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Goldbaby releases Thermionic Solid State Drums + ValveDR220e

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Goldbaby Productions has announced the release of its Thermionic Solid State Drums sample library.

Goldbaby Thermionic Solid State Drums

Drums and FX created using a lovely collection of 11 old and new analog drum machines and 6 synths. All recorded through a 1073 pre, then a Fat Bustard II valve mixer and various other high end studio gear.

Lots of the sounds have multiple samples for velocity mapping. Most of the kicks and congas are tuned. Also included are a bunch of analog sourced layering tools which are incredibly useful for beefing up kicks, adding sizzle to snares or transient clicks to kicks…

Thermionic Solid State Drums features

  • Drum machines used: CR8000 (Modded), Tempest, Tanzbar, DRM1 mkIII, M.Brane, Volca Beats, Mrs Bass Drum, Andromeda Space Rockers, Clap Trap, Thunderclap, Space Drum, D1000 (Valve drum machine).
  • Synths used: Prophet 12, PERfourMER, Leipzig-S, Analog Four, MS20, SH101.
  • 5070 wav samples (24-bit).
  • 38 bonus Rex loops.
  • Support for Maschine, Geist, Battery 3, EXS-24, Reason Refill.

The sample library is available for purchase for $49 USD.

Goldbaby has also released ValveDR220e, a free drums sample pack.

contains 44 x 24 bit wav drums. Created using a vintage 80s drum machine through valve gear.

More information: Goldbaby / Thermionic Solid State Drums

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PreSonus introduces Add-ons for new Studio One 2.6.2

PreSonus has announced it is now shipping Studio One 2.6.2, the latest update to its award-winning DAW software.

The company is also shipping three new Add-ons for Studio One: Ampire XT Metal Pack Extension, Goldbaby Essentials Vintage Drum Machines, and Studio One Artist MP3 Converter.

Studio One 2.6.2 introduces support for Add-ons, which are program extensions, soundsets, plug-ins, and other assets exclusively for Studio One 2.6.2 and higher. Add-ons are available for purchase directly from the PreSonus online store. The update also fixes a few known issues.

Ampire XT Metal Pack
The Ampire XT Metal Pack Add-on includes 6 new amp models and 6 new speaker-cabinet emulations.

Studio One Add-ons

  • The Ampire XT Metal Pack is an extension for PreSonus’ Ampire XT Native Effects™ plug-in that includes six new amp models and six new speaker-cabinet emulations designed specifically for metal guitarists. It also includes a brand-new Metal Drumkit for the Impact virtual drum instrument.
  • Goldbaby Essentials is an exclusive soundset for PreSonus’ Impact virtual drum instrument that features a collection of 500 vintage analog and digital drum machine and beatbox samples. Designed by acclaimed producer and sound designer Goldbaby, the sounds in this set have been meticulously sampled, edited, and post-processed using analog tape machines and studio tools. Goldbaby Essentials comes with 32 ready-to-play Impact drum kit presets and 124 new Musicloops.
  • MP3 Converter is an extension that adds professional-quality (up to 320 kB/s) MP3 encoding and drag-and-drop MP3 decoding to Studio One Artist 2.6.2 and higher.

PreSonus Studio One Add-ons can be purchased directly online and are installed by dragging-and-dropping on the Studio One application icon or window.

Ampire XT Metal Pack and Goldbaby Essentials cost $29.99 USD each, and MP3 Converter is $9.99 USD. The Studio One 2.6.2 update is free to all registered users of Studio One 2.

More information: PreSonus / Studio One

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Goldbaby releases DFS Blue synth instrument for Kontakt & EXS-24

Goldbaby DFS Blue

Goldbaby has launched DFS Blue, a virtual synthesizer instrument library for Native Instruments Kontakt and Logic EXS-24.

Goldbaby is a huge fan of hybrid analog/digital synths. This pack was lovingly sampled from some of these amazing instruments: PPG Wave 2.2, DSI Prophet 12, Ensoniq SQ80, Kawai K3m, Mutable Instruments Shruthi-1 and the Oto Biscuit (Der Oto). 1.5 GB of samples lovingly recorded through high end studio equipment.

The EXS24 version has plenty of patches and these patches can be edited further using EXS-24 extensive synth like controls.

The Kontakt version has a very useful GUI with plenty of synth controls to customize the sounds and also has a great little sequencer!

DFS Blue features

  • 264 patches for EXS-24 / Kontakt 5.
  • 2021 wav samples (24 bit, 1.5 GB).
  • Kontakt version includes custom GUI with synth controls & sequencer.
  • Requires Logic Pro 9.1 or higher, Kontakt 5 full version.

The sample library is available to purchase for $49 USD.

More information: Goldbaby / DFS Blue

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Elektron releases MPC Memories Sound Pack for Octatrack

MPC Memories

Elektron has announced MPC Memories, a new sound pack for the Octatrack 8 track dynamic performance sampler.

The MPC Memories Sound pack pays a tribute to the MPC60, the beat making machine that forever changed the course of musical history.

Goldbaby has put this gem of an instrument to work and has used it to sample hundreds of vinyl hits, drum machine one shots, and FX sounds. From now on, the Octatrack can’t stop, won’t stop.

PC Memories features

  • 79 MB content, 24 bit/44.1 kHz WAV samples.
  • Includes 1 set, 1 project, 16 patterns, 4 parts, 16 scenes per part.
  • In detail: 15 drum machine kicks, 13 drum machine snares, 5 drum machine claps, 18 drum machine toms, 10 drum machine hihats, 8 drum machine cymbals, 20 drum machine percussion, 27 vinyl kicks, 30 vinyl snares, 7 vinyl claps, 12 vinyl toms, 22 vinyl hi-hats, 12 vinyl cymbals, 28 vinyl percussion, 100 FX and melodic samples, 23 melodic vinyl samples.

MPC Memories is available to purchase in the Elektron Online Shop, priced at 30 EUR.

More information: Elektron / MPC Memories

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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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Goldbaby launches sale – Up to 30% off sample packs

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Goldbaby has launched its “once a year sale“, offering up to 30% discount on its sample libraries.

It is that time of year again…

The last week of July is Goldbaby’s only sale for the whole year!

Use this coupon to get 20% off any product: JULY2013SALE20
or
If you buy 3 or more products then use this coupon to get 30% off: JULY2013SALE30

These coupons are active from now to the 1st of August 2013

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Goldbaby launches Dirt and Layers sample pack

Goldbaby Dirt and Layers

Goldbaby has introduced Dirt and Layers, a sample library featuring a collection of drum layering samples and dirt sounds for adding texture to your productions.

The dirt sounds can add subtle or not so subtle texture to your individual instruments or whole mixes. For example 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.

The drum layering samples 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.

This pack is a treasure trove for experimenting and sound designing. With foley style SFX like footstep on gravel, plastic bag scrunching, glass beads dropping on drum heads, rattley door hits, movie style impacts…

Dirt and Layers features

  • 140 dirt sounds (24bit wav), including vinyl and tape noise, digital hash, guitar amp and pedal hum and more…
  • 800 drum layering sounds (24bit wav), including kick subs and sauce, snare tops and sauce, sucks, transients and more…
  • 50 Rex loops, including vinyl centre and locked grooves, wind up motors and dirt patterns.

The sample library costs $29 USD.

More information: Goldbaby / Dirt and Layers

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