Help me find this drum sound


#1

Hello all,

I’ve always leaned toward this lo-fi drum sound, specific to Tycho, Emil Rottmayer, Forhill, etc. and I’d love to get some direction as to nailing it.

I have every drum sample on the planet but I know most of it is post-FX to get close. Most everything I make is hard techno so shifting to this lo-fi, 80s style drums has always been difficult for me to manage in my FX chain.

Any pointers?

For drum sounds, I usually use either my Machinedrum or samples in Abletons Drum Racks.

I have a feeling pushing these type of samples to the MD won’t work great due to the 12-bit conversion.

I travel quite a bit & am looking for something mobile I could jam with to create loops like this. Could I get there with a digitakt or volca (using the internal fx only?) while in my hotel room?


#2

Which sound? The snare? All of them?


#3

Can you post an example of your output? Maybe a few of us can chime in with tips to tweak towards that sound.


#4

I think I’ve got the kick nailed but it’s mostly the cymbals & snares. I’ll be back home this evening and can record some of what I’ve got in regards to working towards this sound.


#5

It might be related to the swing of the hats too, it seems like they hit the pocket in a pushed fashion while I’m trying too hard to have them quantized a bit too closely to the grid/behind it.


#6

Tip if you have a big libary try XO XLN Audio this is dope really quick way to find similar sounds in the most cases i find similar samples according to reference and also most of the time theres no big processing necessary to get very close results!


#7

This might put you in the right direction :

Your example sounds more saturated, and compressed to me, and there is ofcourse some echo on the snare, amongst other things.

good luck !