Time+Space have announced a new partnership with UK sample library developers Freshtone.
Freshtone Samples features the work of producer musicians Matthew Corbett and Mike Wilkie who are best known in the world of samples for their work with Zero-G, including ‘Sounds of the Seventies’, ‘Vocal Forge’ and ‘Vocal Foundry’ which were all released to critical acclaim. They are also successful Film, TV and Production music writers with their tracks having been featured on many hundreds of productions around the world.
Time+Space has been appointed as the official worldwide distributor of Freshtone’s sample libraries and are pleased to announce the first release – Lost Tapes Vol 1 – which is available now as a DVD or download.
Lost Tapes Vol 1 features
43 Funk and Soul construction kits, all recorded to tape using only mics, instruments and equipment from the sixties and seventies.
In WAV, Aiff, Acid WAV and Rex 2 format, Lost Tapes was recorded in a unique environment.
The tracks were played on a wide range of sixties instruments from legendary manufacturers such as Burns, Baldwin and Dan Electro into vintage Selmer and Vox amplification.
Premier and Ludwig kits also from that decade were recorded using a selection of rare ribbon mics and old tone wheel Hammond B3 and A100 organs further evoke the past. All tracks were recorded onto an old Studer 1” tape machine via an EMI Redd desk which once resided in the famous Decca Studios.
The Freshtone Lost Tapes Vol 1 is now available from Time+Space for RRP £39.95 GBP / 47.95 EUR / $63.95 USD.
Hammond has introduced the SK-1, a portable organ featuring 9 adjustable mechanical drawbars.
The Hammond SK1 is the first “Ultra-Portable” organ in its history, weighing in at just 15 pounds, and the first Hammond portable to feature a wide range of Extra Voices.
The “Drawbar” section is a complete Hammond Organ with all the traditional features: Real Mechanical Drawbars, Chorus Vibrato, Touch-Response Percussion, and the most authentic Digital Leslie we have ever offered.
“Vx” and “Farf” combo organ models are also available, as well as an assortment of fine classical Pipe Organ voices derived from our 935 Church Organ. Acoustic and Electric Pianos, Clavs, Accordions, Vintage String Synth, Wind Instruments and Tuned Percussion round out the specification.
The SK2 model adds a second 61 note keyboard for added convenience-you may play the SK2 as a two-manual organ, or assign the Drawbar/Extravoice divisions to your choice of keyboard.
The SK1 is priced at $1,999 USD (MAP) and the SK2 at $2,895 USD (MAP). Expected shipping is mid-June, 2011.
Blue Meanie: Virtually an ARP 2600 – Nearly 500 massive Thor patches for Reason 5, inspired by the classic synth.
Designed to bring the semi-modular nature of the ARP 2600 into Reason, Blue Meanie uses multiple Thor units to emulate all the “modules” of original: three analogue VCOs, VCF, Noise, Sample & Hold, Voltage Processor, and audio-in processing, plus the addition of a Sub Osc for some low-end, woofer-wobbling grunt.
Retrospective: 40 years of synthesizer history – An epic Refill of vintage synths and electronic keyboards.
JPs’ biggest project to date, the conversion of Hollow Suns’ huge archive of samples into Reason. With over 600 patches for NNXT and Combinator from instruments including the Oberheim M1000 and M12, Yamaha CP70 piano and FS1R digital synth, digital glory from the PPG Wave 2, Moog Taurus, Korg M01, Eminent 310U and the Roland VP-330.
Blue Meanie is available to purchase for £19.95 GBP, Retrospect is £39.95 GBP.
Jiggery-Pokery has also announced that the Hammond Novachord and Nebulae Pads are now available directly from Jiggery-Pokery for £19.95 each.
Dubdrops are proud to present a brand new collection of the most authentically played and recorded collection of Reggae Bubbles and Chops, for Producers worldwide looking to ignite their tracks with the soul of Roots Reggae.
For the first time ever, a massive collection of Rub a Dub, Reggae, Rocksteady and Ska Hammond Organ Bubbles, plus Piano and Guitar chops which have been recorded by the best heads in the business for your sampling delight!
Organised by BPM and Key signature, drag and drop loops and get busy with some serious Bubblin pressure , Keyboards played by Ruff Cut legend Bubblers and featuring Prince Fatty’s guitarist Chopper Gilkezn, engineered by Prince Fatty himself in the heart of Harlseden, the Jamaican quarter of London.
Bubbles And Chops features
Over 200 Hundred Dub and Reggae Organ, Guitar and Piano Bubbles and Chops, in 24bit quality.
70 Guitar Chops, 70 Organ Bubbles, 67 Piano Loops.
Tempo between 64 – 132 bpm.
Bubbles And Chops is available to purchase for £34.95 GBP.
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.
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-110Super Drums (83 samples), a total of nine (9!) 8-bit 15.6kHz samples in this lo-fi machine.
Korg DDM-220Super 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.
Nine Volt Audio has announced the release of Organ Explosion: 9V-B3 Edition, a multi-format sample library.
Featuring the sounds of the Hammond® B-3, Organ Explosion presents 20 tightly organized song suites covering funk, blues, jazz, rock and more. With rhythmic bursts, bubbling riffs and fat back grooves, the 700+ loop collection is a go-to source for raw, infectious and emotive playing.
The Organ Explosion library takes a new an inventive approach by placing left and right hand performances into separate loops. While the left hand lays down solid basslines and the right pumps rhythm and melodies, composers have the freedom to combine loops for complete performances and the flexibility to separate them, opening up additional creative and compositional options.
And as part of the BPM Flex Series™, every REX-based loop (used in Stylus RMX and Kontakt) can be used at a huge range of tempos with no artificial stretching. Need to slow some fiery 140 BPM grooves to a 90 BPM swinging blues? No problem!
Sounding spontaneous, simple and sophisticated, Organ Explosion goes from Saturday night’s jam to Sunday morning’s gospel sermon with style, syncopation and soul.
Organ Explosion: 9V-B3 Edition features
Organ Explosion features 706 loops in the REX2, Stylus RMX, Kontakt, ACIDized Wav and Apple Loop formats.
The collection is organized into 20 song suites. Each suite has clearly labeled song parts (i.e. riffs, progressions, transitions, grooves, etc.), clearly labeled key/chord progressions in the file name and an “L” or “R” to indicate the hand that is playing the loop.
Any of the REX-based loops (used in Stylus RMX, Reason, Kontakt and most major sequencers like Cubase, Live, Sonar, Digital Performer, ProTools, Logic) can be used at tempos as slow as 75 BPM with no artificial stretching.
Using Organ Explosion within Stylus RMX requires the user to drag-and-drop one folder into RMX’s included S.A.G.E. Converter.
Twenty patches for Kontakt are supplied. Extensive user interface controls and ease-of-use features are available on every patch. Organ Explosion is compatible with full retail versions of Kontakt 3.5 and up. The free Kontakt Player will only allow for 30 minutes of unrestricted use.
Download size for ACIDized Wav and Apple Loop formats is 1040 MB. Download for REX2/Stylus RMX/Kontakt is 715 MB.
All loops are in 44.1kHz/24bit resolution.
Organ Explosion is available on DVD or as a download for $99.99 USD.