FXpansion launches January sale on expansions – 50% off

FXpansion has announced a January sale on its expansions, offering a 50% discount for a limited time.

FXpansion January Sale

There’s never been a better time to expand your library of sounds! To celebrate the new year, all FXpansion downloadable expansion packs are available at half-price for registered owners of BFD3, BFD2, BFD Eco, DCAM Synth Squad and Geist.

The sale includes over 40 products and is valid until 31 January 2014 at the FXpansion web shop.

More information: FXpansion

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Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back + M.D. Bundle nearly sold out

Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back

Tonebuilder has announced that the Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back + M.D. Bundle – featuring 4,805 designer drum samples for electronic music, is almost sold out.

LAST CALL!!

Only 25 licenses remain, then DMD Strikes Back is being pulled…

I get emails all the time from people wanting the first collection that sold out, and I have to politely say “sorry”. If you were on the fence, now is the time.

DMDSB + DMDMD Bundle features

  • 4,805 Samples
    • Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back: 2,072 Samples subdivided into 7 percussion types.
    • Driven Machine Drums M.D. Collection: 2,184 Samples subdivided into 4 machine types.
    • BONUS: FR-909 (Hi-Res) featuring 549 TR-909 Samples.
  • Formats: 24-Bit/96kHz WAV, 24-Bit/96kHz AIF, 24-Bit/44.1kHz WAV (Optimized for Elektron Octatrack), 16-Bit/44.1kHz WAV (MPCs and Classic Sampler format).
  • 41 NI Maschine Kits, 41 Ableton Drum Racks, 41 FXPansion Geist and Guru Kits.
  • Deluxe only: 175 Kontakt Mappings (by instrument/texture), 175 EXS-24 Mappings (by instrument/texture).

The bundle is available to purchase for $97 (Standard) / $107 USD (Deluxe).

More information: Tonebuilder

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Review: Goldbaby Dirt and Layers sample pack

Goldbaby Dirt and Layers

Goldbaby’s latest sample pack Dirt and Layers features a collection of samples to enhance your drum and percussion sounds by adding some dirt, layers & more.

The dirt category comprises 140 sounds, including vinyl and tape noise, digital hash, guitar amp and pedal hum and more.

The dirt sounds can add subtle or not so subtle texture to your individual instruments or whole mixes. Add some vinyl noise to give the impression that your instrument was sampled off vinyl. Add some tape noise to make your recordings sound like they were done on tape before noise reduction was invented. Use the damaged cassette noise to fake your cassette sampling skills.

No less than 830 drum layering sounds are found in the layers category. These include kick drum subs, snare top sounds, sucking sounds, transients, and more.

The drum layering sounds are a fantastic tool kit for augmenting and beefing up drum sounds. Give your drums more depth and texture by experimenting with different layers. Boost the bottom end of kicks with tuned subs or add a transient layer to help it cut through a mix. Crispen snares with various top layers or add body and substance using the sauce and body layers.

For instant gratification you can drop one of the 50 loops (REX) in your track to get the authentic, characteristic sounds of vinyl, dirt patterns, etc.

While the pack is clearly designed to enhance your drum sounds and add character to (any) audio, many of the sounds are also great for using as is, or as the basis for further processing. If you like your odd percussion sounds like me, you will be in for a treat. Transient clicks and kick subs are probably best used layered with existing drum sounds, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them any other way. Hugo also included things like synth fx, random noises and vocoder sounds, so you really have a good variety of sounds.

Maschine and Geist users will be happy to hear that Dirt and Layers includes browser integration for these instruments, so everything is nicely ordered/tagged and good to go right off the bat.

Check this nice video demonstrating how you can use these tools to layer sounds in Maschine.

So what do I think?

Product: Dirt and Layers by Goldbaby
Format: 970 wav samples (24-bit) / 50 REX loops
Price: $29 USD
Like: Excellent tools, top notch sound design, browser integration, Goldbaby quality
Don’t like: —
Verdict: 9/10

I think this is one of Goldbaby’s best sample packs to date. Hugo has always delivered work of the highest quality, but to me Dirt and Layers is a bit special, something like a treasure trove.

Making sure you have good quality source material to work with is really important, but there usually is room for improvement. Dirt and Layers is like a toolbox filled to the brim with the best tools for the job.

Depending on the vibe you are trying to create you will want to add some of those character noises, fatten up your drum sounds, or add some excitement with sound fx type samples. This pack has it all.

And if you like a more experimental sound, you’re going to be using these samples for a lot more than layering or simply adding character. Get your creative juices flowing!

