WaveShaper has announced the MR-10 Grey Matter and Soul Sisters Trio, two new drumsample packs.
The MR-10 is a compact analogue drum machine from the early 80’s made by Yamaha. It features 5 pads that you can hit to trigger the sounds and some cheesy tango & waltz presets.
This tiny grey box has a rather characteristic sound, with a deep kick (somewhat reminiscent of the infamous 909) and a quite unique snare. The tone knob lets you shape the sound of the kit, and it is very efficient on the toms and snare. It sounds 200% analogue, but not like the usual suspects, so this carefully recorded WaveShaper pack will fit in any of your music productions, from electro pop to doom exotica !
As always, great care has been taken to keep the original sound alive and kicking with a high headroom, but some subtle tube coloring and compression assures you to make this kit sound unique.
The pro kit gathers 5 tone variations from each of the 7 individual sounds, in stereo, 24bit, 48khz wav files. It is available to purchase for $1.40 USD. A free kit includes one full sample kit (7 sounds, mono, 16bit/44.1khz wav files).
The Soul Sisters Trio sample pack includes samples from three retro drum synthesizers.
Built at the same time, these three small retro boxes share several features, but like soul sisters, they each have their unique character and a different sound.
The Boss DR-55 features a rimshot and a tone control. It was used by a bunch of artists in the past decades for its signature sound.
The Soundmaster SR-88 has a very delicate, soft, analogue sound and is perfect for electro tracks or sweet retro songs.
The Amdek RMK-100 is the rarest of the bunch. It was built by Roland and sold as a DIY project, which makes it very hard to find. The sound is the rawest of the three, and the hi-hats are a true gem for any acid and electro lover.
I recorded them with the usual care, through a custom chain of gentle tube compression and a tube preamp. I made several takes in order to capture the subtle analogue variations of each sound, and also processed them with a vintage hardware eq (and some distortion on one kit to make it dirtier and punchier). Any round-robin able softsampler will love to be fed by these analogue sounds!
The pro kit gathers 57 samples, 48khz-24bit stereo Wav files), available to purchase for $4.90 USD. The nasty pack contains more than 170 samples, priced $6.90 USD. A free kit contains some samples from the 3 drum machines (17 samples, 44,1khz-16bit mono Wav files).
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