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Twisted Tools releases Micro Kits 04 by Tonebuilder

Twisted Tools Micro Kits 04 by Tonebuilder

Twisted Tools has announced Micro Kits 04 by Tonebuilder, the latest in a series of twisted drum kits by cutting edge sound designers.

Micro Kits 04 by Tonebuilder comes with 5 tightly crafted drum kits based on hardware classics, covering styles ranging from Chicago House to Hip Hop.

The collection of analog processed drum sounds is brought to you by Tonebuilder – creator of the coveted and limited edition Driven Machine Drums sample libraries.

Micro Kits 04 by Tonebuilder features

  • 5 Drum Kits with 16 sounds each, designed by Tonebuilder.
  • Kit presets for Maschine, Battery/Kontakt, EXS24MK II, Ableton and Reaktor.
  • 30 Kit and Generator Presets for Twisted Tools S-Layer (Sold Separately).
  • 80 24bit/44.1khz WAV Samples.

Micro Kits 04 by Tonebuilder is available to purchase as a download for $9 USD.

More information: Twisted Tools / Micro Kits 04 by Tonebuilder

ToneBuilder offers Facebook fans free Linn & DMX drum kits

Tonebuilder at Facebook

Tonebuilder has announced a free sample pack featuring two free drum kits with LinnDrum and Oberheim DMX sounds.

I just uploaded/completed 2 new FREE electronic drum kits. These two feature the classic Linn + DMX sounds made famous by many… but I always think of Prince and Kurtis Mantronik.

The kits are aptly titled ARTIST and TRONIX. I tried to make them as much load and go as possible. Try them out with just some light buss-compression and/or EQ.

Free drum kits features

  • 32 samples in 24-bit/96kHz WAV/AIF, 16-bit/44.1kHz WAV.
  • 2 Maschine Kits.
  • 2 Kontakt Programs.
  • 2 EXS-24 Programs.
  • 2 Geist Kits.
  • 2 Guru Kits.

The sample pack is a free download for ToneBuilder Facebook fans.

If you like these samples make sure to check ToneBuilder’s Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back, a limited edition sample library featuring over 2,000 premium designer drum samples.

More information: ToneBuilder / Facebook

Twisted Tools S-LAYER for NI Reaktor: Create playable and unique sound combinations by layering samples

Twisted Tools has announced the release of S-LAYER, a sound creation tool for Native Instruments Reaktor 5.

Twisted Tools S-LAYER

S-LAYER is a sound creation tool that allows you to create, edit and play new sound combinations by taking samples and layering them together using an eight part sampler and an intuitive cell layout. By combining sounds from the included sample map or your existing sample library, S-LAYER facilitates the discovery of new oneshots, sound effects and loops using pre-existing sample content. Whether you’re looking for a new way to create thick drum samples for hip-hop or a massive impact sound effect for game, S-LAYER delivers.

With S-LAYER, up to eight parts are played back and manipulated simultaneously using an advanced layered sampler engine, where each layer remains independent and can be surgically edited. Time-tested sound design techniques such as reversing, pitching, modulating and mixing sounds together can be quickly achieved by randomizing and fine-tuning with sliders and knobs. In addition to the on-board granular, filter and time-based effects, you can also connect your own effects using the insert/send system or by using the direct outputs. Once you’ve found a sound combination that you like, you can store it on-the-fly in one of eight ‘Scenes’ which can be dynamically played backed and controlled using MIDI.

In addition to the included sample library featuring sounds from many renowned sound designers, S-LAYER comes bundled with an iPad Lemur MIDI template by Antonio Blanca and a MIDI template for Native Instruments’ Maschine.

S-LAYER features

  • Advanced layered sampler engine.
  • Intuitive and fast parameter cell interface.
  • Layered playback and editing of up to eight samples simultaneously.
  • Independent sampler, filter, grain and fx send controls per layer.
  • Extensive randomization options.
  • 4 assignable Modulation Sequencers with independent speed and length controls.
  • 4 assignable Wrapper knobs to offset cell slider positions and modulate live.
  • 8 Scenes per preset that store and recall parameter settings and modulation.
  • Insert/FX Send system to connect and modulate your own effects.
  • Transpose Mode to play layered sound combinations chromatically.
  • Direct Outs per voice for Multi-Out Instrument support using DAWs or hardware effects.
  • BPM Sync mode for loops and tempo synced oneshots. .
  • iPad Lemur MIDI template by Antonio Blanca.
  • NI Maschine MIDI template by Twisted Tools.
  • 128 samples included in the default sample map.
  • Over 2500 preset sound variations.
  • Sample content and sound design by: Antonio Blanca, Richard Devine, Delect (Chris De Luca/Leonard De Leonard), EVAC, Glitchmachines, Jedsound, Miguel Isaza, Mike Huckaby, pNORTNAOMI, Surachai and Tonebuilder.

