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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

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

Universal Audio Introduces New UAD-2 Neve Powered Plug-Ins Lineup

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Universal Audio UAD QUAD Neve

Universal Audio has announced a refresh of its popular UAD-2 Neve Powered Plug-Ins line.

The new UAD-2 SOLO, DUO or QUAD Neve packages, formerly known as the “Nevana” packages, are the perfect way to add the sound of genuine Neve analog audio equipment to music produced a Mac or PC — as well as providing access to the complete award-winning UAD Powered Plug-In library.

The UAD-2 Neve packages include the only plug-ins officially licensed and developed in partnership with Neve UK. Based on the popular UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Cards, these packages offer an instant sonic upgrade for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo or Performer, providing rich, analog sound quality that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with a native Mac- or PC-based system.

UAD-2 Neve packages

  • UAD-2 SOLO Neve: Single Analog Devices SHARC processor; includes 88RS Channel Strip and 33609 Compressor plug-ins; MAP price $699 USD.
  • UAD-2 DUO Neve: Dual SHARC processors; includes 88RS Channel Strip, 33609 Compressor, 1073 EQ and 1081 EQ plug-ins; MAP price $1499 USD.
  • UAD-2 QUAD Neve: Four SHARC processors; includes 88RS Channel Strip, 33609 Compressor, 1073 EQ, 1081 EQ, and 31102 EQ plug-ins; MAP price $1,999 USD.

Also included with all of the new UAD-2 Neve packages is a $100 Plug-in voucher that allows access to the entire UAD Powered Plug-ins online library — including analog classics from Roland, BOSS, Empirical Labs, EMT, Fairchild, Harrison, Helios, Little Labs, Pultec, SPL, Teletronix and more.

More information: Universal Audio / UAD-2 powered plug-ins

WinkSound.com: In The Studio with DarkChild

WinkSound.com has posted the first in a series of videos featuring Rodney “DarkChild” Jenkins.

Grammy Award winning songwriter, record producer and musician Rodney “DarkChild” Jerkins invites us into his LA studios for a tour of the facilities where he’s recorded artists such as Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Pussycat Dolls and Mary J. Blige.

In this segment Rodney explains the different types of setups he uses and goes into detail about his favorite outboard gear such as Neve EQ’s, Avalon Compressors and Auratone speakers.

Two other videos will be posted soon:

  • Oct 13 Sound Design Demonstration (feat. Waves Mercury Bundle and the SSL line of plugins which help him achieve his signature sounds.
  • Oct 20. Interview on the new music business and music licensing.

More information: WinkSound.com

SoundToys introduces Decapitator Analog Saturation Modeling Plug-in at AES

SoundToys

SoundToys has introduced Decapitator, an analog saturation modeling plug-in for PC and Mac.

Sometimes little ideas take on a life of their own, especially at SoundToys. SoundToys users had been loving the “analog” sound of plug-ins like EchoBoy and FilterFreak so much that they asked SoundToys to create a dedicated saturation plug-in. The designers at SoundToys weren’t content to just copy a few bits of code from those popular plug-ins. Instead, they started on a multi-year search for the analog “mojo”, collecting all sorts of classic and obscure mic preamps and console channels, and developing new techniques for simulating the organic character that only comes from a properly aged (and abused) piece of gear.

SoundToys Decapitator
SoundToys Decapitator – Analog Saturation Modeling Plug-In

Now, SoundToys is finally ready to demonstrate the first product of that tone quest — Decapitator. Decapitator models the saturation or distortion created when driving professional analog studio equipment. SoundToys analyzed vintage and modern classics from Neve, API, Ampex, EMI and Thermionic Culture, and more to create accurate models of high-end studio gear. Decapitator creates that highly sought after analog sound from subtle harmonic changes to extreme driven distortion.

Decapitator will be available in the 4th quarter of 2009 for TDM/RTAS/AudioSuite, AudioUnits, and VST. More details and demo versions will be posted at http://www.soundtoys.com/ as they become available.

More information: SoundToys

Analogue Drums releases Splitsticks

Analogue Drums Splitsticks

Analogue Drums has released Splitsticks, a drum sample library featuring a Slingerland drumkit.

Sticks and stones may break your bones but Splitsticks won’t. Played with HotRod™ sticks, it’s the same tasty Slingerland 4-piece ’60s kit that we used for Popsticks, but with a more laid-back sound – somewhere between the sound of brushes and regular sticks.

Reduced velocity sampling means it uses less system resources than Popsticks. Close mic and room mic options give plenty of scope for mixing things up. Tracked through a ’74 Neve desk, and as always onto a nice thick roll of tape.