More information: Goldbaby / Dirt and Layers

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Tonebuilder launches DMDSB + M.D. Bundle

Tonebuilder has launched the DRIVEN MACHINE DRUMS STRIKES BACK and M.D. Bundle, a sample library featuring 4,805 designer drum samples for electronic music.

The DMDSB + M.D. Bundle is the result of a 3-year effort, combining over $63,000 in synthesis and engineering technology.

The goal was to create a versatile and unique electronic drum sample library, designed with “in-the-trenches” musicians and producers in mind.

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Tonebuilder’s new bundle includes Driven Machine Drums MD, a collection of 2,184 samples in 4 categories: EFM (FM based enhanced feedback modulation synthesis), PI (acoustic physical drum modeling), TRX (808 style vintage analog character), and EP12 (sample based classic vintage beatbox character).

DMDSB + DMDMD Bundle features

  • 4,805 Samples
    • Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back: 2,072 Samples subdivided into 7 percussion types.
    • Driven Machine Drums M.D. Collection: 2,184 Samples subdivided into 4 machine types.
    • BONUS: FR-909 (Hi-Res) featuring 549 TR-909 Samples.
  • Formats: 24-Bit/96kHz WAV, 24-Bit/96kHz AIF, 24-Bit/44.1kHz WAV (Optimized for Elektron Octatrack), 16-Bit/44.1kHz WAV (MPCs and Classic Sampler format).
  • 41 NI Maschine Kits, 41 Ableton Drum Racks, 41 FXPansion Geist and Guru Kits.
  • Deluxe only: 175 Kontakt Mappings (by instrument/texture), 175 EXS-24 Mappings (by instrument/texture).

The DMDSB + M.D. Bundle is available to purchase for $97 USD; the Deluxe version is $107 USD. Note: limited copies are available.

More information: Tonebuilder

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Drumdrops announces 1963 Premier Outfits 54 single shot multi-velocity drum kit

Drumdrops 1963 Premier Outfits 54

Drumdrops has announced the upcoming 1963 Premier Outfits 54, the first release in a series of 8 single shot multi-velocity drum kits.

Already one of the world’s leading places to purchase bespoke live drum tracks as multi- tracks, stems and loops, Drumdrops.com are now gearing up to start selling the first of their high-standard, single shot multi-velocity drum kits from May 2013.

The first kit set for release is the Vintage 1963 Premier Outfits 54 Kit, similar to the one played by Ringo Starr in his early career. This classic vintage kit was recorded in Miloco’s The Pool in London, taking advantage of the studio’s fantastic sounding live space. The talents of drummer, Adam Falkner, were harnessed to sample the kit in multiple velocity steps to create the most realistic sounding packs possible. This kit is an essential addition to any drum library, offering the highest quality authentic sounding 60s kit at your fingertips.

To make projects even easier, the 1963 Premier Outfits 54 kit is available to purchase in three separate packs.

1963 Premier Outfits 54 features

  • The Kontakt 5 Pack — Probably the most impressive part about this forthcoming release; Drumdrops have built their own Kontakt 5 interface featuring everything existing Kontakt 5 users have come to expect. Sixteen velocity levels are included on each articulation and multiple round robins resulting in over 7000 samples, ensures this kit is meticulously and successfully matched to the real thing. The mixer has mute, solo, pan, phase, routing and two aux sends and each channel comes with a 4-band EQ and Transient Master. Custom velocity curves and MIDI Mapping are also standard. There are a number of convolution reverbs included, which have been taken from a variety of commercial studios, and some of the more interesting spring and plate reverbs, whilst randomisation features further enhance the authentic sound. These are just some of the features on the forthcoming pack. For a detailed overview, click here to download the manual.
  • The Multi-Velocity Pack — Don’t have Kontakt 5? Don’t worry – Drumdrops have covered that, too! This pack is perfect for the pro’s that may want a smaller sample set to add to their library, and with up to sixteen velocity levels on each articulation and no round robins, it’s the ideal choice. Built to load up in any sampler or drum machine, Drumdrops have also made life easier, going that one step further by including templates for Kontakt, Battery, EXS24, idrum, Maschine, with Geist and MIDI templates included for the sampler templates. You can download the multi-velocity Pack manual here.
  • The Single Hits Pack — Designed with drum machine users in mind or those who don’t need multiple velocities, simplicity was the key with this pack and with just three velocities included, there’s a super simple price to go with it as well. Like the multi-velocity kit, this single hit package features the same templates for ease and accessibility; just download and go! To download the single pack manual click here.

The Premier Outfits 54 Kit for Kontakt will be available to purchase on May 7th, 2013, priced at £30 GBP. The multi-velocity and single hits packs are priced £10 GBP and £5 GBP respectively. More kits will be released over the coming months.

More information: Drumdrops / 1963 Premier Outfits 54

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