A great drum
machine that although origianlly developed for Linux, is
still very strong on the Windows platform. It has
support for WAV, AIFF, and AU sound files with export to
midi or WAV functionality. It is pretty easy to use and
also offers advanced features including unique human
velocity, human time, pitch and swing functionality.
SR202 is simply the
best free VST drum sample player around.Powerful 64-bit sound shaping with 24dB multimode
velocity-sensitive envelope generators and MIDIperformance controllers for mashing up your beatz.
+ Bitcrusher FX plus multiple outputs so you can
selectively process your sounds.Loads up to 16 WAV or AIFF format samples (one
for each pad), directly from the front panel.
Comes with at least
15 full drum kits, ranging from standard kits to wild
effects, analogue kits, and useful percussive kits.
Loads up to 16 WAV or AIFF
format samples (one for each pad), directly from the
Export a file of its
complete state to disk via the VST bank load/save
mechanism. Files are exchangeable between PC and Mac
versions, and contain all the samples needed.
64 voice channels with
4 choke groups.
Pads assignable to either
the stereo output or one of the four mono outputs.
Each pad has three
attack/decay envelopes for filter, amplifier and
Low pass/High pass
2 effects pre-filter -
Distortion and BitCrusher.
Switchable Note off
Global functions -
filter/amp/FX can be set to single pads or Global
The parameters per pad
- Level (0 to 100%)
- Pan (-100% to +100%)
- Choke Group (off,1-4)
- Mono/Poly switch (mono/poly)
- Note Off Mode (cut/ignore)
- Output (stereo, 1-4)
- Distortion (off to 100%)
- BitCrusher (off, 16 bits to 1 bit)
- Transpose (-24 to +24 semitones)
- Detune (-100 to +100 cents)
- Pitch EG mod depth (-100% to +100%)
- Pitch EG attack time (1 to 500 ms)
- Pitch EG release time (1 to 2000 ms)
- Pitch EG velocity mod depth (0 to 100%)
- Filter cutoff (0 to 100%)
- Filter resonance (0 to 100%)
- Filter EG mod depth (-100% to +100%)
- Filter EG attack time (1 to 500 ms)
- Filter EG release time (1 to 2000 ms)
- Filter EG velocity mod depth (0 to 100%)
- Amp EG attack time (1 to 500 ms)
- Amp EG release time (1 to 2000 ms)
- Amp velocity mod depth (0 to 100%).
MIDI CC automation - each
MIDI channel (1-16) relates to each pad, controllers
75 onwards can be used to tweak each pad via a
Twitch is an 8-pad samplebased drummachine aimed
at synthesizing new drumsounds by using distortion, filter, bitcrusher
and modulation. Twitch comes in two versions, one with built in samples
and one that loads .wav samples.
The Grizzly VST
drum machine features a layout and concept similar to
Native Instruments Battery or Guru - with numerous
"kits", each containing 8 samples. These can be
triggered via your MIDI controller or keyboard - in my
case I tried playing it via my MPD24.
While I found
Grizzly initially very polished and nice to use, it
caused my computer (WindowsXP) to lock up several times,
forcing a reboot - I'm not sure whether it was simply a
conflict specifically with my overloaded XP, or if
others have been having similar issues, but just thought
I would mention it.
If you're wanting
a free, easy to use, customizable drum machine - one
that you can drop WAV samples into, to trigger via MIDI
controller - you should check out Grizzly.