The Ultimate Drum Machine Retrospective
The first drum machines were manufactured in the 60's, designed to imitate the sounds of drums and percussion instruments. These drum machines utilized analog synthesis and typically offered few options for customizing their sound. In the 80's we began to see drum machines use low resolution digital samples - these quickly became popular and were used pervasively throughout pop music and the growing hip-hop movement.
In the 90's, with the continuing development of technology, we saw great improvement in sound quality - where machines became much more capable but conversely, as their specifications improved, they began to lose some of the character that made their predecessors so great.
From the Legends to the Obscure, 80 Machines at Your Command
With Beat Box Anthology we've set out to capture a full spectrum of these machines - allowing you to instantly call up the analog classics or newer digital models. Including cult machines like the Roland 808 and 909 to lesser known and rare models that saw very small production runs, giving you a huge diversity of sounds and character at your disposal. Each of the 80 machines we processed was sampled at 24 bit / 96 kHz using the very best DI boxes and ADCs. In addition to precise captures of these sounds we had the entire library of over 10,000 samples individually mastered by Chris Gerhinger at Sterling Sound resulting in an immediate, punchy, world-class sound you won't find anywhere else.
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