If I ask you to imagine a synthesizer, the chances are that either you’ll think of an oblong box housing a plastic keyboard, various knobs, buttons and sliders, or you’ll think of the virtual software equivalent…though if you’re of a certain vintage…and still have the flares…(but no longer have the hair) to prove it, you might just imagine racks of electronic modules connected together with a spaghetti like jumble of patch leads, that looks more like the deranged experiment of some mad physicist, than a musical instrument, as, prior to the advent of the ‘integrated synthesizer’, that’s pretty much what a synthesizer was. Continue reading »
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I was expecting Battery 2 to be a beatbox on steroids, but actually, it’s da beatz without da box…in other wordz, it’s a drum sampler.
At its heart is a drum/sample matrix selectably viewable as either 12 or 9 columns by 6 rows, giving a total of 72 or 54 cells reeeespectively. Right click on one of these cells, choose ‘add sample’ and a browser window opens, allowing you to audition samples before loading them. The list of files supported is extensive and includes Kontakt, Battery, wav, aiff, HALion, Samplecell, LM4, Gigasampler, REX/REX2 & Akai S1000/3000…amongst others…and you can load a total of 128 (which don’t necessarily have to be drum/rrrhythmic samples)…into each cell! Continue reading »