"What if a time-capsule was discovered that contained never before heard drum machines...
With the classic character of the 909, 808, 707, SP1200, Drumulator, and Linns..."
"What if Don Buchla created a drum machine..."
"What if that time-capsule also contained a drum machine from the future..."
These are the questions I had in mind, a game I played, during the creation of
Driven Machine Drums Strikes Back.
But the real questions are what would you do today with these sounds, what
genres could you invent, who's mind could you blow?
A few people enjoyed Driven Machine Drum and wrote in asking me to continue working on sound design, so I decided to sell a large portion of my kit and double down on some of the best analog and digital synthesis technology available today... if not the best.
"Every single category includes tons of sounds I had never heard before. The amount of new, unique material is simply staggering." - Rekkerd
(a portion of the gear used during the creation)
The goal was to present you with something simultaneously familiar and yet completely fresh. But creating new sounds, IMHO, wasn't enough. There had to be an improvement in the methodology because I wanted you to feel like you owned these "newly-discovered" instruments.
I also wanted you to be able to spend even more time writing, being creative, and performing (aka fun stuff) and less time EQing and controlling dynamics to get a reasonably loud master.
"i have been in europe for the past 3 weeks .. making tons of music on my laptop.
the only sound library i have on my computer is DMDSB and it's really all i need ..
hard to work away from my studio but this fills the void!
its f**king incredible man!
REALLY REALLY LOVE IT" - Drumcell
Every sample has been tweaked...
during the synthesis stage to fit within specific frequency ranges, using scopes, real-time analysis, and the some amazing filters.
You can put these in your software, Octatracks, MPCs, laptops, adjust some volume levels, and be 90% of the way there. Which, BTW, is ideal for live performance, if you are into that sort of thing. Also useful for smoking deadlines faster and taking some time off.
These new sounds master cleaner and louder than any I've ever used.
DMDSB takes advantage of some psychoacoustic principles, mainly that the ear and mind respond more to a change in texture than a change in amplitude. By controlling the transients and implementing some textural changes during the sample capture, now I'm averaging -14dB RMS on the drum bus with NO compression or mastering. And the attacks sound present and preserved.
BTW, you'll rarely need to use a compressor on individual samples, but you will find that a buss compressor glues the shape and groove of these samples like none other.
Finally, the samples have been purposefully synthesized long with a nice body and minimal transients, allowing you creative freedom in shaping the contours of each sample to fit your production. You'll find that each sample produces many authentic sounding variations due to the timing of the textural changes. This really needs to be experienced so check the demo for some examples of these bold statements.
Oh yeah, the tubes, tape, and trannies are in there too. But now those devices are implemented during the synthesis and design stages, married to the samples themselves. This provides the natural warmth and limiting that garned wide acclaim for Driven Machine Drums, while improving on the technique by controlling the affected frequencies and timing.
Driven Machine Drums STRIKES BACK!!
"Man, I'm totally impressed. You have a wonderful attention to sonic detail. You can hear that every sample was completely crafted and sculpted to perfection with this release!" - Richard Devine
2072 brand-new samples, of which 90% have never before been heard and the other 10% is presented in a completely new fashion.
Only 966 copies will be officially sold and licensed.
In a world of never ending soft-synths and sample libraries, I wanted to synthesize and record something original and inspirational to share with you. It is my intention that you have something completely unique to add some spice and flavour to your productions. I humbly hope I accomplished this mission and offer you the opportunity to test this library yourself and share in the fruits of this epic 13 month endevour.
Intended for any genre that includes electronic drum sounds. Included are a wide variety of new sounds spanning the range and expanding the boundaries of contemporary music. Club, techno, trance, dubstep, house, ambient, electro-acoustic, dnb, experimental, film-beds, pop, hip-hop, rock ... sure, why not, those genres use drums. For me, the focus is making a wide variety of samples to be used as a musical instrument, transcending genre and inspiring you thru life.
This library took a substantial investment of time, effort, and money. I live modestly and put everything I have into creating this content. I have taken considerable measures to keep the overall budget within reason while delivering the highest value ratio possible.
