The Simmons SDS-800 is a 100% analog 80s drum synthesizer, responsible for the cosmic syn-tom ('beeww beeww') sounds used on countless disco, boogie & reggae recordings. In the 90s, it became re-popularized in the techno world, with the raw, resonant white noise oscillator being used for jarring hi hat and snare programming. And most recently, the Simmons drum sounds have become a signature for punk funk groups like LCD Soundsystem.
So, to capture this machine in the best way possible, I ran it through a warm selection of gear - mostly API preamp & EQ, SSL Compressor, an 1176, and the Otari MTR-12 tape machine. The results sound awesome - these samples are great on their own, but really shine when layered with other samples like the Drumtrax, 808, etc.
I also tuned a bunch of the sub kicks and toms (with a guitar tuner!) and they work beautifully for basslines and melodic stuff in general.
The 808 is easily the most recognized drum machine in history. It's responsible for the birth of countless genres - hip hop, electro, techno, house, and a variety of sub-genres too countless to mention. Although it was created in early 1980, it is still extremely relevant and modern sounding, and can be heard on everything from a Lil Jon dirty south radio hit to a LIES techno 12".
Yes, the 808 has been sampled to death. So, why create another 808 samples kit? Because I am in love with this drum machine and felt I could contribute an extremely high quality kit.
I took the 808, recorded it through a huge SSL 4000 console (this board has an incredible dynamics and EQ section, used on countless hip hop records from the 80s on). A lot of the time, people who own an 808 wonder why it doesn't sound like it does on their favorite records. Using this console, we get a lot closer to that sound. Scroll down to read more about the recording process.
The 909 is my favorite drum machine of all time. Released in 1984, the 909 went on to define the sounds of Techno, House, and nearly all of their emerging subgenres. The machine's sounds are mostly created through analog synthesis, with the exception of the hi hats and cymbals (which are 6 bit samples and sound awesome). The kick drum alone on this machine is worth the price of admission and sounds outrageous!
So what makes these 909 samples so special? I recorded it through the legendary SSL 4000 G+ analog console (which was used to mix countless hip hop and house tracks, and costs over $100,000) to a mastering 1/4″ tape machine. After using various high end processing (almost exclusively analog), we edited every sample by hand, and arranged the best ones into corresponding folders, named simply and sorted by pitch. Scroll down to read more and see pics.
The result is a 909 sample pack of raw, punchy drum hits, perfect for all genres of House & Techno.
Drumtrax is a collection of high end, tape saturated 24bit drum sounds inspired by the funky 8 bit drum machines of the 1980s. The sounds are reminiscent of Prince / Human League / mid 80s boogie, but with more bite.
Though reminiscent of a Linn, the clap and hi-hats are dirtier (I prefer them) and the rimshot is closer to a TR-707. Classic cabasa, meaty snare, proto-house cowbell, and a warm kick created with the help of an SP-1200 sampler.
The CR-78 is the god of rhythm boxes, and has been used by everyone from Phil Collins to Blondie, Jimmy Edgar to Todd Terje, (and too many 90s Techno tracks to count). Metallic percussion, warm analog kicks, crisp 808-ish snares, and some of the smoothest hi hats of all time.
Many of the CR-78 samples out there are lacking in sound quality, and it's rare to even find 24bit versions. A low quality sample is an uphill battle. So, to create this pack, I processed the machine through a 100% analog, class A signal path, straight to tape, and through an extremely accurate converter.