Reverb, the online second hand marketplace for music gear, has just made its entire vintage drum machine sample library available for free. Originally costing around US$850 when purchased as individual packs, the Reverb Drum Machines collection features 53 sample packs that contain legendary sounds from staples like the Roland TR-808, Linndrum, and Oberheim DMX, along with more esoteric and obscure kit like the Mridanga Talam and Panasonic RD-9844.
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Bundles like this go for a hefty sum at sample library stores, so it’s awesome that Reverb has decided to give it away for free. It’s practically an aural history of synthetic percussion: what you get is a virtual starter kit for the world’s most iconic electronic drum sounds with a bunch of other rare gems to add flavour and character to your productions. Grab it soon as you can.
• The Reverb Drum Machines collection is available now as a free download. Check the Reverb site for more details.
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