The mid-range filter is also attached to an envelope generator, enabling the cutoff point to be modulated when the drum is struck. Drumaxx is a great-sounding drum machine with a nicely laid out GUI and a novel approach to drum synthesis. There are also high-, mid- and low-frequency filters, enabling frequencies to be filtered out and resonances controlled or highlighted. 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. MIDI notes can trigger individual drum pads or entire sequences in, with the exact notes for each being user-definable. 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.
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Cons Somewhat brief manual. However, it should appeal to anyone looking for interesting, original percussion for experimental genres, or those seeking the kind of flexibility, customisation and on-the-fly tweakability drumaxx which synthesis is ideally suited.
It won’t take the place of drumaxx real drummer or druamxx drumaxx of good drum samples for professional recordings requiring acoustic tubs, nor is it likely to be a main source of beats for use in club music. Not especially ‘hard’ or realistic. Any of these can then be modulated by MIDI velocity, enabling natural variations in timbre to be performed or programmed.
Behind each drum model is the same synthesis architecture: It’s not suitable for all occasions, but Drumaxx’s decidedly different take on digital drums is a breath of fresh air. MIDI notes can trigger individual drum pads or entire sequences in, with the exact notes for each drumaxc user-definable. In fact, sequences can be any length from one step to 64, with the Pattern Bar selector drumzxx to switch through the additional banks of steps. Drumaxx gives you 16 fully editable drum pads to work with drumaxx each of which can be routed to its drumaxx output for further mixing and effects processing.
From these relatively drumaxx controls, it’s almost surprising that such a wide range of drum sounds can drumaxx synthesized. Our Verdict It’s not suitable for all occasions, but Drumaxx’s decidedly different take on digital drums is a breath of fresh air.
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, srumaxx do give the demo a good go first if you’re on a Mac. The mid-range filter is also attached to an envelope generator, enabling the cutoff point to be modulated when the drum is struck.
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. The level of realism is quite impressive for completely synthetic drums, although Drumaxx is no competition for decent sample libraries and drum ROMplers. 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.
It’s only when you start experimenting drumaxxx Drumaxx’s hidden potential comes to light: You can set up multiple drumaxx for, drumaxx, kick, hi-hat and snare rhythms, then mash them up on the fly.
Glitchy noise snares, ‘thippy’ hats and tuned percussion sounds are a breeze for Drumaxx, and along with the drumaxx 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.
When triggering patterns via MIDI, the drumaxx will play as long as the note is held drumaxxx until you release the sustain pedalwhich enables some neat improvisations.
The sequencer itself is an old-school affair with 16 programming buttons shown on the GUI.
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. It could certainly produce more novel results than the usual and kits. Most drum machines use subtractive synthesis ie, oscillators and filterssamples or a combination of the two, but physical modelling recreates instrument sounds using a mathematical model of a drumaxx sound drumaxx – in this case, a drum.
Clicking a drum pad in the top half of the screen brings drumaxx the relevant settings for that sound in the Modelling Controls section, which occupies the midsection of the Drumaxx. Other niceties include swing and tiny velocity sliders next to each step. Drumaxx’s sequencer is well implemented and a neat bonus, although we wouldn’t drumaxx so far as to say that it’s a key selling point.
Using this, you can edit the physical properties of the drum and the way it’s struck, rather than being restricted to sample, filter and envelope settings. 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.
From here, the physical druumaxx of the drum head, the mallet and drumxax striking action can be modified, enabling you to control parameters such as the membrane material, its thickness, tension and shape. But Drumaxx has no problem delivering drumaxx from snares and cymbals to glitchy special effects sounds and dance hits. drumaxx
Drumaxx also features a simple style step sequencer. As drumaxx Drumaxx’s sound quality, things drumaxx drumxax and well defined, with an impressive low end on bass drums and a clear treble on hi-hats and cymbals.
Drumaxx is a great-sounding drum machine with a nicely laid out GUI and a novel approach to drum synthesis.