Minimal System Instruments releases TR-808, TR-909 & Wiard 300 sample packs

Minimal System Instruments has announced the release of three new drum synthesizer sample packs.

Minimal System Instruments drum sample packs
Minimal System’s TR-808, TR-909 and Wiard 300 drum sample packs.
  • TR-808 Sample Pack – The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer was one of the first programmable drum machines to hit the market. Here at Minimal System Instruments we have captured these iconic sounds and produced this sample pack so that anyone can have the distincive sounds of the worlds most iconic drum machine at their disposal.
  • TR-909 Sample Pack – It goes without saying, the Roland TR-909 Drum Machine is the most established and lusted after drum machine in the world. Recorded directly from our original, perfect condition Roland TR-909 with many control variations we managed to create a complete sample pack that is ready to use in your electronic music productions.
  • Wiard 300 Sample Pack – As big fans of modular synthesis here at Minimal System Instruments we have decided to use our Wiard 300 Series synthesiser to create a small but perfectly formed drum sample pack. A sound crafted from individual modular elements such as oscillators, snappy envelopes, and pure analogue filters always has something special about it!

The sample packs are available to purchase starting at £0.99 GBP.

More information: Minimal System Instruments


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 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


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.

More information: Driven Machine Drums


Sidsonic Libraries Dark Drums, downloadable sample pack

Sidsonic Libraries Dark Drums

Sidsonic Libraries has announced the release of Dark Drums, a new downloadable sample pack.

This sample pack offers you the dark side of drums in a unique collection!

This pack was generated with high end equipment like Elektron Machinedrum, Metasonix Scrotum Smasher, Wiard Borg Filter, Wiard Boogie Filter,Steiner Parker Filter, Livewire Vulcan Modulator, Doepfer Wasp Filter and many more.

Punch the brightness out of its misery and free the dark side of your rythms.

Dark Drums features

  • Three packs:
    • Clear – 18 Drumkits (77MB)
    • Distorted – 22 Drumkits (80MB)
    • Long – 13 Drumkits (133MB)
  • All sounds are Multisamplesets for a realistic feeling.
  • Samples are mapped in EXS and NKI format.
  • Samples are recorded in wave format 24bit/96khz.

Dark Drums is available to purchase for 42.80 EUR. Individual packs are available from 10.70 EUR up to 21.40 EUR (prices include VAT).

More information: Sidsonic Libraries / Dark Drums


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