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Samplephonics releases free Tortured Vinyl sample pack

Samplephonics Tortured Vinyl

Samplephonics has released the Tortured Vinyl Freebie, an exclusive free sample pack containing over 100 free 24 bit wav samples and audio loops.

The sounds have been recorded using a dusty old record player and a bunch of old records, various bits of paper and plastic, carpet and other textured material, to create a selection of glitchy one shot samples, strange ambience loops and dirty vinyl crackle effects.

All the free loops and samples are presented in 24 Bit wav and ready to use in your productions, absolutely free. Enjoy!

More information: Samplephonics / Tortured Vinyl

AfroDJMac releases Tape Hiss Vinyl Crackle free Ableton Rack

AfroDJMac has released a new free library for Ableton Live: Tape Hiss Vinyl Crackle.

AfroDJMac Tape Hiss Vinyl Crackle

Last week I received an email from Oliver Chesler, aka The Horrorist, who writes an extraordinarily useful and informative blog called “Wire to the Ear.”  He is always amazingly on point and up to date, whether with production advice, great music, or the latest audio/ iOS gear.  Oliver asked if I do request for Ableton Live Instruments (which of I try my best on); he was looking for samples of cassette tape hiss.  While there’s an assortment of plugin emulators of the tape sound (including Ableton’s Vinyl distortion which I used on this freebie), as we all know, there’s nothing quite like the original.  Funnily enough, just the day before I was looking for samples from vinyl records, and one of the samples I got the most use out of was just the vinyl crackle right before the music starts playing.  So, naturally I thought Oliver’s suggestion was a good one.

After busting out my old Ka-Boom Box, and dusting off what remains of my cassette tape collection, I started sampling empty sections of the tapes.   While I was at it, I took out some vinyl records of varying condition, sampled those, and grabbed a few minutes of tape noise from my Tascam Reel to Reel (the bad boy used on the Super Tape Drums Ableton Pack).  I’ve used those samples to create a pretty excellent Ableton Live Pack for you all!


AfroDJMac’s Ableton Live Instrument #60: Tape Hiss Vinyl Crackle.

The Ableton Pack is a free download.

More information: AfroDJMac

Review: No Dough NDS-4 Underground House

No Dough NDS-4 Underground House

No Dough’s fourth release in the NDS sample pack series is titled Underground House.

Simply put, this is the heart and soul of the underground house scene in a massive collection of over 7000 professionally crafted WAV sounds, designed to give you that authentic House music vibe you hear from your favorite artists but in a format that is useful for any style of music that requires a punchy analogue sound.

The sample pack features:

  • 4,700+ drum and percussion hits.
  • 59 multi-sampled instruments.
  • 161 bass and synth loops.

The drum and percussion hits include various classic sounds of drum machines and sampled sources, with three variations; Original recordings, driven, vinyl and Revox (Studer tape machine) versions. No Dough used some various outboard gear to get an authentic vibe. Everything is nicely categorized in folders by the type of drum hit. No drum kits are included though.

To record the multi-sampled instruments, No Dough used gear by Oberheim, Roland, some old EMU samplers and FM synthesizers. The sampler patches are split up in various sections. There’s bass, strings & pads, leads & synths and organs and misc. A good amount of sounds.

The bass and synth loops sound very authentic as well. Actually, playing them individually they almost sound kind of low quality, lo-fi. But in a good way.

Loops are ready to be chopped, smashed, distorted and resequenced, each loop features a Recycle version and we have also included a selection of Midi files so you can get at the notes themselves to twist, mash and create.

I’d say that is a good thing, because these loops are meant for chopping. You are not going to get much of a good result by simply tossing the loops together as there are some tuning issues and files have no mention of which key they’re in. This set of loops just isn’t a construction kit type set so unless you stick with using just a single loop and create additional melodies around that, you are supposed to do some of the work yourself. The sound is there though.

Check out the demo track to get an idea of what NDS-4 Underground House is about.

So what do I think?

