SampleScience is back with another freebie, this time a pack featuring a sampled Yamaha RX-17 drum machine from the 80’s.
The Yamaha RX-17 is an obscure drum machine made in the eighties when Duran Duran was the biggest band in the world and Michael Jackson was still alive. Made in 1987, the RX-17 has drum sounds highly influenced by the era it was released. Containing a grand total of 26 sounds, the RX-17 combines a standard acoustic drum set with latin drum sounds.
It could be seen as the bastard child of the Yamaha RX-21 and RX-21L (for “Latin”), but the sounds are not exactly the same. For instance, while the kicks are identical, the snare has an electronic vibe to it not found on the RX-21 and the toms are completely different. Furthermore, their overall quality is better, mostly because they are 12-bit samples instead of 8-bit.
The samples were rendered in 32-bit, hence the HD (for high definition). Included in the pack are also the 16-bit and 24-bit versions of the samples in 44.1kHz. They’re recommended for synhtwave, retrowave, and synthpop productions.
You can download the Yamaha RX-17 sample set at SampleScience.