At Superbooth this week, IK Multimedia is introducing UNO Drum, the newest member of its UNO series.
Designed in collaboration with Italian analog specialist Soundmachines – the same team behind IK’s UNO Synth – UNO Drum offers a sonic palette combining analog sounds with digital flexibility and convenience. It’s designed with a wide range of programming and live performance features and controls, to make it easy for musicians, producers and DJs to add drum grooves to their music.
True analog tone and PCM flexibility
Six warm, rich, true analog drum sounds – two different kick drums plus snares, claps, and hi-hats – form the essential core kit for creating analog beats. Additional PCM elements (with 54 samples to choose from) provide deeper sonic possibilities. They include toms, rims, cowbells, rides and crash cymbals for creating complex, unique rhythm tracks. Up to 12 elements can be used in total between analog and digital sounds, with 11-voice polyphony available.
The analog and digital elements can be freely swapped, for sonic options that go beyond the pre-set combinations.
A wide range of drum elements is organized in UNO Drum’s 100 pre-programmed and fully editable drum kit presets, a first in its class. All sounds can be stored and recalled on the fly.
Top panel in-depth editing controls allow for adjustment of key parameters of each sound element. Users can tweak the Tuning of their kicks, adjust the Snap for EDM drums, push the Decay for industrial sounds, and more.
Analog audio effects with character
UNO Drum features 12 touch-sensitive pads with two velocity zones, for more expressive live playing and easier programming. The pads can be used to play entire beats live with a pad-style feel, or to easily add live additions on top of pre-programmed rhythms. These pads are also used to select individual drum pattern elements. Each element’s pad can be used to edit parameters for that specific drum sound, in real-time, as patterns play. For added performance convenience, a dedicated Tap Tempo pad is also included.
Flexible programming options
The UNO Drum 64-step sequencer allows users to program in patterns one step at a time, using the 16 buttons across the bottom of the panel, or record a pattern in real-time. Up to eight parameters can be automated per step, to add more variation to their grooves. The Song mode lets users chain up to 64 patterns together to create extended grooves. Any of the stored sequences can be triggered on the fly, in any order desired.
UNO Drum also comes pre-loaded with 100 drum patterns (in addition to the 100 drum kits). Sounds can be swapped out or adjusted, and patterns can be saved for later.
UNO Drum offers five performance effects on the programmed patterns: Stutter (from subtle repetitions to DJ style loops), Roll, Humanize (slight randomization of velocity, timing and volume to emulate a live drummer), Swing (timing and accent adjustments) and Random (brand new pattern creations).
Integrate into any live, studio, or mobile set-up
UNO Drum can integrate into regular live set-ups, computer DAW-based studios, or mobile rigs centered around an iOS device. It offers USB and traditional MIDI via 2.5mm jacks (cables included) for use with Mac/PC, iOS devices or traditional outboard MIDI gear, to pair in any rig. UNO Drum also offers an audio input to daisy chain directly with IK’s UNO Synth or any other gear, routed through its internal compressor, with no need for an additional mixer.
On-the-go music making
UNO Drum is lightweight (only 400g) and small enough to fit in a backpack, but sturdy enough to hit the road for gigging. It can also be used as a “portable sketchpad” to create grooves and songs.
UNO Drum can be powered by 4 AA batteries or via the USB port, either from a computer or a battery pack.
Pricing and availability
The UNO Drum is available for pre-order from the IK Multimedia online store and for pre-order from IK authorized dealers worldwide, for $/€249.99 (plus tax). Shipping is scheduled for June 2019.