Since the Elektron preset samples don’t really cut it here is the best thing to load your Octatrack, sampler and hard drives with: Driven Machine Drum Samples. Here is a video using only one of his samples with the Octatrack.
A few friends have bought Driven Machine Drums and they insist its the best sounding electronic sample pack they ever heard and for electronic music, I’d have to agree. You don’t necessarily hear it when you’re going through the banks – previewing. But when the samples are loaded up and you start to sequence something – you can hear the difference immediately. The samples reach out in the mix and punch hard.
I visited Nate’s studio on the outskirts of Chicago and can say that these samples were made with one of the highest quality signal chains that I’ve seen and could tell that every sample went through high standards.
His story is pretty interesting and is a testament to how serious he is about his craft:
I started capturing 24-bit samples, urgently trying to capture lightning in a bottle. When I played back a sequence using ONLY the new sampled drums, my balls hit the floor. I wasn’t even equalizing, compressing, or limiting the samples! I HAD to show off to my friends, so I invited some producer friends over to listen. You know the feeling when you get something new and have to brag a little bit. I’m a helpful guy at heart, so I gave my friends the new sounds.
The damn fiends wanted more. And so did I.
Like any true addict, I decided to RISK EVERYTHING. I emptied my retirement account and bought all NEW drum machines and MORE coloration devices. I was determined to do whatever it took to create the library of our dreams. I went all out in a “no-holds-barred blaze of glory”
Included are the 24bit Wav files and 16bit Wav files. I’ve used a very good dithering algorithm for the conversion to 16bit to maintain the quality.
There’s a total of 4,100+ sounds and comes in two packages. Complete Beat Machine ($77) and Deluxe ($87) The deluxe version also includes EXS-24, Kontakt, and Structure mappings.
Elektron Machine Drum
Symbolic Sound Kyma Capybara
Roland TR909*, TR808*, TR707*, TR606*
Jomox MBase 11
Vermona DRM-1 MKIII
Acid Labs Miami
Jomox MBrane 11
Drum Fire DF500
Thermionic Culture Vulture
Anamod ATS-1 w/ all cards
Neve 1073 Preamp
Atlas Pro Juggernaut Twin (Iron + Nickle Transformers)
A-Design EM-Gold (Steel Transformers)
Source Plus Tube Amp w/ 1957 NOS French Mazda Tubes
Moog Mooger Fooger
Empirical Labs Distressor
Schippmann Ebbe und Flut
Valley People Dynamite
There seems to be a 25% off sale:
DRIVEN MACHINE DRUMS 1.5, $57
DRIVEN MACHINE DRUMS 1.5 DELUXE, $65