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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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Empty Room Systems releases EMpTy 250

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Empty Room Systems EMpTy 250

Empty Room Systems has released EMpTy 250, a software reverb effect plug-in for Windows.

After months of research and tweaks this reverb, based on the first digital reverb machine (the EMT-250), is now available for purchase. The EMT-250 is known for the very sweet character of its reverb and is used on a lot of famous recordings. It is the favorite reverb for a lot of award winning engineers. Real EMT-250’s are rare and other solutions for obtaining similar results were expensive or unnecessarily complex – until now! With the release of EMpTy 250 this ear candy becomes affordable for each studio and engineer!

EMpTy 250 is not yet another reverb plugin. The character of its sound is unique and sets it apart from other reverb plugins or dedicated hardware reverbs. EMpTy 250 is now available as a VST plugin and is also available as a patch for the Eventide® H8000 and H7500. The plugin can be used in any DAW software supporting Steinberg®’s VST-format, like for example Nuendo, Cubase, Adobe Audition, Reaper, VSThost etc. and does not need any internal DSP card, external box or dongle or special drivers to function. A demo version, which is fully functional and looks identical to the full version, but inserts noise into the output signal every 15 seconds, is available for evaluation of the reverb. A 5.1 version has also been planned.

EMpTy 250 is available as a VST effect plug-in for Windows PC (and as a patch for the Eventide H8000 & H7500), currently priced at 149 EUR until 31 December, 2009.

More information: Empty Room Systems

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Review: ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums

When I first visited the Driven Machine Drums website I thought I had found another one of those silly marketing schemes. You know those sites that promise loads of “fresh” content for cheap, meaning to say they’ll send you a disc with stuff that is old and readily available to download from the internet, free of cost…

Just reading the first few paragraphs on the website immediately triggered my scam alert.

Have you purchased hundreds; even thousands of drum sounds… only finding a handful of gems among the clutter? Are you often irritated when sifting through countless sounds, devastating your creative flow? Do you fight with samples to make them tight, slamming, and club ready… only later to be disappointed in the results? Have you fantasized about the multi-million dollar deal or winning the lottery so you can stack your studio with all the esoteric highend gear? Does your music command you have the latest kit, to gain the advantage and stand apart from the masses?

If you answered “YES!” to any of these questions, then you are in the right place and the right time.

The website even mentions a 30-day no questions asked refund, and then there’s the odd “only 997 copies will ever be available” thing.

The whole thing looked pretty dodgy to me, but my gut feeling was wrong.

The guy behind ToneBuilder and Driven Machine Drums is Nathaniel Shreve, an electronic musician who is passionate about his work. He wanted to make sure to share some interesting things about how the library came to be, and why he feels Driven Machine Drums is different from other drum sample libraries.

Now whether or not you enjoy Nathaniel’s style of writing, the bottom line is: this product is legit and well worth checking out.

What do you get?

Driven Machine Drums includes samples from a variety of synthesis sources:

  • Elektron Machine Drum
  • Symbolic Sound Kyma Capybara
  • Eventide H8000FW
  • Korg ER-1
  • E-mu SP-1200
  • Oberheim DMX
  • Yamaha DX200
  • Roland TR909, TR808, TR707, TR606
  • Jomox MBase 11
  • Vermona DRM-1 MKIII

While in itself that’s a nice list of gear, the special thing about Driven Machine Drums is the way each of the drum sounds was processed with analog coloration hardware. Tubes, tape emulation, transformers and envelope shapers were used to add a distinct “drive” to the samples.

Driven Machine Drums analog processing gear
Analog processing gear used to process the sounds includes the Thermionic Culture Vulture, Anamod ATS-1, Empirical Labs Distressor, Mutronics Mutator, and more.

Nathaniel writes:

See, what makes the MPC3000s and SP1200s so special was the quality of DRIVE added on the input. That drive adds natural compression, limiting, and HARMONIC DISTORTION, making the drums appear louder, warmer, and punchier.

