The new Drum Anthology libraries for UNO Drum deliver 10 new PCM sample libraries, drawn from 40 devices spanning the full history of drum machines, letting you replace UNO Drum’s factory PCM soundset with fresh samples for whole new palettes of sounds to keep the grooves flowing.
From 60’s swing to ‘80s hip-hop, ‘90s house and beyond, these iconic machines have shaped the course of music history, and UNO Drum puts them at your fingertips. Their pops, blips, and percussive noises started as a way to accompany live solo music and have progressed into a key element of some of the most famous songs of all time.
The collection includes 10 different libraries, made with machines from Roland, Korg, Panasonic, and many more, each chosen by era and style to give the whole soundset a cohesive feel.
We carefully studied each piece of gear, capturing its most recognizable sounds, while adding new elements for even more flexibility and convenience. These are not 1:1 recreations; they’re our homage to the classics.
Ace Tone was created in 1960 by the future founder of Roland, Ikutaro Kakehashi, and also made organs and pianos, so these early machines were meant to accompany players. With classic ‘60s sounds, this library gives you a look back at the early works of a legend.
Early drum machines were called ‘accompanists’ and were used primarily for background rhythms by organists around the globe. With clever tricks for evolving rhythms and unique vintage sounds, these machines deliver tons of unique, funky flavor and retro flair.
Japan has long been a hotbed of drum machines. The Korg and Panasonic units used in this collection offered unique alternatives to the Roland machines of the time, and have been used on hits from their origin in the 70s and ‘80s, all the way to this decade.
This set uses the iconic Roland machines that established what became the widely-recognized ‘sound’ of drum machines. The sound of the CR-78 was so great that you can “feel it in the air tonight”, but all the machines used in this collection are icons in their own right.
Here they are, the most iconic Roland machines of all time. The classic machines used in this library represent a turning point in electronic music. New genres were formed around them, shaping decades of music history.
This library offers the most unique machines of the collection: drum synthesizers. Since these machines offered nearly infinite tones, we took a “snapshot” of the sounds most closely associated with them. Try re-creating these on UNO Drum’s analog circuits yourself!
The ‘80s! Simmons’ iconic octagonal trigger pads and these unique drum synths shaped both the sound and the look of a decade, and are still used in productions today. Hear a “sample” of what working with them would sound like.
Machines from the 1990’s and 2000’s offer their own ‘retro-futurist’ vibe, taking inspiration from the most famous drum machines of all time but adding fresh new sound capabilities. This library also offers the SR 88, for a dash of authentic 80s flavor.
This library uses a collection of rare 1970s drum machines from all around the world. These unique machines sound diﬀerent from others, to give you fresh, funky and ear-grabbing sounds to experiment with.
For a time, these ultra-compact and portable machines were in big demand for musicians on the go. Some are still even in production today! Add unique, retro or lo-fi sounds to your grooves and take them anywhere with UNO Drum – like they were meant to be.
UNO Drum was designed to deliver cutting-edge sounds, and the new Drum Anthology libraries pay homage to the past that’s brought us here. We hope you find this tour through drum machine history inspiring and motivating, and that it keeps your grooves flowing.
Click here to access the full collection in your User Area (registration required). Each library is a separate installer, simply connect your UNO Drum to a Mac or PC via USB and run the installer of your choice, and the on-board PCM samples will be replaced with those from the chosen library.
Your pattern & kit presets will not be overwritten, but we do recommend saving any kits to your Mac/PC via the UNO Editor first.
“…And while the drum machine plays on and on, And it doesn't stop playin' 'til the world is gone…”
- MCA and Burzootie (1985)