Roland MC-303 drum sounds

Thanks to Nu.Broduction for posting this drum kit, here's a button to their site where you can grab the sounds and put them directly into your ear canals to give your brain a little audio snack.

These guys did a great job recording the 303 through an analog signal chain so you don't have to waste any time with "tube simulators" or vintage compressor VST plugin shenanigans.  

Here's what they sound like straight from the drum rack.  I went up the keyboard chromatically and a little beat came through all by itself, so I recorded it.  Then layered it up to see how they interact in real life.  Dig.

Geekout:  if you're into this sound and you want to know how to make your synths and drum machines sound so good, they used a Manley variable-mu tube compressor, which looks like this:

Everybody out there in plug-in land make note: the faceplate of this compressor is an instruction manual you can use to understand software compressors. 

what do you need to know about compressors?
1. attack time
2. release time
3. threshold
4. ratio

On the Manley "Recovery" means release time,  "output" is like makeup gain,  "threshold" is the same as usual (how much of the sound gets compressed) and "Attack time" affects the snap on the sound, to keep it natural (long attack) or totally squashed (short attack).  

BUT! This is where tube magic happens.  Instead of giving you a ratio control, there's an "input" knob.  This controls how much of the sound is mushed into the compression/limiting circuit.  It means as you drive the input harder, the tubes react more intensely and the compression changes from gentle to serious.  

For a much better explanation get it from Manley HERE.  

If you've read this far, congratulations.  You have been bitten by the audio bug and it's probably never gonna let you go.  

Here's to the analog roots!  ...digital audio come from analog circuits...  wait I have to think about that...

Steve Knots

mixitecture, Pittsburgh, PA

seriously, as soon as I find out how to delete this author bio from the blog, it's gonna be gone.  mixitecture is not about me, it's about YOU and how you get the sound you want from Ableton.  Thanks for your visit.