BPB proudly presents Cassette 808, a free collection of tape processed 808 drum machine samples, based on the excellent source material provided by Gregor Zemljic. To make things even better, we have included a selection of fully chopped up one-shot samples from Gregor’s original 808 recordings.
Well, these samples have definitely spent enough time collecting dust on our HDD and we figured this is the right moment to share them with the world. Cassette 808 is based on an amazing set of 808 drum samples that were recorded by Gregor Zemljic of Earrisistible Mastering way back in 2010.
The samples were recorded in Gregor’s mastering studio using the following recording chain: Radial JDI – Neve 1073 DPA – Crane song Ibis M (very slight low end/hi-end boost + HPF @ 20Hz) – Crane song STC 8 (very light compression to add a bit of punch) – Crane song HEDD AD @ 24/44.1kHz.
Gregor’s original 808 recordings are among the best (if not the very best) 808 drum machine samples that can be downloaded for free. However, the problem is that Gregor’s source material was provided as a collection of recording sessions, each included as a rather long WAV file. In other words, the original 808 sound set wasn’t ready to use in a sampler out of the box.
That’s why I decided to contact Gregor and ask him if we could edit his recordings and turn them into a ready to use sample collection. Thankfully, he said yes!
The result is Cassette 808, a 100% free sample pack consisting of three kits:
- Clean Kit – 47 clean 808 drum samples. These are Gregor Zemljic’s original samples, trimmed and edited for easy use in your sampler instrument of choice.
- Warm Kit – a set of 22 saturated 808 drum samples that were resampled from an audio cassette at low gain. Slightly noisy and warmed up.
- Hot Kit – same as the previous kit, but this time the gain was super high. These samples are seriously distorted and gritty, perfect for fat 808 basslines.
Each kit also comes with a ready to use NKI patch for Native Instruments Kontakt 5. The NKI patches feature a simple custom user interface with direct access to the volume ADSR envelope, low-pass filter cutoff, and resonance, as well as a built-in reverb and delay module. If you create SFZ patches (or patches for any other sampler format), please send them over and we’ll include your patches in the pack (and credit you, of course).
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.
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BPB Cassette 808 (8.94 MB download size, ZIP archive)
DISCLAIMER 1: This sample pack is in no way affiliated or endorsed by the Roland Corporation.
DISCLAIMER 2: Not to be confused with The Cassette808 by Goldbaby (also free and also great)!