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rekkerd.org exclusive: Freon Surfer FZ free drum kit by Carl Löfgren

Carl Löfgren of Fingerpushers and Plughugger has released Freon Surfer FZ, a free instrument based on the Freon Surfer preset of the Sonic Charge MicroTonic software drum machine.

Freon Surfer FZ
Freon Surfer FZ with custom Native Instruments Kontakt interface.

All eight drum sounds have been sampled by the mighty Casio FZ-20m sampler at 36 kilohertz, at crunchy 9 kilohertz and at 9 kilohertz too loud to capture the natural distortion of the analog converters.

Lastly, we did the old-school drum and bass trick of timestretching the samples back and forth a number of times, to give the samples a glitchy digital feel to them. For this we used our E-mu E4XT sampler.

Below are two short demo clips showcasing the various sound banks.

Freon Surfer FZ features

  • 8 sounds recorded at 36kHz, 9kHz, 9kHz overdriven, and 9kHz stretched.
  • 32 unique samples in total, 16-bit/44kHz mono Wav.
  • Instrument patches for Kontakt 4, Maschine, and Geist.
  • Custom Kontakt GUI with knob to select sound bank.

The Freon Surfer FZ sample pack is available as a free download.

Freon Surfer FZSize:6.76 MB

For more free samples check here, and make sure to visit Fingerpushers for some quality sample libraries.

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Review: Goldbaby’s Urban Cookbook Vol. 1

When you need some solid electronic drum sounds, Goldbaby’s sample packs are always a good place to turn to. With Goldbaby’s Urban Cookbook Vol. 1, Hugo once again provides quality sounds to help you cook up some delicious dishes, urban style.

Goldbaby's Urban Cookbook Vol 1

Want to cook up some delicious beats… well then you probably need my cookbook. The ingredients are full of saturated fat, MSG, a heap of sugar and are not suitable for a low cholesterol diet. The recipes are perfect for these dishes: Hip Hop, Dub Step, Drum & Bass, Breaks, Grime, Dance Hall, Electro… Although chefs making other dishes like: IDM, House and Techno will appreciate the varied high quality ingredients.

Punchy Kicks, Solid Snares, Hi Hats, Toms, Percussion, Claps, Cymbals, Layering tools, FX, Vinyl Hits, Chord Hits, Bass tools and Rex Loops… just over 1 GB of the freshest ingredients.

The sample pack includes various formats and comes with patches for most common samplers.

  • 3,398 samples (24-bit quality).
  • 200 REX loops.
  • 142 Maschine kits (plus 7 projects) and 13 instruments.
  • 49 presets + 145 kits for Geist.
  • 135 Battery 3 kits.
  • 136 Kontakt 4 kits.
  • 141 EXS24 patches for Logic (can also be imported in Kontakt, Ableton Live Sampler, Halion, etc.)
  • 50 Kong kits, 140 NN-XT patches and 9 Combinators for Reason 5 and above.

I checked out the Maschine version which also comes with the patches for Kontakt, Battery and EXS24. The Maschine kits are divided in folders – Combos (4), Drum Kits (52), FX (20), Hits & Chords (31), Percussion Kits (20), and Vox (15), and to help you find the right type of sound some of the kits are tagged in categories like analog, digital, sfx, etc.

The Kontakt instruments include bass, drum kits, FX, hits and chords, individual drums, layering tools, and vox. It may look like this is basically the same as the Maschine content but there are a bunch of different instruments in here (same for the EXS24 format which you can also load in Kontakt).

While browsing the different kits and instruments it struck me that Goldbaby’s samples always sound “fresh” and up-to-date. The Cookbook includes a fair share of sounds that are similar to the ones in other Goldbaby sample packs, but Hugo records all content for each sample library specifically for said library, which makes sense since Goldbaby’s studio equipment is regularly updated with new gear.

Besides all the kits and patches there is a lot more sample content than was used for the kits so there is a lot to explore, and swapping out sounds within kits is easy. In Maschine the kits come with some lovely patterns and the included projects are a nice bonus, as are the REX loops which feature various percussion loops, fx loops, grooves and more.

In all, this pack has lots of unique content with that vintage Goldbaby vibe. It’s kind of like crate digging without having to do all the hard work. Instant satisfaction!

Check below for an example of the type of thing you can cook up with Goldbaby’s ingredients. A few more demo mp3s can be found at the Urban Cookbook product page here.

So what do I think?

