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Jomox announces M.Brane11

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Jomox M.Brane11

Jomox has announced the M.Brane11, an analog membrane modeling percussion synthesizer.

Two analog T-bridge oscillators become electronic membranes. Why? Because they can be coupled. And because their dampening can be controlled.

Then add a little noise, add a little envelope, and the brand new electronic percussion synthesizer of Jomox is ready.

But because this would have just been too simple, everything is storeable again and controllable by Midi. You can use this small box either in a live setup driven by a hardware sequencer or in a production as very versatile synth in order to create incredible analog electronic percussions.

M.Brane11 specifications

  • Instrument: Percussion Synthesizer
  • Membrane Oscillators: 2 T-OSC, each of tune and dampening adjustable, both couplings in either direction adjustable
  • Presets: 110 (10 User RAM, 100 FLASH)
  • Sound Engine: Fully analog with storeable parameters
  • Envelopes: 2 analog envelopes for membranes and noise that are controlled by one parameter (decay)
  • Noise: White Noise, Metal Noise with 65535 different noise pattern combinations
  • Gate: Trigger gate time 0.5ms-10ms, up to 4-times multi trigger possible
  • LFO: 8 wave forms: Saw +/-, Sine +/-, Tri +/-, Rect +/-, modulates the pitch of one or both the T-OSC, starts always syncronous to the note trigger and is pitch envelope at the same time
  • Display: LED 7 segment 3 digits
  • Midi: Midi In, Midi Out
  • User Interface: 1 data wheel, 1 potentiometer, 5 buttons, 16 LEDs for parameters and functions
  • Outputs: 1 mono out 1/4″ RCA jack
  • Output Level: About 0dBu
  • Input: External analog trigger input, sensivity adjustable
  • Power Supply: External wall wart adapter 9V DC
  • Weight: Ca. 0.5 kg, 1.1 lbs.
  • Size: 145x155x35mm

The M.Brane11 will be presented at the NAMM Show 2010 in Anaheim, and will be available for purchase in March/April 2010.

More information: Jomox

Review: ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums

When I first visited the Driven Machine Drums website I thought I had found another one of those silly marketing schemes. You know those sites that promise loads of “fresh” content for cheap, meaning to say they’ll send you a disc with stuff that is old and readily available to download from the internet, free of cost…

Just reading the first few paragraphs on the website immediately triggered my scam alert.

Have you purchased hundreds; even thousands of drum sounds… only finding a handful of gems among the clutter? Are you often irritated when sifting through countless sounds, devastating your creative flow? Do you fight with samples to make them tight, slamming, and club ready… only later to be disappointed in the results? Have you fantasized about the multi-million dollar deal or winning the lottery so you can stack your studio with all the esoteric highend gear? Does your music command you have the latest kit, to gain the advantage and stand apart from the masses?

If you answered “YES!” to any of these questions, then you are in the right place and the right time.

The website even mentions a 30-day no questions asked refund, and then there’s the odd “only 997 copies will ever be available” thing.

The whole thing looked pretty dodgy to me, but my gut feeling was wrong.

The guy behind ToneBuilder and Driven Machine Drums is Nathaniel Shreve, an electronic musician who is passionate about his work. He wanted to make sure to share some interesting things about how the library came to be, and why he feels Driven Machine Drums is different from other drum sample libraries.

Now whether or not you enjoy Nathaniel’s style of writing, the bottom line is: this product is legit and well worth checking out.

What do you get?

Driven Machine Drums includes samples from a variety of synthesis sources:

  • Elektron Machine Drum
  • Symbolic Sound Kyma Capybara
  • Eventide H8000FW
  • Korg ER-1
  • E-mu SP-1200
  • Oberheim DMX
  • Yamaha DX200
  • Roland TR909, TR808, TR707, TR606
  • Jomox MBase 11
  • Vermona DRM-1 MKIII

While in itself that’s a nice list of gear, the special thing about Driven Machine Drums is the way each of the drum sounds was processed with analog coloration hardware. Tubes, tape emulation, transformers and envelope shapers were used to add a distinct “drive” to the samples.

Driven Machine Drums analog processing gear
Analog processing gear used to process the sounds includes the Thermionic Culture Vulture, Anamod ATS-1, Empirical Labs Distressor, Mutronics Mutator, and more.

Nathaniel writes:

See, what makes the MPC3000s and SP1200s so special was the quality of DRIVE added on the input. That drive adds natural compression, limiting, and HARMONIC DISTORTION, making the drums appear louder, warmer, and punchier.

