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Puremagnetik releases MachineKits for Ableton Live

Puremagnetik MachineKits

Puremagnetik has announced the released of MachineKits, a collection of classic drum machines for Ableton Live.

MachineKits brings together six classic drum machines, over 1900 high quality samples, and a huge selection of clips. MachineKits is a perfect add-on to Ableton’s drum machines, programmed by the same sound designers.

Kits include lifelike re-creations of a complete MFB modular percussion system, the Simmons SDS-1, and Ace Tone Rhythm Ace.

MachineKits features

  • An integrated add-on to Ableton’s drum machines, programmed by the same sound designers.
  • 6 sophisticated kits.
  • Over 120 intricately programmed Live Clips.
  • Close to 1GB of over 1900 high quality Samples (24-bit 96khz).
  • Advanced Macro mappings for precision sound tweaking and performance.

MachineKits is now available through the Ableton and Puremagnetik web shops, priced at the introductory price of $29 USD / EUR 19 until 19 December, 2010 (regular price $39 USD / EUR 29).

More information: Puremagnetik / MachineKits

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

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums 1.5, electronic drum sample library gets major update

ToneBuilder has released version 1.5 of Driven Machine Drums, adding sounds from two modular systems and 6 new drum machines to the electronic drum sample library.

This new expansion contains 2,280+ new sounds, for a total collection of 4,114 samples, organized intelligently to maximize creativity.

The new content is recorded at 24/96 resolution and includes the DMD15 expansion, Hi-Fi 909, and Hi-Fi Miami.

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums
Driven Machine Drums now includes sounds from 2 modular synths + 6 new drum machines.

Driven Machine Drums v1.5 features

  • Includes DMD 1.5 (original Driven Machine Drums content + update), Hi-Fi 909 (Roland TR-909), and Hi-Fi Miami (Acidlab Miami).
  • Gear used to create the new samples includes Euro Modular (Cwejman, Wiard, MOTM, MakeNoise+), Serge Modular, Acidlabs Miami, Roland TR-909, Jomox MBrane 11, Drumfire DF500, Simmons SDS-1000, MFB-503, Elektron Monomachine, Dynacord VRS-23, Avedis E-27, TK-BC1, Valley People Dynamite, Empirical Labs Distressor, CDSoundMaster Source + w/ 1959 Valvo Tubes, Anamod ATS-1, Thermionic Culture Vulture, Atlas Pro Juggernaut Twin, Schippman Ebbe und Flut.
  • Available in 24-Bit Wav, 24-Bit Aif, Kontakt (3.0+), EXS-24, 16-Bit Dithered Wav (for classic hardware samplers).

Driven Machine Drums is available to purchase for $77 USD. A “Deluxe” version is available for Kontakt and EXS24 for $87 USD.

More information: Driven Machine Drums

Goldbaby Productions releases Tape Drum Machines Vol 3

Goldbaby Production Tape Drum Machines Vol 3

Goldbaby Productions has released Tape Drum Machines Vol 3, a new collection of drum machine samples.

More drum machines given some tape love!

Tape Drum Machines Vol 3 features

  • 12 Drum Machines and 3 Tape Machines. 3498 x 24 Bit drum samples.
  • Drum Machines used: Casio RZ-1, Roland TR-55 & PB-300, Kawai XD-5 & R-100, MFB-522, Korg DDM-110 & DDM-220, Sakata DPM-48, Yamaha RX-21L & ED-10, and the MPC ELectronics DSM-1.
  • The Tape machines used: Otari MX5050 1/4″, Rolla 77 valve mono 1/4 inch, and the Hitachi Cassette deck. Plus the UBK Fatso was also used.
  • Formats: Battery 3, Guru and Wav Pack (Guru version includes 18 Bundles & Kits, Battery 3 version includes 18 Kits & a few Midi files to preview the kits).

Tape Drum Machines Vol 3 is available to purchase for $29 USD.

More information: Goldbaby Productions / Tape Drum Machines Vol 3

Wave Alchemy releases Drum Machines 02

Wave Alchemy Drum Machines 02

Wave Alchemy has released Drum Machines 02, a bundle of three micro series packs.

Drum Machines 02 bundles together three of Wave Alchemy’s popular micro series packs – 808 Drums, 909 Drums and Drum Fire and offers them at a reduced price of £24.99 (saving you £5!)

Offering over 1500 expertly recorded drum samples, Drum Machines 02 delves deep into the circuitry of the legendary TR-808, TR-909 and lesser-known Drum Fire DF-2000 and MFB Schlagzwerg Drum Machines.

