Add some unusual percussion to your productions with the cult synth’s alien sound.

The Buchla Music Easel isn’t known as a drum machine, but YouTube channel 100 Things I Do has released a free library of percussion samples made with the synth.

The samples are more abstract and alien than the standard Roland and Korg drum sounds, making them ideal for any producers with TR-808 fatigue.

The Music Easel was designed by the late Don Buchla in the 1960s. Its design was meant to encourage more experimentation than synthesizers with a standard keyboard layout and gained a small but loyal following.

Following Buchla’s death last month at the age of 79, FACT’s Oli Warwick spoke to some of Buchla’s most noted devotees including Suzanne Ciani and Surgeon about his legacy.

Download the Buchla samples here. If you want more unusual free samples, check out a kit made from space testing facility sounds and a Prince-inspired pack. [via Synthtopia]

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