They were recorded from an original
TR-808 through one of 301′s custom built DI boxes,
and then patched through the Fairchild 670 via the
SSL K-Series console, finally being captured into
Ableton Live by an Apogee Rosetta 200 ADC. Multiple
passes of some of the samples where made to include
variations on each element, such as a short punchy
kick, and the long-decay sub type kick.
DRM1 MKIII: Using the per-sound outputs
on the Vermona, each sample was passed through a
series of outboard gear suited to that sound.
As with our 808 Drum Rack, some
these samples were recorded via Studios 301′s very
rare (and very valuable) Fairchild 670 compressor.
Going beyond the Fairchild this time, we took
advantage of more of 301′s outboard gear, and
customised the signal chain for each new sound.
Beats: Over in Studio 2 at Studios 301,
the samples were recorded direct from the Korg Volca
Beats into an API 512c Lunchbox pre-amp, then
through a channel of the SSL 9000k console for some
slight compression and EQ, before being captured
back in to Ableton Live with a Apogee Rossetta 200
It might be a consumer priced drum
machine, but it was amongst some giants (with giant
price tags) over at 301. It was pretty surreal
hearing the Volca’s meaty analog kick booming
through the Genelec 1039A main monitors in Studio 2.