Product: NDS-4 Underground House by No Dough
Format: 24bit WAV, REX + sampler patches (Kontakt/EXS24/HALion/NN-XT)
Price: £39.99 GBP
Like: authentic sounds, good variety
Don’t like: no key info in loops
Verdict: 8/10

Even though No Dough prides itself in recording in high quality 96kHz/24bit, it’s still vintage synths, gritty sampler sounds, tape machines, and analog processing chains we’re talking about. NDS-4 is not about pristine quality, it is about the vibe of classic underground house music.

No Dough’s key description for the Underground House pack is “tone, warmth and musicality”. I hear that, and I would sum those up and call it authentic. Individually the samples and loops sound somewhat raw to me, lo-fi, perhaps slightly dated. And that’s how it is supposed to be, because once you start putting things together you quickly end up with something that sounds like the real deal. Go check it out.

More information: NDS-4 Underground House

Review: Goldbaby’s Urban Cookbook Vol. 1

When you need some solid electronic drum sounds, Goldbaby’s sample packs are always a good place to turn to. With Goldbaby’s Urban Cookbook Vol. 1, Hugo once again provides quality sounds to help you cook up some delicious dishes, urban style.

Goldbaby's Urban Cookbook Vol 1

Want to cook up some delicious beats… well then you probably need my cookbook. The ingredients are full of saturated fat, MSG, a heap of sugar and are not suitable for a low cholesterol diet. The recipes are perfect for these dishes: Hip Hop, Dub Step, Drum & Bass, Breaks, Grime, Dance Hall, Electro… Although chefs making other dishes like: IDM, House and Techno will appreciate the varied high quality ingredients.

Punchy Kicks, Solid Snares, Hi Hats, Toms, Percussion, Claps, Cymbals, Layering tools, FX, Vinyl Hits, Chord Hits, Bass tools and Rex Loops… just over 1 GB of the freshest ingredients.

The sample pack includes various formats and comes with patches for most common samplers.

  • 3,398 samples (24-bit quality).
  • 200 REX loops.
  • 142 Maschine kits (plus 7 projects) and 13 instruments.
  • 49 presets + 145 kits for Geist.
  • 135 Battery 3 kits.
  • 136 Kontakt 4 kits.
  • 141 EXS24 patches for Logic (can also be imported in Kontakt, Ableton Live Sampler, Halion, etc.)
  • 50 Kong kits, 140 NN-XT patches and 9 Combinators for Reason 5 and above.

I checked out the Maschine version which also comes with the patches for Kontakt, Battery and EXS24. The Maschine kits are divided in folders – Combos (4), Drum Kits (52), FX (20), Hits & Chords (31), Percussion Kits (20), and Vox (15), and to help you find the right type of sound some of the kits are tagged in categories like analog, digital, sfx, etc.

The Kontakt instruments include bass, drum kits, FX, hits and chords, individual drums, layering tools, and vox. It may look like this is basically the same as the Maschine content but there are a bunch of different instruments in here (same for the EXS24 format which you can also load in Kontakt).

While browsing the different kits and instruments it struck me that Goldbaby’s samples always sound “fresh” and up-to-date. The Cookbook includes a fair share of sounds that are similar to the ones in other Goldbaby sample packs, but Hugo records all content for each sample library specifically for said library, which makes sense since Goldbaby’s studio equipment is regularly updated with new gear.

Besides all the kits and patches there is a lot more sample content than was used for the kits so there is a lot to explore, and swapping out sounds within kits is easy. In Maschine the kits come with some lovely patterns and the included projects are a nice bonus, as are the REX loops which feature various percussion loops, fx loops, grooves and more.

In all, this pack has lots of unique content with that vintage Goldbaby vibe. It’s kind of like crate digging without having to do all the hard work. Instant satisfaction!

Check below for an example of the type of thing you can cook up with Goldbaby’s ingredients. A few more demo mp3s can be found at the Urban Cookbook product page here.

So what do I think?

Product: Goldbaby’s Urban Cookbook Vol.1
Format: 24bit WAV, REX / Maschine, Geist, Kontakt, Battery & EXS24 / Reason ReFill
Price: $49 USD
Like: fantastic sounds, well done kits and patches, phat!
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

With Urban Cookbook Vol 1, Goldbaby does what Goldbaby does best: deliver quality drum sounds with a vintage feel. I think Hugo did a fantastic job with the kits. The combination of sounds in each kit is inspiring and everything is really well produced to get that typical fat, punchy, deep sound. I know a lot of thought went into creating and processing the samples and making sure the kits work well musically, and it shows.