S-LAYER for Reaktor 5 is availble to purchase for $69 USD.

More information: Twisted Tools / S-LAYER

Tonebuilder Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back tax man sale extended – 40% off sample pack

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back

Tonebuilder has extended the limited time sale on its Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back electronic drum and percussion sample library.

What if a time-capsule was discovered that contained never before heard drum machines…

With the classic character of the 909, 808, 707, SP1200, Drumulator, and Linns…”

DMD Strikes Back features

  • 2,072 Premium Designer Drum Samples.
  • 24-Bit/96kHz WAV and AIF. Intelligently organized and labeled for optimal creative work-flow.
  • 16-Bit/44.1kHz WAV. Featuring premium dithering/SRC and 8 character names for classic samplers such as the MPC and Akai series.
  • Includes 22 NI Maschine Kits, 22 FXPansion Geist and Guru Kits.
  • Deluxe Edition includes Logic EXS-24 & Native Intruments Kontakt programs.

The sample library is available to purchase for $45 USD (Standard) / $52 USD (Deluxe) until May 31, 2012.

More information: Driven Machine Drums

Tonebuilder Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back 40% off in Tax Man Sale

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back

Tonebuilder has launched a Tax Man Sale for Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back, offering 40% off the electronic drum and percussion sample library for a limited time.

2072 brand-new samples, of which 90% have never before been heard and the other 10% is presented in a completely new fashion.

Intended for any genre that includes electronic drum sounds. Included are a wide variety of new sounds spanning the range and expanding the boundaries of contemporary music. Club, techno, trance, dubstep, house, ambient, electro-acoustic, dnb, experimental, film-beds, pop, hip-hop, rock … sure, why not, those genres use drums. For me, the focus is making a wide variety of samples to be used as a musical instrument, transcending genre and inspiring you thru life.

Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back features

  • 2072 Premium Designer Drum Samples.
  • 24-Bit/96kHz WAV, 24-Bit/96kHz AIF.
  • Intelligently organized and labeled for optimal creative work-flow.
  • Also comes in 16-Bit/44.1kHz WAV, featuring premium dithering/SRC and 8 character names for classic samplers such as the MPC and Akai series.
  • 22 NI Maschine Kits, 22 FXPansion Geist and Guru Kits.
  • Logic EXS24 and Native Instruments Kontakt patches (Deluxe version only).

Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back is available to purchase at a 40% discount, priced $45 USD (Standard) / $52 USD (Deluxe) until April 15th, 2012.

More information: Tonebuilder

Tonebuilder adds Maschine support to Driven Machine Drums Stikes Back + intro offer

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back

Tonebuilder has announced that its Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back electronic drum sample library now includes support for Native Instruments Maschine.

There are 22 kits created for Maschine now included in both editions of DMDSB, as well as 2072 WAV samples organized by type and texture.

Every drum sound in the 22 kits has AHD envelopes assigned to the sample/pad. I’m very pleased with the feel of the knobs on their hardware when tuning the envelopes. The response felt spot on with my computer (YMMV).

Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back is available to purchase at a 22% discount, priced at $57 USD (Standard) / $67 USD (Deluxe) through January, 2012.

More information: Driven Machine Drums

Review: Tonebuilder Driven Machine Drums: Strikes Back!

When Nathaniel of Tonebuilder released his Driven Machine Drums electronic drum sample library – back in November 2009 if I’m not mistaken – it came at a time when exciting things were happening in sample library land. Wave Alchemy had just released its Drum Machine 01 library, Goldbaby was putting out top class libraries, one after the other.

Possibly not the easiest time to introduce yet another collection of drum samples. However, Nathaniel was confident about the quality of his work. So much even that he offered a 30-day money back guarantee on a purchase. Being a limited edition library – with only 997 copies available for sale, ever – DMD’s exclusiveness introduced additional perceived value. This slightly unconventional approach to marketing something digital (and thus basically inexhaustible) raised many an eyebrow.

All said and done, in the end DMD is what it says on the package: “… an electronic drums sample library, created from an unique blend of 14 drum machines/synthesizers and 9 analog coloration devices.” and eventually demand outgrew supply and all 997 copies sold out.

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back

With Driven Machine Drums: Strikes Back! Nathaniel takes the original idea one step further.

The goal was to present you with something simultaneously familiar and yet completely fresh. But creating new sounds, IMHO, wasn’t enough. There had to be an improvement in the methodology because I wanted you to feel like you owned these “newly-discovered” instruments.

I also wanted you to be able to spend even more time writing, being creative, and performing (aka fun stuff) and less time EQing and controlling dynamics to get a reasonably loud master.

