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Review: Goldbaby Productions The CustomDMX

Goldbaby CustomDMX

After doing two synth sample libraries — FatsoSynths Vol 1 and Tape101 —, Goldbaby returns with another drum sample library: The CustomDMX.

Besides drum machines recorded on tape machines, sounds sampled on the vintage MPC60 and SP-1200, and drum machine sounds pressed on vinyl & played on various turntables, we now have new type of treatment: The DMX + Prommer.

The Oberheim DMX is a classic drum machine that uses sampled PCM (Pulse Code Modulated) audio for its sound source. To store the individual sounds it uses EPROMs (Eraseable Programmable Read-Only Memory). The chips on these EPROMs can be erased by exposing them to ultraviolet light and you can (re)program them with a PROM burner, also called a Prommer. You can watch a video of Goldbaby creating a custom EPROM here.

Goldbaby writes:

Countless hours were spent creating these 8 bit custom EPROMs. Then installing them in the DMX and recording the result . This was definitely a labour of love! Get hold of some really unique old school drum sounds.

The CustomDMX features

  • 1182 x 24 bit – one shot wav samples.
  • Plus the DMX groove templates!
  • Battery, Guru, Refill and Wav formats.

I had a go with the Battery version which also includes 15 kits to get you going right away.

The samples include drum machine sounds from various sources (DMX, 808, 909, Drumulator, Mbase, MXR, MicroTonic, and more…), sampled and processed in several ways. The DMX standard drums are available as raw samples, re-sampled ones and you get a folder of UBK Fatso goodness. There’s also a folder with various sounds like eastern percussion, SH-101 fx, sampled vinyl hits, etc.

The CustomDXM is available for purchase for $24 USD (includes all formats).

So what do I think?

As you would expect from an 8-bit drum machine, the CustomDMX samples have that same lovely lo-fi sound that the original ones have. The DMX was used by a lot of artists in the early 80′s so you might recognize its sounds from hit songs like Holiday by Madonna, Rockit by Herbie Hancock & Bill Laswell, and Prince’s Purple Rain, to name just a few.

Besides the DMX samples there are plenty of other sounds in this library. Goldbaby even included a bunch of vocoded sounds. Goldbaaaaybaaaaaiyah! This is another top notch sample library of sounds I don’t really need, but does one ever have enough unique drum sounds? I guess not!

What else can I say… Just head on over to the CustomDMX product page and listen to the demo mp3s, these sounds speak for themselves.

More information: Goldbaby Productions / The CustomDMX


Universal Audio updates UAD Powered Plugins to v5.4.1

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Universal Audio FATSO Sr.

Universal Audio has released UAD Software Version 5.4.1, the lastest version of the UAD Powered Plug-Ins Software.

UAD Software Version 5.4.1 provides minor functional and sonic improvements to the FATSO Jr./Sr. Powered Plug-In, as well as a new “Clear CPU Affinity” setting for Windows users, which reduces CPU spiking on most multi-processor systems.

Changes in UAD Software Version 5.4.1

  • [UAD-2] FATSO Jr./Sr. – Minor functional and sonic changes improve usability and emulation accuracy:
    • All LEDs turn off when power disabled.
    • Ch 2 parameters default to OFF/”0″ in mono instance.
    • Improvements to interaction between Compressor threshold and Tranny circuit.
    • Removed discontinuities in the saturation curve at clip level.
    • Copy+Paste settings from mono to stereo now working.
    • IMPORTANT: FATSO Jr./Sr. v5.4.1 session and preset settings are not backwards compatible with v5.4.0.
  • [Windows] New “Clear CPU Affinity” setting reduces CPU spiking on most multiprocessor systems (UAD-2 only).
  • [RTAS] UAD v5.4.1 does not include the latest version of the Mellowmuse ATA RTAS plug-in. We recommend downloading and installing the latest ATA version after updating to UAD v5.4.1. The latest ATA version is available directly from the Mellowmuse website.

More information: Universal Audio


Universal Audio releases UAD Software Version 5.4.0

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Universal Audio FATSO Sr.

Universal Audio has announced the release of UAD Software Version 5.4.0 for the UAD Powered plug-in platform.

