Decent Samples has announced the release of a new sample library featuring the sounds of the legendary and extremely rare Chamberlin M1, a sampler that uses analog tape to play rerecorded sounds of various acoustic musical instruments.

Chamberlin M1 for Decent Sampler and Kontakt was created by Grammy-nominated recording artist Jamie Lidell, who has worked with artists such as Beck, Feist, and Simian Mobile Disco.

All 8 sounds of the iconic instrument were captured dry via telefunken V72 preamps, dirtily though a silvertone, and Roland RE201 and via 2 mono Nagra tape machines with ADT phasing techniques.

This is a marvelous, wild, brutal beast of an instrument and it’s been captured for your sonic adventures here in a series of 8 instruments which are found on this particular unit.

Some say only 80 or so M1s were ever made and there are hardy any left in working condition so this is most certainty a rarity and I took the task of sampling it very seriously.

This unit belongs to the excellent Rob Burger (keyboard master that’s played with John Zorn, Laurie Anderson and many more) and was sampled in a painstaking manner yielding a set of captures that showcase the sounds on the tapes in a way that’s never been heard before.

Chamberlin M1 by Jamie Lidell is on sale for the intro price of $35 USD for a limited time (regular $50 USD).

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