Plugin Boutique has announced an exclusive sale on Audio Damage’s experimental drum synth driven by artificial intelligence.

Axon 2 uses a modified artificial neural network as a sequencer and features seven FM-based percussion voices that also buss together to create a single monolithic complex percussion synthesizer.

If that sounds weird, you ain’t seen nothing yet. It is surprisingly intuitive once you get the knack of it, and is capable of all-new, complex rhythms that repeat in surprising ways. It often gets referenced as a “random sequence generator,” but there is nothing random in Axon; it is entirely determinative.

The sequencer features seven “neurons” that trigger a voice and send a pulse when they have received a predetermined number of pulses. You can wire the output of any neuron to the input of any other (with built-in loop detection to prevent runaway feedback) and in this manner pre-program the artificial neural network without having to go through a “learning” phase.

The seven individual drum voices, each triggered by its attendant neuron, are 2-operator FM voices in a configuration to best make percussion sounds, with additional FM and AM busses that all voices send to and receive from. Each voice has an HPF, distortion circuit, and white noise generator to provide a full range of percussion-oriented voicing individually while interacting with each other in new and unique ways.

Axon 2 is available for Windows and Mac (VST/VST3, AU and AAX), priced only $29 USD instead of $59 USD until August 1st, 2022.

More information: Audio Damage