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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.

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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.

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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.

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Softube releases Valley People Dyna-mite plug-in (+ intro offer)

Softube Valley People Dyna-mite

Softube has released the Valley People Dyna-mite plug-in, a faithful replica of the Valley People Dyna-Mite, a multi-dynamics tool capable of limiting/ compressing, expanding, gating, keying, ducking, de-essing, etc.

In our opinion, the Dyna-mite is just about the coolest dynamics processor there is. The typical use is to squash drums (hard limiting), add some punch to the drums or bass (limiting in AVG mode), or gate drums and get some really punchy effects. You can of course use it for de-essing, ducking, keying, noise gating as well, and you will probably notice that once you get your head around it, you’ll be able to use it on just about anything!

Valley People Dyna-mite Plug-In features

  • Limiting: Peak and average limiting, incl. negative ratio (-20:1) limiting and detector HF filtering (for De-Essing purposes).
  • Expanding: Hard or soft with extreme gate settings and detector HF filtering.
  • Ducking or Keying modes with external side chain (where available).
  • Threshold knob with auto make-up gain.
  • Release ranging from 0.05 to 5 sec/20 dB with Anticipatory Release Computation (ARC) to reduce pumping.
  • Output volume with accurately modeled output distortion and clip LED.
  • Innovative Range knob that controls maximum amount of expansion or limiting.
  • Built-in interactive guide that displays current settings and active mode.

The Softube Valley People Dyna-mite plug-in is available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) at the introductory price of $229 USD until the end of May (regular price $279 USD).

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Softube announces Valley People Dyna-mite Plug-In

Softube Valley People Dyna-mite

Softube has announced the Valley People Dyna-mite plug-in, a faithful replica of the Valley People Dyna-Mite, a multi-dynamics tool capable of limiting/ compressing, expanding, gating, keying, ducking, de-essing, etc.

Squash drums, get a snappy baseline, enhance track dynamics, duck, gate, key or de-ess – the Valley People Dyna-mite is a swiss army knife limiter/expander design with unique character that inspires to new sounds!

The Valley People Dyna-mite was designed in the 80′s and has become a secret weapon for some. For others, it’s still a hidden treasure just waiting to be discovered. It features a limit mode, an expander mode, a gate mode, a de-esser mode and on top of that, two sidechain modes that let you duck or follow a track. All the options breathe of the Dyna-mite’s very special vibe and flavor.

Nowadays, the Dyna-mite has a reputation not only as a problem solver but also as a creative tool that can really influence your sound in a unique way. It stands out from other solutions by being a tech-driven innovative design which has resulted in several creations, like the Valley People proprietary VCA and the Anticipatory Release Computation, both of which play a big part in the sound of the Dyna-mite.

Valley People Dyna-mite Plug-In features

  • Limiting: Peak and average limiting, incl. negative ratio (-20:1) limiting and detector HF filtering (for De-Essing purposes).
  • Expanding: Hard or soft with extreme gate settings and detector HF filtering.
  • Ducking or Keying modes with external side chain (where available).
  • Threshold knob with auto make-up gain.
  • Release ranging from 0.05 to 5 sec/20 dB with Anticipatory Release Computation (ARC) to reduce pumping.
  • Output volume with accurately modeled output distortion and clip LED.
  • Innovative Range knob that controls maximum amount of expansion or limiting.
  • Built-in interactive guide that displays current settings and active mode.

The Softube Valley People Dyna-mite plug-in will be available to purchase for PC and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) on May 3, 2010.

More information: Softube / Valley People Dyna-mite Plug-In

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