Drumaxx

When triggering patterns via MIDI, the rhythm will play as long as the note is held or until you release the sustain pedal , which enables some neat improvisations. Glitchy noise snares, 'thippy' hats and tuned percussion sounds are a breeze for Drumaxx, and along with the immediacy of the step sequencer, it doesn't take long at all before you're coming up with Autechre- and Monolake-style beats and percussion loops. The level of realism is quite impressive for completely synthetic drums, although Drumaxx is no competition for decent sample libraries and drum ROMplers. Browsing the preset kits and patterns - which cover a fairly standard range of rock, hip-hop and dance drums - you may start to wonder where Drumaxx fits in, as none of the examples are authentic enough to carry tunes in their respective genres. Other niceties include swing and tiny velocity sliders next to each step.

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It could certainly produce more novel results than the usual and kits. From here, the physical properties drumaaxx the drum head, the mallet and the striking action can be modified, enabling you to control parameters such as the membrane material, its thickness, tension and shape.

Behind drujaxx drum model is the same synthesis architecture: But Drumaxx has no problem delivering everything from snares and cymbals to glitchy special effects sounds and dance hits. It won't take the place of a real drummer or a set of good drum samples for professional recordings drumaxx acoustic tubs, nor is it likely to be a main source of beats for use in club music.

Not especially 'hard' or realistic. Other niceties include swing and tiny velocity sliders next to each step. The level of realism is quite impressive for completely synthetic drums, although Drumaxx is no competition for decent sample libraries and drum ROMplers.

Glitchy noise snares, 'thippy' hats and tuned percussion sounds are a breeze for Drumaxx, and along with the immediacy of the step sequencer, it doesn't take long at all before you're coming up with Autechre- and Monolake-style beats and percussion drumaxd.

The mid-range filter is also attached to an envelope generator, enabling the cutoff point to be modulated when the drum is struck.

Another useful application of this drum machine could be in creating beats to layer with and bolster existing drums in genres like DnB and dubstep. Up to 16 patterns can be defined per patch, and the supplied presets come with patterns that are handy for getting a feel for the kits.

From these relatively simple controls, it's almost surprising that such a wide range of drum sounds can be synthesized. There are also high- mid- and low-frequency filters, enabling frequencies to dtumaxx filtered out drumaxd resonances controlled or highlighted.

Our Verdict It's not suitable for all occasions, but Drumaxx's druamxx different take on digital drums is a breath of fresh air. Drumaxx's sequencer is well implemented and a neat bonus, although we wouldn't go so far as to say that it's a key selling point. Drumaxx gives you 16 fully editable drum pads to work with - each of which can be routed to its own output for further mixing and effects processing.

Clicking a drum pad in the top half of the screen brings up the relevant settings for that sound in the Modelling Controls section, which occupies the midsection of the GUI. It's only when you start experimenting that Drumaxx's hidden potential comes to light: Cons Somewhat brief manual. The subtle nuances and natural variations between hits in, say, a drum roll, are easily emulated, helping to avoid the recognisable 'machine gun' effect of every hit sounding exactly the same.

Most drumasx machines use subtractive synthesis ie, oscillators and filterssamples or a combination of the two, but physical modelling dru,axx instrument sounds using a drumaxz model of a physical sound source - in this case, a drum. Taking the drum presets into slightly more unnatural settings, it quickly becomes apparent that this product's real strength could lie in providing a range of easily programmable, experimental sounds for genres such as IDM, glitch-hop and micro house.

Despite being more realistic than your average beatbox, the sounds have an unmistakably synthetic quality. In fact, sequences drukaxx be any length from one step to 64, with the Pattern Bar selector used to switch through the additional banks of steps.

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It's not suitable for all occasions, but Drumaxx's decidedly different take on digital drums is a breath of fresh air. Fun and easy to program.

Any of these can then be modulated by MIDI velocity, enabling natural variations in timbre to be performed or programmed. MIDI notes can trigger individual drum pads or entire sequences in, with dfumaxx exact notes for each being user-definable. Drumaxx also features a simple style step sequencer.

We tested Drumaxx on a Windows system and experienced no issues - however, many OS X users have reported serious problems getting Drumaxx to work on their machines, so do give the demo a good go first if you're on a Mac. The sequencer itself is an old-school affair with 16 programming buttons shown on the GUI. Select a drum pad to edit its sequence by clicking the buttons: When triggering patterns via MIDI, the rhythm will play as long as the note is held or until you release the sustain pedalwhich enables drumaxx neat improvisations.

Drumaxx is a great-sounding drum machine with a nicely laid out GUI and a novel approach to drum synthesis. These cover the full range of standard drum hits, from bass drums and snares to hi-hats and cymbals, to more exotic-sounding percussion instruments. The latest product to pad out Image-Line's ever-increasing range of virtual instruments is Drumaxx, a physical modelling-based drum synthesizer with built-in sequencing.

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