Product: Goldbaby’s Urban Cookbook Vol.1
Format: 24bit WAV, REX / Maschine, Geist, Kontakt, Battery & EXS24 / Reason ReFill
Price: $49 USD
Like: fantastic sounds, well done kits and patches, phat!
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

With Urban Cookbook Vol 1, Goldbaby does what Goldbaby does best: deliver quality drum sounds with a vintage feel. I think Hugo did a fantastic job with the kits. The combination of sounds in each kit is inspiring and everything is really well produced to get that typical fat, punchy, deep sound. I know a lot of thought went into creating and processing the samples and making sure the kits work well musically, and it shows.

The additional sounds are fantastic. Beautiful chords, guitar strums, useful sound fx, string type sounds. Just love it. Now don’t think this is construction kit type stuff, but these are just a bunch of lovely sounds to compliment the drum/percussion content. Signature Goldbaby.

After spending some good time with this new pack (and already using it in some projects), I think the Urban Cookbook may well be my favorite Goldbaby library to date. Go check it out!

More information: Goldbaby Productions / Urban Cookbook Vol 1

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Tonebuilder Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back tax man sale extended – 40% off sample pack

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back

Tonebuilder has extended the limited time sale on its Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back electronic drum and percussion sample library.

What if a time-capsule was discovered that contained never before heard drum machines…

With the classic character of the 909, 808, 707, SP1200, Drumulator, and Linns…”

DMD Strikes Back features

  • 2,072 Premium Designer Drum Samples.
  • 24-Bit/96kHz WAV and AIF. Intelligently organized and labeled for optimal creative work-flow.
  • 16-Bit/44.1kHz WAV. Featuring premium dithering/SRC and 8 character names for classic samplers such as the MPC and Akai series.
  • Includes 22 NI Maschine Kits, 22 FXPansion Geist and Guru Kits.
  • Deluxe Edition includes Logic EXS-24 & Native Intruments Kontakt programs.

The sample library is available to purchase for $45 USD (Standard) / $52 USD (Deluxe) until May 31, 2012.

More information: Driven Machine Drums

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Goldbaby Productions releases Urban Cookbook Vol. 1

Goldbaby Productions has announced its Urban Cookbook Vol. 1 sample library.

Goldbaby's Urban Cookbook Vol 1

Want to cook up some delicious beats… well then you probably need my cookbook. The ingredients are full of saturated fat, MSG, a heap of sugar and are not suitable for a low cholesterol diet. The recipes are perfect for these dishes: Hip Hop, Dub Step, Drum & Bass, Breaks, Grime, Dance Hall, Electro… Although chefs making other dishes like: IDM, House and Techno will appreciate the varied high quality ingredients. Punchy Kicks, Solid Snares, Hi Hats, Toms, Percussion, Claps, Cymbals, Layering tools, FX, Vinyl Hits, Chord Hits, Bass tools and Rex Loops… just over 1 GB of the freshest ingredients.

With patches for Maschine & Mikro, Battery 3, Kontakt 4, Geist and Logic’s EXS-24. You will need the full version of Kontakt 4 or 5 to use the Kontakt patches. The free player will only load them in demo mode.

Goldbaby’s Urban Cookbook Vol. 1 is available to purchase for $49 USD.

More information: Goldbaby Productions / Urban Cookbook Vol. 1

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FXpansion releases City of Drums and Beats for Geist and GURU

FXpansion City of Drums and Beats

FXpansion has announced the release of City of Drums and Beats, an expander for Geist and GURU featuring an exclusive suite of sounds from Mike Acosta, a.k.a. DJ Michael Trance.

With a slew of hard-edged sounds perfect for high-intensity urban beats, City of Drums and Beats features inspirational kits and loops ideal for hip-hop, grime, house and dubstep. Mike’s prolific career as a DJ and producer includes a host of releases for labels such as SHR Recordings, Aqua Boogie, Miswax and Priority Records, remixes for numerous best-selling artists and a string of residencies at top west-coast clubs.

The samples include solid, slab-like bass drums, cutting hats and snares full of energy and crunch, mashed and twisted through a through a variety of processors for more thick grime and lo-fi flavour. Other highlights include a chromatic 808 bass kit and an inspiring set of loops, the perfect fuel for your creative ideas. On top of this, there’s a selection of ready-made patterns full of groove and feel.

City of Drums and Beats is available to purchase for $29 USD / 25 EUR / £22 GBP inc VAT.

