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Review: Driven Machine Drums v1.5, drum machine sample pack expanded

Since I reviewed the original Driven Machine Drums release a little over a year ago, Nathaniel at Tonebuilder has worked hard to make this excellent drum machine & percussion sample library even better by adding tons of new sounds to it in version 1.5.

Tonebuilder Driven Machine Drums 1.5 gear
Some of the gear used for Driven Machine Drums 1.5 (click image for more)

New samples were created with a number of new sound sources, including various modular gear components: 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, Avedis E-27, TK-BC1, Valley People Dynamite, Schippman Ebbe und Flut, and all the tubes, pres, compressors and tape devices from the first DMD collection.

The new samples are categorized into the following folders:

  • Hand Percussion – good variety of percussion type sounds (54).
  • Hats and Cymbals – sharp (25) and soft (29) hihat and cymbal sounds, both open & closed.
  • Kicks – Dirty (14), Mid Punch (17), Sharp (23), and Soft kicks (29). Deep, raw, distorted, round, thumpy, punchy, etc. All there.
  • Other Percussion – Some “offbeats” sounds (20). These are shorter samples including snare, clap, clang type hits etc.
  • Snares – Alt Anlg (26), Soft Anlg (21), Dirty (29), Tight (24).
  • Toms – Electro Clean (32), Electro Dirty (18), Electro Organic (41), Electro Polite (41).
  • Unknown Electronic – FM Klanks (38), Inharmonic (39), Mod Blue (48), Mod Red (50). Great assortment of original sounds.

It is a shame most computer operating systems are still limited to having files in a single folder as quite a few samples fit in more than one sound category. Some kicks sound like toms, toms sound like snares, and there are snares that make good hihats… Anyway, I am quite happy with the way the DMD library is structured. Even with close to 4,500 audio files it is easy to navigate around and find the type of samples you are after.

I made a few short audio clips to demonstrate the sounds of Driven Machine Drums 1.5. The loops were done with the new samples only, using a tiny amount of reverb and compression.

The version 1.5 update to DMD also includes the complete Hi-Fi 909 and Hi-Fi Miami libraries. These are high quality sample sets of the Roland TR-909 and the TR-808 based Acidlabs Miami drum machine.

There are well over 800 samples in each library, including clean sounds as well as a variety of processed versions (compression, tube, EQ, etc).

Check the audio clips below for some more examples of the DMD 1.5 and Hi-Fi 909.

The new content – adding a total of close to 2,300 new sounds to the original DMD collection (all in 24bit/96kHz format), is included with all new copies of Driven Machine Drums and is available to previous DMD customers as a $27 USD upgrade.

I know some people were a bit disappointed with the upgrade not being free. Nathaniel explains:

I had two options, which was to release a DMD 2 for $77/$87, or reward the early adopters by releasing it as 1.5 instead of V2, and hope to make the investment of time/gear by selling new copies of DMD.

Upgrade pricing, special promo deals, bundle discounts, etc. There are always customers who will be upset with however you deal with the commercial side of things. Personally I think the upgrade price for DMD 1.5 is more than reasonable. The additional content is well worth it (Hi-Fi 909 actually sold separately for $23 USD).

So what do I think?

Product: Tonebuilder Driven Machine Drums
Format: 24bit/44kHz and 96kHz samples
Price: $77 USD (Guru/Wav/Aif) / $87 USD (Kontakt/EXS24/Wav/Aif)
Like: high quality drum machine samples and unique synthetic percussion sounds, much variety and originality
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 10/10

Driven Machine Drums already was a superb sample library before the v1.5 update, so it should not surprise you that I am giving DMD 1.5 full marks.

The new content increases the library’s versatility by including more mainstream sounds (Hi-Fi 909 & Miami) as well the less conventional glitchy sounds from the modular synths. The quality is of the same high standard as the original release, but now even in 24bit/96kHz.

Comprising more than twice the amount of sounds of the original, Driven Machine Drums is quite the “no brainer” deal, superb value for money.

Note that only less than 250 of the 997 Driven Machine Drums copies available to purchase remain, so check it out and take the DMD 1.5 library for a spin with the 144 free samples included in the demo pack available from the Tonebuilder website.

More information: Driven Machine Drums

Tonebuilder announces 25% off Driven Machine Drums 1.5 sample library

Tonebuilder Driven Machine Drums

Tonebuilder has announced an end of the year sale for its Driven Machine Drums 1.5 sample library.

A library designed to keep you in the creative flow all the time, recorded directly from the source through some of the best equipment in the world.

Driven Machine Drums 1.5

  • 4,114 Total Samples, 24 Bit.
  • Synthesis Sources: Euro Modular (Cwejman, Wiard, MOTM, MakeNoise+), Serge Modular, 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, Jomox MBase 11, Acidlabs Miami, Jomox MBrane 11, Drumfire DF500, Simmons SDS-1000, MFB-503, Elektron Monomachine.
  • Analog Processing: Thermionic Culture Vulture, Anamod ATS-1 w/ all cards, Neve 1073 Preamp, Atlas Pro Juggernaut Twin, A-Design EM-Gold, Source Plus Tube Amp w/ 1957 NOS French Mazda Tubes, Empirical Labs Distressor, Moog MF101, Mutronics Mutator, Dynacord VRS-23, Avedis E-27, TK-BC1, Valley People Dynamite, Schippman Ebbe und Flut.

Driven Machine Drums 1.5 is available to purchase at 25% off until 1 January, 2011.

  • 24 Bit Wav/Aif, Guru Kits: $57 USD.
  • 24 Bit Kontakt, EXS-24, Wav/Aif, Guru Kits: $65 USD.

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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

Short links for December 10th, 2008

Some interesting things I found recently:

Blackbox Recorder

# BlackBox Recorder — Free Reaktor tool to Enhance Spark and Kore.

Peter Dines has created a handy motion recorder designed especially for use in Kore in conjunction with the recently released Spark synth (REAKTOR SPARK).

Peter writes:

The three knobs are mapped to the three macro controls in Spark, and record your movements, then play them back. Since the motion comes from you, from your reactions and musical intuition as you play, it’s a live and human kind of modulation source – but it also gives you three extra hands to perform.

# softmachines @ DaWanda – Couch pedals & fuzz bags for sofa rockers.

This girl is selling some sweet pillows.

softmachines pillows
Pillows by softmachines – a RAT pedal, TR-808 and a Big Muff.

Bit pricey at 99 EUR but very cool nonetheless. Link via Matrixsynth

# Serge Modular Spreadsheet – This useful spreadsheet is a labor-of-love by fellow Serge fan Ty Hodson. So much information gathered in one place – a multiplicity of notes and descriptions of Shop Panels, M-odules and Function Blocks culled from many disparate sources including old catalogs, brochures and various web sites including mine. Remember, this spreadsheet has multiple pages – click the tabs on the bottom. Link via Synthtopia