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UJAM Virtual Drummer 2 – Update to the Slammin’ Plugin

UJAM Virtual Drummer 2 – Update to the Slammin’ Plugin AVID and UJAM have teamed up together to release UJAM Virtual Drummer 2! It’s available as a VST, an AU, or an AAX plugin. We wrote an article a year ago when they offered the first version for free, and we loved it. We were very excited to see what the update had brought and were not disappointed. So what is the plugin? Well, it is a playable instrument filled with 720 drum patterns ranging across 30 various styles of music. The samples were all recorded from 5 drum kits each with 6 different ‘character’ styles. The acoustic kit sounds pretty darn good and can be modulated to mix in some electronic drums. We had the pleasure of looking at one sample pack – PHAT – which has a beautiful interface and is a breeze to use. The top left …

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Accusonus Beat-Making: Beatformer and Regroover Pro

Accusonus Beat-Making: Beatformer and Regroover Pro Today we are going to go over two awesome plugins from Accusonus, Beatformer and Regroover Pro. Both plugins are designed to interact with your drums – Beatformer as an all-in-one drum processor and Regroover Pro as a complex sampler. Continue below as we go over the workflows with each and what makes them unique. Beatformer Beatformer is Accusonus’ all-in-one solution for your drum buss. It boasts “a dozen different processors under the hood” and allows control over them with a simple user interface and the ability to dial in a combination of tones. This can be seen as a pro or a con here, the terms are likely ones you’ve heard before but don’t accurately describe what happens when using them (except for Boom). Otherwise, Accusonus knocked it out of the park here for users by making the controls so simple yet powerful. Each knob has a finite amount of …

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Analog Techno Drums – Character Filled Drums

Analog Techno Drums – Character Filled Drums Beatmaker recently released a VST/AU plugin filled to the brim with punchy drums. Analog Techno Drums is the name of the plugin and it comes packed with some awesome samples ready to insert into your tracks. From the Beatmaker website – Analog Techno Drums is a VST/AU Plugin for Windows and macOS, instantly providing 66 drum kits for Electro, Techno, Detroit, Minimal, Acid and Other styles that need punchy drums with character. The 1056 drum sounds are a compilation of the Drum Depot packs Analog 808, It’s Drums, It’s Drums II and Motor City by Marco Scherer. The kits come whit inspiring and ready to go patterns and are mapped in General Midi standard. The user interface is designed to look like a classic drum machine, a slick piece of hardware at that. Each drum has a sample pad that can switch between the included samples so you …

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Sitala – FREE Drum Sampler

Sitala – FREE Drum Sampler Decomposer just released their free drum sampler instrument for alpha/beta testing so now is the time for you to get your hands on it. Satal is designed as a straightforward instrument built for a simple workflow, the user interface certainly lends to that notion. The plugin can be downloaded as a VST or AU format. Multiple formats are supported for loading into the plugin – WAV, AIFF, MP3, WMA, FLAC, and many others! A nice feature is the ability to save your kits for recall later; the instrument comes loaded with some presets already though, two drum machines called “Classic 08” and “Classic 09”. It comes with 16 sample slots which you can load your own external sounds into, Mute and Solo buttons are located below each sample pad. There are four knobs placed on the right side of the plugin that can be used to shape the …

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Booms and Claps – Try Out Roland’s New 808/909 VSTs for FREE

Booms and Claps – Try Out Roland’s New 808/909 VSTs for FREE Roland announced to the world in January that they were to bring an updated hardware version of the classic 808 to market, the TR-8S. This was exciting news for everyone who has heard of the famed 808 but never had the opportunity to experience the real thing, but those who are more software prone we were still left with less-than-faithful recreations and knock-off emulations. Now, we all have the opportunity to use a certified official software version of the original 808 rhythm machine and its cousin the 909. Roland added these instruments to their Roland Cloud service, but you can now try them out for free without registering for their cloud. Though it is not a permanent license, users can try out the VST/AU plugins for 30-day trial periods without having to enter credit card info either. Roland said …

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DRUMR – FREE Ableton Live Pack for Unique Drum Design

Ableton Live meeting-place and website ELPHNT released an Ableton Live Pack recently that you can use to shape and design your drum sounds; it comes with an awesome collection of sounds neatly packed into an intuitive Live rack. The 8 macro knobs are assigned to select from the pack of sounds, then shape the sound which allows you to create a kick or a hi-hat from the exact same source sample. It's an extremely easy and fun way to create your own unique drum sounds, so if you're tired of packs or just want to build the perfect snare then this is probably for you. Watch the video below for more details about the Pack, and follow the link after to download for free.

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GrooveBox by Ampify: A Mobile Studio in the Palm of Your Hand

GrooveBox by Ampify: A Mobile Studio in the Palm of Your Hand   Ampify may be a name you’ve never heard before, but you know the products well. The development team Blocs grew out of Focusrite and Novation and gave us the Launchpad and Blocs Wave music-making apps. Now they have changed their name to Ampify for the release of GrooveBox; an all-in-one mobile studio for the iPad and iPhone. While still maintaining the user-friendly simplicity of Launchpad and Blocs Wave, GrooveBox offers more advanced synth parameters. Ampify’s intention is to create a program that is easy enough for beginners to start, and for the more experienced to master. From everything we’ve seen so far it looks as though GrooveBox does just that – blurs the line between ease of use and detailed control all with the user’s workflow in mind.     The free app is based around two dual-oscillator synthesizers and …

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Best Way to Integrate Maschine & Ableton Live | Student Questions

Best Way to Integrate Maschine & Ableton Live     Another student question video is up. For this one we also added a blog post so we can give you a step by step on how to set it up. Maschine is a very powerful sequencer but if you are an Ableton Live  user it might be a somewhat complex to set them both up to work in best way. Multi-Out From Maschine First load Maschine to an empty audio track. Load a Drum Kit or make your own. Then switch to the Maschine’s mixer.   3. From here you can start routing each Pad to it’s own Ext. output. 4. In Ableton Live, Open 15 new Audio Tracks and select all of them by holding shift. 5.Change “Audio From” to Maschine and set the monitor to In   6. Finally select the correct Maschine output for each track. (You …

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