This free downloadable update includes three new and highly anticipated UAD Powered Plug-Ins: FATSO Jr. & Sr. Analog Tape Simulators (UAD-2), EMT 250 Classic Electronic Reverberator (UAD-2), and Neve 31102 & 31102SE Classic Console EQs (UAD-2 and UAD-1). These new plug-ins can be freely auditioned in a 14-day demo mode. UAD Software v5.4.0 also provides significant RTAS performance improvements for Pro Tools users, integrated UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop support, and other enhancements for Windows-based users.

Changes in UAD Software Version 5.4.0

  • All Platforms
    • New EQ plug-ins: UAD Neve 31102 and 31102SE.
    • (UAD Meter) 1176SE no longer uses 1176LN RunOn setting in plug-ins tab.
    • (Fairchild) Automation is no longer overwritten when controls are linked.
    • (UAD 4K Channel Strip) Clicking “OFF” labels now disable HP and LP filters.
    • (Cooper Time Cube) Improved control resolution in lower ranges.
  • UAD-2
    • New special plug-ins: UAD EL7 FATSO Jr. and FATSO Sr.
    • New reverb plug-in: UAD EMT 250.
  • Windows
    • (UAD-2) Reduced host loads on multiprocessor systems.
    • (UAD-2) Improved host CPU spiking/dropouts in Vista.
  • Macintosh
    • (AU) Removed Fairchild Mono Audio Units plug-in.
    • (VST) Mono(m) plug-ins no longer load on UAD-2 when RunOn is set to UAD-1.
    • (UAD-1) Resolved intermittent kernel panic on certain systems during driver install, driver load, or system wake.
  • RTAS
    • Additional UAD RTAS presets.
    • Fixed issue with enabling Tempo Sync in CS-1, DM-1, and DM-1L.
    • Pasting 1176LN/SE or LA-2A settings via UAD preset menu no longer zeros parameter values.
    • (UAD-2) Latency is now 1x the hardware I/O buffer size instead of 2x.
    • (Mac) Pro Tools 8 no longer hangs using Precision Multiband on UAD-2.

More information: Universal Audio


Goldbaby Productions releases FatsoSynths Vol 1

Goldbaby Productions FatsoSynths Vol 1

Goldbaby Productions has announced the release of FatsoSynths Vol 1, a sample library for EXS-24 and Kontakt 3.

What’s is the Fatso? Well the Fatso is a fantastic tone-sweetening box. Harmonic thickening and tape-like saturation are easily created using the simple controls. The unit used for this product is a modded Fatso… Called the UBK Fatso. The compression settings have been tweaked by Greg at Kush Audio.

So this wonderful unit has been used to impart it’s analog goodness upon 5 vintage synths.

The Moog MG-1, Korg Delta, Roland JX3P, Ensoniq ESQ1 and the Yamaha DX100.

The result is some tasty sampled instruments just brimming with personality and old school character.

FatsoSynths Vol 1 features

  • 1365 x 24 bit samples.
  • 43 x Multi Sample Instruments.
  • 143 x EXS-24 Instrument patches.
  • 144 x Kontakt 3 Instrument patches.
  • Synths given the Fatso love:
    • Moog MG-1 (80′s Analog)
    • Korg Delta (70′s Analog)
    • Roland JX3P (80′s Analog/Digital Hybrid)
    • Ensoniq ESQ1 (80′s Analog/Digital Hybrid)
    • Yamaha DX100 (80′s Digital)
  • 6 categories for the Kontakt and EXS-24 instruments:
    • FatsoSynths1 Drums and FX – Drums and Fx, funnily enough…
    • FatsoSynths1 RawSounds – These are the Multi sampled instruments with little or no software sampler modifications. A great place to start creating your own custom sounds… or if you just want to use the raw Fatso infused vintage synths.
    • FatsoSynths1_Mono – Use the software sampler to extend and enhance the multi sampled instruments. These are mono synth style instruments.
    • FatsoSynths1_Poly – Same as above but polyphonic instruments.
    • FatsoSynths1 RawOsc – Pure oscillator sounds sampled (with Fatso love of course). These can turn your software sampler into a synth!
    • FatsoSynths1 SingleCycleOSC – This is a different method of making oscillators for your sampler. Made using one cycle of a waveform. Still with the Fatso touch.

FatsoSynths Vol 1 is available for purchase for $49 USD.

More information: Goldbaby Productions