Analog Drums

Analog Drums

This boom bap analog drum kit is packed with over 300 original, handcrafted boom bap one-shot drum samples for you to use in your music the drum sounds where recorded in a similar style that legendary hip-hop producers in the 90’s where recording, such as J Dilla, Pete Rock & DJ Premier that gives it the warm smooth authentic boom bap flavour. By using a variation of gear to find a true ‘authentic’ boom bap sound. Combining drum samples from vinyl with akia MPC 1000 drum machine and the analog processing from the Panasonic SV-3800 DAT machine. You can hear right way the lovely warm sound of these drums. mimicking the same filtering, EQ & compression techniques used by the greats to bring the classic boom bap sound to the table.

 

Why does analog sound nice?

The smooth analog signal matches the recorded sound wave better than the steps of a digital recording. However, the analog medium (vinyl or magnetized tape) the recording is imprinted on can have tiny imperfections. The ear may tell the difference because the analogue will have more background noise or more distortion. With digital its all to do with the number of bits used to encode the sound we hear. As you get older the inner hair in your ears become more sensitive therefore it will start disliking harsh sounds. Viewed from afar, the wave function below may seem smooth and analog, but when you look closely there are tiny discrete steps as the signal tries to approximate values that’s the big difference between analog and digital waves. Analog waves are smooth and continuous, digital waves are stepping, square, and discrete.

analog vs digital audio

Human Perception of Sound:

The human ear responds to disturbances/temporal variations in pressure. Amazingly sensitive!

It has more than 6 orders of magnitude in the dynamic range of pressure sensitivity (12 orders of magnitude in sound intensity) and 3 orders of magnitude in frequency (20 Hz – 20 KHz)!

  • The existence of 2 ears (stereo!) greatly enhances 3-D localization of sounds and the determination of pitch (i.e. frequency resolution)!
  • Pinpoint accuracy for 3-D localization of sounds in the 100 Hz – 1.5 KHz range;   good sound localization accuracy up to ~ few KHz, and ~ reasonable, below ~ 100 Hz!
  • Mechanical & auditory sensory structure of ear preserves/is sensitive to/utilizes phase information over the 100 Hz – 1.5 KHz frequency range.
  •  Our brains process/use frequency/timing, amplitude/loudness and phase information in different frequency ranges for enhanced/improved localization of sound sources.

The Human Ear has Three Basic Parts:

  1. Outer Ear – pinna – concentrates sound waves into the ear canal (aka meatus)
  2. Middle Ear – eardrum (tympanium) transforms pressure variations into mechanical displacements (p = F/A);  the ossicles (hammer, anvil, stirrup = malleus, incus, stapes) also mechanically amplify the sounds!
  3. Inner Ear – cochlea (& semi-circular canals – for balance/orientation) hair cells convert pressure signals into neural signals, send them to various centres in brain for processing via  auditory nerve(s)

The inner ear contains the cochlea. This is the organ that converts sound waves into neural signals. These signals are passed to the brain via the auditory nerve. Coiling around the inside of the cochlea, the organ of Corti contains the cells responsible for hearing, the hair cells. series of tones to make my cochlea’s hair cells vibrate and produce sounds.

If you’re tired of ‘harsh’ sounding drum samples from the digital world – it’s time you stepped back into the realness and get some phatness back in your music.

 

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