Rayzoon Jamstix 3

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