Rayzoon has announced the release of Jamstix 3, a virtual drummer instrument plug-in for Windows.
Jamstix is a new breed of virtual drum software, which simulates a drummer inside of your sequencer/host. Unlike most other drum modules, which either provide static MIDI patterns or an engine that combines pre-recorded MIDI patterns, Jamstix features a state-of-the-art realtime simulation of a human drummer down to the calculation of the time it takes a drummer to move an arm from drum A to drum B. This means that arrangements created with Jamstix are always humanly playable (no ten-armed drummers!) and also always unique and varied since they are created based on rules and not static patterns.
When Jamstix 1 was released in March of 2005, it was quickly praised for its new and innovative approach using rule-based groove intelligence. Jamstix 3 takes this approach to new heights with an improved interface, more styles and drummers and countless new features and enhancements. The new “song builder” function can create a full drum arrangement with many parts and fills in seconds and brand-new stock kits offer incredible realistic sound reproduction.
Changes in Jamstix 3
- Much improved interface graphics (courtesy of Scott Kane).
- Increased GUI size.
- Wizard to aid in creation of song structure.
- Easy/advanced brain mode options to ease learning curve.
- More styles & drummers.
- Time signature support expanded to 7/4 (14/8).
- Sample load-on-demand (LOD) to reduce memory footprint.
- Snares and toms get left/right/center sounds and all logic is modified to properly support this. Example: groove snare hits are center and a single stroke roll will use left/right hits.
- Hands can be assigned tools (drumstick, mallet, brush, hot-rod), which also allows mix-&-match.
- Hihat expressive range extended to support tip and shank in the same kit.
- Note edit grouping in the bar editor.
- ‘kit’ and ‘mixer’ windows will be integrated into main interface.
- Expanded mixer.
- Improved fill planning by the A.I. using motion paths.
- Grouped kit editing (i.e. 1 set of hihat controls versus the current 7).
- Audio output routing/naming based on sound group.
- Expanded rolls, wash and rudiments options.
- Lots of other small improvements.
Jamstix 3 is available to purchase for Windows PC (Mac version in development) starting at $99 USD. Jamstix 1 or 2 owners can upgrade for $49 USD.
More information: Rayzoon