Have you ever heard an acoustic guitar recording vs. a driven guitar recording? Play them at the exact same level and the DRIVEN guitar will appear to be louder.

This is the exact thing that was happening with my drums. They became louder, sharper, and driving without resorting to obscene amounts of limiting.

The Driven Machines Drums samples are categorized in various folders (claps, kicks, snares, etc.) and include a total of 1,684 samples:

  • 362 Kicks
  • 244 Snares
  • 108 Claps
  • 218 Cymbals and Hats
  • 135 Toms
  • 190 Hand Percussion Hits
  • 158 Sticks, Rims, Metals, and Bells
  • 272 Electronic Noises including Bass Boosters

Each folder has a number of subfolders with a descriptive title (e.g. DMD Ana Soft BNS, DMD Hats Fltrd 909) to help you find the type of sound you need.

The samples are available in 24bit WAV and AIFF formats. MPC users will be happy to hear the library also includes 16bit dithered WAV and there are 26 kits for FXpansion GURU.

A Deluxe version also includes Kontakt and EXS24 patches.

Check some of the sounds from the Driven Machine Drums library below.

So what do I think?

Product: Driven Machine Drums by ToneBuilder
Format: 24bit WAV/AIFF, GURU/Kontakt/EXS24
Price: $77 USD ($87 USD for the Deluxe version)

ToneBuilder is taking drum machine sampling to the next level. The sounds of Driven Machine Drums were designed and edited individually using a combination of analog processing gear. This way Nathaniel managed to get an amazing warm and punchy sound, full of that analog character many of us are looking for.

I didn’t find the Kontakt patches very useful as they simply map a (sub)folder of sounds across the keyboard. Handy for auditioning sounds but I think mapping the samples to drum kits would have been more valuable.

Driven Machine Drums is probably just another collection of electronic drum hits to those who think every 808 snare sounds like that one sample they already downloaded from the internet a few years ago. However, if you are serious about your drum hits Driven Machine Drums is certainly worth checking out, especially since there will only be a limited amount of copies sold.

In short, Driven Machine Drums is a great collection of electronic drum hits. High quality sounds with plenty of character to separate it from the competition.

ToneBuilder has a generous 100+ sample pack available to download on the Driven Machine Drums website, and you can get an additional pack of 34 free sounds here.

More information: Driven Machine Drums

Mini-review: Wave Alchemy Drum Machines 01

Wave Alchemy Drum Machines 01

Didn’t I just say in another review that there are plenty of drum machine sample libraries already? So what does Wave Alchemy’s Drum Machines 01 have to offer that you haven’t seen before?

Looking at the drum machines they sampled you might think the answer is “not that much”. The library includes samples from three previously released sample packs featuring the following machines: Vermona DRM mkII, Jomox AiRBase99, Jomox MBase 11 and Jomox XBase 999.

There is a good chance you already have some samples of a few of those machines, but that doesn’t mean Drum Machines 01 doesn’t bring anything new. Since the samples were taken from analog drum machines you will still get some “fresh” content every time someone comes around with a new pack of the same old drum machines.

Wave Alchemy used some outboard gear for this sample library:

All samples have been beautifully recorded through an API 512c preamp with a small selection of the sounds being sonically enhanced through the use of an Empirical Labs Distressor and highend SSL equalizers.

The kit list in the manual mentions the use of the API 512c preamp, Empirical Labs Distressor EL8, SSL E Series EQ and Compressor, and SPL Transient Designer.

Vermona DRM mkII and JoMoX XBase 999
The Vermona DRM mkII and Jomox XBase 999, two of the drum machines sampled.

Drum Machines 01 features

  • 1,400 24-bit 100% royalty free analogue drum hits
  • 466 XBase 999 drum samples
  • 453 Vermona DRM mkII drum samples
  • 237 AiRBase99 drum samples
  • 245 MBase 11 kick drums

Check out some of the sounds from Drum Machines 01 in the demo mp3 below.

So what do I think?

Product: Drum Machines 01 by Wave Alchemy
Format: 24bit (mostly mono) wav files
Price: £22 GBP
(individual micro packs are available for £8.99 GBP each)

Wave Alchemy clearly takes sampling seriously. They did a smashing job sampling these drum machines to a high quality standard. The variety of drum sounds available is good, but note that over half of the 1,400 sounds are kick drums sounds. The hits are generally really tight and punchy sounding and even though I already have a boatload of electronic drum samples, I still found a lot of new sounds in this library.