The additional sounds are fantastic. Beautiful chords, guitar strums, useful sound fx, string type sounds. Just love it. Now don’t think this is construction kit type stuff, but these are just a bunch of lovely sounds to compliment the drum/percussion content. Signature Goldbaby.

After spending some good time with this new pack (and already using it in some projects), I think the Urban Cookbook may well be my favorite Goldbaby library to date. Go check it out!

More information: Goldbaby Productions / Urban Cookbook Vol 1

The Producers Choice releases Boom Bap Phonetics drum kit

Producers Choice Boom Bap Phonetics

The Producers Choice has released the Boom Bap Phonetics, a drum sample pack inspired by the sounds of J Dilla and Kev Brown.

Our sound designers painstakingly mimicked the EXACT drum sounds used by J Dilla, Kev Brown & Mad Lib.

The Boom Bap Phonetics drum kit is the ‘go to’ drum library for Boom Bap drum samples. The kit captures J Dilla’s signature styled drums by using the same filtering techniques, creative EQ & compression, and drum machines as the legendary producer.

Boom Bap Phonetics features

  • Over 170 drum samples, crafted using the following equipment: Akai MPC3000, SP-303 Sampler, P-505 Sampler, Technics Turntables w/ Dirty Vinyl Drums.
  • MPC READY – pgm files included so you can load into your unit fast and easily.
  • Each sound was recorded from vinyl record and split tested through different chains to get the perfect boom bap sound.

The sample pack is available to purchase for $29 USD.

More information: The Producers Choice / Boom Bap Phonetics

AfroDJMac releases Vinyl Crackler free Ableton Live Pack

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AfroDJMac has released Vinyl Crackler, the 56th download in a series of free Ableton Live packs.


Make your samples sound as if they were recorded off a vinyl record with Vinyl Crackler.

I made this effect rack to emulate the vinyl crackles and pops inherent to samples recorded straight off a record. It’s based around Ableton’s Vinyl Distortion plug in and is perfect for adding vinyl crackle to drum samples and having that crackle cut off as soon as the volume of the drum sample reaches a specified threshold, emulating the cutoff created when sampling from vinyl. The macro knob assignments allow you to customize the vinyl sound and how it begins and cuts off. I hope you like it, I think it’s super handy.

The Vinyl Crackler is a free download at AfroDJMac.

More information: AfroDJMac / Vinyl Crackler

ToneBytes releases Vinyl effect plugin

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ToneBytes has announced Vinyl, a free effect plug-in that emulates the sounds of old vinyl players.

Vinyl recreates the dust noise and frequency response of old recordings. You can adjust intensity, color and amount of dust noise in a wide range. Also you can simple select the age of vinyl discs.

ToneBytes Vinyl
Add some vintage to your productions with the sounds of vinyl.

Vinyl features

  • Adjustable dust emulation.
  • Frequency responses emulation.
  • Gentle distortion.
  • VST automation and full MIDI Learning are supported.

Vinyl is available to download as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows.

More information: ToneBytes / Vinyl

Mecha Audio releases Dirty Bits effect plug-in

Mecha Audio Dirty Bits

Mecha Audio has announced Dirty Bits, a multi-fx effect plug-in for Windows.

Introducing Dirty Bits, three audio damage effects in one. A Distortion Compressor, Vintage Bit Crusher and a Vinyl Damage Effect.

Each device can warp, crush and dirty up your audio, use it subtlety or push it up to the extreme to completely mangle your sound source.

Dirty Bits features

  • Compressor – The compressor slams your audio with gain and damage control, visual feedback from the vu meter and an on/bypass switch to disengage.
  • Vintage Bit Crusher – The vintage bit crusher gives your audio a retro sampler vibe with settings emulating classic devices using the bit depth and sample rate buttons, it also has an on/bypass switch to disengage. Bit depths 16, 12 or 8 bits Sample rates 40, 26 or 11 khz.
  • Vinyl Device – The vinyl damage device adds subtle or extreme vinyl buzz and hum using the knobs.

Dirty Bits for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $20 USD.

More information: Mecha Audio / Dirty Bits