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Win Vintage TR-909 & Soniccouture Electro-Acoustic

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Fantastic chance to win Vintage TR-909 & Soniccouture Electro-Acoustic £4300$5500

Vintage drum-machine sounds have, by sheer ubiquity, transcended trend and fashion to become staples of music production. Soniccouture’s concept with their drum virtual instrument, Electro-Acoustic, was to take these classic sounds and put them back into a real acoustic space, to add all the artifacts and character of the modern recording studio that they lack. 

A large club PA was placed in a studio live room and peppered with vintage microphones. Rare analogue desks and preamps were fed the mic signals, then overdriven. The final touch: acoustic drum shells and snare wires were excited by sub-bass energy and their distressed rattles and booms captured.

All the original hardware settings from a huge array of vintage drum machines were captured in great detail, with five round-robin samples per hit for a varied and organic response.

SOS digital subscribers can read the review here:

The 15 drum machines that underwent this unusual sampling were Roland’s TR-808, TR-909, TR-606, CR-78 and CR-8000; the Bentley Rhythm Ace; the DR55 and DR110 from Boss; Korg’s 55b, the Yamaha MR10, an Oberheim DMX, the Sequential Circuits Drumtraks, Emu’s Drumulator, the LinnDrum LM2 and the Simmons SDS800.

Each of these drum sounds can be spiced up by mixing in the following channels: an overdriven Neve 1073 preamp, a valve preamp, a miked-up Ampeg bass cabinet, an EMI TG12345 compressor, the room sound from State Of The Ark or Monnow Valley studios, resonating toms and various other drum rattles. As well as all that, you can really dial in the character with high, mid and low PA mics.

To keep you away from the same old patterns, Soniccouture have also developed three unique generative drum sequencers to complete the toolkit. The first is Beat Shifter, a classic step-sequencer that evolves your drum pattern with every bar. Then there’s Euclidean Beats, which incorporates a new sequencing method based around Euclidean maths. This means that drum sounds are always equally spaced in the bar, giving faultless rhythmic setups. Finally, there’s the multi-layered Poly Beats, a completely flexible step-sequencer: set one track to 16 steps, the next to 5, or 9, or 23… you choose. Using it makes creating complex-sounding polyrhythms a breeze.

One lucky winner will receive a vintage Roland TR-909 — the very same one that was sampled by Soniccouture for Electro-Acoustic. It’s in excellent condition, of course, and the winner of this will also get a copy of Electro-Acoustic, the software it helped to create. A further five readers will receive a copy of Electro-Acoustic, worth $179. To be in with a chance of winning,  enter before Monday 9 October, 2017. Good luck! 

Prizes kindly donated by Soniccouture.

The small print

  • Only one entry per person is permitted.
  • Employees of SOS Publications Group, Soniccouture and their immediate families are ineligible for entry.
  • No cash alternative is available in lieu of the stated prize.
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