All The Samples From Mars is a 62 GB collection of 75 sample packs, created over the past 10 years by extensively sampling our favorite (often rare and vintage) drum machines, synthesizers, samplers, custom vinyl, acoustic instruments and more. All of our samples have been painstakingly mapped to your favorite DAWs and samplers and recorded through some of the best recording equipment in the world. We craft everything by hand in our studio:
The Everything Bundle is constantly growing bigger and better, as we add our latest creations to it, pushing our sonic boundaries further with each release as we gain more experience, come up with new ideas, and ask you what we should sample. By its very nature, the bundle is at its biggest and best any time you're reading this page. It includes every pack we've ever made at the time of purchase, but does not include future releases.
Our goal is to bring the unique charm and sound of these beautiful machines into a modern context, for people who can't afford the real thing (and even for those who can 😉).
Holding ourselves to the highest sonic standard possible and utilizing years of experience with some of the nicest consoles, tape machines and outboard processing gear around, we've hopefully created our own sound along the way.
And by diligently mapping these samples to countless instruments for Ableton, Kontakt, Logic, Maschine, MPCs and so much more, the packs are immediately inspiring and playable.
Drum machines and drum samplers are our speciality, and our samples 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).
With so many low quality drum machine samples floating around, we always begin our journey by capturing the cleanest possible samples at 24 BIT, making sure our machines are serviced, and recording through high end DIs, our API 1608 console and Apogee Symphony MKII converter.
Then, we spice things up a bit for the crowd that likes a little more flavor - engaging tape machines, saturators, re-sampling, compression, EQ, and even printing the sounds to vinyl and sampling that.
The following are some of the hundreds of demos we've composed for you to hear the one shot drum samples in action:
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 acoustic kit to vinyl and sampling it. And in 2023, we pressed 40 of our favorite drum machines to vinyl and sampled that! For both packs, we physically degraded the vinyl to obtain all sorts of characterful artifacts. These vinyl drum samples are our top-selling packs of all time - there's just something about getting the sound of vinyl (legally) that can't be replicated.
This is what the process looked like for the acoustic drums:
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.
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 - one of our favorites is the Mirage, which is only 8 bits, and features a silky, analog filter. We recorded piano, flutes, horns, strings, guitars, bass and more into it, transforming these traditional sounds into our own custom, vintage sampler library of sweet and buttery, dusty and lo-fi instruments:
This is all to say that a huge amount of time, effort, love, care and attention to detail and experimentation goes into our process. We do everything the hard way and are constantly challenging ourselves because we consider this an art, not a business. Since there isn't enough space here to truly detail our process over the past decade, I recommend browsing the store and reading any pages that interest you - it's all included in this download 😉.
The only reason we're able to give away all of this hard (and very costly) work for this price is because of your continued support. I truly believe that something high quality can and should be delivered for a low enough price to reach people who don't have a high budget - hey, I started Samples From Mars with almost no gear to my name. And just as drum machines and synthesizers democratized the music making process in the early 80s, these sample packs should continue that legacy and give you access to those same machines.
We put *everything* we make back into recording gear, new instruments to sample, and new team members, to continue giving you even better packs every year.