The 505 is a charming little drum machine, kind of like a 707 and 727 in one box, with a great little sequencer to boot. And, as a contentious vintage synth explorer review proves, you'll find WAY more lovers of the 505 than haters - among them heavyweights like Vince Clark, Aphex Twin, and plenty of Chicago House classics.
But our 505 is no ordinary drum machine - it's been modified with a bizarre, circuit-bending knob that tunes all of the drums simultaneously - either into totally useable, tuned versions of the original sounds, or mangled into oblivion, with crazy digital aliasing and unbeatable artifacts. This is not your ordinary 505!
The 505 From Mars gives you all of the original, unaltered 505 sounds, captured cleanly through an API preamp to our mastering reel to reel and finally Apogee Symphony MK2 conversion. The clean 505 hits are among the best sounding 505 samples out there.
In addition to the original pitches, we also captured 38 additional tunings for every single voice. Each drum was tuned in half steps by hand and ear (time consuming and challenging to say the least) through the same signal chain described above. This gives you a huge variety of pitched sounds not available on the original machine.
Finally, we captured a bunch of these bit-mangled drum hits. By experimenting with different combinations of switches we were able to get extreme, trashy, odd-harmonic drum sounds, including crushed congas, metallic cowbells, crunchy hi hats, trashy timbales, smashes and blips. We can only guess what the mods actually do (the guy who did them couldn't even tell us) - but let's just say they re-arrange the internal architecture of the 505 in the coolest ways possible.
Finally, all of these sounds were compiled into individual hits and (7) 16x hit kits, that offer the best of all three types of 505 sounds we've sampled. These are super playable, and range from clean and classic to modded mayhem.