In short, a high quality pack of electronic drum sounds. If you don’t have any sounds from these drum machines yet, be sure to check out Drum Machines 01. Wave Alchemy has a free collection of samples from this library available to download (you need to register an account, which is also free).

More information: Wave Alchemy / Drum Machines 01

ToneBuilder releases Driven Machine Drums

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums

ToneBuilder has announced the release of Driven Machine Drums, an electronic drums sample library, created from an unique blend of 14 drum machines/synthesizers and 9 analog coloration devices.

DRIVEN MACHINE DRUMS highlights the natural sounding punch, depth, and warmth added by a collection of tubes, transformers, and hardware tape emulation.

Driven Machine Drums features

  • 1,684 sounds in 24bit resolution, captured directly from the source using professional-quality cables and A/D converters.
  • Each individual sound has been carefully edited by hand for tight attacks and natural decays.
  • Synthesis sources: Elektron Machine Drum, Symbolic Sound Kyma Capybara, Eventide H8000FW, Korg ER-1, E-mu SP-1200, Oberheim DMX, Emu Mo Phatt, Yamaha DX200, Roland TR909, TR808, TR707, TR606, Vermona DRM-1 MKIII, and Jomox MBase 11.
  • Analog processing: Thermionic Culture Vulture, Anamod ATS-1, Neve 1073 Preamp, Atlas Pro Juggernaut Twin, A-Design EM-Gold, Source + Plus Tube Amp, Empirical Labs Distressor, Moog MF101, and Mutronics Mutator.

Driven Machine Drums is available in two packages:

  • Driven Machine Drums (26 Guru Kits, 24bit Wav + 24bit Aif) $77 USD.
  • Driven Machine Drums Deluxe (Kontakt, EXS-24, Guru, 24bit Wav/Aif) $87 USD.

A demo pack featuring 100+ free sounds is available to download from the website.

More information: Driven Machine Drums

Bluezone releases Afro Tribal Drum Loops and Xbase Drums

Bluezone has released two new sample libraries: Afro Tribal Drum Loops and Xbase Drums.

Bluezone Afro Tribal Drum Loops

Afro Tribal Drum Loops is a collection of 150 samples in Wav and AIFF format (300 samples total).

Brand new from Bluezone: a down and dirty rhythm injection of rich, warm, organic African and ethnic tribal percussion loops aimed squarely at the dancefloor.

Afro Tribal Drum Loops features

  • 96 4-bar percussive loops (two bars plus two bars variant).
  • These loops are broken into pre-mixed loops (containing a mix of hats, vox shouts, minimal electrix, and multiple percussive elements) and stripped ‘just percussion’ loops, featuring a range of bongos, congas, djembe, darbuka and more.
  • 50+ one-shot percussive sounds for buliding your own beats.
  • All loops are presented as Wavs and AIFFs, and are all tempo-labeled at 136bpm.

Afro Tribal Drum Loops is available to purchase for 16.95 EUR.

Bluezone Xbase Drums

Xbase Drums features one-shot samples from the JoMoX XBase 999.

Treat your drum library to 279 pristine samples from the classic analogue beat-beast, the Jomox Xbase 999.

Designed with the beatmaker in mind, these one-shots – perfectly captured using high-end circuitry to preserve their classic analogue warmth – will find fans among producers of techno, minimal, tech-house, electro, deep house, prog house, breaks and more.

Xbase Drums features

  • 279 one-shot Wavs.
  • Folders include: Kick, snare, rimshot, ride, hat (open and closed), perc, clap, glitch and misc – with everything from deep, biting kicks to tight snares and raucous electro squeals included.
  • Most sounds offer variants as well, to make subtle programming a breeze.

Xbase Drums is available to purchase for 10.95 EUR.

More information: Bluezone Corporation @ Sounds To Sample

Wave Alchemy launches new website and releases Drum Machines 01

Wave Alchemy

Wave Alchemy has launched a new website, featuring a number of new sample libraries and more.

Wave Alchemy is an innovative sound design company based in Nottingham in the United Kingdom. We specialize in the development of cutting-edge sample libraries which are produced to perfection using a collection of highly sought after vintage and new-age studio equipment.

The Wave Alchemy website offers a Digital Download sample shop in which you can buy directly from Wave Alchemy (start downloading your purchases within 3 min).

