Free Abelton Live Drum Rack

Roland's TR-808 X Fairchild Limiter

...A promising future lies within a reflection of the past...
— Scientific-SD
Original Roland's TR-808 (Transistor Rhythm) Drum Composer

Original Roland's TR-808 (Transistor Rhythm) Drum Composer

Original Fairchild 670 Limiter

Original Fairchild 670 Limiter

I've spent the last few weeks reflecting on some notable Soul and R&B artist from around the 1980(s) and early to mid 1990(s); Babyface, The Whispers, Jodeci and After 7 just to name a few. I'm into sound design and effects as a priority these days but my roots lay firmly in audio production. Sound Design, Manipulation & Editing have enhanced my creative approach in unimaginable ways on an audio production level; I am consistently siphoning between the two worlds of audio production and sound design, exploring the infinite possibilities that present themselves as the journey that merges these two realms always presents a euphoria of sonic opportunities.

(2) Two Vintage Beast

So here I am gathering intel to further hone my skills; I'm listening to a lot of analog warmth from the 1980(s), I'm hearing some nice kicks drums that sound warm but punchy (great kicks for a beat or to build an impact sound eFX), crisp and fits right in it's mix like nothing I'm hearing in today's music so much.  I'm hearing coloration, synthesis and sequencing that embodies the not so politically correct audio production phrase, "Organic" (but we all know what it means?) and I'm comparing the sounds from then to now.....my conclusion?  Today's sound could benefit from, "A Blast From the Past".  

Conclusion

Once I added this rack to Ableton and gave it a test run, I felt it was my civic duty to share this rack with you aspiring sound designers because the sounds are really nice and warm, but punchy and definitive and can help you in the core stages of creating (like I said before if you're trying to build an 'Impact Sound' you'll need a nice punchy kick to give the initial impact some character).  I'll be utilizing these sounds in audio production as well as sound design and now you can too!  

Download: The TR-808 X Fairchild 670 Limiter Ableton Live Drum Rack Free Here

Ableton Live's Drum Rack; TR-808 Drum Samples Patched Through The Fairchild Limiter Interface

Ableton Live's Drum Rack; TR-808 Drum Samples Patched Through The Fairchild Limiter Interface

  • This rack is Created by Ableton Certified Trainers, Anthony Garvin and Adam Maggs for Studios 301 and Ableton Liveschool.

  • This drum rack contains samples form a Roland TR-808 drum machine processed via Studios 301's Fairchild 670 compressor and Neve 88R console.

A Vintage Feel:

Here are some links that I thought were exciting to check out; they'll point anyone whose unfamiliar with the 'Roland TR-808' and the 'Fairchild Limiter' in the right direction.

Roland TR-8 - Strahil Velchev aka KiNK Demo

Fairchild 670 Restoration - Vintage King Audio Restoration Process of the Fairchild

Fairchild 670Jack Joseph Puig speaks about the Fairchild Limiter and Pultec EQ.