More information: FXpansion / City of Drums and Beats

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FXpansion Holiday Sale: 40% off Geist + 50% off Geist Expanders

FXpansion has announced that its award-winning beat production software Geist is on sale for $149 USD until 31st December.

FXpansion Geist Sale

Geist is FXpansion’s next-generation sampling drum machine, designed to create evolved, custom beats and grooves, freeing you from the limits of pre-packaged loops and over-complicated DAWs.

Its filters and built-in FX feature the same DSP technology found in DCAM: Synth Squad so your beats and samples can sound just as good as your synth parts.

Geist is available from participating dealers or the FXpansion web shop for $149 USD (40% off regular $249 USD) until December 31st, 2011.

Geist Expanders are now 50% off, also until the end of December.

Enhance your Geist experience with the growing range of Geist Expanders! These sound-packs feature premium samples complete with Geist-format presets for quick injection into your productions.

Geist Expanders

  • Goldbaby Synthetic lovingly crafted from an extensive collection of analogue and digital hardware.
  • Classic Hip Hop featuring authentic old-skool 80s and 90s hip hop sounds.
  • Analogue Mayhem featuring edgy, organic electronic sounds generated almost exclusively with a large analogue synthesizer.
  • Ski Rize Dubstep designed specifically for making hard-hitting, heavy urban beats.
  • Best of GURU brings together the highlights of the GURU factory content library.
  • BFD Remix combines pristine acoustic sounds with fat-sounding FX treatments.

More information: FXpansion

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Goldbaby releases Synth Purveyor Vol 1 + free Blofeld Drums

Goldbaby Productions Synth Purveyor Vol 1

Goldbaby Production has released Synth Purveyor Vol 1, a new sample library for EXS24 and Kontakt 4.

Synths, Synths and more Synths! Yes you guessed it this product is all about synths…. some really nice ones actually…

MKS-80 (Super Jupiter), SQ-80, TX-802, CS-10, Matrix 6R, OP-1, SlimPhatty, Mopho, MircoKorg XL, Blofeld, PC3x… all great synths! They have been given the Goldaby treatment… sweetening them up with tasty outboard. Then mapped to EXS24 and Kontakt 4.

Analog bass, digital bells, lush strings and pads, powerful leads and interesting FX. Plenty of ammo for Hip Hop, Dub Step, Grime, Drum & Bass, Techno, Electro…

Synth Purveyor Vol 1 features

  • 1838 x 24 bit wav samples.
  • Over 160 patches for EXS24 and Kontakt 4.
  • Performance GUI for Kontakt 4 patches.

Synth Purveyor Vol 1 is available to purchase for $49 USD.

Goldbaby Productions Blofeld Drums

Golbaby has also released Blofeld Drums, a free sample pack made with the Waldorf Blofeld synthesizer.

Blofeld Drums: This little synth is a marvel of German engineering. Having a lot fun with it… so I thought I’d share some synth drum sounds I have created with it. 66 x 24 bit wavs

Blofeld Drums is a available as a free sample pack; Maschine and Geist versions are available as well.

More information: Goldbaby / Synth Purveyor Vol 1

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ToneBuilder releases Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back sample library

ToneBuilder has released Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back, a drum and percussion sample library.

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back

“What if a time-capsule was discovered that contained never before heard drum machines… With the classic character of the 909, 808, 707, SP1200, Drumulator, and Linns…”

“What if Don Buchla created a drum machine…”

“What if that time-capsule also contained a drum machine from the future…”

These are the questions I had in mind, a game I played, during the creation of Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back. But the real questions are what would you do today with these sounds, what genres could you invent, who’s mind could you blow?

A few people enjoyed Driven Machine Drum and wrote in asking me to continue working on sound design, so I decided to sell a large portion of my kit and double down on some of the best analog and digital synthesis technology available today… if not the best.

DMD Strikes Back features

  • 2072 Premium Designer Drum Samples.
  • 24-Bit/96kHz WAV, 24-Bit/96kHz AIF.
  • Intelligently organized and labeled for optimal creative work-flow.
  • 16-Bit/44.1kHz WAV, featuring premium dithering/SRC and 8 character names for classic samplers such as the MPC and Akai series.
  • 22 FXPansion Geist and Guru Kits.
  • Deluxe Edition: Logic EXS-24 programs (also compatible with Digidesign’s Structure).
  • Deluxe Edition: Native Intruments Kontakt programs.

Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back is available to purchase for the introductory price of $69 USD (Standard Edition) $77 USD (Deluxe Edition) until October 31, 2011.

More information: Driven Machine Drums

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