Great news for UNO Drum users! The compact IK Multimedia drum synth just got a curated collection of rare and vintage drum sounds spanning the history of drum machines, all of this for FREE!
The collection is called Drum Anthology Libraries for UNO Drum, and it features a selection of PCM sounds from rare and vintage drum machines designed to expand the sound palette of the UNO Drum. It includes sounds created using more than 40 drum machines from different eras – from drum machine predecessors of the 1960s, to modern machines from the 1990s and beyond.
The collection features 10 libraries that capture the iconic sounds of each original drum machine, organized by era and style. In addition, each library offers new enhancements derived from the sounds of a vintage 4-piece drum kit, for further tonal variety.
According to IK, they carefully studied each piece of gear to capture its most recognizable sounds, and then added new elements for even more flexibility and convenience. The Italian company states that these are not 1:1 recreations; they are IK’s homage to the classics (whatever that means!)
Each library can be easily loaded into UNO Drum to deliver even more options in the studio or for live performances. They temporarily replace the factory-default sound set without overwriting stored kits and patterns, letting users experiment with different sounds for their existing grooves, or giving them fresh inspiration for new grooves.
Combined with UNO Drum’s true analogue voices, the new Drum Anthology Libraries gives users an even more massive range of sonic options. And with UNO Drum’s 100 onboard kits & patterns, plus the ability to store more on a Mac, PC and iPad with the UNO Drum Editor application, there’s virtually no limit to the grooves users can create.
What Will You Find In The Library?
If the video above made you curious, here’s the full list of the sounds featured in this free collection.
Anthology Library 1: Ace Tone Rhythm Ace FR-2L®, Ace Tone Rhythm Ace FR-6®, Ace Tone Rhythm Ace FR-7L®, Ace Tone Rhythm Ace FR-8®
These machines from the 1960s and 1970s were primarily used by organists to add percussion fills. Based on simple but effective circuitry, they became the start of what a drum machine would eventually be.
These were also accompaniment machines, used around the globe primarily to give a background rhythm to organ players. They range from the massive Wurlitzer Sideman – the first commercially available drum machine – to more compact boxes, most of which began to offer ways to create evolving rhythms and creative expression when used with reverbs and delays.
Japan had a lead role in the development of rhythm boxes and these are some of their unusual and historic game-changing drum machines. More portable than earlier drum machines, some of these boxes were also more programmable and regarded as an “instrument” rather than a simple accompaniment tool.
Anthology Library 4: Roland CR-78®, Roland CR-5000®, Roland CR-8000®, Roland TR-77®
This set of iconic Roland Drum machines features some early models that served as the starting point for what became the universally recognized “sound” of drum machines. The CR-78 also brought drum machines into the computer age, as the first one to include a microprocessor.
Anthology Library 5: Roland TR-606®, Roland TR-808®, Roland TR-909®, Roland TR-33®
The classic Roland drum machines used in this library represent a turning point in electronic music. New genres were formed around them, shaping decades of music history.
The ’80s! During this decade, drum synths evolved to allow drummers to connect them to electronic drum kits to use them for performance, offering a “sound of the future”. This library offers a sample of what it was like working with them.
A combination of drum machines from the 1980s, 1990’s and 2000’s with a future-retro vibe. Still used in productions today, these were inspired by the past and shaped around the most famous drum machines of all time, but with additional sound capabilities and their own character.
This Library contains rare-yet-affordable drum machines from all around the world. These rarities offer a sound that’s very different from others, and offer hidden delights for sound experimentation when used with effects and filters.
Anthology Library 10: BOSS DR-110®, Realistic Concertmate Electronic Accompanist/Metronome®, Delptronics LDB-1®, ELI CR-7030®
This library features a group of portable drum machines in demand from musicians on the go during the 1980s and 1990s. They’re ideal for adding unique, retro or lo-fi sounds to any groove.
How To Get These Free Sounds For UNO Drum
The Drum Anthology Libraries for UNO Drum is a free download for registered UNO Drum users via library updaters on the IK Multimedia website.