The recordings all come from the European Space Agency’s European Space Research and Technology Centre. This is the sprawling facility on the coast of the Netherlands where most of the satellites and spacecraft ESA launches are tested (along with the materials testing and other research that supports them).
There’s shakers made from the sound of gravel crunching under the wheels of a prototype Mars rover, the bass drum made from a giant sound system that can produce the volume of noise a rocket launch wood, the pop of a nitrogen valve inside a materials test facility, and more. In Live, I added some effects you can tweak via macros. Of course, maybe you can do better – that’s great. These are Creative Commons licensed, so with the proper credits, you can make your own kits from the samples here or the original recordings and send them our way.
The samples are available for download in uncompressed 16-bit/44.1kHz format, as an Ableton Live set and Drum Rack for Live 9.5 or later, and as a Group for Native Instruments Maschine. The kit is also available in Modstep for iOS as ESTECDRUMS.