Wave Alchemy has introduced Tape KPR-77, a collection of over 280 free drum samples that were recorded directly to 1/4" analogue tape from the Korg KPR-77 drum machine.
The KPR-77 was originally manufactured by Korg in the early 1980’s and was advertised as a cheaper alternative to Roland’s successful TR-606 drum machine. According to Wave Alchemy, "This quirky little analogue machine is capable of producing quite powerful drum sounds, we are especially fond of the toms, snares and claps!"
Tape KPR-77 contains three pre-mapped drum kit patches for use with Kontakt 2, 3, & 4 and Battery 3. Each kit makes use of extensive velocity layering, round robin sample playback and choke groups which in turn capture the quirkiness and expressiveness of the original unit.
Due to the KPR-77’s analogue nature, subtle differences in tone are heard in the sound each time a drum is triggered. This means that no two hits coming from the KPR-77 will sound exactly the same, which in turn makes the overall sound a lot less static and instead, more vibrant and real.
Becuase of this Wave Alchemy recorded up to 5 'round robin' samples and 3 velocity layers per sound, to help capture the 'movement' created by random analogue behaviour.
Pricing and Availability
Tape KPR-77 is available now as a free download. Note that a Wave Alchemy account is required to download the library.