What makes this content and any future content possible is the honorable support of musicians and artists world-wide. You have my respect and gratitude.
DMDSB Deluxe Edition Contents:
2072 Premium Designer Drum Samples
Intelligently organized and labeled for optimal creative work-flow
Optimized for Elektron Octatrack playback levels
Featuring premium dithering/SRC and 8 character names for classic samplers such as the MPC and Akai series
Logic EXS-24 programs (also compatible with Digidesign's Structure)
Native Intruments Kontakt programs
22 Ableton Drum Racks
22 FXPansion Geist and Guru Kits
22 NI Maschine Kits
In addition, Battery, Groove Agent One, Motu BPM, etc... all allow the quick and easy drag/drop of both WAV and AIF files. So, if you are using any of these programs, Driven Machine Drums STRIKES BACK is compatible.
The best way for you to experience Driven Machine Drums STRIKES BACK is to use the collection in it's entirety. That way you can acquire a true feel of how these sounds integrate with your vision. I also believe in treating others the way I would like to be treated, extending trust and honor as the standard. That is why I am willing to offer a 30-day no-questions-asked return policy. If at any time within that period you feel it's not 100% working out, please, email me and request a refund. No harm, no foul, easy. (tonebldr at gmail)
In return I also desire to be treated with trust and honor, so I expect you to delete the content and always keep it private. If not for me, my family, or the 965 other users, do it entirely for selfish reasons and keep it for yourself. Who wants to wear the same thing as everyone else everyday? Not me and surely not you. I'm not down with the Khaki uniform. DMDSB is a limited edition offering, going out World-Wide to people in all arenas. Your slice of the pond should be virtually clone free.
"The sound themselves are among the best we've heard for any type of electronic music and highly recommend them."
- Trash Audio
So wait, what machine is this?
Trainspotters? Gear-heads? (yeah, me too)
It's a bit tough to present a gearlist because of the methodology. Everything was combined in a more modular fashion, some stuff was real instruments, some used physical modeling, some used current analog synthesis... and then those were perhaps combined.
While no one device can be pointed to separate from another, DMDSB/MD benefits from the culmination of some great effort by very skilled and talented designers. I'd like to give them credit where credit is due because I stand on the shoulders of giants.
Foote Control P3S
Angel Lofte Source+ Plus w/ personal vintage NOS tube selections
Atlas Pro Juggernaut Twin
AMS Neve 1081
Eventide H-8000 FW
Valley People Dynamite
Hordijk Modular System
Special thanks to these audio companies and designers who's tools were used and abused during the creation of DMD STRIKES BACK and DMD: MD Collection.
On that note, thanks for reading, have fun, and make music!
"It is astonishing how little extra effort is needed to get a loud drum mix with DMDSB samples... things usually aren’t this easy when mixing drums"
- Tomislav, Bedroom Producers Blog
All samples are copyright Tonebldr Inc 2011. By purchasing Driven Machine Drums STRIKES BACK Standard Edition or Deluxe Edition, you agree to the terms of licensing. Upon purchase of a license, ONE user may use the individual samples in a musical production consisting of multiple layered sounds or instruments within a composition of 20 seconds or greater. You may not sell the contents of this collection in it's entirety or resell any individual sound contained within. You may not process or layer these sounds with the intent of repacking them for any distributed sample collection, be them private, public, or commercial. You agree to protect the contents of DMDSB by not making them accessible to unauthorized duplication or distribution.
** All names listed are trademarks of their respective company. These tools were used in tandem to create Driven Machine Drums STRIKES BACK and their listing here is for informational purpose. No endorsement by any of these companies is implied. I do enjoy their tools for a variety of uses beyond designing drum sounds, perhaps you would as well.
To Caroline, my little monkey. This is for you. I'll tell you about it some day when you can understand : )
I humbly thank the creator and architech of our universe and everything within for allowing me to play in your sandbox. Without ears, air, electricity, or physical matter, none of this would matter. I am greatful for your grace granting me strength, inspiration, and encouragement.
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