The Biggest TR-808 Drum Machine Pack Ever Released

tr-808-sample-libraryZenhiser has introduced TR-808 Drum Machine, a new sample library that they say is “The Biggest TR-808 Drum Machine Pack Ever Released.”

Here’s what they have to say about it:

We really went to town with the drum sampling of this 808 drum machine, developing new techniques of takes with altering decay and tone times to give you the music producer as much control as if you actually owned this awesome drum machine. Every preset has been sampled to perfection and quickly folder’d for ease of use so all you need to do is assign the drum samples to your DAW or sampler and voila, you have an authentic Roland TR-808 right there in your studio, ready to use and abuse!

To make the package even sweeter we spent hours creating similar versions of authentic drum beats from the decades ranging in bpm from 88 to 170, over 560 drum loops in total, now that’s a huge library of drum loops any producer in EDM or retro freak can not refuse. Just have a look at the specs below to see how comprehensive this drum machine pack really is, and as far as we know there is no other 808 sample pack this dedicated, detailed and comprehensive anywhere in the world.

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Roland Introduces Hybrid Drum System, Lets You Use Acoustic Drums As Sample Controllers

At the 2014 NAMM Show, Roland is introducing their Hybrid Drum System, based on the TM-2 Trigger Module. The system is designed to let you augment a traditional drum kit with electronic percussion, but lets you load your own sounds – so you can use drums as sample playback controllers, too.

The TM-2 Trigger Module offers two trigger inputs, supporting a wide variety of pads and drum triggers from Roland. The canned sounds are optimized for augmenting live acoustic drums. You can also trigger your own custom WAV sounds, loops, and backing tracks via an SDHC card.

By combining the TM-2 with products such as Roland’s BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad, KT-10 Kick Trigger Pedal, or RT-series acoustic drum triggers, you can create a hybrid drum kit that blends acoustic and electronic elements together. Continue reading

IK Multimedia Releases GrooveMaker 2 For iOS

groovemaker_2_iphoneIK Multimedia this morning announced a new version of its mobile loop music-making app, GrooveMaker 2, for iPhone and iPod touch.

GrooveMaker 2 boasts a patented ‘groove generator’ engine that enables the user to create grooves, beats and songs in real time — no previous music-making experience required.

GrooveMaker 2 provides a new, more intuitive method of music-making by using groups of loops called songs (60 loops per song) that “always sound good together.” Users manipulate these to build grooves and complete songs.

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Wave Alchemy’s Transistor Revolution MKII Channels TR-808 and TR-909

Wave_Alchemy_TransistorRevolution_MK2Wave Alchemy has announced the release of Transistor Revolution MKII, their re-creation, for Native Instruments’ Kontakt 5 Player, of the iconic TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines.

TR MKII has been “fully redesigned and re-scripted from the ground up.” Designers have tweaked the workflow and added a new, more intuitive graphical interface, a ‘TR style’ 16-track step sequencer, unified instruments for both the 808 and 909, a dedicated 10-track mixer with individual processing, reverb / delay sends, volume control and pan for each drum sound, a master tape section with individual tape saturation per sound, and so on.

Pricing and Availability. Wave Alchemy’s Transistor Revolution MKII is available from Wave Alchemy for £89.95 – $137US.  Existing owners of the previous version, Transistor Revolution MKI, can upgrade to TR MKII for £10  ($16US). For additional information, sample sounds, and screen shots, check out the product page at Wave Alchemy’s website.

New Ableton Live Pack Based On Korg Sigma

Sigman-325x136Cluster Sound has released Sigman, a  multi-sample Live Pack based on the vintage Korg Sigma. Sigman is a multi-sample Live Pack primarily designed for raw analog basses & leads.


In the late 70′s Korg experimented with a machine for players looking for a simpler alternative to knobby synthesizers. The result was the Sigma, a bi-timbric semi-preset synth with rocker-tabs, micro knobs and two X-Y joystic controls. The Korg Sigma is based on 19 VCOs grouped in two discrete sections (Synthe and Instrument) that can be cross-modulated and filtered with a LP/HP Filter. Each VCO is equipped with a single dedicated control including Korg35 filter circuits for shaping the sounds. Continue reading

Discrete Energy II

Max Million has released a new sound library, the second and final part of the Discrete Energy series:

Discrete Energy II provides the backbone for Glitch | IDM | Breaks or other forms of EDM music production.

Includes 443 MB of highly original and inspiring audio content. Every sample is as usable and fresh as humanly possible.

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Sample Anatomy Releases ‘Future Trap & Glitch’ Construction Kit

Sample Anatomy has just released a new sound library, Future Trap and Glitch, which they’ve dubbed (ha) a construction kit for Trap, GltichHop, Dubstep or Broken Beat producers.

The creators have organized the sounds in Future Trap and Glitch into “kits” made up of different classes of “grooves,” collections of loops that all fit together. The user can then pull apart the anatomy of these grooves and use them as is, or remix and “remangle” to their hearts’ content. A total of 16 “grooves” come in two BPMs covering the lower and upper tempos:  100 and 140 Beats Per Minute. Continue reading