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Goldbaby Productions releases SP1200 Vol 2 sample library + Xmas Gift 2010

Goldbaby SP1200 Vol. 2

Goldbaby Productions has announced the release of SP1200 Vol 2, the next installment of killer samples from the SP1200 and SP12.

The legendary grit and warmth of these samplers gives this sample pack a very distinctive character.

This time round I have fed these beasts: drum machines (TR707, 727, Linn LM2, DMX and more), vinyl, real drums, synths, perc and FX. Lots of variety and a few surprises await.

1542 x 24 bit samples… all dripping with the SP magic. Crunchy, warm, punchy, dirty…

Great for Hip Hop, Dub Step, Grime, Drum & Bass, Breaks… even House and Techno.

SP1200 Vol 2 is available to purchase for $29 USD (includes Battery 3, EXS24, Kontakt 3, Geist, Guru, Reason 5, and Wav formats).

Goldbaby has also released Xmas Gift 2010, a free sample pack featuring 105 samples (24bit wav) sampled through the SP1200.

Vinyl hits and drum machines all given some 12 bit drum sampler love! These samples are not in the SP1200 Vol 2.

The free Xmas Gift sample pack is available to download from the Goldbaby website.

More information: Goldbaby Productions / SP1200 Vol 2

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Mini-review: Goldbaby Productions MPC60 Vol 3

Goldbaby MPC60 Vol 3

Goldbaby Productions just released the third and final volume of its MPC60 series of sample libraries.

MPC60 Vol 3 features over 1,000 sounds sampled on a vintage Akai MPC-60 sampler.

This is the last in the MPC60 series of sample packs. It includes: Layered Drums, Vinyl Drums, Various Drum Machines, FX and even some synth sounds…. all sampled on the MPC60. Then captured as 24 bit wav files. These are some seriously solid samples dripping with the 60′s legendary sonic character.

Taking a look at the sound sources for volume 3 of the MPC60 series you may notice some familiar names like the Oberheim DMX, Emu Drumulator, Roland CR-78, MFB522, Vermona DRM and Linn LM-1 drum machines. It looks like Goldbaby went crate digging in his own sample collection!

The 1,053 wav samples are categorized in various folders for easy browsing. Besides the drum machine samples there is also a folder with layered drums. This is one of those tricks most hip hop producers will know about. Layering a drum hit will give you a fatter, bigger drum sound.

A “Vinyl” folder features even more drum samples, sampled from vinyl. I can’t tell you how these were done exactly but I know a lot of work went into creating them — think vintage equipment, tape, additional processing like the UBK Fatso, etc. — and it shows. These samples sound so good it’s ridiculous.

Production ready sounds aplenty, great authentic vibe. Although MPC60 Vol 3 features mostly drum sounds there are also some nice synth and effects samples.

Bass, blips and fx from a Yamaha CS-10, tons of processed vinyl effects, sweepy sounds from the Gakken SX-150, some crazy weird vox, various hits and stabs, and more, more, and even more!

MPC60 Vol 3 also comes with some kit patches in various formats (Battery 3, ReFill, iDrum, Guru) for instant satisfaction.

So what do I think?

Product: MPC60 Vol 3 by Goldbaby Productions
Format: 24bit/44KHz wav (+ Battery 3, Guru, iDrum, Refill)
Price: $24 USD (all formats included)

I wasn’t planning on doing another Goldbaby review for a while because I’m running out of things to say about these fantastic sample libraries. So here’s the bottom line: Goldbaby delivers, time after time.

MPC60 Vol 3 is a wonderful collection of high quality lo-fi (?!) samples. They sound absolutely outstanding and will do great in any production that needs to have that vintage sound. Hip Hop producers will love these.

More information: Goldbaby Productions

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Pendle Poucher releases the Pendleonium

Pendle Poucher has released the Pendleonium, a sample library of a custom instrument.

A new hybrid instrument made from 6 different layers of assorted electrical and acoustical stringed things that can sound like anything from a battered mellotron to a rusty balalaika.

