Drumtraks | 80s Drums
Drumtraks is a sampled recreation of the Sequential Circuits Drumtraks drum machine for Ableton Live. The original SCI Drumtraks was released in 1984, had thirteen fully programmable sounds, and was the very first drum machine to feature MIDI. The Drumtraks has made a modern resurgence, being used by Tame Impala on Currents, Neon Indian on Vega Intl. Night School, and Com Truise. This Ableton Live Pack recreates the hardware Drumtraks in Ableton Live. It samples every drum sound in every possibly tuning, offers more flexibility than the original unit, and uses Ableton’s native effects to bring the sounds to life. You can use the full drum kit or layer single hits with other drum machines and real drum recordings.
Yeah, they’re your friends after all. What’s your favorite piece of equipment to make music with? My keyboard is one of them. The second is a drum machine I got called a Sequential Circuit Drumtraks. It’s just kind of like a ’70s or ’80s drum machine made around the same time as the 808s. I just love it. Oh yeah, and Ableton — I guess that’s kind of my favorite piece of equipment. - Kevin Parker
Drumtraks has tons of sound-sculpting capabilities, containing the original hardware's Volume and Tuning knobs, and expanding that functionality. Some of the drums have extra tuning ranges, there is Panning control, not available on the original hardware, and Decay, allowing you to tame some of the longer samples length, such as the detuned cymbals. Velocity control allows you to control the instruments volume via MIDI velocity, just as the original hardware responds to velocity when hooked up to a MIDI input. Lastly, the three effects, Drive, Comp and Verb allow you to shape the sounds to add shine or grit to the drum sounds.
Here's a brief overview of the range of sounds available on Drumtraks.
The Moment Cover
Anyone who follows this site probably knows I'm a pretty big Tame Impala fan, so here's a cover of The Moment by Tame Impala, which used the original SCI Drumtraks alongside real drums. For this cover, I used Drumtraks alongside a Roland Juno-106 and a Fender P-Bass. I used a lot of Drive and Comp on pretty much every sound, and detuned the snare and toms for the fills.
Here's a synthwave demo using Drumtraks kit, having some fun automating the tunings and pretty much everything else too! The other instruments are a Roland Juno-106 and a Moog Sub 37 feed through a ton of delay and reverb.
208 24bit WAV drum samples.
2 Ableton Live Projects.
1 Ableton Drum Rack (used in the video above).
13 Single Hit Instruments.
3 Preset Instruments.
A nice, tidy manual & some rad HD artwork.