A comprehensive array of sound awaits
Most TR909 sample packs are unprocessed recordings using variations of the TR909s drum tunings and decays. Others are passively sampled through some kind of analog summing buss, a console, or recorded to analog tape. These are great and cover a lot of bases for musicians.
However, the vast majority of records made with real TR909 drums have processing on them, sometimes huge amounts of EQ and compression have been used on the TR909 sounds. The great thing is, even with copious amounts of processing theTR909 doesn't lose its character, on the contrary processing can seriously enhance a TR909 in all areas, and of course make it dangerously punchy! Processing can also make the TR909 deep, moody, and oozing with vibe!
At Niche Audio we believe the TR909 when processed and abused through the right gear takes its vibe to another level! We felt such aTR909 sample collection was missing - a TR909 sample pack lovingly created and saturated with vibe and character, along with user flexibility! That is what we intended…and we believe this collection succeeds in capturing the soul of one of the most legendary analog drum machines ever made, and processed by some of the best boutique hardware around.
This is not your every day average TR909 sample pack - this really is so much more! Every single drum hit has been processed by an assortment of boutique (and low end) gear for maximum authentic vibe. The hardware used includes a SSL 900 AW mixing console, and original UAD 1170, Distressors compression, DBX 165, along with Focusrite EQ. Of course, we’ve also included a non processed kit recorded via very high end convertors. Vibe, not just quality is what this pack is all about. One of the kits even uses the exact same budget Mackie mixer used by thousands of dance record producers in the 90s. Authenticity, if its worth doing, its worth doing it right!
All samples were recorded at 96 kHz and only the best sample rate conversion was used for down sampling. No samples were loudness limited, and all samples importantly are set to a level -4db, allowing your plugins to breathe and have room to manoeuvre, and thats why you need them in your armoury!
Although easy enough for Ableton users to design their own custom kits, Maschine users can take advantage of its intuitive tagging features. All Niche Audio samples are fully tagged, making it a breeze to create your own custom kits. Simply hit the samples tag, BeatMachines and then click the appropriate tag for the drum you want. Then click the kick drum tag and all the kick drums from only that pack will display, allowing you to create your own TR909 kits within minutes!
How about blending some SSL processed drums with Moog filtered ones, or try a pure-path snare along with a heavily UAD compressed one! The possibilities for unique TR909 combinations are endless, especially when you add your own processing!
Planet 909 is available for both Maschine and Ableton Live.
Maschine users can expect to find 20 kits and 238 samples.
Ableton Live users can expect to find 20 drum racks and 238 samples.