Win an MPC2000xl
Samples From Mars is running a competition where you can win an MPC2000xl. Produce an original composition using only the MPC2000 Snacks From Mars for your drum sounds. and enter for a chance to win an MPC2000XL and free samples for life.
- WINNER gets an MPC2000XL, free sample for life, and their composition posted on Samples From Mars website and Soundcloud.
- SECOND PLACE gets free samples for life and their composition posted on Samples From Mars website and Soundcloud.
- THIRD PLACE gets free samples in 2020 and their composition posted on Samples From Mars website and Soundcloud.
Submit Your Composition
- Create an original composition at least 2 minutes in length that uses only the MPC2000 Snacks From Mars for drums
- Feel free to manipulate the drums however you want
- Use anything else for non-drum tracks that you have the legal rights to use
- Be prepared to show project files
- Submit composition by May 22nd at 11:30 PM EST or before Samples From Mars receive 1,000 submission
- Samples From Mars judges will choose the winning composition based on musicality, originality, demonstration of samples and production value
- Winner will be announced in June
MPC2000 Snacks From Mars MPC, Free Samples
MPC2000 – Snacks From Mars – Gritty drums from the 90s sampler
MPC2000 Snacks From Mars is a collection of free samples from possibly a favorite MPC of all time.
Comprised of 6x 16hit drum kits and including 29 midi groove files, MPC2000 Snacks From Mars is the perfect treat to feed your sampler if you’re looking for the aggressive, tight punch of this classic machine.
We sampled raw vinyl and drum machines into the MPC, clipping, filtering and effecting the sounds, and processing the results with an Overstayer Modular channel.
OB FROM MARS – Samples From Mars Sampled an Oberheim Synthesizer
OB FROM MARS – Classic and Custom Oberheim Synth Sounds
The OB-SX is an all-analog, six-voice polysynth from the early 80s, whose sound lies somewhere between the more well-known OBX and OBXa. A transitionary model between the two synths, the SX captures the funk of the OBXa and the grain and aggression of the OBX, while somehow sounding a bit different than both. For this reason, it seemed the perfect synth to sample for the OB From Mars. The result is OB From Mars. Classic and custom preset from the OB-SX – a lesser-known Oberheim synth that lies in between an OBX and OBXa in sound.
Why Samples From Mars Chose the SX
Although they all share a major commonality in tone, each synth in the Oberheim line is different sounding than the next. Samples From Mars love the rawness of the OBX – it’s a fully discreet, wild beast, especially with its cross-modulation possibilities. But they also admire the softer sounding OBXa. The SX is kind of a combination of both, while not sounding exactly like either. For this reason, it seemed the perfect choice to demonstrate the vast range of Oberheim Sound.
The Oberheim Sound
A lot of people talk about the “Oberheim Sound” – but what exactly does that mean? Since these synths have had such a massive influence on modern music, the term can mean something different to everybody. The OB will certainly conjure up visions of prog rock bands experimenting with synths for the first time – Rush and Van Halen come to mind immediately. But Oberheims have also been used by synth masters like Jean Michel Jarre and Tangerine Dream and funkmasters like Prince, Roger Troutman. and a slew of Italo Disco artists.
Genre aside, the Oberheims are quite simply some of the most organic, punchy, and “pro” sounding synths out there. They excel at everything from pads, strings, trumpets, and organs, to bass, leads and crazy FX. And even with just a singular mono output, the SX can easily dominate a mix with a wide variety of sounds that are just…well…Oberheim
The Funk is in the Filter
The OB has some of the best sounding brass, Rhodes, clav, and bell sounds I’ve ever heard from an analog synth, and this is due in no small part to the filter and its envelope. The resonance, when coupled with a lightning-fast modulation envelope, adds a plasticky punch you won’t find in many other synths – making it the perfect choice for warm, metallic keys.
Perfect for Lush Soundscapes
The midrange on this synth is inherently punchy and even brash at times. This is what allows it to cut through a mix. Fortunately, as soon as you turn the cutoff down, the entire synth instantly warms up, making it the perfect choice for lush soundscapes, silky strings, warm basses, and vintage leads.
The Classic Presets
The OB-SX comes stocked with 56 presets that Vintage Synth describes as “a bit dated (e.g. early funk & late prog rock). For the most part, these are excellent presets that give the OB an instantly nostalgic and familiar vibe. Some of them are blatantly reminiscent of Samples From Mars favorite records of the past, and we’re ok with that.
Creating Custom Sounds
After sampling their favorite factory sounds, Samples From Mars dove headfirst into weeks of synthesis until they felt Samples From Mars had rinsed this synth of all possible patches (well, as much is realistic while sampling a synth). Samples From Mars sampled 19 custom presets, with the hopes of bringing the synth into the less-explored sonic territory.