Have you ever heard an acoustic guitar recording vs. a driven guitar recording? Play them at the exact same level and the DRIVEN guitar will appear to be louder.

This is the exact thing that was happening with my drums. They became louder, sharper, and driving without resorting to obscene amounts of limiting.

The Driven Machines Drums samples are categorized in various folders (claps, kicks, snares, etc.) and include a total of 1,684 samples:

  • 362 Kicks
  • 244 Snares
  • 108 Claps
  • 218 Cymbals and Hats
  • 135 Toms
  • 190 Hand Percussion Hits
  • 158 Sticks, Rims, Metals, and Bells
  • 272 Electronic Noises including Bass Boosters

Each folder has a number of subfolders with a descriptive title (e.g. DMD Ana Soft BNS, DMD Hats Fltrd 909) to help you find the type of sound you need.

The samples are available in 24bit WAV and AIFF formats. MPC users will be happy to hear the library also includes 16bit dithered WAV and there are 26 kits for FXpansion GURU.

A Deluxe version also includes Kontakt and EXS24 patches.

Check some of the sounds from the Driven Machine Drums library below.

So what do I think?

Product: Driven Machine Drums by ToneBuilder
Format: 24bit WAV/AIFF, GURU/Kontakt/EXS24
Price: $77 USD ($87 USD for the Deluxe version)

ToneBuilder is taking drum machine sampling to the next level. The sounds of Driven Machine Drums were designed and edited individually using a combination of analog processing gear. This way Nathaniel managed to get an amazing warm and punchy sound, full of that analog character many of us are looking for.

I didn’t find the Kontakt patches very useful as they simply map a (sub)folder of sounds across the keyboard. Handy for auditioning sounds but I think mapping the samples to drum kits would have been more valuable.

Driven Machine Drums is probably just another collection of electronic drum hits to those who think every 808 snare sounds like that one sample they already downloaded from the internet a few years ago. However, if you are serious about your drum hits Driven Machine Drums is certainly worth checking out, especially since there will only be a limited amount of copies sold.

In short, Driven Machine Drums is a great collection of electronic drum hits. High quality sounds with plenty of character to separate it from the competition.

ToneBuilder has a generous 100+ sample pack available to download on the Driven Machine Drums website, and you can get an additional pack of 34 free sounds here.

More information: Driven Machine Drums

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Mini-Review: Loopmasters Wave Alchemy SFX Collection 01

Loopmasters Wave Alchemy - SFX Collection 01

Loopmasters recently released SFX Collection 01, a sample library featuring over 1.5 GB of sound effects by Wave Alchemy.

After reading some of the comments on this release I figured I’d give it a spin.

Now I kind of promised myself to stop posting reviews of products that I don’t have all that much to say about (since those end up containing mostly info that is already available from the product page), but I liked this library so much I figured I’d just post a mini-review.

What do you get?

In short, SFX Collection 01 offers over 1.5 GB of 24-bit sound effects, created using the “finest of vintage and new age electronic equipment” (check the kit list on the product page for details).

Wave Alchemy divided the effects into 8 categories: cymbal fx, downlifters, impacts, short fx & hits, stabs & acid hits, sweeps & drones, textures, and uplifters.

Although I think these categories have some overlap — e.g. impacts could also be in the short fx & hits folder, up and downlifters also have sweeps etc. — it is nice they didn’t chuck everything in one big folder like I probably would have done (it’s all sweeps, wobbles, blips & blobs isn’t it?).

You also get a bunch of instrument patches (EXS24, Kontakt, sfz, HALion, and NN-XT) so you’re ready to start using these effects in your sampler right away.

SFX Collection 01 Demo
8:07 min / 11.1 MB

Check the Loopmasters website for more details.

So what do I think?

The effects in this sample library are simply fantastic; high quality and great variation in sounds. I enjoyed the short fx the most. Big bass hits, retro arcade bleeps, distorted feedback, etc. Lots of unique sound effects in here.

