Samples From Mars offers the SP 909 From Mars ($29 retail price) sample pack as a FREE download until September 30th, 2021.
SP 909 From Mars pairs two legendary instruments: the Roland TR-909 drum machine and the E-mu SP-1200 sampler. Sounds like a match made in drum heaven!
The pack usually costs $29 on the Samples From Mars website, but they’re offering it as a freebie this month in celebration of the 909 Day. Woohoo!
Taking a closer look at the contents, SP 909 From Mars comes with 304 one-shot samples provided in 24-bit WAV format. The original 909 drum samples were resampled from an SP-1200 using an API 1608 console and the Apogee Symphony audio interface.
Check out the full story on the official product page. Samples From Mars share the full “behind the scenes” of their sampling process and it’s a very informative read. It goes to show how much effort goes into crafting a deeply sampled drum collection like this one.
Here’s a quote from the SP 909 From Mars product page:
“The SP1200 is the best sounding drum sampler I have ever heard – Its crunchy conversion, low bit rate, harmonic overdrive, and aliased pitching can provide cutting, midrange grit, hardening your samples so they punch through a mix. This drive can then be smoothed out to varying degrees by beautiful sounding, analog SSM filters.”
Read the full story and check out the audio demos on the page linked below.
You get multiple versions of each drum channel (kick, snare, clap, hats, etc.) and sixteen different pitches for each drum. The idea here is to capture the gritty character of repitched drums that made the SP-1200 so popular.
Another handy addition are the included MIDI grooves that you can use to add some swing to the sequenced drums in your DAW of choice.
The pack consists of WAV files but you’re also getting kits and presets for all major samples and digital audio workstations. SP 909 From Mars is fully compatible with Ableton Live, Native Instruments Kontakt, MPC1000, and more.
Download: SP 909 From Mars (FREE until September 30th, 2021)