All the Samples From Mars is the culmination of 9 years (and tens of thousands of hours) of sampling our favorite, most inspiring (often rare and vintage) drum machines, synthesizers, custom vinyl, and more. Recorded through some of the best recording equipment in the world, all of our samples feature 100% hardware processing - no plugins. And every sample has been painstakingly mapped for various types of software and hardware. We craft everything by hand in our studio:
At 70 sample packs and 60 GB, the Everything Bundle is the biggest and best it's ever been. This download gives you every single product we've ever developed, at the time of download (but does not include future packs).
We've focused on capturing beautiful, vintage electronic gear - specifically, classic and rare drum machines, samplers, synthesizers, modular synths, and more recently, our own collection of custom vinyl drums and vinyl synths.
Unlike most traditional vintage sample packs, we hold ourselves to the highest sonic standard possible, utilizing years of experience with some of the highest-end consoles, tape machines and outboard processing gear around. And by carefully multi-sampling everything, we've become experts at building instruments for Ableton, Kontakt, Logic, MPCS and more, so you can experience a wide range of processing (from clean to wild), tunings, articulations, and more.
It's our goal to bring the unique charm and sound of these devices into a modern context, for people who can't afford the real thing (and even for those who can 😉).
Drum machines are our speciality, and feature both clean and processed, extensively multi-sampled one shots. When possible, we sample every pitch, decay, and parameter (in Ableton there are Macros that select different drum machine pitches, which makes a huge difference in sounding like the original drum machine).
We capture the cleanest possible samples (we've spent years sampling and at this point may have more experience than anybody else in the world doing so). This starts with making sure the drum machine is serviced, plugging it into the cleanest possible power, high end DIs and our API 1608 console. We record through high quality conversion (Apogee Symphony MKII) and often spice things up with a mastering reel to reel, and a host of mastering level hardware saturators, EQs, and compressors we've collected over the years. Most of our drum products include clean and color samples. The following are demos composed of the one shot drum samples:
We've recorded everything from classics (808, 909, etc) to the more rare, hard to find drum machines like the LM1 (we sampled two!), and even stuff that has never been sampled before, like the MPC1, obscure Soviet drum machines and more. We've even recorded our own custom drum machine hits, by tracking acoustic drums with vintage broadcast mics and sampling them through our favorite hardware samplers (similar to how the early digital drum machines were made).
In 2022, we finally accomplished our dream of pressing our own vinyl and sampling it. First, we extensively recorded our in-house acoustic drum kit and percussion, processing it to perfection, and often tracking to tape. We pressed that to vinyl, and sampled the results, cleanly in a mastering studio, but we also physically damaged the record, to get dusty, gritty and degraded, lo-fi, analog drum sounds.
What better to pair drum machines with than some extensively sampled vintage synths?
Sampling a synthesizer has proven to be somewhat of a dark art. It's something we had to teach ourselves over the years - downloading archaic software from brilliant (and quirky) Italian software developers who discontinued their product after being bought out by Apple.
Basically, we start with a synth we are in love with - mostly this is stuff that hasn't been sampled (for example, vintage Russian synths or the Voyetra), but we still find ourselves sampling classics because we love them.
On the keyboard itself, we spend days synthesizing the coolest and most useable patches - juicy analog bass, warm pads, cutting leads, wild FX - the list goes on, and greatly varies with each synth. Then, we multi-sample every note, often sampling additional filter and modulation settings. Usually we record synths pretty cleanly, but sometimes we'll hit various tubes and saturators and even tape!
Once these are chopped, mapped and looped to perfection (it takes forever and is its own art form), we go to town creating presets in various software samplers. Each software is different and has its own options and sound - Ableton allows us to get really deep with modulation, and FX, while Logic just sounds really good.
Our latest release, Vinyl Synths is a collection of 30 of our favorite synthesizers, pressed to vinyl, sampled, and mapped into 215 playable vinyl instruments, ranging from Hi Fi analog, to Lo Fi, dusty and degraded. We've become obsessed with the sound of vinyl - it's our favorite recording medium! By pressing synths to a record (clean, processed, and effected), we can impart an analog punch, dusty grit, and vintage flavor that allows melodic elements to cut through a mix, much like vinyl drums do. Not only can the medium glue certain sounds together, but it also imparts all sorts of artifacts, by pitching the record, warbling it by hand, reversing, creating pitch dives, and so much more.
The results: dusty subs, gritty chords, warbly pads, ethereal leads, classic house organs, italo basses, warm strings, vocoder patches, cosmic effects, and entire batch of percussive, vinyl synth drums. Indeed, the process was much more involved than the above video lets on. You can read more about this extensive (and fun) process here, and see every synth we sampled here.
Multi-sampling synths and drum machines is our speciality, but throughout the years we've done more than just this! We've created Found Sounds by recording rain hitting various objects, thunder, traffic, the ocean, elevators, refrigerators, drill bursts, etc - in different environments, and then re-pitched these on tape machines. We've made experimental tape and trumpet instruments, and have also created the most comprehensive collection of drum machine midi grooves in existence.
We love using old samplers (because of their sound) to transform acoustic instruments entirely - drums, Rhodes, Clavinet, bass, guitar, vocals, obscure records, dogs barking - into synthesizers and custom drum machine hits. Here's an example of what that can sound like - everything here was created from sampling acoustic drums, bass and guitar:
This is all to say, there is just too much to write here about the products we've developed over the years. We recommend clicking the product links to the left if you want to read more about the detailed sampling processes.
The only reason we're able to give away all of this hard (and costly) work for this price is because of your continued support. Somehow we've been able to drop the price AND reach more people - so, for as long as that happens, we'll continue to discount this catalog every so often.
We put *everything* we make back into recording gear, new instruments to sample, and new team members, to continue giving you guys and gals even better samples every year.