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Arturia releases Spark Vintage Drum Machines

Arturia has released Spark Vintage Drum Machines, a virtual drum software featuring the sounds of 30 legendary drum machines.

Arturia Spark Vintage Drum Machines

Intuitive and powerful, this software is much more than your typical sample player. By mixing high quality samples and virtual analog synthesis (based on TAE®), Spark Vintage Drum Machines manages to capture the unique soul of these instruments.

From the classic percussion sounds of the Roland CR-78 and Korg Mini Pops 7 to the heavy punch of the TR-series, all the top producers’ boutique models are available in one single easy-to-use interface.

Add to this the lightning-fast workflow, in-depth tweaking possibilities, and live features of Spark, and you get a true must have for any demanding beat maker.

Spark VDM features

  • 30 legendary drum machines including: Roland TR-808, TR-707, TR-909, CR-78, Korg KPR-77, Mini Pops 7, LinnDrum, Yamaha RX5, Maestro Rhythm King MKII, Simmons SDS V,…
  • Easy workflow: one interface to learn, thirty drum machines to play.
  • Made for live performance: XY Pad, Beat Looper, Slicer, Real-time automation on all parameters.
  • 14 high quality effects : Multiband Compressor, Reverb, Bit crusher, Multiband EQ, Chorus, Delay, Distortion, Phaser, Plate reverb, Destroyer, Flanger, Space pan, Limiter, Sub generator.
  • Spark’s Step Sequencer makes track creation a breeze.
  • Perfect integration: 16 independant audio outputs, midi I/O.
  • Unparalleled sound quality based on virtual analog synthesis (TAE®) and high resolution sampling.
  • 64 patterns pre-programmed for each drum machine.

Spark VDM for Windows and Mac is now available to purchase as a download for 99 USD/EUR. The boxed version is shipping March 20th, 2012, priced at $129 USD / 119 EUR.

More information: Arturia / Spark VDM

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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

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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.

More information: Driven Machine Drums

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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

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