Following on from Legowelt’s free bundle of Korg Mono/Poly patches, Detroit don Mike Huckaby has dropped a stash of synth-based samples. 

The house veteran is a dyed-in-the-wool vintage synth enthusiast. Back in 2008, Huckaby issued the My Life With The Wave sample CD, featuring samples culled from the super-rare, much-mythologized Waldorf Wave synthesiser. He was at it again this year, dropping the The Down Under Kit sample CD for Red Bull Music Academy in Australia. Huckaby has now compiled a free collection of new sample sounds for German magazine Groove, culled from a range of synths and samples sources.

Handily, Huckaby has supplied a series of footnotes explaining how he created the palette of sounds in question. A host of seminal machines were used, ranging from the Rhodes Chroma to the Alexis Andormedal. Elsewhere, Huckaby’s clearly been doing some blue sky thinking: one track is crafted from the sound of spinning vinyl, and another consists of Huckaby “typing the words ‘Deep Transportation’ on a typewriter”.

Click here to download. Huckaby’s footnotes are below.

The Groove Sample Kit by Mike Huckaby

Samples 1-3: „I sampled my brother, Craig Huckaby playing percussion in a noisy cafe in Toledo, Ohio. I used iMaschine by Native Instruments to capture the recording. After listening to the recordings, we were really interested in the dirty sound that was captured within the samples from being within this environment. I then proceeded to transfer the samples to my computer. Then I was able to warp the samples into perfection using Ableton Live. This was a win-win situation because my brother’s percussive playing was completely undetermined at the time of recording the samples.“

Sample 4: „This sound was recorded and created in the Waldorf Studio of Vancouver, Canada, using the Alesis Andromeda synthesizer.“

Samples 5,6 & 11: „Both samples were created by using the Waldorf Wave as a starting point. The samples became finalized by using the Blofeld by Waldorf Electronics for the final sounds.“

Sample 7: „This sound was recorded and created in the Waldorf Studio of Vancouver Canada using a Rhodes Chroma synthesizer.“

Sample 8: „This sound was also recorded and created in the Waldorf Studio, this time using a Rhodes Polaris synthesizer.”

Samples 9-10: „Both samples were created using a Korg Triton workstation.“

Samples 12-13: „These sounds were recorded and created in the Waldorf Studio of Vancouver, Canada, using a Yamaha CS 80 synthesizer.“

Sample 14: „This sound was recorded and created in the Waldorf Studio using a Roland SH-101 Synthesizer.“

Sample 15: „This sample was created by using a granular synthesis ensemble I created within Reaktor by Native Instruments. I sampled the end of a vinyl record which contained pops and clicks. Through granular sampling techniques found within Reaktor, I was able to extract harmonics from the sample which you can hear after the initial sample is played.“

Sample 16: „This is another sample created by using the granular synthesis ensemble I created within Reaktor. I recorded myself typing the words Deep Transportation on a typewriter. The results of these two samples using Reaktor are mindblowing!“

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