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Deadmau5 Xfer Drum Samples Review

Brandon Drury —  September 5, 2011 — Leave a comment
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–If you want to kick to knock a hole in your chest, I can’t think of a quicker way to do it.

The Jetface guys (“group”, as they insist, which provided tracks for Mix It Til You Puke Vol 1 and Vol 2) have been pushing me to improve my arsenal of toys for the electronic music side of the fence. This electronic music thing is something I’ve tinkered with for years with hundreds of one minute hunks-of-noise so I appreciate the shove in more serious directions.

Jetface had shown me numerous Deadmau5 examples, which really do sound badass, and with a little research I stumbled upon the Xfer Drum samples put out by Deadmau5 for about $60. Listening to the drum samples, these appear to be right in line with Deadmau5′s official releases. (Note: I’m not a sound designer who’s done nothing but trance for 20 years. I’m mostly a rock engineer who’s always had a thing for this “techno junk”. I was quite impressed with the Deadmau5 samples from the audio clips I had heard and the price was a no brainer. Getting these Jetface idiots off my back was WELL worth $60.

One thing I’m not used to is a drum sample being A sample….as in one. I’m used to Superior Drummer 2.0 and such where you need gigabytes to handle the drum thing. With this electronic stuff, you can handle drums for an entire song without cracking the megabyte range. One kick sample may be in the “k” range, not the MB range.

The Sounds

The sounds are exactly what you hear in the  demos online. They are damn good at what they do. If you want to kick to knock a hole in your chest, I can’t think of a quicker way to do it. There are tons and tons of kick drums that range from analog synth types to layered to those with lots of attack to those with lots of sustain. The claps are super fun and I like the hihats better than anything I could get out of Superior Drummer 2.0 EZX (although I often like the real hi-hats in S2.0 even for electronic music). Battery 3 has good options for claps and hihats but the Deadmau5 Xfer samples are a little closer to what I had in my head.

I find myself not being totally blown away by the snare options. With 3 or 4 exceptions, all the snares are in very close proximity to each other in terms of tonality. They are very bright with not a lot of low-mid oomph. I would have preferred some meatier options, but pretty much nailing the kick, claps, and hihat for $60 is cool with me.

Do They Pound Too Hard?

One thing about these samples is they pound HARD. It was suggested that we switch to Steven Slate drums for more of a “real” sound on a chorus. Even though the Steven Slate drums are WAY over the top, I just couldn’t ever get the transition from ULTRA pounding to pretty-damn-pounding to work. The Deadmau5 Xfer drums pound too for the Slate smaples unless I just turned them way down. We had to scrap that idea.

For rockers who had recorded a few hundred drum kits back before the days of Steven Slate samples and Trigger, you know what this means. The Slate stuff is well-known for being HUGE HUGE HUGE in rock land. The Deadmau5 Xfer samples take it about 5 notches further.

Conclusion

If you are doing work with house, trance, or X dumb name for electronic music take a look at the Deadmau5 drums. They’ve made work much faster for me and the results are pretty much what I’m after. I don’t feel like I’m compromising. Best of all, it’s making the clients happy and there aren’t too many $60 gadgets that do that.

Even if you don’t do much electronic music very often, but you find yourself wasting a lot of time looking for X sounds, the $60 is a ton of bang for the buck.

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paul999 – 09-11-2011, 10:52 PM
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This sounds awesome! I’ll be checking it out.

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brandondrury – 09-12-2011, 01:58 AM
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Yeah dude, for the money it’s a no-brainer. There is TONS of fun in this thing.Brandon

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SonicBlade – 09-13-2011, 04:30 PM
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Quote Originally Posted by paul999 View Post
This sounds awesome! I’ll be checking it out.
I recently discovered my sound in the head beat sound samples : the Plasticclicks from d16. big and not dumb sounding. just something different about them. sort of hollow? check them out. they are from poland i think, so they have that teutonic, dr. kraftwerkian think about them. I’m expecitng these to be like that too. I’ll compare them soon!

