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Review: Goldbaby The Tape909

Goldbaby Tape909

Goldbaby Productions has recently released a new downloadable sample pack featuring another classic drum machine.

After the TR-808 and (free) TR-606 sample collections, a mint TR-909 machine was recorded for The Tape909.

The product page reads:

The Tape808 has been very well received so we decided to give the TR909 some tape love!…

This is 1446 samples taken from a mint 909 recorded into an Ampex 351 1/2″ valve 2 track tape machine!

That’s not all… We also put the 909 through other vintage gear. Plus we recorded it naked into a Metric Halo ULN-2 firewire audio card. Then we chose the best samples.

There is an amazing amount of high quality samples in this pack. So many, it may even look like there is too much to choose from.

I mean, the bassdrum folder has no less than 665 different bassdrum samples! Many of the samples are quite similar, but there are subtle differences. Just play those you suspect are the same consecutively, and you’ll find they sound a little different after all.

This is great if you don’t want every kick to sound exactly the same.

I tried the Battery version of The Tape909, which comes with 10 different 909 kits. As you can hear from the demo sounds, The Tape909 has quite a wide range of sounds.

Refill, Guru, iDrums and straight .wav versions of The Tape909 are available as well.

So what do I think?

Goldbaby delivers another outstanding sample pack.

The Tape909 includes tons of superb quality samples, with the Ampex tape machine delivering unique samples you will not find anywhere else.

This will most definitely be my go-to collection for 909 sounds.

Starting at just $19 USD for the sample pack, Goldbaby’s The Tape909 is not very expensive, so don’t waste your time looking for samples of this quality anywhere else.

More information: Goldbaby Productions / The Tape909


Goldbaby releases Tape909

Goldbaby Tape909

Goldbaby has released Tape909, a sample pack featuring the famous Roland TR-909 drum machine.

This is 1446 samples taken from a mint 909 recorded into an Ampex 351 1/2″ valve 2 track tape machine!

That’s not all… We also put the 909 through other vintage gear. Plus we recorded it naked into a Metric Halo ULN-2 firewire audio card. Then we chose the best samples. All 24 bit, and all solid 909 goodness!

If you can’t get a hold of a real 909 then this is as close as you can get in samples… Maybe even better than the having the real thing!

Tape909 is available in the following formats: Refill / Battery / Guru / iDrum / Sample pack. The sample pack costs $19 USD, while the other formats are $24 USD each.

Visit Goldbaby Productions for more information and audio demos.


Review: Goldbaby’s The Tape 808, MPC60 Vol.1 (TR), MPC60 Vol.2 (Vinyl), and Vintage Home Keyboard Breaks

Goldbaby Productions is a relatively new name, but since their first sample library — released in June 2007, the Goldbaby product catalog has grown to 5 titles, and it has built quite a following already.

One does not have to look far to get some decent drum samples for free, so what’s so special about Goldbaby’s products?

The formula seems simple: quality content for a reasonable price.

The Tape 808

Goldbaby Productions The Tape 808

Let’s take a look at The Tape 808, a library of — you guessed it, samples from the ever popular Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer drum machine.

This library features 407 samples from two 808 machines, recorded into an Ampex 351 1/2″ valve 2 track tape machine. Can you spell vintage?

And vintage does not mean these samples are bad quality either… The wav files are all in 24-bit format.

I made a little drum loop with the Tape 808 samples, and compared them to some random 808 samples I found on my computer. Can you guess which one is which?

Goldbaby 01 | Goldbaby 02

The beauty of The Tape 808 is that the samples sound very clean, unlike many of the samples you’ll find online (which may have all sorts of processing done to them already). The tape compression and saturation samples also sound absolutely lovely.

Starting at just $19 USD for the .wav version of The Tape 808, this package is a must have if you’re looking for 808 sounds (unless you can get your hands on a real machine maybe). Refill, Guru, iDrum, and Battery versions are available for $24 USD.

MPC60 Vol.1 (TR) and MPC60 Vol.2 (Vinyl)

Goldbaby Productions MPC60 libraries

Akai’s MPC60 (released in 1988) is a drum machine developed in collaboration with Roger Linn. Like Linn’s earlier drum machines, the MPC60 combines MIDI sequencing and audio sampling. It became huge in the Hip hop and RnB scene, and still continues to be a popular vintage sampler today.

Although the MPC60 is a 16 bit machine, it stores samples in 12-bit format. Its sound is described as warm and punchy.

Goldbaby’s MPC libraries have been sampled with a MPC60II, which is similar to the MPC60 but adds a headphone output and replaces the metal chassis for a plastic one. The sound is identical.

MPC60 Vol.1 features 541 samples (24-bit) of Roland TR machines. The 808, 909, 606, 626, 33, 66, 77, 707, 727, and 505 are all there.

MPC60 Vol.2 takes samples from another sound source, much loved by Hip hop artists: Vinyl. MPC60 Vol.2 includes 466 samples of kicks, snares, hihats, cymbals, toms, percussion, and stabs & fx; all you need to create beats that sound just right.

The added value of the MPC60 libraries is obviously that the sounds were sampled on a MPC60 machine. If you think you already have all these TR sounds, and you don’t need any sampled vinyl hits, just have a listen on the MPC60 product page and see how you like the sound of Goldbaby’s samples.

Both MPC60 libraries are available as a .wav Sample Pack for $19 USD. For $24 USD each you can get the Refill, Guru, iDrum, and Battery versions, which include the same sample content, and additional drum kits and drum patterns in the software’s format.

Vintage Home Keyboard Breaks

Goldbaby Productions Vintage Home Keyboard Breaks

Goldbaby’s Hugo has collected home keyboard from places like eBay, second hand stores, and garage sales for years. His collection includes the Casio SK-1, Casio VL-Tone, Farfisa Matador, and many more.

With Vintage Home Keyboard Breaks, you can have the sounds of this big collection of home keyboards at your fingertips.

VHKB includes 366 samples of drum sounds of the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s home keyboards. Some of these keyboards were recorded through their own speakers to give them a true lo-fi sound.

Have you ever heard the Amen break played with these vintage sounds? Check the VHKB page for some great audio demos.

Vintage Home Keyboard Breaks is available as a .wav Sample Pack (including 54 Rex files) for $10 USD, while a Guru version costs $15 USD. The Guru version also includes the Rex files, and has an additional 10 bundles, 12 kits, and 73 patterns.

So what do I think?

Goldbaby’s samples are simply great. Do you need them? Perhaps not, you might already have a lot of these kind of sounds… But if you care about quality, you should definitely check these products. The samples are outstanding, and… the price is right!

More information: Goldbaby Productions