps, kicks, snare drums, etc., and subfolders within most main folders to help you find exactly those samples you are looking for. Granted there are some folders containing samples with _001, _002 etc. file naming, most samples have very descriptive names, e.g. dt01_layeredsnare_heavenslam.wav, or dt01_clap_odysseyclap.wav.

Besides claps, hihats/cymbals, kicks, snares, and percussion samples, a bunch of perhaps not so obvious sounds are included in this library as well:

  • Drum Tools, includes almost 60 sub enhancers and transient snaps/clicks.
  • Glitch, beautifully processed little bleeps, clicks, crackles & pops and whatnot.
  • Sound Effects, 88 totally unique and well designed sound effects.
  • Xtra Bonus Sounds, a bunch of TB-303 licks and 60+ high quality chords and stabs.

Can hardly wait to get started? Wave Alchemy also included an Ableton Live 8 pack and 13 drum kit patches in all popular sampler formats for your instant gratification.

Wave Alchemy Drum Tools 01 - Drum kit in Kontakt
A drum kit patch in Native Instruments Kontakt

Still need 16-bit? A complete dithered copy of all 24-bit samples ready to rock your 16-bit hardware like your MPC.

Let me quote the Drum Tools product page once more:

After many months of creative sound design and sonic manipulation we are extremely proud to announce the release of our first Drum Tools library – Minimal Techno & Tech House.

Wave Alchemy really took the time to create a package of both a high quality *and* quantity of samples. I’d be proud of this release too, well done guys!

So what do I think?

Product: Drum Tools 01 by Wave Alchemy
Format: 24bit/16bit wav samples, Drum kits patches: Battery/Kontakt/NN-XT/HALion/EXS24/sfz/Ableton Live 8 pack
Price: £39.95 GBP (currently ~$60 USD)

The Drum Tools 01 library is subtitled “Minimal Techno & Tech House”, but of course these drum samples are well suitable for any electronic music genre. The sample quality is of the same high standard I have come to expect from Wave Alchemy: superbly recorded, processed and edited.

Almost 2,000 unique samples for a little under $60 USD… If you do not yet have a comprehensive sample library for electronic drum sounds, Drum Tools 01 would certainly be a great choice.

For those like me, who already have more sounds than they will ever use, Drum Tools 01 still offers some interesting material. The glitch, sound fx, and chords and stabs folders include many unique and usable samples that I found very inspiring.

Wave Alchemy is offering a very generous Drum Tools Teaser pack, featuring 150 samples from the full release. So go check it out and see how you like this library. I think it’s the bee’s knees!

More information: Wave Alchemy / Drum Tools 01

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Wave Alchemy releases Drum Tools 01 – Minimal Techno & Tech House

Wave Alchemy Drum Tools 01 - Minimal Techno & Tech House

Wave Alchemy has announced the release of Drum Tools 01 – Minimal Techno & Tech House, a collection of electronic drum samples.

Drum Tools 01 offers over 1950 exquisitely produced electronic drum samples. All sounds in the collection have been built from the ground up using a jaw-dropping array of analogue circuitry and exclusive high-end outboard gear. Great care has been taken to capture the tone / vibe and warmth of the equipment used and all sample editing and file naming has been done by hand for maximum precision.

The drum samples in Drum Tools 01 have been created by the creative layering and processing of drum machines, exotic synthesizers / modulars, field recordings and the recording of live drum and percussive instruments.

Drum Tools 01 is an essential purchase for anyone looking for high quality, 100% original drum samples. Although designed with Minimal techno & Tech House music in mind, Drum Tools 01 would also make an essential toolkit for producers of House, Trance, Electro or even down-tempo / hip-hop styles.

Drum Tools 01 – Minimal Techno & Tech House features

  • 1950 24-bit 100% royalty free electronic drum hits!
  • A professionally dithered 16-bit version of the full library for hardware sampler enthusiasts
  • 472 premium kick drum samples arranged by tone (deep, punchy, solid, processed, 808 & fx)
  • 251 snare drum samples arranged by type (classic, layered, punchy, processed & noise)
  • 594 exotic percussion samples created with a wealth of highly sought-after studio gear and divided into such folders as ‘blips & pops’ ‘toms & tones’ ‘world’ ‘analogue synth’ ‘driven digital’ & ‘miscellaneous’
  • 125 luxurious claps and snaps
  • 141 hi hat & creative noise samples
  • 75 glitch shots devised from exclusive analogue circuitry
  • 62 minimal stabs and chord hits
  • 88 sound effects samples
  • 26 uniquely layered crash cymbal sounds
  • 58 drum creation tools including snaps & sub enhancers
  • Ableton Live 8 pack (requires latest version of live)
  • 13 drum kits including sampler patches for Battery, Kontakt, Reason NNXT, Halion, EXS24 and SFZ
  • 42 bonus tb-303 licks + much more

Drum Tools 01 – Minimal Techno & Tech House is available to purchase for £39.95 GBP. A generous selection of free sounds from Drum Tools 01 is available to download from the product page (free registration required).

More information: Wave Alchemy / Drum Tools 01 – Minimal Techno & Tech House

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ToneBuilder updates Driven Machine Drums with Reason NN-XT and Pro Tools Structure support

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums

ToneBuilder has included support for Reason NN-XT and Pro Tools Structure for Driven Machine Drums, its electronic drums sample library, created from an unique blend of 14 drum machines/synthesizers and 9 analog coloration devices.

DRIVEN MACHINE DRUMS highlights the natural sounding punch, depth, and warmth added by a collection of tubes, transformers, and hardware tape emulation.

Driven Machine Drums features

  • 1,820 sounds in 24bit resolution, captured directly from the source using professional-quality cables and A/D converters.
  • Each individual sound has been carefully edited by hand for tight attacks and natural decays.
  • Synthesis sources: Elektron Machine Drum, Symbolic Sound Kyma Capybara, Eventide H8000FW, Korg ER-1, E-mu SP-1200, Oberheim DMX, Emu Mo Phatt, Yamaha DX200, Roland TR909, TR808, TR707, TR606, Vermona DRM-1 MKIII, and Jomox MBase 11.
  • Analog processing: Thermionic Culture Vulture, Anamod ATS-1, Neve 1073 Preamp, Atlas Pro Juggernaut Twin, A-Design EM-Gold, Source + Plus Tube Amp, Empirical Labs Distressor, Moog MF101, and Mutronics Mutator.

Driven Machine Drums is available to purchase for $77 USD (includes 26 Guru Kits, 24bit Wav + 24bit Aif), and a Deluxe version is available for $87 USD (NN-XT, Structure, Kontakt, EXS-24, 24bit Wav/Aif).

A free demo pack featuring 100+ sounds is available to download from the ToneBuilder website.

More information: Driven Machine Drums

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