Audio Damage Axon 2 Brings Neural Networking To Drum Machines

Audio Damage has introduced Axon 2 – a major update to its AI-driven FM percussion plugin.

Axon uses a modified artificial neural network as a sequencer, and features seven FM-based percussion voices. It is capable of creating complex rhythms that repeat in surprising ways. 

The sequencer features seven “neurons” that trigger a voice and send a pulse when they have received a predetermined number of pulses. You can wire the output of any neuron to the input of any other (with built-in loop detection to prevent runaway feedback), and in this manner pre-program the artificial neural network without having to go through a “learning” phase.

The seven individual drum voices, each triggered by its attendant neuron, are 2-operator FM voices in a configuration to best make percussion sounds, with additional FM and AM busses that all voices send to and receive from. Each voice has a HPF, distortion circuit, and white noise generator to provide a full range of percussion-oriented voicing individually, while interacting with each other in new and unique ways.

Here’s the official video intro:


Pricing and Availability

Axon 2 is available now for US $59.00. The upgrade is US $10 for owners of Axon 1. An iPad version is also planned.