After the warm reception of our first installment in the analog percussion world (Raw Vermona DRM1) we decided to make a library built on the same honorable principles -realism, dynamics and usability- but with a more aggressive and punchy sound that complemented the organic, creamy and percussive nature of the previous collection.
Of all the drum machines in our arsenal we felt that the XBase 09 was the box that best represented this idea, and thus our next victim was chosen!
The XBase 09 is a Roland 909 inspired drum machine with a twist. The great thing about it it’s that, although you can use it to emulate a convincing 909, it can also go way beyond it’s limits. The bass drum and snare circuits have much wider range and the sound is a bit more modern and over-the-top. It’s like a 909 on steroids! This is specially nice since you can end up with something that sounds “familiar” yet not dated like the overused original 909.
A clever way of sounding punchy.
970 ONE SHOTS
206 ABLETON KITS
45 AKAI MPC KITS
45 MASCHINE KITS
WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT DYNAMIC RANGE IN SAMPLE PACKS?
“For a start, compression and normalization are a process that is almost impossible to counter. Of course you can use expanders to regain some dynamic range, but the negative artifacts of compression and volume normalization will still be there.
If you think twice, most serious producers have their own set of preferred tools and dynamic processors So if you want to use dynamic sounds in say, a more “laid back” production, you just can’t do it with regular libraries.
When dealing with synthetic analog sounds, dynamics are key. Unlike real drum and instrument samples, synthetic sounds are already very undynamic, so having the option to “let them breathe” a bit is certainly a good idea.
It’s as close as having the machine yourself. The “real deal” doesn’t sound compressed, it breathes and it sounds RAW!”
– BORJA RUIZ & PEPE COCA