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Review: Goldbaby Productions Tape Drum Machines Vol 3

Goldbaby Productions

The third volume in Goldbaby’s Tape Drum Machines series of sample libraries features the sounds of another dozen drum machines.

For those new to the concept, the Tape Drum Machines series combines vintage and modern drum machines with tape machines and analog tape effects.

This third volume in the series features nearly 3,500 samples (24bit) from a total of 12 drum machines, recorded with Otari and Rola reel-to-reel tape decks and a Hitachi cassette deck. Add a touch of tape simulation from Kush Audio’s UBK-Fatso and you get Tape Drum Machines Volume 3.

Goldbaby Tape Drum Machines Vol 3
Gear used for Tape Drum Machines Vol 3

Tape Drum Machines Vol 3 drum machines

  • Casio RZ-1 (238 samples), one of the first drum machines which featured sampling (0.8 sec at 20 kHz).
  • Kawai R-100 (132 samples), 24 12-bit sounds in 3 kits.
  • Kawai XD-5 (905 samples), features 256 waveforms, with up to 4 waveforms per drum sound. Has advanced options like envelopes, filters, delay, ringmod and more.
  • Korg DDM-110 Super Drums (83 samples), a total of nine (9!) 8-bit 15.6kHz samples in this lo-fi machine.
  • Korg DDM-220 Super Percussion (71 samples), lo-fi crunchy sounds like the DDM-110, but this time with Latin American percussion sounds.
  • MFB-522 (453 samples), analog drum sounds from Germany. Features step sequencer and lots of controls for editing the sounds.
  • M.P.C. Electronics DSM-1 (515 samples), single channel analog drum synth intended to be used with drum pads.
  • Roland Rhythm 55/TR-55 (276 samples), analog rhythm box with 10 sounds generated by tuned resonance type circuits and white noise.
  • Roland Rhythm Plus PB-300 (314 samples), analog rhythm machine with 8 sounds (apparently a bit of a mix of TR and CR machines).
  • Sakata DPM-48 (122 samples), digital drum machine with old school sounds (also manufactured under Jugg Box and Hammond brand names).
  • Yamaha ED10 (284 samples), electronic drum pad with an analog synthesizer which can produce a wide range of sounds (includes filter+mod, subsonic, click, noise, etc).
  • Yamaha RX21L (80 samples), features 16 latin drum/percussion samples, in full 12-bit glory.

The sample pack also comes with some patches for Battery and Guru, which is great if you use these instruments. However, samples are categorized in separate drum machine folders so it’s easy to browse the sounds.

The samples themselves have descriptive names indicating the type of sample and what gear was used. For example, RZ1_BDvinyl_7_x_Tape2.wav is vinyl basedrum sound #7 from the RZ1, recorded on the Otari MX5050 1/4 inch 2 track machine with the gain set for more saturation. The “x” denotes additional processing like the use of a filter or equalizer.

The analog machines – DSM-1, ED10, MFB-522, PB-300, and TR-55, have many sounds that were sampled multiple times for use of round robin (also indicated in the filenames). These variations will help you get more realistic results.

Alright, so what do these drum machine samples actually sound like? I made a few demo loops so you can get an idea. The first track is a combination of the loops, the individual ones follow (drum machines indicated in the track title).

All drum/percussion sounds in these loops were done with TDM Vol 3 only. I didn’t use much processing, just some compression and a tiny bit of reverb on some of the samples. For melodic content I used u-he ACE, Sonic Charge Synplant, and Daichi’s Synth1.

So what do I think?

Product: Goldbaby Productions Tape Drum Machines Vol 3
Format: 24bit wav, Battery+MIDI & Guru kits and bundles
Price: $29 USD

The third volume in the Tape Drum Machines series includes a huge variety of digital and analog drum machine samples. Not all of them are equally interesting to me though. I am not a fan of digital latin percussion drum machines so the DDM-220, and the particularly nasty sounding RX21L I could do without. Goldbaby’s tape treatment does add value but they’re just not the type of sounds I’m usually looking for. Luckily those only account for 150 out of 3,500 samples.

In general TDM Vol. 3 is a well balanced pack of electronic drum sounds; from the raw digital 12-bit orchestral hits of the R-100 to the warm synthetic analog sounds of the ED10 and MFB-522. My favorites are the RZ-1 – great for lo-fi hip hop beats, and the XD5 which has a surprising large amount of diverse sounds. I love the rough, saturated “tape2″ samples of this one.

TDM Vol. 3 meets the high quality I have come to expect from Goldbaby. If you are into drum machine sounds this one is a no-brainer if you ask me.

More information: Goldbaby / Tape Drum Machines Vol 3

FXpansion DCAM: Synth Squad Artist Presets Volume 2 + Goldbaby SuperAnalog808 for GURU

FXpansion DCAM: Synth Squad

FXpansion has announced the release of DCAM: Synth Squad Artist Presets Volume 2, a collection of presets for its DCAM: Synth Squad.

