Most TR-909 sample packs are unprocessed recordings using variations of the 909s drum tunings and decays. Others are passively sampled through some kind of analogue summing bus, a console, or recorded to analogue tape. These are great and cover a lot of bases for musicians. However, the vast majority of records made with real 909 drums have processing on them, and sometimes huge amounts of EQ and compression have been used. The great thing is, even with copious amounts of processing, the 909 doesn't lose its character, on the contrary, processing can seriously enhance a 909 in all areas, and of course, make it dangerously punchy! Processing can also make the 909 deep, moody, and oozing with vibe!
At Niche Audio, we believe the 909 when processed and abused through the right gear takes its vibe to another level! We felt such a processed 909 sample collection was missing - a 909 sample pack lovingly sampled and processed with true character at the core along with user flexibility in mind. That is what we intended and we believe this collection succeeds in capturing the soul of one of the most legendary analogue drum machines ever made, processed by some of the best boutique hardware around.
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