Image-Line has announced the release of a public beta of Drumatrix, a percussion modeling instrument featuring 10 physically modeled drums that can be routed to independent outputs for external effects processing.
Drumatrix is not based on samples or even commonly used ‘synthesis’ techniques, where oscillators are mixed and the result is ‘electronic’. Drumatrix is a truly ‘modelled’ drum, and not just a single drum, Drumatrix can model bass drums, hi-hats, snares, realistic and yes electronic sounds too. But what about the traditional ‘Achilles’ heel’ of synthesis, cymbals? We have left the best until last, Drumatrix models cymbals & metallic ‘ethnic’ percussion instruments with ease.
At the core of Drumatrix is a model of the drum-head. Here the vibrating membrane is represented in a mesh of inter-connected of points, each given physical properties, mass, inertia, stiffness, damping and all that good physics stuff. For the musician, this means Drumatrix can model the drum-head with multiple parameters such as material, thickness, tension and even shape. More importantly the parameters can be modulated in real-time as a function of velocity or external controls. The drum body is also modelled, in terms of material, size, vibration damping and shape. All this gives you multi-dimensional performance possibilities, a Matrix of variables providing the almost infinite complexity & subtlety of hitting a real drum.
- 10 Physically modelled drum pads.
- Multi-output for individual effects processing on each pad.
- Huge range of modelling possibilities covering sounds from cymbals to kettle-drums.
- Velocity modulation matrix for detailed expressiveness.
- Integrated Stepsequencer with trigger-key playback.
- Integrated effects.
- Single-pad version ‘Drumpad’ available for tight integration with FL Studio Stepsequencer.
The Drumatrix Public Beta is available to download for PC and Mac.