Old Tape Drums is a sample library for Kontakt featuring a Ludwig Vistalite drum kit recorded with a mono lo-fi cassette tape recorder. It has a lofi vibe to it, but without sacrificing dynamics. Don’t expect a clean sound, it’s the opposite.
You can download the Old Tape Drums for free by visiting via Wavesfactory (335 MB/RAR/NI Kontakt).
I should also mention that in order to download this library, you are going to need to join the Wavesfactory facebook page. The download link will become visible after clicking the Like button on the download page linked below. If you are not a Facebook user, just email Wavesfactory and then will then send you a return email with the sample pack.
The samples inside the library come from a Ludwig Vistalite acoustic drum kit which and this was recorded through a lo-fi tape recorder. There are also some other noises that are included in this pack, such as tape noise, button pressing noises, etc. If your machine is fairly slow, there is a Lite version that is included inside the pack for you to use.
Another cool feature is that you can custom change the pitch and tone of the samples during plyaback. This will ultimately lead to some really cool sound fx that could work well for transitions. This pack really does a good job of sounding like vintage tape.
I could definitely see the drum samples being used in a drum break or maybe even a pop song. Another cool thing to do would be to layer it underneath a clean sounding drum kit and then modulate the pitch for some interesting warped effects.
Individual samples in WAV format are not included so you must therefore have the FULL version of NI Kontakt.
This library sounds great on its own but if you want to get a similar sound with drums already in your library, try using a tape or saturation style plugin, which will mimic the effects that you hear in this library.
Check out the Old Tape Drums in action: