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ToneBuilder releases Hi-Fi 909

ToneBuilder Hi-Fi 909

ToneBuilder has announced the release of Hi-Fi 909, a new sample library featuring drum samples from a Roland TR-909 drum machine.

The TR909 is my favorite drum machine of all time. With that in mind, I set out to create something that honored the 909′s legacy, but at the same time enhanced it.

There’s an entirely new collection of tubes, compressors, and EQs used to process the TR-909, providing a unique “hi-fi” quality to the collection. In addition, I’ve captured the entire project for you at 24bit, 96khz resolution.

As with all my offerings, I’m allowing you to try it out for 30 days. If you like the TR-909, I’m certain you’ll love this collection. Ultimately, I want you to be happy creating music.

Hi-Fi 909 features

  • Designed to capture the Roland TR-909 with a distinctly Hi-Fi quality.
  • 819 Sounds.
  • 27 Kontakt + EXS-24 Programs.
  • 8 Guru Starter Kits.
  • Additional special processing to create 909 Djembes, Congos, and Bongos.
  • Additional snares and rims from the Novation Drum Station 909 section.

Hi-Fi 909 is available to purchase for $23 USD.

More information: Tonebuilder / ToneBuilder Hi-Fi 909

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Tonebuilder extends Driven Machine Drums Sale

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums

Tonebuilder has announced it has extended its sale on Driven Machine Drums, a limited edition sample library featuring designer drum sounds.

Due to request/demand, this limited engagement has been EXTENDED until April 25th.

As a thanks to everyone, I’ve created a new pack of 69 DUDE! FRXS Drum Sounds. These are brand-new… free finger discount.

Driven Machine Drums features

  • 1,684 perfectly edited premium sounds for immediate drag and drop results.
  • A Massive Variety of supercharged Vintage and Modern Sounds.
  • Eccentric analog coloration hardware processing, adding depth, air, and drive to the signal.
  • Full 24bit resolution, capturing optimal sound quality with Class A converters.
  • Meticulously edited by hand for tightest possible attack and feel.
  • Triple Filtered: All excess has been removed, leaving only best of the best sounds (making this your go to library).
  • Exclusive use of Mogami cable.
  • Recorded at an optimal level, preventing unintentional distortion and leaving ample headroom (putting YOU in control of the final volume and mastering).
  • Dry captured sounds allow YOU to choose the creative processing.
  • Categorized by type and texture for quick results, leaving you in a creative state when browsing your sounds.
  • Downloadable for immediate access (you’ll be making beats in minutes).
  • Versatile with infinite possibilities, this library will be a timeless source for inspiration.

Driven Machine Drums is available to purchase for $37 USD (GURU/WAV/AIF). A Deluxe version is available for $47 USD (KONTAKT/EXS-24/WAV/AIF).

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ToneBuilder announces Driven Machine Drums Sale

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums

ToneBuilder has announced a limited time sale for 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

  • 1,820 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 – $37 USD (regular $77), 26 Guru Kits, 24bit Wav/Aif.
  • Driven Machine Drums Deluxe – $47 USD (regular $87), NN-XT, Structure, Kontakt, EXS-24, 24bit Wav/Aif.

This limited time sale is available until April 15, 2010.

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ToneBuilder updates Driven Machine Drums with Reason NN-XT and Pro Tools Structure support

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums

ToneBuilder has included support for Reason NN-XT and Pro Tools Structure for Driven Machine Drums, its 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

  • 1,820 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 to purchase for $77 USD (includes 26 Guru Kits, 24bit Wav + 24bit Aif), and a Deluxe version is available for $87 USD (NN-XT, Structure, Kontakt, EXS-24, 24bit Wav/Aif).

A free demo pack featuring 100+ sounds is available to download from the ToneBuilder website.

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ToneBuilder releases Driven Machine Drums for Reason and Digidesign Structure

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums

ToneBuilder has announced the release of Driven Machine Drums in two new formats: NN-XT for Reason, and EXS24 for Digidesign Structure.

Driven Machine Drums is an electronic drums sample library, created from an unique blend of 14 drum machines/synthesizers and 9 analog coloration devices.

Featuring a total of 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.

DRIVEN MACHINE DRUMS highlights the natural sounding punch, depth, and warmth added by a collection of tubes, transformers, and hardware tape emulation.

The NN-XT and Structure (works with free Structure player) formats are available in the Driven Machine Drums Deluxe package, priced at $87 USD.

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Tonebuilder releases DMD-X and DMD-FX (update to Driven Machine Drums)

ToneBuilder Driven Machine Drums

ToneBuilder has announced it has expanded its Driven Machine Drums sample library with new sounds and effects, now featuring 1,828 sounds at 24bit resolution.

Driven Machine Drums is an electronic drum library, created from 14 drum machines/synthesizers & 9 analog coloration devices. Driven Machine Drums highlights the punch, depth, and warmth added by tubes, transformers, filters, and hardware tape emulation.

Driven Machine Drums update

  • DMD-X: 144 new drum sounds, featuring more intense settings of the analog processing hardware.
  • DMD-FX: DMD-FX contains a collection of effects encoded exclusively for the free Nebula player also included.
    • Demetri RVRB: 10 Spring reverbs captured from a high-end spring reverb unit. Every possible setting was captured and is included. This is a similar process to convolution reverb, except Nebula is dynamic. There are 30 layers of samples for multiple input levels, so ringing of the springs increases as the input also increases.
    • 3DREV: These two custom reverbs are based on real spaces, with additional processing to increase the depth perception. One is a vocal chamber, the other is a drum room.
    • VNTG RVRB: Two vintage plate effects, combined with tubes. Perfectly suited for use on DMD snares.
    • DAFT FLTR: A 12dB SEM low-pass filter.
    • ROGUE 2+4: Two 24dB low-pass filters.
    • X464 FLTRS: Includes a 12dB high-pass filter, band-pass filter, and low-pass filter.

NOTE: The included Nebula player is approved for Windows VST use only. A link to a beta for Mac users is included. The full Mac release is coming soon, at which point the FX programs will be comprehensively supported.

The DMD-X and DMD-FX bonus additions are now available to the Driven Machine Drums collection.

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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.

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