Vintage Roland CR-78 Drum Machine Sampled

HelloSamples releases Raw Series 5: Roland CR-78 soundpack for Kontakt, Ableton & Maschine      14/10/19

HelloSamples has released Raw Series 5: Roland CR-78, a soundpack for Kontakt, Ableton & Maschine featuring a Roland CR-78. This is what they have to say about it...

Presented in 1978, the Compu Rhythm CR-78 is by far, one of the best sounding analog rhythm machines ever created. Trust us. There is no other machine that matches the human feel and punchiness CR-78 delivers.

The CR-78 came with 34 built in preset rhythm patterns (Rock, Disco, Waltz, Shuffle, Slow Rock, Swing, etc…)
Even if its program capabilities were poor and rudimentary, the groove of its included rhythms and the pure rawness of its sound made it a classic used by iconic musicians from very different genres (think of Phill Collins, Fatboy Slim, Blondie, etc…)


The CR-78 offers very electronic yet analog drum tones.

Kick, snare, rimshot, cowbell, hi-hats, cymbals, congas, bongos, tambourine and guiro are covered.

They sound absolutely great. That’s why we have maintained our “raw” philosophy by carefully sampling the drum machine through top class preamps (Neve 1073 to UA2192 converters) with no further compression or processing.
But… Since this machine is slightly limited in sound design possibilities we decided to also include layered, re-pitched, filtered and tape saturated versions of the original samples to offer a more diverse and playable sound pack staying true to the original.


Besides the one shot samples we decided to also include the precious built-in rhythm loops.
We first recorded all the loops at 124bpm. But carefully listening to the original machine playing at 90bpm gave us a different feeling than playing it at 124bpm. Things were walking a lil bit funkier…

So, we decided to sample it again at 90bpm, ending with loops for fast (electronic) and slow (funky) songs.

Not happy with that extra care we decided to re-sample all the loops processing them with the same tape saturation and Filter effects previously used in the one shots samples.

The result is a punchy, organic and vintage drum soundpack that pays homage to a classic but also oozes the HelloSamples savoir-faire!

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