To achieve this goal, the samples in DMD Strikes Back were created using various analog & digital sound sources and outboard gear, resulting in 2,072 new drum sounds in 7 categories:

  • 121 Claps
  • 163 Hats
  • 327 Kicks
  • 365 Percussion
  • 522 Snares
  • 241 Toms
  • 333 Unknown Electronic sounds

Each of these has a bunch of subfolders sorting similar sounds by texture type. Most folder descriptions are self-explanatory (e.g. low short perc, dub toms, digi electro snares), others perhaps a bit vague (e.g. white elephant, doubleplus unhats), but the bottom line is – after auditioning the samples once or twice – it’s real easy to find sounds in this folder structure.

The list of gear used to create the sounds is quite massive and includes lots of modular units (Harvestman, Cwejman Modular, Wiard, and more).

Gear used for Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back
If you suffer from gear lust you should probably not click above to see the larger image…

The DMD 1.5 update already showed an increased focus on modular sound sources, and I was happy to see this continued and reinforced in DMD Strikes Back.

Many of the samples were created from the ground up using these modular devices, routing the sounds through envelopes, transformators, tubes, filters, reverbs, etc. during the synthesis and design stages.

Nathaniel speaks with great passion about the sound design, and what exactly went into creating this new library. Minimizing transients, adding harmonic content, capturing textural changes within samples, etc. Things that may not be something you consider when looking for that perfect snare for your tune, but these things make a difference. It took 13 months of work to complete DMD Strikes Back; now that’s some serious commitment to creating something special IMHO.

The sounds are suitable for a wide range of electronic music styles, including minimal, techno, house, glitch, hip hop, dubstep, and whatnot. From soft analog to rough digital, dusty hip hop snares to chest hitting kicks, glitchy blips and clicks… Every single category includes tons of sounds I had never heard before. The amount of new, unique material is simply staggering.

Right, I know I’m sounding like a fanboy – which obviously I am. But the sounds speak for themselves. The DMD website has a few demo mp3′s, but better yet, just download the free 60 samples demo pack at no cost and see how you like them.

Driven Machine Drums Stikes Back is available in two editions:

  • Standard, includes all 2,072 sample in 24-Bit/96kHz WAV and 24-Bit/96kHz AIF, 16-Bit/44.1kHz WAV for use with classic samplers + 22 kits for FXpansion Geist/Guru.
  • Deluxe, Standard edition + EXS24 and Kontakt patches mapping similar sounds closely together on the keyboard.

So what do I think?

Product: Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back by Tonebuilder
Format: 24-bit/96kHz WAV & AIFF, Geist/Guru kits, and EXS24 + Kontakt (Deluxe only)
(intro) Price: $69 USD – Standard / $77 USD – Deluxe
Like: Unique, usable sounds, top quality and good variety
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 10/10

I am not sure I really need to write something here. You know the verdict. This is an essential sample pack for electronic music producers. To be honest, I am already feeling bad for those who will read this review after all 966 copies have been sold.

Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back raises the bar for electronic drum sample libraries. This top quality content is fresh, exceptionally well crafted, and most of all, extremely usable musically.

If the 60 free sounds in the demo pack aren’t enough to convince you, the 30-day trial policy is still in effect. If you are serious about your electronic drum sounds you owe it to yourself to check out this library.

DMD Strikes Back is available at an introductory price through October 31, so let me +1 the tongue-in-cheek (but not really!) copy on the website:

P.S. Buy this library.
P.S.S. Seriously.

More information: Tonebuilder

ToneBuilder releases Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back sample library

ToneBuilder has released Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back, a drum and percussion sample library.

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back

“What if a time-capsule was discovered that contained never before heard drum machines… With the classic character of the 909, 808, 707, SP1200, Drumulator, and Linns…”

“What if Don Buchla created a drum machine…”

“What if that time-capsule also contained a drum machine from the future…”

These are the questions I had in mind, a game I played, during the creation of Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back. But the real questions are what would you do today with these sounds, what genres could you invent, who’s mind could you blow?

A few people enjoyed Driven Machine Drum and wrote in asking me to continue working on sound design, so I decided to sell a large portion of my kit and double down on some of the best analog and digital synthesis technology available today… if not the best.

DMD Strikes Back features

  • 2072 Premium Designer Drum Samples.
  • 24-Bit/96kHz WAV, 24-Bit/96kHz AIF.
  • Intelligently organized and labeled for optimal creative work-flow.
  • 16-Bit/44.1kHz WAV, featuring premium dithering/SRC and 8 character names for classic samplers such as the MPC and Akai series.
  • 22 FXPansion Geist and Guru Kits.
  • Deluxe Edition: Logic EXS-24 programs (also compatible with Digidesign’s Structure).
  • Deluxe Edition: Native Intruments Kontakt programs.

Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back is available to purchase for the introductory price of $69 USD (Standard Edition) $77 USD (Deluxe Edition) until October 31, 2011.

More information: Driven Machine Drums