One thing though. Many samples have been heavily processed, e.g. with the lovely Sherman Filterbank, Eventide H3000, TC Electronic M3000 etc. This makes these samples sound great on their own, but some of the big reverb and delay effects might not always work so well in your productions.

The sounds were apparently created with dance music in mind, so the ones with a delay effect probably work best around 120-130 bpm (I did a quick check on some of the samples and it seems this is the general bpm range used).

Wave Alchemy SFX Collection 01 is available as a download for £44.95 GBP (~$70 USD) from the Loopmasters website.

More information: Loopmasters / SFX Collection 01

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Loopmasters releases Wave Alchemy SFX Collection 01

Loopmasters Wave Alchemy - SFX Collection 01

Loopmasters has released SFX Collection 01, a sample collection by Wave Alchemy, featuring sound effects created using the finest of vintage and new age electronic equipment.

All of the sounds in this library have been crafted from the ground up with many being enhanced by classic processors such as the Eventide H3000 and Sherman Filterbank. The sheer volume, quality and diversity of the material included make this our most exciting release to date and would be an essential addition to any producer’s arsenal.

Although primarily designed with dance music in mind, this pack also provides an excellent tool kit for music and sound design in a film or multimedia context.

Wave Alchemy – SFX Collection 01 features

  • Over 1.5GB (before file conversions) of 24-bit 100% royalty free sounds, including:
    • Textures – Ethereal beds, disturbing ambience, sublime pads and textured stabs for your inspirational needs.
    • Impacts – Cone melting subs, reverb-washed collisions and thunderous drops designed to give your production personality and drive.
    • Stabs & Acid Hits – Rustic stabs, minimal synths, heavenly chords and blissful 303 licks
    • Sweeps & Drones – Distorted tones, analogue drones, luscious sweeps, and everything in between
    • Short FX & Hits – Over 250 painstakingly crafted sounds including stereo crowd cheers, LFO madness, abstract hits, processed noise, reverse FX and glitchy shots.
    • Cymbal FX – A unique collection of layered crash cymbals with extreme filtering, distortion and processing through the use of highly sought after outboard studio equipment.
    • Downlifters – Noise drops, synth swirls, downward transitions, essential intros and progressive sweeps.
    • Uplifters – pitched rises, affected noise and up-rising tones make for easy transitioning between different sections of your production.
  • Recorded in 24bit through high quality A/D converters.
  • 9 Ready to play Patches for Soft Samplers, Kontakt, Halion, Exs24, Nnxt and SFZ formats.
  • Kit List: ARP Odyssey, Moog Voyager, Waldorf Microwave, Roland Juno 106, Roland TB-303, Nord Lead 3, Nord Lead 2, Vermona DRM1 MK11, Prophet 08, Eventide H3000, Sherman Filterbank, TC Electronic M3000, SPL Gainstation.

Wave Alchemy SFX Collection 01 is available in various formats for £44.95 GBP.

More information: Loopmasters / SFX Collection 01

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Eric Beam releases H3000 Reverberation Impulse Response Pack

Eric Beam H3000 Reverberation Impulse Response Pack

Eric Beam has released the H3000 Reverberation Impulse Response Pack, a collection of impulse response samples from the Eventide H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer.

Eric writes:

Not many FX processors are as well known or compete with the H3000x & rightfully so. This widely used (some might say overused) device is a studio must have. Equally known for it’s crazy modulation FX it’s Reverbs are in a world of there own.

H3000 Reverberation Impulse Response Pack features

  • The expanded H3000 D/SX & H3000 SE captured with 24bit Lynx converters @ the units maximum SR of 44,100.
  • Contains 114 IR’s from the Band Delay, Dense Room, Mod Factory, MULTI-SHIFT, Patch Factory, Reverb Factory, Sweep Reverb, SWEPT COMBS, & ULTRA-TAP algorithms.

The H3000 Reverberation Impulse Response Pack is available for download as donationware.

Visit Signaltonoize for more information.

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