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One Small Clue Poise, pecussion sampler updated to v1.0.49

One Small Clue Poise (Carbon Ice skin)

One Small Clue has released version 1.0.49 of Poise, a percussion sampler instrument for Windows.

This is a significant release that includes many bug fixes and general improvements.

Changes in Poise v1.0.49

  • New Sample Content: Poise now ships with the Ammunition Drum Library by TeamDNR. Ammunition is a collection of 354 sampled drum sounds designed for producers of modern music styles. The collection features a selection of electronic and natural sounding hits.
  • New MIDI automation system. Optimised for real-time editing of drum kits.
  • New Trigger Map system with region information. Trigger map regions have settings for Low Note, High note, Root Note and MIDI Channel. This allows for custom pad arrangements not possible before.
  • Rudimentary import of Battery format drum kits.
  • Rudimentary import of Guru format drum kits.
  • Import of LM4 drum kits now more forgiving. (i.e. doesn’t throw errors when finding unexpected stuff in LM4 text files).
  • Improved compatibility with Ableton Live.
  • Many small changes to improve general work flow.
  • Bug Fix: CPU spikes when used on multi-core systems have been fixed.
  • Bug Fix: Poise could crash when changing it’s output configuration in Sonar.
  • Bug fix: Drum pad amplitude envelopes have been tweaked to reduce clicks when pads are either muted or retriggered.
  • Bug Fix: Changing output counts would crash Cubase 5. Poise now defaults to 16 outputs (unless renaming the dll file). Individual outputs can be activated/ignored within Cubase 5.
  • Bug Fix: Sometimes the sample display would trigger an access violation when being redrawn leading to a crash.

Poise for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $49 USD.

More information: One Small Clue


Channel Robot releases Solid Drums, audio sample drum library

Channel Robot Solid Drums

Channel Robot has announced the release of Solid Drums, an audio sample library featuring over 1.7 GB of wav files, Kontakt, Battery and Guru Kits, Instructional Videos, MIDI files and KSP plug-ins.

Designed as a “foundation library”strong on high quality flexible samples for standard kits and percussion, Solid Drums V1.0 featuring over 100 kits, more than 470 instruments utilising some (but not all) of over 16,000 24-bit hand crafted wav files and more than 20 Kontakt 3+ compatible custom built KSP scripts.

Solid Drums V1.0 is now available to purchase for $29 USD.

Included in this price is 6 months access to the exclusive Solid Drums Members Area, where customers will get access to product additions (Channel Robot plan to add new kits and sounds every month for the next year at least), updates, support and co-owner forums.

More information: Channel Robot / Solid Drums


FXpansion updates BFD Eco to v1.0.1 + GURU price reduction

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FXpansion BFD Eco

FXpansion has released version 1.0.1 of BFD Eco, a virtual drum instrument plug-in for Windows and Mac.

BFD Eco is a streamlined, fun and affordable software instrument for acoustic drums, based on the award-winning BFD2 engine. Supplied with a selection of the best BFD2 sounds, it can also be expanded with the wide range of FXpansion and 3rd-party add-ons.

Changes in BFD Eco v1.0.1

  • Interoperability improvements with the upcoming BFD v2.2.
  • Interoperability improvements with the upcoming Zildjian edition BFD Eco DV.
  • A small set of bug fixes:.
  • Note timing accuracy with large audio buffers.
  • Occasional state restore issues in Protools 8.0.4.
  • Keymap restoration of repurposed percussion slots (tom, cym).
  • Manual file import extensions fixed.
FXpansion GURU

FXpansion has also announced it has lowered the price of GURU.

GURU takes the best features of hardware beatboxes, drum samplers and loop manglers, and combines them into a unique, inspirational software instrument.

Whether integrated in to your DAW or running standalone, GURU’s powerful sequencer with ultra tight timing and realtime groove adjustment is an intuitive and addictive interface with which to quickly write inspiring rhythmic foundations for your tracks.

GURU for PC and Mac is now available to purchase for $149 USD / £89 GBP / 119 EUR.

More information: FXpansion


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