DR-910 – new virtual drum machine inspired by the TR-909

March 12, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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MaxSynths has announced the release of DR-910, a drum machine instrument inspired by one of the most known percussive instruments that massively helped to define the sound of modern electronic music.

The instrument itself does not need presentations: used by artists like Moby, Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy, Jean Michel Jarre, The Chemical Brothers, Faithless and many many others, the TR-909 quickly became one of the most classic pieces of gear in the electronic musician’s arsenal.

DR-910 VSTi is a faithful reproduction of the original device: each sound section (bassdrum, snare drum, etc.) has been developed to sound and act as similar as possible to the original instrument. The plugin includes also some extra features not available in the hardware version: a reverb unit with independent send controls for each sound source, a compressor tailored to work with drum sounds (based on the same engine of MaxSynths DSP-1) and a Lo-Fi FX processor.

DR-910 features

  • Faithful emulation of the original sound.
  • Four stereo outputs.
  • Mute and pan options for each instrument.
  • Independent send level to the built-in reverb unit for each instrument.
  • Built-in compressor featuring IDP cicrcuit.
  • Built-in reverb unit routable to output 1-4.
  • Lo-Fi FX with three independent modes.
  • Full MIDI support through MIDI CC#.
  • Behringer BCR-2000 custom template.
  • Easy to operate.
  • Low CPU usage.

DR-910 for Windows (VST) is available for purchase for 24.99 EUR.

Soon time for the highly anticipated 808 movie

March 11, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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808 The Movie – a documentary about the Roland TR-808 drum machine and its influence on music – makes its world premiere this Friday, March 13th, at SXSW.

The film has been in production for three years, and feature a “Who’s Who” of producers, including: Afrika Bambaataa, The Beastie Boys, Pharrell Williams, Questlove, Phil Collins, Rick Rubin, Diplo, New Order, David Guetta, Damon Albarn and many others.

808 is an inspirational story of the Roland TR808 drum machine and how its ground-shaking beats changed the musical world.

Its sound transcends countries and musical genres, in turn inspiring countless artists and producers, giving them an iconic sound from which to build upon.

Even if you don’t know the 808 by name, you know its sound. It’s everywhere, even now. 808 reveals the stories of the world famous artists, producers and most importantly the hit music to which the 808 was key, offering a cross section of personal experiences about the development of musical genres from around the world.

And 808 reveals why, after only three years of production, the 808 befell an untimely demise.

How I did it – Episode 2 – Altair 8800 as a drum machine

February 28, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Today’s show is all about drums!
The Altair8800 now works as a 8 steps drum machine, with 8 voices!

The sense switches are used as channels’ ON/OFF and each one of the 8 steps programmed in the sequence outputs a byte (used as a binary number instead of a MIDI note number) which I’ve used inside max to trigger all the drum kit samples. As usual the interface is programmed in MaxMSP and it communicates with the Altair with a serial to usb connection.

Easy and way funny!!

see you in the next episode, and may the assembly be with you!

giorgiosancristoforo.net

KORG S3 Rhythm Workstation

January 17, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is probably KORG’s best drum machine and though it has a heap of features that most drum machines don’t have, it doesn’t reach the heights or quality of a Roland TR-707 or Yamaha RX5. The claps are dreadful and on-board ram is almost non-existent for anything serious. As you can see from the demo songs, it is still a capable machine with careful programming. I think I like one kick. Nice effects though and almost worth the effort to learn this beast. Has 4 multi outs and 2 MIDI outs and a LOAD of other features. Love it or loathe it! Better than a Yamaha RX7 (nah!) or just piping the Alesis HR16 for build quality.

Roland TR-505 Drum Machine Patterns

December 18, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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One of the easiest drum machines to use and my first one I got in about 1988 which was still selling new. Related to the TR-707 but slimmed down to the size of a crappy RX machine. Has better sounds and editing than the RX17 or similar. Love the claps, the kicks, everything about it. Funny enough these can go for crazy prizes, like over $200.

Roland AIRA TR-7X7 Interview w DJ Pierre

December 14, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

In the mid-1980s, Roland released the now-famous TR-707 and TR-727 Rhythm Composers. Loved deeply by groove-minded musicians the world over, these machines have been the beating heart of a wide range of styles including synth pop, acid house, techno, industrial, electro and experimental. Now, the sound of these classic rhythm machines, with every nuance accounted for, can be injected into your TR-8, taking the whole experience to an entirely new level.