A collection of over 150 brand new presets custom-designed by our roster of featured artists. Also included in this preset pack are a set of Fusor patches from our own Recreations video!

Artist Presets Volume 2 is available to all registered DCAM: Synth Squad users from the download section of your account.

Goldbaby Productions SuperAnalog808

FXpansion also announced the release of Goldbaby SuperAnalog808 for GURU, a 24 bit/96 kHz sample pack available for the GURU virtual drum instrument.

Punchy, warm, analog drums with round-robin layering. Using high-end outboard and compulsive attention to detail, this 808 sample set is pure analog drum heaven.

Why another TR-808 sample set?
“For a start the 808 is one of my favorite drum machines! Secondly, I thought I could offer something a little different. This sample pack has been recorded at a higher sample rate and has extensive Round Robin treatment to recreate the feel and movement of an analog drum machine. The Tape808 used tape to give it extra mojo – this time I have used some new high end outboard. Tasty…” – Hugo @ Goldbaby

More information: FXpansion / Goldbaby Productions

Goldbaby Productions SuperAnalog808, high quality TR-808 sample pack + free Cheetah MD16 pack

Goldbaby Productions SuperAnalog808

Goldbaby Productions has released SuperAnalog808, a new sample pack featuring the sounds of the Roland TR-808 drum machine.

Punchy, warm, analog drums with Round Robin Layering. Using high-end outboard and a compulsive attention to detail… this 808 sample set is pure analog drum heaven.

Why have you created another TR-808 sample set? For a start the 808 is one of my favorite drum machines! Secondly I thought I could offer something a little different. This sample pack has been recorded at a higher sampler rate and has extensive Round Robin treatment to recreate the feel and movement of an analog drum machine. The Tape808 used tape to give it extra Mojo… this time I have used some new high end outboard. Tasty…

Is there anything else that is different? Yes there certainly is. This pack has tuned chromatic BD and Conga patches. So you can play them on your keyboard!

SuperAnalog808 features

  • 1168 x 24 bit / 96 kHz wav files.
  • Instrument patches for: Battery 3, Guru, EXS24, Kontakt 3.
  • Patches make use of extensive Round Robin mapping for a more analog feel.
  • Also includes tuned Chromatic BD and Conga patches (Kontakt, EXS24, Battery).
  • Outboard gear used: Great River Harrison 32 EQ, A-Design EM-PEQ, Kush Audio UBK Fatso, Mutronics Mutator, Crowther Audio – Prunes & Custard, Malekko – B:Assmaster, Boss – Dimension C.

SuperAnalog808 is available to purchase for $39 USD.

Goldbaby has also released the Cheetah MD16, a free sample pack featuring the sounds of a 16 bit British drum machine that came out in 1990.

Probably one of the ugliest drum machines I have ever seen! However it actually has some rather good drum sounds. Plenty of grit and punch with some rather good electro style sounds.

The Cheetah MD16 sample pack is available as a free download.

More information: Goldbaby Productions

FXpansion City of Drums & Beats expansion pack for GURU

FXpansion City Of Drums & Beats

FXpansion has released City of Drums & Beats, a GURU expansion pack 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 a selection of loop-based construction kits, 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 comes with GURU-format kits and pattern banks, as well as the original samples in industry-standard WAV and REX2 formats.

City of Drums & Beats features

  • 30 drum kits (kick/snare/hihat/other).
  • 16 menu kits (each containing only kicks, snares or hit sounds).
  • 11 loop kits.
  • 3 pattern banks.
  • 63 REX loops and over 820 WAV sounds in total.

City of Drums & Beats is available to purchase as a download for £25 GBP, 35 EUR, $50 USD for all registered GURU owners.

More information: FXpansion / City of Drums & Beats

Goldbaby Productions releases Tape Drum Machines Vol 3

Goldbaby Production Tape Drum Machines Vol 3

Goldbaby Productions has released Tape Drum Machines Vol 3, a new collection of drum machine samples.

More drum machines given some tape love!

Tape Drum Machines Vol 3 features

  • 12 Drum Machines and 3 Tape Machines. 3498 x 24 Bit drum samples.
  • Drum Machines used: Casio RZ-1, Roland TR-55 & PB-300, Kawai XD-5 & R-100, MFB-522, Korg DDM-110 & DDM-220, Sakata DPM-48, Yamaha RX-21L & ED-10, and the MPC ELectronics DSM-1.
  • The Tape machines used: Otari MX5050 1/4″, Rolla 77 valve mono 1/4 inch, and the Hitachi Cassette deck. Plus the UBK Fatso was also used.
  • Formats: Battery 3, Guru and Wav Pack (Guru version includes 18 Bundles & Kits, Battery 3 version includes 18 Kits & a few Midi files to preview the kits).

