We don’t normally get caught up in pre-release Internet teaser hype*, but this demo for the new Beep Street Impaktor drum synthesizer is actually pretty damn cool.
BeepStreet, maker of the iOS synth Sunrizer, has announced Impakton – a new app designed to turn any surface into a playable percussive instrument.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
You just slap your desk like a real drum, the transient acoustic signal is fed into the physical modeling engine and turned into the desired sound. That makes Impakton an extremely expressive instrument. Drop a coin on the desk, select any of the membramophones presets and you will hear the sound of the coin dancing on a membrane.
Here are audio previews for Impaktion:
“The Nord Drum is certainly a usable little unit, with the range of sounds on board even with the limited number of Tone waves, it will find a home in many a drummers arsenal as a way to enhance an acoustic setup or perhaps as a drum aspect to an electronic music setup. Its a shame that it was not possible to extend the wave palette more and give it a stereo output.”
See Nick’s full review of the Nord Drum analog drum synth at the Sonic State site.
Reader Jason Job wrote us to let us know about a free Max4Live device, Note2CCGate, designed for sequencing modular drum modules from Ableton Live:
Thought your readers who are interested in modular synths, Ableton Live and Max4Live might find this post useful. In it I describe a method for controlling the new TipTop Audio 808 drum modules from Ableton using a Max4Live device and a MIDI to CV interface. This device could be used more generically for sending gates to any modular synth that has a MIDI to CV interface capable of CC to CV output.
See Job’s MusicalGeometry site for details.
Arturia has introduced a software-only version of its Spark drum machine, Spark Vintage Drum Machines.
Spark Vintage Drum Machines combines samples and virtual analog synthesis to ‘capture the unique soul of these instruments.’
- 30 legendary drum machines including: Roland TR-808, TR-707, TR-909, CR-78, Korg KPR-77, Mini Pops 7, LinnDrum, Yamaha RX5, Maestro Rhythm King MKII, Simmons SDS V,…
- Easy workflow: one interface to learn, thirty drum machines to play
- Made for live performance: XY Pad, Beat Looper, Slicer, Real-time automation on all parameters
- 14 high quality effects : Multiband Compressor, Reverb, Bit crusher, Multiband EQ, Chorus, Delay, Distortion, Phaser, Plate reverb, Destroyer, Flanger, Space pan, Limiter, Sub generator
- Spark’s Step Sequencer makes track creation a breeze
- Perfect integration: 16 independant audio outputs, midi I/O
- Unparalleled sound quality based on virtual analog synthesis (TAE®) and high resolution sampling
- 64 patterns pre-programmed for each drum machine
Tomas from Nord had it sussed I think, a quiet suite atop the massive Marriott Hotel just outside the Convention Centre, no shouting or excessive noise, and a nice view too.
It gave us the chance to take a closer look at the Nord Drum synthesizer which takes much from the legacy of the DDRUM – fast, tight triggering and combines the synthesis of Nords modelling technology to create a drum synthesizer designed to be gigged.
The Nord Drum features four voices, each with three synth elements (click, noise & tone) that are designed especially drum synthesis. The four jacks on the back let you hook up standard drum pads. You can also control the Nord Drum via MIDI.
Pricing and availability for the Nord Drum are to be announced.