The name Tartar Sauce came from my deep interest in history and architecture especially in the Americas. In my research I came across an empire that was written out of history for some reason called Tartaria. In 1202 Genghis Khahn led the Mongols to destroy The Tartarian Empire.
The Tartarian architecture is now labeled as "Greco-Roman" architecture. Around the late 1800's there was a worldwide effort to demolish any trace of its global reach and it was called "The World Fair" destroyed mostly by fire. Traces of these structures can be seen in government buildings, cathedrals, and Universities mostly in downtown areas of major cities.
I noticed that a lot of structures that were still in tact had huge pipe organs built into them. This civilization utilized the power of frequencies and tamed electricity to benefit the people. My mind started to wonder what the music sounded like back then. How did they program synths? I came up with the idea to make an Akai MPC Expansion based on the sounds I thought the producers back then were using. The cover shows an example of the finely detailed masonry.
I found some of the oldest synthesizers I could get my hands on in order to pull off this expansion. Even though the gear was vintage I didn't want it to sound like the year it was created so I got close to a sound Im familiar with and turned some knobs to make it my own unique sound palette. The names of the keygroups were lifted directly from an old Tartaria map found online in a private forum.
Most sound designers will tell you the equipment used to create presets as a selling point that you purchase their sounds based on their access to "XYZ" gear. My take is opposite of that. The names are fresh and unique because I want you to approach my sounds the same way, fresh and unique. I want you to focus on the quality or the instruments and not get caught up if I nailed the classic Moog Bass because chances are I didn't. I didn't try to. I just made sounds that I use in my productions.
I sent a free ten instrument Tartar Sauce sample expansion to YouTubers and influential producers for feedback and everyone encouraged me to make it available on my website so here we are.
Listen to every preset inside the Tartar Sauce MPC Expansion