Pendle Poucher Pendlemonium
Pendle Poucher’s hybrid instrument: the Pendleonium (Kontakt GUI)

The Pendleonium features

  • Instrument components:
    • Danelectro Baritone guitar recorded through Roland RE501 chorus echo and a Roger Linn Adrenalinn 3 amp.
    • Sparkly silver Fernandes Sustainer Native guitar recorded through the tape echo and amp.
    • Unknown viola mic’ed and then run through a Vermona Retroverb spring reverb.
  • Recorded 24bit with many velocity levels, total size: 951 MB.
  • 3 pages of Kontakt scripting allow intimate control of volume levels, filters, pan etc. for a massive variety of sound possibilities.
  • Also includes mixed down (16bit, easy on the CPU) simple version and separate instrument versions and a multi.

Pendleonium is currently available in Kontakt 2/3, EXS and SFZ formats, priced at £15 GBP.

More information: Pendle Poucher

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Review: Goldbaby Productions Vinyl Drum Machines

Goldbaby Productions Vinyl Drum Machines

Goldbaby has released a new collection of drum samples: Vinyl Drum Machines.

Nope, Hugo @ Goldbaby hasn’t been crate digging for obscure vinyl for his latest product. Instead he had his own acetate record cut so he could sample drum machine sounds to get that authentic vinyl touch.

Sampling off vinyl has been a staple of many producers since samplers were invented. Vinyl has an unmistakable sound. Using it as a sample source you get material that is dripping with personality and warmth, that digital sources just can’t recreate.

I have always wanted a record with just drum machine samples on it. Finally I did something about it.

You can see a video of the making of the acetate here.

The result is a record with of 14 drum machines: Linn Drum, TR-626, CR-78, MBase 01, DR-110, Linn LM-1, Drumulator, TR-808, Ritmo 12, TR-909, TR-505, µTonic, SP-12, TR-606.

The drum machine sounds were then sampled from the vinyl record, using 3 different turntables:

  • Pro-Ject RPM + Pro-Ject Tube Box II — audiophile equipment for pristine recordings.
  • Technics SL-1700 + Leak Variscope — vintage setup with a late 70′s turntable and a 60′s phono pre-amp.
  • Vestax Handy Trax — portable record player which runs on batteries; lo-fi!

The end result: 1468 x 24 bit samples.

Besides all the drum machine sounds, Hugo also sampled some bonus content: vinyl noise, vinyl clicks, vinyl hitz and center grooves.

Vinyl Drum Machines is available in Wav, Battery 3 and Guru formats (ReFill soon) starting at $29 USD.

So what do I think?

Every time I see a new Goldbaby I wonder how it is going to be different from all the other drum machine sample libraries I’ve seen before (including Goldbaby’s own libraries), and time after time he manages to exceed my expectations.

Vinyl Drum Machines is a fantastic idea, and perfectly executed. The samples are top notch quality as per usual and the selection of drum machines used provides plenty of variety.

And here’s a nice tip from Hugo:

I have been experimenting with velocity switching between the different record player versions of each drum sound. Hit a pad/key lightly and it plays the plastic portable turntable version, hit it harder and it plays the audiophile version and hit it really hard and it plays the vintage record player version.

Makes for some interesting dynamic drum machine sounds…

Check out the sound clips on the product page and get your wallet out… there is a good chance you’re going to want these!

Visit Goldbaby Productions for more information.

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25 free drumkits for Kontakt 3

Lx7.ca drumkits for Kontakt 3

Vergel Evans recently posted a nice collection of drumkits for Kontakt 3.

After finding some nice drum machine samples at soundlib.noisetheorem.com, Vergel created a multi-set of drum kits for Kontakt 3.

It was quite a find… not only did soundlib have an extensive collection of TR-808 and TR-909 samples, it also has a whole collection of samples for the Boss-660, and a set of custom built Cwejman modular drums. Each with tons of variations.

Leaving those extensive sample banks aside, I compiled a broad selection of my favorite retro drum machines, into a multi-set of drum kits for Kontakt3. The kits aren’t perfect, but atleast the drum sets are laid out in order and ready for anyone to personalize them to make them their own.

