Rayzoon has released Metalpak, a Jamstix 2 expansion featuring a metal kit with 5 new styles and 6 new drummers.
- Modern Metal Kit Sound
- brand-new 275MB kit using Gretsch Renown Maple drums and AA/AAX cymbals.
- aggressive hats, tight and punchy kick plus an alternate Porkpie snare.
- single output and multi-output kits with ready-to-go Jamstix EQ and compression settings.
- can be used with any other Jamstix 2 style, e-drumkits or traditionally via MIDI by the host.
- Five Metal Styles
- CUSTOM METAL – hand-edit the desired kick/snare pattern and leave the rest up to Jamstix.
- DIAL-A-METAL – morphs the groove from half-time all the way to 16th double-bass/quarter snares.
- NU METAL – perfect for mainstream nu-metal performances with simple groove controls.
- PROG METAL – this one can make a 4/4 sound like an odd (korny?) time signature!
- THRASH METAL – morphs the groove from half-time to double-time madness.
Metalpak has an introductory price of $39 until 31 december 2007 (normal price $49), and requires Jamstix 2.1.4 or higher.
Jamstix was recently updated to v2.1.4, check here for details.
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Rayzoon has released version 2.1 of Jamstix, a virtual drummer VSTi plug-in for Windows PC.
Changes in v2.1
- Greatly improved stability.
- Interface is now skinnable and comes with a new skin of higher contrast added ‘Jamstix Classic’ style, which is reminiscent of the Jamstix 1 Rhythm Tab for those who loved programming beats with it.
- Added ‘Add’ option to brain menu, which allows adding snare ghosts, several percussion elements and a groove importer to any style.
- Tons of other additions and fixes.
Visit Rayzoon for more information, audio demos and a link to download the demo of Jamstix 2.
Rayzoon has released Jamstix 2, a virtual drummer VSTi which runs synchronized with your sequencer and features in-depth real-time modeling of various styles as well as human drummers with their own habits, accents and fill characteristics.
Rayzoon Jamstix 2 screenshot (click to enlarge)
Jamstix 2 is complemented by a high-quality sample player with 1.5GB of samples (XL version) as well as a VSTi subhost that can ‘drive’ your favorite drum module with the brain power and arrangement functionality of Jamstix 2.
- real-time groove composition using dedicated style and drummer modeling (not static patterns!)
- in-depth drummer limb simulation, including triangulation of hand movements, ensures that the grooves are always humanly playable (no ten-armed drummer here)
- advanced feel modeling includes sound-specific pocket delays, power and timing variations and can play ahead, on or behind the beat
- real-time fill generator produces unique fills (no static patterns used!) that match the style and drummer in use
- streamlined interface with visual drum kit for editing as well as just watching the drums play
- part-based arranger with transition and repetition fills, liveloop technology as well as drag-&-drop MIDI export
- limb-centric bar editor allows fine-tuning of events without need for MIDI export/editing in host
- extensive MIDI controller mapping allows in-depth remote-control of the style, drummer and mixer.
- built-in mixer with compressor and 3-band EQ
- comes with 50 styles and 10 drummers, expandable via future Paks
- built-in high-quality drum sample player with multiple velocity layers and controllable ambience
- alternate samples remove machine-gun effect by varying sounds at the same velocity
- sophisticated layering creates realistic sound accumulations based on drum types
- route sounds to 4-17 stereo outputs (adjustable)
- extensive sound library that can be expanded via expansion Paks
- integrated VSTi sub-hosting allows usage of any VSTi drum synthesizer, such as BFD™, DFHS™, EZDrummer™ and Addictive Drums™. Combine the sounds of your favorite drum plugin with the jam power and realism of Jamstix!
- allows creating kits that use a mix of external sounds and Jamstix 2 sounds! For example, you can built a kit that uses EZDrummer™ drums and Jamstix 2 percussion sounds and cymbals.
- flexible key and velocity mapping
- interactive Jamming
- supports Your Existing MIDI grooves
Jamstix 2 costs $99, and $139 for the XL version (XL version includes DrumPak #1,DrumPak #2, BrushPak, SnarePak and ePak).
Jamstix 1 users can upgrade for $40 or $89 for the XL version, until 9/3/2007.
Visit Rayzoon for more information, audio demos and a link to download the demo of Jamstix 2.
Rayzoon has announced the release of DrumPak #2 for Jamstix, adding 500MB of new sounds to the VSTi plug-in.
Unavailable with the default sounds or any other Pak, the new “close stereo” option allows for more intimate but refined sounds by not using ambience samples and extending the close mic samples from mono to stereo. However, DrumPak #2 still comes with normal ambience samples and mono close mic recordings as well so you get the best of both worlds.
Also included is the entire kit played with Hot Rods. Compared to normal drumsticks, the hot rods give the kit a quieter more delicate sound with a focused attack.
All sounds come in four variants: 1) stick-played standard Jamstix format (CMAS) 2) stick-played close-stereo format (CS) 3) rod-played standard Jamstix format (CMAS) 4) rod-played close-stereo format (CS)
- 22×18 Mapex Kick Drum
- 14×5.5 Mapex Snare
- 8×8 Mapex Tom
- 12×10 Mapex Tom
- 13×11 Mapex Tom
- 16×16 Mapex Tom
- 14″ Zildjian A Hi-Hats
- 20″ Zildjian A Ride
- 16″ Zildjian A Crash
- 14″ Zildjian A Fast Crash
- 16″ Meinl Synthetik Crash
- 18″ Meinl Signal Crash
- 14″ Meinl Filter China
- Hand Clapping Sound
DrumPak #2 is available now for an introductory price of $14.99 (regular price is $19). Furthermore, all Rayzoon products are now on holiday sale with discounts of up to 33%.
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Jamstix BrushPak is a beautiful brushed fusion set with the unrivaled sounds of Jeff Hamilton’s Hammer sizzle ride and more!
It comes with new snare brushing controls in the Jamstix interface. Great for jazz but also for other genres where a more intimate and understated drum sound is needed!
BrushPak comes with 20 new rhythms covering bebop, big band swing, rhythm&blues, bluegrass and rockabilly.
- 14×5 Gretsch Catalina Birch Snare (brush hits open, brush hits muted, brushing)
- 10×8 Gretsch Catalina Birch Tom – brush hits
- 12×9 Gretsch Catalina Birch Tom – brush hits
- 14×11 Gretsch Catalina Birch Tom – brush hits
- 16×16 Gretsch Catalina Birch Tom – brush hits
- 13″ Zildjian Custom A Hi-Hats – brush hits
- 22″ Bosphorus Hammer Ride – brush hits
- 22″ Bosphorus Hammer Ride – sizzle cymbal with rivets – brush hits
- 22″ Bosphorus Hammer Ride – sizzle cymbal with rivets – stick hits
- 22″ Bosphorus Hammer Crash – stick hits
- 16″ Wuhan S-Series Crash – brush hits
- 18″ Wuhan S-Series Crash – brush hits
- Total of 170MB of brushed drums and cymbals
- New kit mappings
- New rhythms of various genres
- Unlocks additional brain logic and snare brushing controls in Jamstix
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Rayzoon‘s ground-breaking virtual drummer VSTi runs synchronized with your sequencer and jams with your MIDI play (or even audio-in signal) using its innovative free jam mode where rhythms are created on-the-fly. It also offers jamming based on an extensive rhythm library as well as creating professional drum tracks complete with intro, fills and ending with its easy-to-use built-in arranger.
New in version 1.4
- added ability to manually select snare and tom accents in the rhythm tab
- added ‘Flip Stereo’ switch to internal engine setup
- added ‘Closed’ event to hihat + column
- modified various fills and accents to use 32nd notes instead of triplets for better compatibility
- fills and accents are now auto-shuffled in shuffle mode with much improved results
- added probability slider for hihat/ride eighths
- added jamstix.ini option DefaultCompression (value range 0..99)
- added separate sound slot for snare rimshots
- created sample set for default kit snare rimshots
- Internal sounds can now be routed to any output, not just 1-4. Sounds that are played on outputs 5-17 are not routed through the console so they have no gain control or compression within Jamstix. If a sound has an output specified that is above the current maximum output number, it will be played through output 1.
- outputs are now named ‘JS Out x’ with x being sequential in mono and stereo modes
- key re-mapping now also affects MIDI input triggering internal sounds
- added numerical output in status bar for gain and compression sliders
- added eight basic fills (names start with ‘BASIC…’)
- added some 32nd double stroke snare accents
- if an internal mapping sound has no ride bell sound, the engine will now automatically use the normal ride sound
- if an internal mapping sound has crash/splash or china sounds missing, the engine will now automatically use existing cymbals instead of just silence
- added lock icon to rhythm tab to control whether the rhythm will change based on the arrangement while the host is running and the rhythm tab is shown.
- moved mute icon to bottom-right corner of rhythm tab.
- added idle trigger for DFHS cache logic
- added a warning LED in the status bar when the host is running but Jamstix is stopped
- if an accent or fill specifies a kick at the same time as a tom, the kick will no longer be suppressed.
- when playing MIDI data in ‘dumb’ mode, the internal engine no longer applies velocity variance
- added ‘DSP Offset’ checkbox to mapping tab. This box should be checked only if you are using DSP-based plugins with latency and experience a synch offset. You also have to have audioM8 in the project in that case.
- loading an arrangement now refreshes the rhythm name display
- importing a MIDI file now causes the rhythm name to change to the file name
- MIDI volume controller (#7) no longer moves console sliders but acts as a volume trim after the sliders
- increased snare limb handling flexibility
- ride bell logic has been changed so that all ride events with full velocity are played on the bell
- ride bell logic now occurs after calculating velocity variance so that very varied ride/bell combos are possible by setting ride velocity slightly less than full
- added ‘Tempo Filter’ automation parameter. If this value is over 50%, the tempo filtering of accents,fills, intros and endings is suspended until the parameter drops back under 50%. This is useful during gradual tempo changes where the filtering would corrupt playing fills.
- added support for snare brushing with future BrushPak
- added support for close stereo/no ambience sounds with certain future DrumPaks
- added automatic close-mono sample extraction from close-stereo source for DrumPak #2 and other CS-supporting expansion paks
- LOAD display now shows true polyphony as monophonic voices playing versus sounds playing
- added jamstix.ini option ‘NoHostDataLoad=1′, which will keep Jamstix from loading its data from song project files. This is useful when loading a song fails due to a data problem in Jamstix.
- for those brave ones that create their own RAF files: double-clicking on the drumset picture at the top of the Jamstix GUI will now reload the data caches without having to restart Jamstix.
- fixed problem with data reset when adding second instance of Jamstix to a project.
- fixed dropdown box highlighting under certain circumstances causing locking up of n-Track
- cymbal panel eighths now play in shuffle mode
- fixed issue with closed hihats not playing on quarters for some users (FPU rounding issue)
- fixed ‘Back to arrangement’ light in Live during a rhythm change in Jamstix when using MIDI automation