Expanding our collection of free tape processed drum machine samples, I am proud to announce the release of the Cassette 909 drum sample library. Based on an extensive set of clean Roland TR-909 recordings created by Edgar Maguyon, this free sample pack adds a touch of that lo-fi audio cassette crunch to the iconic TR-909 drum sound.
A while ago, Edgar Maguyon (aka Edgar M) has released an epic collection of Roland TR-909 drum machine recordings. His goal was to capture all the possible settings of the 909, resulting in over 8000 individual drum hits in digital format. It is perhaps the most versatile collection of 909 sounds out there, and you can purchase the entire pack in Edgar Maguyon’s online shop.
See also: BPB Cassette 606!
In agreement with Edgar, I took these long TR-909 recordings and trimmed them down to individual one shots. The best drum hits were than recorded to a CrO2 cassette tape using my trusty cassette deck pictured below. I recorded the samples to a cassette at two different gain settings, in order to get two different cassette saturation flavors for this kit.
Finally, the samples were re-sampled back to the DAW and trimmed down to individual hits. The result is a collection of 155 carefully edited one shot samples of the TR-909 drum machine, with 71 clean samples and 84 tape processed hits (these are organized into two separate folders, according to the gain setting).
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The cassette samples are available in two flavors. The Cassette 1 folder contains slightly distorted samples, while the Cassette 2 folder contains fully distorted drum shots which have been recorded to an audio cassette at full gain. The third folder labeled Clean contains the original clean sounds of the TR-909 drum machine.
If you’re interested in collaborating on a project similar to this one, get in touch! If you use these drum samples in a tune, please feel free to post the SoundCloud link in the comments section below and I will include your track in the article.
Also, if you happen to create the mappings for Cassette 909 in your favorite sampler, feel free to send them over and I will include them in the download pack (you will be credited, of course).
UPDATE: Frederik Krautwald (check out his SoundCloud page) has kindly provided a custom Reason ReFill featuring the Cassette 909 sounds. You’ll find it in the downloads section below.
A special thank you goes to Edgar Maguyon (aka Edgar M) for providing the source material for this sample pack!
Check out the Cassette 909 audio demo:
The Cassette 909 download pack contains:
- 155 audio samples in 24-bit WAV format
- 71 clean Roland TR-909 one shot samples
- 84 tape processed Roland TR-909 one shot samples
- Demo track (320 kbps MP3)
The samples contained in this sample pack are free to use in both free and commercial audio projects, video projects, etc. Re-distributing any part of this drum sample library or claiming the included recordings as your own is strictly prohibited.
Want More 909?
You can purchase the original Roland TR-909 pack recorded by Edgar M in his online shop. The free samples which you can download below are a small portion of tape-processed versions of his original 909 samples.
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