IK Multimedia Beat Machines, new vintage drum machine library for SampleTank 4

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IK Multimedia Beat Machines is a new library with 1.6 GB of round robin samples from 100 iconic vintage analog drum machines and rhythm units for SampleTank 4

Vintage drum machines are more popular than ever. Preferably in hardware in good condition for the studio. If that doesn’t work, music producers use high-quality samples instead.

IK Multimedia has today published Beat Machines, a new library for SampleTank 4 that gives you sounds from 100 vintage drum machines. This could be interesting for one or the other because it is more than just another simple library.

IK Multimedia Beat Machines

IK Multimedia Beat Machines

Beat Machines is a new extensive collection of 1.6 GB of round robin samples from 100 iconic vintage analog drum machines and rhythm units. It includes samples from the earliest Ace Tone machines to the legendary, essential TR-808, and -909 plus esoteric novelties, and more.

Unlike classic sample libraries, Beat Machines comes with over 200 ready-to-use instruments presets that are mapped to the SampleTank 4 engine. Each presets consists of hundreds of additional “single element” presets that represent each kit piece. This enables users to take advantage of SampleTank 4’s Multi Mode to combine up to 16 different elements from this collection and others.

So it allows you to create a unique drum machine instrument from scratch. Start with a Roland® TR-808 kick drum, add a snare from the Maestro Rhythm King, toms from the Simmons® SDS-V, hi-hats from the Elka Wilgamat, and so on. Then, each kit element has its own 5-slot effects sections with which you can process each sound separately before using the sends and returns for kit reverbs and bus compression. Plus, you get up to 5 more effects on the master bus.

More Is More

To give classic beats that extra punch, the presets for each individual machine also includes the full General MIDI set of vintage electronic percussion sounds constructed from across the full library of hardware instruments. This extends the sound of every original machine, making this collection of vibey percussion a must-have for any fan nostalgic for those bygone sounds.

Further, the sound designers have mapped over 200 kit presets to the General MIDI drum mapping standard so they can be dropped into any DAW session, putting these classic sounds instantly to work. You can also mix different kits from other ST libraries and create completely new hybrid instruments.

Beat Machines also ships with an extensive library of over 300 MIDI patterns.

IK Multimedia Beat Machines is available for $79,99 USD/79,99€ + VAT from the official IK online store. It works inside the latest versions of SampleTank 4 and SampleTank 4 CS (free version).

More information here: IK Multimedia 

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