Each Drum sample has undergone a careful recording process using a unique, high-end signal chain to capture the depth and character of the original devices. Further outboard processing, precision editing and creative sample layering brings these classic machines firmly into the present giving you a “modern take on a classic sound”.

In true wave alchemy style each unit has been lovingly sampled with great care taken to capture the tone of the equipment used. All drum samples have been recorded through an API 512 pre-amp with many of the sounds featuring different saturation settings from outboard devices such as the Cranesong Hedd, Empirical Labs Fatso, Distressor and Thermionic Culture Vulture.

Drum Machines 02 is ideal for producers of house, techno, hip-hop, minimal, down tempo and everything in-between.

Drum Machines 02 features

  • 1,513 24-bit 100% royalty free analogue drum hits.
  • 560 Roland Tr-808 drum samples.
  • 435 Roland Tr-909 drum samples.
  • 349 MFB Schlagzwerg drum samples.
  • 169 Drumfire DF-2000 drum samples.
  • A professionally dithered 16-bit version of the full library for hardware sampler enthusiasts.

Drum Machines 02 is available to purchase for £24.99 GBP.

More information: Wave Alchemy / Drum Machines 02 (distributed by Loopmasters)

Puremagnetik releases Analog Drums

Puremagnetik Analog Drums

Puremagnetik has released Analog Drums, a collection of percussives captured from modular analog systems. It includes an assortment of expertly programmed kits and looped clips.

From dramatic pitch enveloped hits to squelchy filtered noises, Analog Drums contains a huge grab bag of multisamples all expertly programmed for Ableton Live, Kontakt and Logic. Produced entirely on Doepfer, LiveWire and MFB modular systems, Analog Drums was designed to pump the modern DAW full of real diodes, resistors and transformers!

This Micropak includes 5 ‘base’ kits alongside a selection of looped clips. The Ableton Live version includes a detailed programming of drum racks employing Live 8′s latest features. Each kit is paired with a selection of MIDI based Live Clips for extensive editing capabilities or simple ‘drag and drop’ song production.

The Logic version of Analog Drums includes all 5 kits, multiple variation kits and channel strips. A library of 50 SIAL (Software Instrument Audio Loops) Apple Loops are also included.

Analog Drums for Kontakt includes the 5 ‘base’ kits, each one programmed with a custom KSP GUI for fast tweaking and parameter adjustment. The library of 50 Apple Loops can easily be integrated into any Kontakt track, automatically time-syncing to your master session tempo.

Analog Drums features

  • An extensive sample library of percussives in various timbres and modulations
  • Comprehensive native Ableton Live 8 support
  • A library of 50 looped clips
  • A collection of 5 ‘base’ kits and variations (some variations excluded from the Kontakt version)
  • Custom KSP GUI for Kontakt

Analog Drums is now available to download for Puremagnetik subscribers. Subscriptions start at $5.75 USD per month.

More information: Puremagnetik / Analog Drums

Alterex releases ViSYNTH

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Alterex ViSYNTH

Alterex has released ViSYNTH, a freeware synthesizer plug-in inspired by Synth Lite produced by MFB.

Alterex tried to catch the functionality and feeling of the original german unit but is not intended as software clone. It’s hard to deny that we have a weakness for small units.

ViSYNTH features

  • Oscillators: 2 with saw, square, pulse waveforms.
  • Sub oscillator: 1 with a square waveform.
  • Oscillator mode: ring-modulation 1*2, 1*2*3 and oscillator sync.
  • Modulator: triangle, saw down, square and one shot saw down. The modulator can be set to the oscillators pitch and the filter’s cutoff amount. If the oscillator 2 is set to pulse, the modulator acts as pulse-width-modulation.
  • Filter: 24db low-pass filter with envelope modulation (ADSR 1) and CV (note pitch) modulation.
  • VCA: the ADSR 2 is set to the VCA (when the release value in the system settings is set to 0 the amount of the decay = the amount of the release value).
  • Global settings: modulation wheel: can be set to oscillator pitch or filter’s cutoff velocity sensitivity.

ViSYNTH is available as a freeware VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC.

More information: Alterex

Eric Beam releases MFB-522 sample pack

Eric Beam MFB-222 sample pack

Eric Beam has released a free pack of samples from the MFB-522 drumcomputer.

The Drumcomputer MFB-522 is an all analog boutique Drum Synth. It’s deceivingly small size produces HUGE sound. A call back to the TR-808. If you want the 808 vibe but are sick of the overused 808 samples available, this is for you.

9 analog instruments captured @ 24bit/96k & RNLA compression for a little added edge.

Five/Six individual velocity samples per instrument.

Format = Stereo 24/96 .wav

The samples are available as donationware.

More information: Signaltonoize