Reverb are giving away their complete Reverb Drum Machines Collection for free, originally priced at almost $1,400 AUD.
The collection includes over 50 libraries of vintage, rare, and legendary drum machines from every era of electronic music, with noteworthy residents including the Linn Drum, Oberheim DMX and Roland 808, plus many more.
Reverb have just made their entire drum machine collection free, with over 50 libraries of drum machines from the legendary to the rare
The LM-2 (or more affectionately: the Linn Drum), was the second drum machine made by Roger Linn. It was an improved version of the legendary LM-1, the first machine to use digital samples of acoustic drums, of which there were only 500 units ever made. The Linn Drum provided the backdrop of countless 80s hits, including tracks on Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Prince’s 1999 and Purple Rain, and Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love.
Another landmark drum machine included in the package is the Oberheim DMX, considered the drum machine which birthed hip-hop. Used on New Order’s Blue Monday, it was favoured by producers for its realistic and malleable sounds and had a huge influence on emerging hip-hop and new wave genres in the early ’80s.
And of course – the Roland TR-808. Perhaps the most influential drum machine of all time, the Roland TR-808 has been used on more hit records than any other drum machine. Released in 1981, despite being an affordable alternative to the Linn Drum, it was initially a commercial flop.
Eventually it became known for its electronic sounding grooves and heavy kick, fully analog sounds, generated from hardware and not digital samples. First featured on Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing, it has been heavily influential on the hip-hop, dance and trap music scenes, even used by Kayne West on his 808’s and Heartbreak.
Some of the rarer synths in the collection include the mid- 80s Suzuki RPM-40 and the mid 70s Hammond’s Auto-Vari 64, as well as the Em-u Drumulator.
Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to explore a vast collection of drum machines, from the influential to the wacky. The Reverb Drum Machines Collection is compatible with both Windows and Mac.
Head over to Reverb to download the collection.