Archive for the ‘Samplers’ Category


Drumagog! Play drums on your body!

January 28, 2009


Drumagog is a plug-in which automatically replaces acoustic drum tracks with your choice of other samples.  Engineers and producers worldwide use Drumagog every day to fix and enhance their drum tracks.  It’s extremely easy to use.  Just insert Drumagog onto a drum track, and pick your favorite sample! For advanced drum replacing, Drumagog is packed with powerful features for
the ultimate in control, and includes a massive 4GB drum sample library.

This allows for all kinds of interesting uses as well as the usual approachs.

– Automatically replaces drum tracks with a variety of samples
– Compatible with WAV, AIF, and SDII samples and libraries
– MIDI Input and Output Capability
– Advanced Visual Triggering feature
– Sophisticated sample management
– Auto sample-rate conversion
– New triggering engine for the ultimate in accurate triggering
– Works with Pro Tools, Logic, Digital Performer, Cubase, Nuendo and more
– Comes with a massive 4GB drum sample collection including:
Rock Drums Drumagog Edition, Purrrfect Drums, Purrrfect Brushes,
NS Kit Free and Classic Drum Machines.
– Compatible with any VST, RTAS, or AU audio application
– Works directly with BFD (Platinum version only)

“Drumagog is one of the most brilliant programs I’ve come across. It’s saved me literally thousands of hours editing drums while working on the Korn record “Untouchables”. Drumagog made the drum replacement and reinforcement seamless.” – Rob Hill (Engineer – Korn, Queen, Jackson Browne, Pat Green, DJ Muggs / Cyprus Hill)


Spectrasonics Stylus RMX 1.7 Now Here

January 23, 2009

Stylus RMX 1.7 demonstrated at Namm

Spectrasonics demonstrated Stylus RMX®version 1.7 featuring an innovative and completely new capability called ‘Time Designer™’ which intelligently transforms RMX audio loops into different time signatures and features the ability to “Groove Lock” the feel of any groove to another – all in real time.

Time Designer also lets the user create instant pattern variations with smart algorithms based on musical rules, and to ‘simplify’ any RMX groove in a musical manner. Version 1.7 is also the first 64-bit native software release from Spectrasonics and includes useful workflow enhancements to RMX, such as Suite Editing and Host Transport Sync.

Eric Persing, Founder and Creative Director of Spectrasonics notes, “Stylus RMX version 1.7 with Time Designer will be a major creative boost for many users with its ability to instantly Groove Lock to the feel of any groove across the whole core library of grooves and expanders. It’s like suddenly having ten times the amount of grooves at your fingertips! Over the years, many composers and arrangers have requested the ability to have any groove in any time signature: now they can. With all of this and the ability to create pattern variations in a totally musical way, the new version of RMX is almost a rebirth of the plug-in and how it can be used. We are really looking forward to seeing how this inspires our users to take their groove production into brand new musical directions.”

The new RMX version 1.7 reveals a totally new way to browse and use the entire RMX core library and SAGE Xpanders by offering the user the ability to Groove Lock any loop in real time to another loop or MIDI File. The user simply chooses a designated loop as the Groove Lock master, and switches one button: now all the loops that are played as the user browses are Groove Locked to that main feel.

And all of RMX’s Time Designer capabilities are available in any designated time signature. Once new Time Signatures are selected, the browsing experience works the same way – dramatically changing the experience of groove production in time signatures other than 4/4. Working on a 6/8 ballad? Simply choose 6/8 in Time Designer and the entire RMX library is now instantly available rearranged in 6/8 patterns!

For multiple time signatures in a piece of music the user simply sets the first time signature variation, drags and drops the MIDI file to the sequencer, then sets the time signature to a new one and repeats the process for each section of music that requires a new time signature. The MIDI Files that are dragged to the host sequencer are “imprinted” with all the Groove Lock and Time Signature changes in the MIDI data, making it easy to customize the loops further.

Time Designer’s Pattern Variation section allows the user to instantly check out useful variations on a loop – which works differently than the constantly shifting/improvising ‘Chaos Designer’ feature that RMX introduced. Time Designer makes rearrangements of the pattern based on a series of musical rules creating useful variations, and is available for all time signatures (including 4/4 pattern variations). Best of all, Time Designer and Chaos Designer can be used together!

All Time Designer features will also work on third party RMX libraries and imported REX files, as long as the grooves are sliced properly.

RMX version 1.7 also sports several user-requested features such as suite editing for easy customization and better ‘Favorites’ management of users own collections of loops, sequencer host transport sync so that RMX will follow the host sequencer’s transport controls and song position.

Version 1.7 is also the first 64-bit native software release from Spectrasonics, keeping pace with the industry-wide move towards 64-bit systems and access to more RAM. Windows 64-bit compatibility will be released first, then 64-bit Mac versions to follow.

The release date for Stylus RMX v1.7 with Time Designer is March 2, 2009, the update will be FREE to all registered RMX users as a download from the Spectrasonics website.

Here is some details on the previous versions applications.


Radiohead Live Setup revealed!

September 3, 2008

Radiohead are currently on a world tour in support of their latest album entitled In Rainbows. For their very intricate live shows the band and their technician, Russ Russell, have turned to Kontakt 3.

Radiohead Live

Radiohead Live



Russ’s workplace comprises of an Apple Macbook Pro that sits on a rack of daisy-chained audio interfaces. The computer receives MIDI from two keyboard stations on the stage, operated by band members (and brothers) Jonny and Colin Greenwood. They play their parts on their respective controller keyboards and MIDI floorboards.

On his computer, Russ runs Kontakt 3 as the main instrument for all sample-based sounds in the show. Both keyboard stations are routed to Kontakt, with each song having its own monolithic multi. “Kontakt is great to work with”, says Russ. “It has allowed us to completely get away from all the frustration of hardware samplers. Editing and importing becomes quicker and easier, which allows the band to make changes or try new ideas without delay or fuss.”

Russ switched Radiohead’s setup to Kontakt during the preparation for the 2008 world tour. “The band wanted to replace some old hardware from previous tours and consolidate those sounds into one central system.

For the live versions of the songs on ‘In Rainbows’, I worked with Kontakt. I used material from the studio production, and I also adapted some sounds from the Kontakt library – the Crumar Orchestrator gets quite a bit of use. After that, I basically went through the entire Radiohead catalogue and converted all the old sample material for Kontakt. I sampled a few hardware instruments and created multisamples. It’s just made the organisation of all the keyboard sounds so much easier.”

During the show, Radiohead play all songs entirely live – no backing tracks or sequencers are used except for songs with a more electronic aesthetics, such as “15 Step”, where synchronised percussive loops are triggered in real time by Colin and Jonny. In addition to playing sounds on Russ’s computer via his controller, guitar and keyboard player Jonny Greenwood operates a mixture of analog devices and his own laptop. During the show, Jonny manipulates the synths and outboard devices by hand and foot.

Bass player Colin Greenwood uses more of a conventional setup for his keyboard parts, comprising a controller keyboard and floorboard. All the changes in sound selections during or in between songs are operated directly by Russ, including some sounds from Pro-53 and other software synthesizers. Learn more about the amazing Kontakt 3 Software Sampler here



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Radiohead Kontakt 3 setup

Kontakt 3 in use

Jonny Greenwood Setup