pokey: chiptune drums and percussion /5$/

The sample pack contains 128 royalty free samples, 24bit 44kHz. All samples have been created and recorded with real hardware, Atari 65 XE. No post-processing have been applied.

The samples are grouped in the following categories:

  1. bass drums – 24 samples;
  2. cymbals – 22 samples;
  3. FXs – 24 samples;
  4. percussion – 13 samples;
  5. snare drums – 30 samples;
  6. tom – 15 samples.

Demo #1:

Demo #2:

Created with a real Atari microcomputer

Released couple years ago by Jaskier, Theta Music Composer 2.0 is arguably the most advanced native Atari 8-bit tracker. It was used for designing the instruments in this sample pack.


The instruments have been recorded from the real Atari 8-bit microcomputer. And then prepared in a form of samples. Sometimes normalisation or noise removal was required. No other post processing have been applied.

Testing within composition

Although instruments may sound well when played out of any context, it’s better to try them within specific composition. That is what is done. So sometimes it is required to improve the sound.

Final rendering and selection

If sounds pass the tests succesfully, it’s time to render them finally. Usually there are more instruments and not all of them are worth being included in a sample pack. The most interesting are selected. To keep the high quality and variety at the same time.