drum synth recommendations

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Re: drum synth recommendations

Post by Isturite- » Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:32 pm

Microtonic is cool for LEARNING... but is not as versatile as Reaktor, Absynth, or some of the other synths ppl have mentioned. I use mtonic for a while but got kinda bored of it quick... it can make some decent drum sounds if you don't know how to synthesize them well yourself

If you want to learn to synthesize good drums, try using Reaktor (I like Absynth5 personally for my drums) presets... or learn to use synths really well, learn about using pitch env., using noise, and using FM (to get timbres for some nice toms, hi hats, cymbals, and percussion)... then you can just layer and/or process them... not all drums (like kicks) that come from synths are that great, so layering and processing brings them from amateur synthesized drums to those pro sounding samples you hear in sample packs
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Re: drum synth recommendations

Post by KrisM » Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:20 am

I'm a fan of AudioSpillage's DrumSpillage. The demo/free version is called Minispillage.
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Re: drum synth recommendations

Post by squelcht » Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:34 pm

Just get a Korg Electribe ER-1 & call it a day.

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Re: drum synth recommendations

Post by MacGuffin » Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:02 pm

I like Operator a lot.
I like some of the others mentionned too, but most of them have their own sequencer and interface for multiple sounds and outputs.
What's cool about Operator is that you can just load them individualy in drum racks and it's super light on the CPU.

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Re: drum synth recommendations

Post by buzby » Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:58 pm

thanks for the tips

yeah i ve got reaktor - must admit have nt checked it out too much since i got it and it's a bit of a cpu pig in ableton but just having a look at the sinebeat and aerobic drum machines - thanks wehkah

my friend eythor tried tattoo and was nt too impressed - i tried out nerve demo which seems to be ok - i do have battery as well which i ve just re-installed and gonna give it another go

i was looking for something that could load samples and also make drums from scratch as well - eythor has been pretty impressed by the linplug rmv which apparently can do this

i downloaded the microtonic and have nt got round to testing it out yet -
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Re: drum synth recommendations

Post by buzby » Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:07 pm

wehkah wrote:you have Reaktor 5 in your signature and ask for a drumsynth, really?

check aerobic or sinebeats 2 from the factory library, search the user library!
mmmm - not that impressed to be honest - thanks again though
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Re: drum synth recommendations

Post by düSlair » Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:31 pm

reason 5 has a new drumsynth.
it looks very promissig........

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Re: drum synth recommendations

Post by buzby » Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:45 pm

düSlair wrote:reason 5 has a new drumsynth.
it looks very promissig........
yeah - we had a look at that - does look very nice
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Re: drum synth recommendations

Post by leedsquietman » Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:17 am

If you want a straight up emulation of a 909 or 808 that is synth based and not samples, then D16's plugins are arguably better than the originals, with more controls and features.

Drumazon (909 emulation)
http://www.d16.pl/index.php?menu=14

Nepheton (808 emulation)
http://www.d16.pl/index.php?menu=153

D16's products in general rock. Toraverb, Fazortan, Syntorus and the distortions (decimort and devastor) are all cool.

They also have Nithhonat (a TR606 emulation) on sale at 50% off for 39 euros. I personally don't like the 606 as much as 808 and 909 sounds, but it is a very accurate emulation and gives you something different.

Microtonic and such don't emulate specific vintage drum machines as such, they take a more original approach. You may or may not prefer this approach, it's arguably more versatile.

TBH, I find Live's drum racks with drum machines a very adequate way of generating synth drum beats.
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Re: drum synth recommendations

Post by Tarekith » Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:34 am

Had a great night playing with uTonic, such a cool and uniquely clean sounding drum synth, I'd forgotten how nice the interface is for peforming too, say with an APC40. Sweet, can't wait for the new version.

Other synths might have more options, but I prefer a really straight-forward and focused approach myself. Sure I could use Zebra2 or Omnisphere to make my own drum sounds, but not nearly as much fun or immediate.

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Re: drum synth recommendations

Post by LeifonMars » Sat Jun 12, 2010 5:45 am

Tarekith wrote:Had a great night playing with uTonic, such a cool and uniquely clean sounding drum synth, I'd forgotten how nice the interface is for peforming too, say with an APC40. Sweet, can't wait for the new version.
Yep, I keep discovering that little drumsynth over and over again. The only thing that bugs me is the inability to map its sequencer.
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Re: drum synth recommendations

Post by fishmonkey » Sat Jun 12, 2010 6:10 am

µTonic is now on special for owners of Synplant...

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