Image Line Drumaxx drum machine

March 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Image Line Software, leading developer of audio production software, has released its newest VSTi/AU plug-in for percussion modelling, Drumaxx.

Drumaxx is a virtual instrument that gives total control of 16 physically modeled drums. Each drum can be routed to independent output for external effects processing. Drumaxx includes 130 drumkits, 900 drum patches, 200 drum patterns and not a single sample in sight. Read more

Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-880 Drum Machine

February 19, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-880The Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-880 Drum Machine is a rhythm-programming powerhouse loaded with world-class drum and bass samples from Roland’s renowned SRX library. It also includes a spectacular collection of original waveforms. From studio drum, electronic drum kits to exotic and standard percussion instruments, the DR-880’s produces sounds that can be played and programmed as-is, or customized with powerful tools such as independent Equalizers and Compressors for the kick and snare drum. Read more

Korg D8 Digital – Analog Recorder Review

September 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Korg D8 RecorderThe fun started with the Korg D8, which is by far the smallest of the three recorders I sampled for this series of reviews. In fact, if you weren’t looking at it too closely, you might mistake it for a drum machine rather than a portable eight-track studio. Its appearance, however, is deceptive, for inside the D8 is a 1.4 GB hard drive, which allows a maximum of 34 minutes of eight-track recording.

All of these units record on internal hard drive, which aren’t designed to be removed and replaced like tape formats. Instead, when the disk is full or you’re switching projects, you transfer the data to another source. A SCSI port for connecting external disk drives, an S/P DIF digital interface for a DAT or MD recorder, and standard RCA analog outs are all provided for this purpose.

The D8 features a built-in 12-channel, four-bus mixer, which has two ¼-inch TRS balanced analog inputs, with a high/low impedance switch that works for both, as well as MIDI In and Out. While the recorder boasts eight tracks, a glance at the board will reveal only seven separate track faders; the seventh is labeled 7/8 and is designed to be used in stereo, which is helpful if you want to send both inputs to one track or bounce a bunch of tracks while keeping all their pre-fixed pan positions. Read more