Rob Papen Demos His Punch Virtual Drum Machine (Sneak Preview)

At the 2011 NAMM Show, Rob Papen announced a new virtual drum machine, Punch.

Punch combines drum synthesis with sample support to create a best-of-both-worlds percussion instrument.

In this sneak preview, Rob Papen himself walks you through the capabilities of Punch.

Pricing is expected to be around £104.

Details  below.

Drums Synthesis

  • 2 Bass Drum with 4 different models and 18 built in samples
  • 2 Snare Drum with 2 models and 33 built in samples
  • 2 Open Hihat and 2 Closed Hihat, with 3 models and 12 built in samples
  • 3 Toms with 2 models and 8 built in samples
  • 2 Claps with 3 models, and 13 built in samples
  • 3 User Drum , with 5 models and 37 samples
  • 8 Dual Sample slot, each with there own amp / pitch envelopes & filter and filter envelope.
  • Each drum has it’s own ‘easy controls’, distortion (20 different models) , output destination (to dry or any of the 4 fx / output channels) , and choke groups.
  • Each drum can be preview and selected by clicking in the Drum Preview Pad.


Punch has it’s own internal sequencer which can play 8 different patterns of up to 16 steps long (4 Grooves & 4 Break patterns) , these having a swing and humanization controls.

Each pattern is composed of 4 tracks, each track having it’s own drum output.

Each step in each track can have different velocity, panning, pitch , envelope speed &  flaming, and each pattern also has two free step values which can be used to modulate controls.


Punch has 2 envelopes, 2 LFOs and 8 modulation slots , which allow you to use a wide variety of modulation sources to control Punch’s parameters.


The Mixer screen shows the volume & panning of all the controls , plus the fx mix & panning, allows you to easily mix the drum sounds.

Easy Screen

Easy to use sliders allow to alter the main controls on the fly during use.

FX 1 to 4

4 FXs, each with 25 different type of fx (delays, reverbs, chorus , distortions etc), which can arrange in 5 different ways. In the multi-channel version of Punch, these fx are output to the different output channels.

Manager Screen

Full Manager screen, which show you all the presets, banks & presets, allow you to load, save, copy & paste etc them, including the powerful find function.

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