The multi pack includes kits of these drum machines:

  • Linn – LinnDrum
  • Sequential Circuits – DrumTracks
  • Univox Drum Machine
  • Emu- Drumulator
  • Rhodes – Polaris Drums
  • Moog – MG-1
  • MFB – 512
  • Rhythm Ace Drum Machine
  • Boss – DR55 & DR110
  • Sakata – DPM-48
  • Simmons Drum Kit
  • Korg – KPR-77 & DDD-1
  • Access – Virus Drumkit
  • Fruity Loops Drumkit
  • Yamaha – DD10 & PSS80
  • MachineDrum – BombiBit & E12 Standard Kit
  • Roland – R8m, CR-78, TR-505, TR-606 & TR-707

Check Lx7.ca for a link to download the drumkits.

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Review: Goldbaby Productions SP-1200 Volume 1

Goldbaby has released a new sample pack last week: SP-1200 Vol 1.

E-mu SP-1200

Goldbaby’s product catalog is full of high quality drum samples recorded with vintage gear. This time the E-mu SP-1200 and SP-12 drum samplers take center stage.

Goldbaby writes:

Not everyone can get their hands on one of these machines. So I thought I better help out. I got the SP-1200 and the SP-12 and started sampling. I sampled an 808, 909, 606 and LM1… also some real drums… plus some vinyl hits… and just for good measure I have included the SP-12 presets and some groove templates…

I had a go with the Battery 3 version of SP-1200 Vol 1, which includes:

  • 1088 x 24 Bit drum samples
  • 12 x Kits
  • Drum patterns as midi files
  • Selection of Groove Templates in midi format

The Battery kits are constructed from samples in the following categories: Beatbox, Drum Machines (606, 808, 909 and LM-1), FX, Real Drums, Slowed Down, SP-12 presets and Vinyl.

Each of these categories has its own folder of samples. The Battery kits only use a small selection of the samples so there’s a lot more to explore on your own.

The samples were recorded in these three ways (which you’ll see in the naming convention of the .wav files):

  1. F = Put through the internal analog filter of the SP1200.
  2. R = Without the analog filter of the SP1200.
  3. X = Without the analog filter of the SP1200. Then put through software filter with
    envelope.

SP-1200 Vol 1 is currently available as a Wav Pack for just $19 USD, and for Battery 3 and Guru for $24 USD each. A ReFill version should be out soon as well.

So what do I think?

Not surprisingly, these samples are top notch. SP-1200′s 12bit/22kHz sound is great for that old skool feel. The included kits work very well (loaded them into Kontakt 3) and there are tons of samples to create your own kits.

Now I’ve mentioned before that I don’t really need any more drum samples, but Goldbaby always manages to bring something new and useful. I very much liked the LM-1 and “slowed down” samples, but the vinyl sounds — wonderfully gritty/lo-fi — are my favorites in this first (of many I hope) volume.

More information: Goldbaby Productions SP-1200 Vol 1

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Goldbaby Productions releases SP-1200 Vol 1

Goldbaby Productions SP-1200 Vol 1

Goldbaby Productions has released SP-1200 Vol 1, a sample library featuring drum sounds sampled on the E-mu SP-1200 and SP-12.

What do 12 bit drum samples sound like when put through an analogue filter. If you have a SP-1200 or SP-12 then you already know the answer. Some would say dirty and warm, some also say it sounds like old vinyl…

The SP-1200 is a legendary drum sampler. Used by many artist from Roni Size to Daft Punk. Hip Hop legends Pete rock and J Dilla were also notible users.

SP-1200 Vol 1 features

  • 1088 x 24 bit one shot drum samples.
  • Sampled sounds include: 808, 909, 606 and LM1, real drums plus some vinyl hits.
  • A selection of groove templates as midi files.
  • GURU version includes 12 x Bundles (+ patterns) and 12 x Kits.

SP-1200 Vol 1 is available now starting at $19 USD for the Wav Pack. The GURU version is $24 USD and other formats will be available soon.

Visit Goldbaby Productions for more information and audio demos.

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