A couple of months back we kicked off the Liveschool and Studios 301 Free Drum Racks series with our Fairchild treated TR-808. While the 808’s sounds are infamously great already, designing drum sounds doesn’t have to end at the synthesis – or in this case the samples. Recently Liveschool trainer Yama Indra (aka G.L.O.V.E.S) decided he wanted to take those samples further with by using some external hardware effects, running all of the 8o8 samples out through his beloved OTO Machines Biscuit effects unit.
The only product in the boutique French companies repertoire, the OTO Machines Biscuit is a unique and very flexible machine. It’s an effects processor with a pretty wide range of sound design possibilities, but its 8-bit conversion and analog filter are it’s calling cards. Think Ableton’s Redux Device, but as an outboard unit, with true 8-bit conversion and a whole lot more control. On top of bit rate reduction and its analog multimode (Low Pass, Bypass, & High Pass) filter, it hosts a waveshaper, delay, pitch shifter and envelope follower.
Yama took the original samples of the 808 being run through the Fairchild 670 at Studios 301, and then passed them back out through the Biscuit. A total of 9 passes were recorded, each at different settings on the biscuit, from subtle bit-reduction sizzle to full on Nintendo-worthy 8-bit sounds – so for each different drum sample you can can choose between the nine OTO Biscuit settings using the drum rack.
Listen to a preview of the Drum Rack that our work experience buddy Sid Swindail put together below.
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