On the website you can sign up for access to over 250MB of high quality free samples taken from Wave Alchemy products, listen to demo mp3s, interact with Wave Alchemy Sound Designers, read what established artists/producers have to say about Wave Alchemy products, read industry reviews and more.

Wave Alchemy Drum Machines 01

Wave Alchemy’s latest release Drum Machines 01 bundles together three of Wave Alchemy’s popular micro packs AirBase Drums, Deep Drums and Electrik Drums.

Offering a jawdropping collection of exquisitely produced drum samples from the highly regarded Vermona DRM MK11, Jomox AIRBase99, Jomox MBase 11 and Jomox XBase999 drum machines, Drum Machines 01 is a must have for anyone wanting to expand their drumhit library with an authentic array of warm analogue drum sounds.

All samples have been beautifully recorded through an API 512c preamp with a small selection of the sounds being sonically enhanced through the use of an Empirical Labs Distressor and highend SSL equalizers.

This product is suitable for use in any genre of electronic music and would be an excellent addition to any producer’s arsenal.

Drum Machines 01 features

  • 1400 24bit 100% royalty free analogue drum hits including:
    • AirBase Drums
      • 128 AIRBase99 kick drums
      • 245 MBase11 kick drums
      • 41 AIRBase99 clap & snare drum samples
      • 52 AIRBase99 hihats & toms
      • 16 AIRBase99 percussion & crash cymbal samples
    • Electrik Drums
      • 150 Vermona DRM MK11 kick drums & subs
      • 96 Vermona DRM MK11 snare drum & luxury clap samples
      • 65 Vermona DRM MK11 hihats & toms
      • 122 Vermona DRM MK11 percussion samples
      • 20 Vermona DRM MK11 sound effects
    • Deep Drums
      • 215 XBase999 kick drums
      • 115 XBase999 clap & snare drum samples
      • 40 XBase999 hihats
      • 57 XBase999 toms
      • 39 XBase999 percussion & crash cymbal samples

Drum Machines 01 is available as a download for £22 GBP. The individual micro packs are available to purchase for £8.99 GBP each.

More information: Wave Alchemy / Drum Machines 01

JoMoX now shipping MBase 11

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JoMoX MBase11

JoMoX has released the MBase 11, an analog bass drum module.

Finally: The first bunch of MBase11 are shipping to our dealers!
Now you can also purchase them directly in our webshop at the list price of 249 EUR.

MBase11 features

  • 110 presets (10 User RAM, 100 FLASH).
  • Fully analog sound engine with storeable parameters.
  • Analog envelopes.
  • LFO with 8 waveforms: Saw +/-, Sine +/-, Tri +/-, Rect +/-, modulates the pitch, midi syncroniseable.
  • LED display, 7-segment 3 digit.
  • Midi In/Midi Out.
  • 1 data wheel, 1 potentiometer, 5 buttons, 16 LEDs for parameters and functions.
  • 1 mono out 1/4″ RCA jack, ~0dBu output level.
  • External input: analog trigger, sensivity adjustable.

Visit JoMoX for more information and audio demos.

JoMoX announes MBase11

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JoMoX MBase11

JoMoX has announced the MBase11, a new analog bass drum module.

The MBase11 can do only one thing, but it does it right: Phat kick drums!

And it does this even better than in the past.

The MBase11 is the logical follower of the MBase01 and offers even better performance, more versatility and an even phatter sound!

It generates analog bass drums, from extremely powerful to soft and covers the whole range from 909-style to 808-fashioned. And much more…the LFO has 8 different waveforms including true sine that can be used to create very different envelopes. The resulting sounds are not simply *kicks*…this turns out to be a bass drum *synthesizer*.

MBase11 features

  • 110 presets (10 User RAM, 100 FLASH).
  • Fully analog sound engine with storeable parameters.
  • Analog envelopes.
  • LFO with 8 waveforms: Saw +/-, Sine +/-, Tri +/-, Rect +/-, modulates the pitch, midi syncroniseable.
  • LED display, 7-segment 3 digit.
  • Midi In/Midi Out.
  • 1 data wheel, 1 potentiometer, 5 buttons, 16 LEDs for parameters and functions.
  • 1 mono out 1/4″ RCA jack, ~0dBu output level.
  • External input: analog trigger, sensivity adjustable.

The MBase 11 will be available May 2009.

Visit the JoMoX website for more information and audio demos.