Samples From Mars has announced the release of its latest sample library 360 From Mars, featuring the sounds of the 360 Systems Keyboard.

This rare, sampled-based synthesizer from the early ’80s features real strings, flutes, brass, electric piano, basses, guitars, percussion, and more.

Sharing similar components (EPROMs and an analog filter) as some of our favorite vintage drum machines, it’s no wonder the 360 is as punchy as our favorite samplers, and as silky as our vintage synths.

So why then, have we never heard of it? Because, despite its grandiose vision to be a smaller and more portable alternative to the Mellotron, the 360 ultimately missed the mark for commercial success. Only 200 were made, and as a result, its epic sounds have gone largely unused…until now!

360 From Mars features

  • 37 total 360 patches, organized into 7 categories.
  • 20 original Factory clean patches.
  • 12 clean patches with additional 360 filtering, vibrato, and chorus.
  • 5 patches externally processed through Moog MF103 Phaser, Yamaha CS-5, Otari 1/4″ Tape machine, H3000 and Space Echo.
  • Classic vintage and orchestral sounds: Strings, Flute, E Piano, Clav, Trumpet, Saxophone, Timpani and more.
  • Brass & Woodwinds, Keys, Strings, Guitars, Bass, Stacked patches and Percussive instruments.
  • 2,065 24 bit WAV samples.
  • WAVs are trimmed, looped, named by note, and mapped to various samplers.
  • WAVs feature mapping and looping metadata, for easy drag n drop into unsupported samplers.
  • Recorded cleanly through an API 1608 console to Apogee Symphony Conversion.
  • Modwheel parameters and FX routing on all software instruments.
  • 1.96 GB Unzipped.

The sample pack comes in 24-bit WAV quality, with patches available in all popular sampler formats. 360 From Mars is on sale for $19 USD for a limited time (regular $39 USD).

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