Pethu has released SpecDrum, a free sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt.
All the 32 sounds from the 4 drumkits available for the vintage Cheetah SpecDrum drum sampler.
The Cheetah SpecDrum was a poor man’s Linn alternative – an 8-bit, 3-channel sample player that bolted onto the back of a Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer. Both sequencer program and drum samples had to fit in 48KB’s of RAM, so no wonder long cymbal crashes are in short supply! Despite that, the sounds are surprisingly good.
This set was captured using the Spectaculator 7 Spectrum emulator which includes an emulation of the Cheetah SpecDrum hardware.
SpecDrum for Kontakt 4.1 or higher is available as a free download from the Pethu website.
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