But how – this synth only has a couple of knobs, right? Yes. Except that their OB-SX has a midi modification which allows for full access of the synthesis parameters that make this synth such a dynamic beast. This is what makes it capable of custom sounds similar to the OB-X and OBXa sounds.
With the mod, Samples From Mars were able to access both ADSRs, VCOs, detuning, cross modulation, and even a midi voice parameter that allowed us to either re-trigger the same voice while sampling (which allows for extremely clean and consistent sound) or, as the OB naturally plays, cycle through the slightly detuned and extremely characterful six voices.
What You Get
The OB From Mars gives you 42 multi-sampled OB-SX patches, 23 of which are factory presets and the remaining are custom, Samples From Mars presets. They’ve all been organized into categories.
For each patch, every note has been hand sampled, trimmed, and looped (where applicable). Some patches have been multi-sampled with different parameter settings on the OB ( and mapped via velocity or as a stereo patch).
You can use pre-built presets in Ableton, Kontakt, Logic, Reason, or SFZ so you don’t have to map the WAV yourself (SFZ player is a free, cross-platform sampler for both Mac & PC, so you can essentially use these presets in any DAW). The Ableton, Kontakt, and Logic preset feature extensive software synthesis implementation (Modwheels, LFOs, FX, and more).
However you use it, the OB From Mars will give you that classic Oberheim sound while allowing you to venture into a more unique and the stranger side of this amazing synth.
OB FROM MARS is available now directly at the Samples From Mars site here.
SP 909 Released by Samples From Mars
Samples From Mars launches SP 909
Samples From Mars believes that the SP1200 is one of the only samplers that can actually make the 909 sound better. The company wants you to fall in love with the grit, warmth and punch it added.
Samples From Mars is a drum & synth samples imprint based in Brooklyn, NYC founded by producer/engineer Eddie Mars. Building software instruments and samples out of rare gear is an art form, and the company goal is to inspire you to make the best music possible. Every sound is handcrafted, and a huge amount of thought, time, care, experimentation, and inspiration goes into each step of the process. Eddie Mars aka Teddy Stuart is a truly obsessed perfectionist and he spends every day doing a combination of this and music production (its weird but awesome).
Sampling the SP
Sampling the SP was straightforward: Samples From Mars used the exact same process sampling the SP 909 as they do use it in their productions – straight into the API 1608 console, a bit hot. Because it sounds so, so good. No compression, EQ, or any subtractive processing – just a great signal path, through Apogee Symphony Conversion into Pro Tools.
SP 909 FROM MARS Contains
- (304) 24bit SP 909 WAV Samples
- Multiple versions of Bass Drum, Snare and Hi Hats with varying Attack, Decay, Tone & Snappy on the 909
- (16) SP 1200 pitches for every drum voice
- TR 909 sampled through an SP 1200
- SP 1200 sampled through an API 1608 console and Apogee Symphony
- 100% Hardware processing
- (8) 16x Hit Kits for easy jamming
- (8) groove & midi files from the SP 1200
- 71.1 MB Unzipped
Support for different sampler and formats
You’ll get 16 SP pitches for every 909 sound, so you have access to any tuning you’d ever need. In Ableton, an SP Tune macro will select these pitches for you. In Kontakt, Logic, Reason & SFZ, the pitches for each voice are mapped out chromatically.
If you prefer to keep things simple, you can load pre-made (8) 16x Hit kits of sounds that play really well together. These kits are included in all formats and are a great way to get started playing the SP 909 quickly. They include a standard 909 kit (un-tuned), a bunch of tuned kits, a bass drum kit and a hi-hat kit. All of this makes for a simple but powerful SP 909 instrument, ready for your next production!
- Ableton includes (1) master drum rack containing all samples, and (8) additional pre-made kits racks.
- Kontakt, Logic, Reason, SFZ, FL Studio include: (25) Individual Hits and Kits instruments
- Maschine & Battery include: (8) pre-made kits.
- MPC1000 and MPC2500 include: (8) pre-made kits on 2 programs
- MPC Live and MPC X include: (8) pre-made kits on 2 programs
SP 909 Requirements
- Any 24-bit WAV Compatible DAW or Sampler
- Ableton Live 9.7+ (Not Intro)
- Kontakt 5.6.5+ (Not Kontakt Player)
- Logic 9+
- Maschine 2.6+
- Reason 8+
- Battery 4.1.5+
- MPC1000, MPC2500, MPC Live, MPC X
- 71.1 MB Free Space
Availability and pricing
SP 909 is available now for a reduced introduction price. After purchase, you download a zip file and can use the samples in different formats and sampler.
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