Splitsticks features

  • Slingerland 4-piece ’60s kit, recorded through a 1974 EMI Neve desk at York St Studio. Recorded in stereo, directly to tape. Converted using Apogee Rosetta converters.
  • 308 discrete wav samples, quick-reference card (PDF), sampler mapping files.
  • Sample format: 24bit, 44.1khz, Stereo, Wav format.
  • Compatability: Native Instruments Battery 3, Native Instruments Kontakt 2 & 3 and EXS24 / Logic.

Splitsticks is available for purchase for $14.95 USD.

More information: Analogue Drums

Loopmasters releases Fistful of Drummers

Loopmasters Fistful of Drummers

Loopmasters has announced the release of Fistful of Drummers, a collection 36 classic drum tracks in multi-track format supplied with tempo-mapped ProTools LE, Logic 6 and Cubase SE session files.

Fistful of Drummers has a stylistic bias to the past, and contains covers of classic beats cut between 1960 and 1979 including Rare Groove, Funk, Vintage Soul, Bombastic 70s Rock and early Hip-Hop.

Featuring Nasser Bouzida from the cult Blow Up recording stable and Jim the Lick Kelly with guest appearances from Style Scott and Jan Kincaid from the Brand New Heavies.

Fistful of Drummers features

  • More than 12 gigabytes worth of tape saturated beats that average 4 minutes in length ranging from 82-147 bpm.
  • Organized by bpm in convenient session folders each containing separate Kick, Snare, Hat, Stereo Overheads, Toms, Mono Room, Percussion and Click Tracks.
  • Recorded and mixed on a 1970s Neve console, analog tape, vintage microphones and outboard gear including multiple Pultec equalizers, Fairchild compressors, Ludwig and Gretsch kits were used with vintage Zildjian cymbals and snares by Ludwig, Rogers and Slingerland.
  • Drumdrops multitrack downloads are all easy to use; all audio files start from the same point, tempo mapped ProTools LE, Logic 6 and Cubase SE session files are included and the files are supplied with 16-Bit.
  • AIFF previews for easy auditioning, and MIDI files with tempo map info for importing to other DAWs.

Fistful of Drummers is available in 9 separate download packs, for £14.95 GBP each.

More information: Loopmasters / Fistful of Drummers

Universal Audio releases UAD Software Version 5.4.0

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Universal Audio FATSO Sr.

Universal Audio has announced the release of UAD Software Version 5.4.0 for the UAD Powered plug-in platform.

This free downloadable update includes three new and highly anticipated UAD Powered Plug-Ins: FATSO Jr. & Sr. Analog Tape Simulators (UAD-2), EMT 250 Classic Electronic Reverberator (UAD-2), and Neve 31102 & 31102SE Classic Console EQs (UAD-2 and UAD-1). These new plug-ins can be freely auditioned in a 14-day demo mode. UAD Software v5.4.0 also provides significant RTAS performance improvements for Pro Tools users, integrated UAD-2 SOLO/Laptop support, and other enhancements for Windows-based users.

Changes in UAD Software Version 5.4.0

  • All Platforms
    • New EQ plug-ins: UAD Neve 31102 and 31102SE.
    • (UAD Meter) 1176SE no longer uses 1176LN RunOn setting in plug-ins tab.
    • (Fairchild) Automation is no longer overwritten when controls are linked.
    • (UAD 4K Channel Strip) Clicking “OFF” labels now disable HP and LP filters.
    • (Cooper Time Cube) Improved control resolution in lower ranges.
  • UAD-2
    • New special plug-ins: UAD EL7 FATSO Jr. and FATSO Sr.
    • New reverb plug-in: UAD EMT 250.
  • Windows
    • (UAD-2) Reduced host loads on multiprocessor systems.
    • (UAD-2) Improved host CPU spiking/dropouts in Vista.
  • Macintosh
    • (AU) Removed Fairchild Mono Audio Units plug-in.
    • (VST) Mono(m) plug-ins no longer load on UAD-2 when RunOn is set to UAD-1.
    • (UAD-1) Resolved intermittent kernel panic on certain systems during driver install, driver load, or system wake.
  • RTAS
    • Additional UAD RTAS presets.
    • Fixed issue with enabling Tempo Sync in CS-1, DM-1, and DM-1L.
    • Pasting 1176LN/SE or LA-2A settings via UAD preset menu no longer zeros parameter values.
    • (UAD-2) Latency is now 1x the hardware I/O buffer size instead of 2x.
    • (Mac) Pro Tools 8 no longer hangs using Precision Multiband on UAD-2.

More information: Universal Audio