  • - Every sound of the TR-707 and TR-727 Rhythm Composers, faithfully reproduced using the original PCM wave data and detailed models of the original circuitry.
  • - Analog Circuit Behavior captures the unmistakable sound of the original units—a result of lo-fi sampling and the behavior of the analog envelope and VCA circuitry design.
  • - Newly modified TR-909 kick and snare sounds with enhanced attack characteristics.
  • - Five new TR-808 sounds including Noise Toms, Noise Clap and Finger Snaps.
  • - Unique flam and accent behaviors of the TR-909 and TR-707, with adjustable flam intensity and two levels of accent.
  • - Upgrades the TR-8 to have all the sounds and articulations of four iconic TR drum machines, plus all new sounds, in one performance-ready instrument.

BitRate II – Major update to the BitRate semi-modular 8-bit drum machine for Reaktor

December 10, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Heavyocity has partnered with Icebreaker Audio to release BitRate II, a major update to the BitRate semi-modular 8-bit drum machine for Reaktor.

BitRate II uses multiple methods of retro digital synthesis and sampling to produce charismatic and nostalgic drum sounds. The included sound engines cover chipsounds, FM synthesis, lofi sampling, and glitchy circuit bending.

On top of these unique sound engines, BitRate II also offers a 5-track mixer and a master fx section that includes an analogue modelled EQ, bus compressor, and speaker simulator for added lo-fi effect.

The drums can be triggered via MIDI or from the internal sequencer. The sequencer provides two modulation sequences per drum, which can be routed to virtually any combination of sound parameters in any amount.

BitRate II also comes bundled with the MonoBoy instrument, a melodic counterpart for BitRate II. MonoBoy uses similar sound engines, but in an interface more suited to melodic playing.

The BitRate II Bundle ships with a total of 140 preset snapshots including a variety of sounds from kits and beats to synths and samples.

BitRate II features

  • 5 drum slots into which you can load any one of 4 sound engines.
  • 4 lo-fi digital sound engines: Chip, FM, Sampler, Glitch.
  • The ability to sample from the audio input into a custom-built sample engine.
  • A built-in sequencer with 2 modulation sequences per drum.
  • Per-track sequence length, allowing for complex poly-rhythms.
  • EQ, Compressor, and Speaker Simulator master effects.

MonoBoy features

  • 3 sound generator modes, including a unique DM sampler.
  • Easy-to-use arpeggiator and Voice Controls
  • 2 Modulation sequences.
  • A master FX section that includes the one-of-a-kind Bit Delay effect.

The BitRate II & MonoBoy bundle is available for purchase for an introductory price of $29 USD for the first two weeks (regular $49 USD). During this period, original BitRate owners can buy BitRate II for $19 USD.

More info here >>

BOSS DR-220E Vintage Drum Machine 1986

December 8, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The BOSS DR-220E is a little programmable digital rhythm machine. This is the “E” version – it means E-DRUM sounds (very Simmons-like). The DR-220 has a twin brother with acoustic drums sounds – the DR-220A.

Although the DR-220 is from 1986, it lacks MIDI – but it has SYNC IN and OUT. It has nice Simmons-like eighties drums! It is similar to the Korg DDM-110/DDM-220, but it has better sounds in my opinion.

Synthrotek DS-M Eurorack Analog Drum Synth Module

December 6, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The DS-M (Drum Synth Module) is a complex, modifiable, 100% analog drum synth loosely based on the Coron DS-8 and neatly packaged into an 8hp module.

Changes to the original DS-8 include:
VCA-like trigger input (more voltage = louder output)
Trimmer-adjustable attack
LED trigger indicator
1v/o tracking (C0-C4)
Triangle core oscillator
Additional noise color switch setting (3 settings instead of 2)
More distinct noise timbres
Louder, improved noise circuit
Really LOW bass frequencies
Total range ~4Hz to 2.6kHz

EGLM1 – new drum machine for iPad, inspired by the Linn LinnDrum

December 5, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Elliott Garage has introduced EGLM1 – a software drum machine for iPad, inspired by the classic Roger Linn LinnDrum drum machine.

Features:

  • 16 programmable rhythm patterns with variable length
  • Save the pattern you’ve created and play songs
  • Automation of Drumkit parameters (pan, volume and mix)
  • Song Mode page (swipe to left to open it) with loop option
  • Swing and tap tempo
  • Core MIDI & clock MIDI (network session, external controller, inter app midi)
  • Audiobus
  • Interapp Instrument
  • Record and export your performance with iTunes, eMail or Audio Copy
  • Korg Wist sync

Official audio/video demos are to come.

EGLM1 is available for US $2.99 in the App Store.

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