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Old 24th December 2016
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Drum Machine Plug-In Question

I'm looking for a drum machine plugin that will do what I'd like! I'm looking for something that has quality sounds to work with mostly. I'm not looking for any crazy sequencing capabilities or anything that is too complicated and workstation-like. I would like a good effects selection as well.

In short, I'm really inspired by simple drum beats with more time put in to designing the sound. But I'm still looking for a sequencer so I can go away from dragging and dropping samples in my arrangement, which deadens my inspiration. I am NOT looking for EDM style drums, but drums that are still electronic, just not rave-y and overly punchy like EDM is.

I've looked in to Spark 2 from Arturia, FXpansion Geist 2, and some others, like Nerve and BreakTweaker. Geist recently turned me off because, like EZDrummer, there are expansions you have to buy to get more sounds. I'd like something that gives me everything it has in one purchase. I've heard a lot that Nerve and BreakTweaker, although awesome in editing capabilities, is geared more towards EDM. Which led me to Spark, because it has a lot of analog modeling and good effects. But is Spark the best option?

Again, still looking for a sequencer. I know some might say I should synthesize my own drums, but I really want to creates loops quickly, even if they're simple. I'd like all sounds bought at once without expansions, and good quality stock sounds and effects.
Old 24th December 2016
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🎧 5 years
Try Softube Heartbeat
Old 24th December 2016
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Maybe Xils-Lab StiX

From the site :

' StiX offers an incredible variety of drums sounds of different eras : Vintage analog drum machines, or early digital ones. And many sound of the next eras.

Combined with the most powerful and expressive XoX Sequencer.

  • Synthesis : Virtual Analog morphing oscillators, FM @ audio rate, Sine + Waveshaping, Samples, CroSS Synthesis. 4th Gen 0DF Filters, Macros Knobs, Step Modulators, LFOs, Unique R-Clap Evs and ADSR, exclusive PolyStep auto-modulator : A whole synthesizer to taylor each of the 10 drum sounds.
  • Sequencing : Variable number of steps per Beat. Per Step Divisi, Gate Time, Micro Position, Macro Modulators, Velocity. Song Mode to organize patterns.
  • Workflow : FAST, intuitive. XoX Sequencer Multiline and SingleLine views, Synthesis Eazy And Advanced pages. Never more than a click away from your task. Exclusive Stretch and Modal Pitch Macro Controls, Global user defined Macros controls.
  • Presets : 2000 presets : 120+ Global Presets, 720+ Patterns, 700 Drumpads, 60 Drumkits, 390 exclusive samples. And still growing.

MORE FEATURES: From unique to exceptional

  • Midi Output : Control your virtual instruments, or record the midi data in your Daw
  • Midi Learn : Full automation of all synthesis parameters of all drumpads, mixer etc
  • Drums of the Past : 15 Wave Alchemy Drumkits ( Roland TR-xox, EMU SP12, Drumtracks, Linndrum etc )
  • Multi criteria Database engine : Find the right preset in minute, create custom tags
  • Randomize : Drumkits, sequences, full patterns
  • Live Control : Chain patterns, mute/unmute tracks on the fly.
  • Swing : Sophisticated swing engine
  • Multi Output version : With volume, groups and pan preservation
  • Natural Reverb, Analog Delay & Phaser, Per drum crusher and distorsion
  • Sample Accurate synchro and audio engine : The tightest beats for your tracks
  • Envelope segments modulations, hundreds of modulation targets. Simultaneously.
  • Gang Mode to edit Sequencer Lanes, mixer, effects sends

Lot of audio examples & video content on Xils site.
Old 24th December 2016
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🎧 10 years
If you want sampled drums then your looking for something that does not exsist. And by that im referring to you wanting to buy a drumsampler, with all the sounds you could wish for in 1 bundle. Thats not gonna happen, unless you have very low standards. The companies wanna sell you their sw and then push you to buy their expansions afterwards...thats usually how it works. Go for a good drum synth or prepare yourself to buy samples;-)
Old 24th December 2016
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Spark 2 does have some seriously deep drum synthesis. A massive amount of different drum sounds can be selected including virtual analog, physical modelling and samples. There is also a modular engine at it's core that you have full access to if you want to get even deeper. Lots of FX and great sequencing, especially if you pick up the original spark controller or SparkLE. My only complaint is that the GUI has a lot of pages to it but it can be tolerated.
Old 24th December 2016
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Originally Posted by goony ➡️
Try Softube Heartbeat
Awesome, thank you!
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Originally Posted by goony ➡️
Try Softube Heartbeat
Heartbeat doesn't have a sequencer!
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