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PeteWojMusic – 09-14-2011, 12:45 AM
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I’ve tried every drum sampler/midi library, etc.. under the sun and Superior/EZ Drummer KILLS everything else (Steven Slate, Native Instruments Abbey Road Drums, BFD, etc…). I mean its not even close. Not by a little bit. The only exception I make to this rule is when I need a little more balls on a chorus, I’ll add a Steven Slate kick and snare of choosing, because they are infact so over the top and in your face. In terms of real drum sounds that sound like real drums (i guarantee you can’t even make your drum recordings sound as good as the Toontrack stuff). The answer is you do your analog drum thing (whatever that may be) and blend to taste with Superior Drummer. It makes my drums sounds UNREAL. When drummers come in and bitch that I add things to their takes or maybe even not use their takes at all, i say look. You’re shit wasn’t cutting it, or it needs this enhancement to be at the level you want/need it. If youre too proud of that then fuck off and go record your shitty band somewhere else. Sooo many Big Boy’s do it too and no one knows it. Toontrack Superior Drummer will make you sound like a stud, not a dud. Dont even waste your time with the Slate stuff (sorry Brandon, I know you like it), because the Steven Slate stuff sounds wayy too produced, exaggerated and over the top. Thats my $.02.

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brandondrury – 09-14-2011, 01:15 PM
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I am a huge fan of Toontrack and their Superior Drummer 2.0. It’s almost my first call. It doesn’t do what Slate does and Slate doesn’t do what it does, but they both have their purpose. I’m not entirely sure why we are having this conversation here on a techo/house/trance sample review page.

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ajs – 09-14-2011, 06:02 PM
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Excellent! Can’t wait to get it! For sixty bucks, that’s like one night out with the guys. Hehe, I’ll take good drum samples instead. P.S. Is this something that you think is only going to be on the market for a while? Aka if I wait 8 months to buy this, could I risk missing an opportunity to get this, or it should still be kicking around 2 years from now?

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SonicBlade – 09-19-2011, 09:03 AM
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Quote Originally Posted by PeteWojMusic View Post
I’ve tried every drum sampler/midi library, etc.. under the sun and Superior/EZ Drummer KILLS everything else (Steven Slate, Native Instruments Abbey Road Drums, BFD, etc…). I mean its not even close. Not by a little bit. The only exception I make to this rule is when I need a little more balls on a chorus, I’ll add a Steven Slate kick and snare of choosing, because they are infact so over the top and in your face. In terms of real drum sounds that sound like real drums (i guarantee you can’t even make your drum recordings sound as good as the Toontrack stuff). The answer is you do your analog drum thing (whatever that may be) and blend to taste with Superior Drummer. It makes my drums sounds UNREAL. When drummers come in and bitch that I add things to their takes or maybe even not use their takes at all, i say look. You’re shit wasn’t cutting it, or it needs this enhancement to be at the level you want/need it. If youre too proud of that then fuck off and go record your shitty band somewhere else. Sooo many Big Boy’s do it too and no one knows it. Toontrack Superior Drummer will make you sound like a stud, not a dud. Dont even waste your time with the Slate stuff (sorry Brandon, I know you like it), because the Steven Slate stuff sounds wayy too produced, exaggerated and over the top. Thats my $.02.
As someone else said, this thread is about a differrent kind of sample I suppose. A techno sample is going to be a beatbox thing. Which is a sample of a sample of … who knows what. But it sounds “right” in a track. I think the same is true for Steve Slate drums. They are, no doubt about it, processed. Fully and completely so. Million dollar so. Cut to the chase so. If you like them, then you just hired a major league studio and assistant to get you through that part of your project. And really that has always been the objective of sampling from the first day. It was to get you a shortcut to the desired result. If you want a killer sound and you can find it in SS drums, then why waste time with, say Abbey Road drums and try to make them killer? Or why try to record the 400 ludwig set in your basement, when you can achieve immediate parity?

The nice thing about all these drum samples in my experience, is that they all have very good uses. Unlike say, sax samples, which all universally suck. Or analog synth samples, which don’t have the “gravitas” that real live analog synths do.

There is much to love about drum samples. And much to love about Steve Slate samples. And much to get excited about, since the next version of Steve slate drums is on the burner right now….

So don’t slag any set of drums. Like in the days of recording the phone book as a kick, ANY fwap, slap, or thud, can make an exciting sound. Ever see the show, Stomp! ? So anyway, I guess it’s all good to be king these days. Nowadays you CAN always get what you want.

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brandondrury – 09-20-2011, 01:28 PM
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this something that you think is only going to be on the market for a while? Aka if I wait 8 months to buy this, could I risk missing an opportunity to get this, or it should still be kicking around 2 years from now?
Not sure. I know it’s been on the market for a little while. It originally had a cost of about $100 and has been $60 for some time. I’d get it while the getting is good.
So anyway, I guess it’s all good to be king these days. Nowadays you CAN always get what you want.
It’s a good time to be a creative guy behind a computer. I can’t argue with that.

 

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Brandon Drury quit counting at 1,200 recorded songs in his busy home recording studio. He is the creator of RecordingReview.com and is the author of the Killer Home Recording series.
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