All kits are now finished. They are all drum kits with the exception of 6 or 7 kits. The 5 Oberheim Matrix 1000 kits have single synth samples mapped across the keyboard for each of the 8 BooTweak groups, so you can solo the groups you want to layer in a patch. All of the tonal sounds have been tuned together for instant blending pleasure. Details about and download links for the samples can be found here: The Machine samples.
It was quite a project preparing these kits. First of all, the sounds had to be organized into 1 of 8 BooTweak groups. Many of the samples were not descriptively labeled, requiring individual auditions and best guesses for appropriate categories at times. Some of the classic drum synths like the Alesis SR-16 contained so many samples that multiple kits were required to include all of the samples. In almost all cases where there are multiple BooTweak kits for a drum synth the kick and snare groups will be unique to each kit. After that the percentages go down for the uniqueness of percussion and tom groups. Claps/rimshots, cymbals and open and closed hats are typically the least represented with variety. So in some instances the less represented groups are simply duplicated to other numbered kits to fill out the kit completely.
The original sample files sometimes have 2 different folders for mono and stereo files. When I found little to no sound difference between the mono and stereo files I simply omitted the stereo files. As these samples were originally culled from many different sources there is no rhyme or reason in the organization as a whole, so sometimes there were stereo hits that sounded different from some mono hits, and these were made into kits. A large number of the stereo samples had errant loop information which had to be turned off individually in Kontakt, as well as varying amounts of silence at the beginning of the sample, requiring me to set an accurate start point as well. It took a lot of work, but these samples are now all ship-shape in Kontakt format.
To offer the maximum variety in each kit, I sometimes combined small individual kits together, as well as the aforementioned mono and stereo samples, space permitting.
Many of the older kits are small and sound quite similar, even across different manufacturers. They tend to sound like the built-in drum octave on large console keyboards/organs from the early 80s (at least from my memory of childhood). This particular sound is VERY well represented in these samples, hence the “Vintage” title, I guess.
Many will be searching for the more electronic flavored hits in a kit, so just know that when loading a kit the initial Ghost Octave (C of each octave for each group) hits may not be reflective of some samples you’ll like deeper in the group’s octave. Drum synths from the 80 to the aughts usually have a variety of acoustic, big sounding/gated-reverby 80′s hits, as well as the classic Roland 808 and 909 hits most prevalent in electronic music.
BooTweak is the uber-Kontakt script template I created last year, and is included with every kit. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s easy to learn and makes working with samples, especially drums, a quick and creative job in Kontakt. As with any Kontakt script, you can simply bypass it if you wish and just use the normal Kontakt interface. Just know that using the BooTweak interface makes working with groups a lot faster and easier to do!
Most of TheMachine BooTweak drum groups are mapped on the keyboard in the same order. Occasionally I moved the kick, snare or both groups to one of the last 2 groups, as they both have an extra octave available to hold samples. If I could get away with only needing one kit for an entire drum synth’s samples by doing so than I would. In any event, the Ghost Octave presets are set up in the same “kick/closed hat/snare/open hat etc.” order, so you can easily delete and load new kits for auditioning with the same drum pattern playing. Remember, there is no faster way to audition up to 120 sounds in a drum kit than using BooTweak.
All downloads are still free, but please consider making a small donation for the many hundreds of hours I’ve now put into programming BooTweak and preparing kits that work with 3rd party samples. If you are reading this on another site, visit http://www.bootweak.com for more details and download/installation instructions. As the samples and Kontakt instrument files will be loaded separately on your system, I’d recommend in Kontakt (4.1+) going to “Files/Batch Resave” and selecting the folder with the BooTweak kits. Obviously less painful to locate and resave the files just once rather than every time you load a new kit!