HI-FI RHYTHM MACHINES
SAMPLE PACKS, COMING SOON! Vintage rhythm machines meticulously captured using the best technology available, by a recordist who knows these old boxes (e.g. tuning, isolating hits, lowering noise). Produced with the philosophy that the user will add their own processing to fit their production style—what we need are neutral high-resolution digital captures of these old boxes that will hold up to downstream processing.
Captured Directly. Recorded direct using a Little Labs box for transformerless balancing and clean gain, thru 5ft of Grimm TPR cable with Mogami gold contacts, into a Forssell MADC-2a GENII A/D converter @ 96k/24bit. The MADC is considered by many the best converter currently available for “naturalness”—captures the deep organic details of the analog source. Also using a Metric Halo LIO8-3D converter for a clean/neutral capture.
Plus "Hi-fi" Enhanced! In addition to the direct path, I'll also be capturing an assortment of samples thru Pendulum tube gear, using a mint collection of vintage tubes. The Pendulum Quartet is an uncompromising modern studio piece using a “hi-fi”. Nearly invisible with great specs, just adds a touch to sparkle, and subtle character depending on the tubes. No heavy-handed processing.
Vintage Tubes. My collection includes—early 50s Telefunken (clear and tight), RCA long gray plate (full and smooth), RCA short plate (punchy and crisp), Mullard (rich harmonic midrange), GE 6072 (natural and articulate). These can be placed in the DI, EQ, and compressor positions, and mildly overdriven for a bit more density and rounding.
Why 96k? Many people are working at higher sample rates these days, and even if you don't believe there is a difference in the recorded sound from the sample rate itself, it gives the computer more information for downstream processing, which can lead to improved sound. And SRC has become so good these days, you can convert this pack down to whatever rate you are using without artifacts. Also, the high-end on these analog boxes extends beyond 40kHz, and a 96k sample rate captures the full frequency response. Going future proof with 96k just makes sense.
The first box sampled will be a Roland TR-66. I found a near mint condition unit in Japan and have been testing, figuring out how to get isolated hits, tuning, and working to get the lowest noise possible. Sampling starts in September, and should be released around November 2018.
For 2019 I'm open to suggestions—could do the popular big brother, the CR-78...or something else. If you own a mint-condition vintage rhythm machine you want sampled, get in touch—willing to pay shipping and you get free samples.