UJAM Virtual Drummer PHAT – FREE Until September 10th
AVID and UJAM have teamed up together to release UJAM Virtual Drummer PHAT on sale until September 10th! Usually, the plugin costs $79 but if you act now you will be able to get it for the lovely price of ZERO DOLLARS aka FREE. It’s available as a VST, an AU, or an AAX plugin. 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.
PHAT has a beautiful interface, and it is unique that the designers chose not to include any images of a drum kit. The plugin looks more like a loop player than a virtual drum which is fitting because that is essentially what it is. PHAT gives you the option to play and program the individual hits from each of the drums. You are given volume controls for each of the hits so you can mix within the plugin. A workaround for processing the drums individually would be to copy the plugin to a track and drop the volume for everything except the specific hit.
The top left of the user interface shows a piano keyboard and the corresponding drums that are mapped to each key. On the right, you will see keys and the patterns they are mapped to. You have the option to half the speed or double the speed of playing. There are sliders for controlling swing, humanization, and to add in rushing or dragging the beat.
It’s an awesome plugin, it looks good, it sounds good. AND IT’S FREE UNTIL SEPTEMEBER 10th. If you catch this article after the promotion date ends it’s still worth checking out for the price.
Download the Virtual Drummer plugin here.