Fairchild x 808 - Samples and Drum Racks

Fairchild x 808 - Samples and Drum Racks

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This sample pack, and the Ableton Live Drum Racks we built with them - were created by running an original Roland TR-808 processed with the ultra rare Fairchild 670 compressor. Twice.

The first set of samples were recorded when the Fairchild's valves were all worn, dusty and gritty. The second set of samples were taken after the Fairchild had been lovingly restored to pristine clarity.

Then we packed it all together into a set of custom-built Ableton Live Drum Racks for instant beat-making / sound-designing gratification.


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The Samples

We recorded all voices in the 808 at various tone / decay / tuning settings wherever the 808 allows it. Given the interplay between drum machine and compressor decays, all 808 decays and Fairchild settings were done to taste, according to what sounded best at the time.


We then ran the 808 direct into the Fairchild compressor via Apogee Rosetta 200 converters and then into Live. We monitored it via the SSL 9000k series mixing desk and huge Genelec 1039a mains monitor speakers so we could clearly hear everything - especially the bass, tails and noise levels. 


69 Samples

Two packs, each containing 3 Drum Racks: lean, standard and weighty versions.


System Requirements:

The samples can be used in any DAW or any version of Ableton Live.

To use the project containing the Drum Rack, you'll need the following: 

Ableton Live 10 or above, and the usual Ableton system requirements:

  • OS X 10.11.6 or later.
  • Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor (Intel® Core™ i5 processor or faster recommended)
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)


Copyright, Terms and Conditions:

You can use these samples in your own music or performances, royalty free. Other rights are reserved by Liveschool, including sole rights to sales and distribution of the samples and template Ableton Live set.