Tape Drum Machines Vol 3 is available to purchase for $29 USD.

More information: Goldbaby Productions / Tape Drum Machines Vol 3

Review: Goldbaby Productions When Alien Drum Robots Attack!

Goldbaby When Alien Drum Robots Attack!

After releasing three synthesizer based titles consecutively, Goldbaby returns with another drum sample library: When Alien Drum Robots Attack!

When Alien Drum Robots Attack! features a large number of high quality samples. Kind of what you would expect from a Goldbaby library. But this time it’s not just about classic drum machines, or tape, the UBK Fatso, or vinyl. It’s all that, and more:

WHAT WAS USED TO MAKE IT? Everything in Goldbaby’s studio and more! Using a studio full of vintage and new drum machines, samplers, synths, rack effects, vinyl, tape, real drums and perc, field recordings… this product will give you a huge palette of super solid drums and sweet FX.

When Alien Drum Robots Attack! features

  • 1,516 x 24 bit samples.
  • 60 REX loops, 40 Battery 3 kits, 40 Guru bundles.
  • 65 EXS-24 patches (are in all the format downloads except the Refill).
  • ReFill includes 40 combinators, 40 ReDrum patches, and 8 x NN-XT patches.

Here’s a little demonstration of some of the sounds from the included kits. In the video I am using the FXpansion Guru version which comes with 40 bundles; perfect for showing off what these Alien Drum Robots are up to.

So what do I think?

Product: When Alien Drum Robots Attack! by Goldbaby Productions
Format: 24bit WAV, ReFill, EXS-24/Guru/Battery 3
Price: $39 USD (includes all formats)

The title of this library might sound a little silly but it does describe the content pretty well. Robotic vocoder type sounds, fx from outer space, fat ready-to-rumble drum hits… the attack is on!

When Alien Drum Robots Attack! includes lots of unique material. The processed drum samples (including 808/909 UBK Fatso) sound fat in that familiar Goldbaby way, just the way I like them. The sound quality is outstanding as well, as per usual.

After various drum machine libraries featuring samples processed with things like tape, vinyl, and the UBK Fatso, Goldbaby once again manages to create something fresh and exciting from sound sources that one might think were long exhausted. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

More information: Goldbaby Productions / When Alien Drum Robots Attack!

ToneBuilder releases Hi-Fi 909

ToneBuilder Hi-Fi 909

ToneBuilder has announced the release of Hi-Fi 909, a new sample library featuring drum samples from a Roland TR-909 drum machine.

The TR909 is my favorite drum machine of all time. With that in mind, I set out to create something that honored the 909′s legacy, but at the same time enhanced it.

There’s an entirely new collection of tubes, compressors, and EQs used to process the TR-909, providing a unique “hi-fi” quality to the collection. In addition, I’ve captured the entire project for you at 24bit, 96khz resolution.

As with all my offerings, I’m allowing you to try it out for 30 days. If you like the TR-909, I’m certain you’ll love this collection. Ultimately, I want you to be happy creating music.

Hi-Fi 909 features

  • Designed to capture the Roland TR-909 with a distinctly Hi-Fi quality.
  • 819 Sounds.
  • 27 Kontakt + EXS-24 Programs.
  • 8 Guru Starter Kits.
  • Additional special processing to create 909 Djembes, Congos, and Bongos.
  • Additional snares and rims from the Novation Drum Station 909 section.

Hi-Fi 909 is available to purchase for $23 USD.

More information: Tonebuilder / ToneBuilder Hi-Fi 909

Goldbaby Productions updates When Alien Drum Robots Attack! (ReFill now available)

Goldbaby When Alien Drum Robots Attack!

Goldbaby Productions has released the ReFill version of When Alien Drum Robots Attack!, a drum and FX sample library.

WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT? Think of this as a drum tool kit with plenty of production ready sounds… plus all you need to create and customise your own.

WHAT WAS USED TO MAKE IT? Everything in Goldbaby’s studio and more! Using a studio full of vintage and new drum machines, samplers, synths, rack effects, vinyl, tape, real drums and perc, field recordings… this product will give you a huge palette of super solid drums and sweet FX.

Included in this product is also an 808 and 909 given the UBK Fatso treatment!

When Alien Drum Robots Attack! features

  • 1,516 x 24 bit samples.
  • 60 x Rex loops.
  • 40 x Battery 3 Kits.
  • 40 x Guru Bundles.
  • 65 x EXS-24 Patches (in all the format downloads except the ReFill).
  • 40 x Combintors (ReFill).
  • 40 x ReDrum Patches (ReFill).
  • 8 x NNXT Patches (ReFill).

When Alien Drum Robots Attack! is available to purchase for $39 USD (all formats included).

More information: Goldbaby Productions / When Alien Drum Robots Attack!