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Drum Machine






Owner's manual:


Overview

Synthesis

Drumazon synthesis emulates all the sounds of the original 9O9. All the instruments are synthesized in exactly the same way as the original. All the nuances and detail of the original are captured perfectly. In addition, all Drumazon instruments have enhanced controls. This extra functionality allows the user to adjust the sounds further than on the original unit. This opens up a whole new world of sound creation. Listen to the audio demos or tweak it yourself with the demo version :)

Outputs

Drumazon has a flexible output configuration. Every instrument's audio signal can be routed to any of the 11 outputs. This allows users to further shape sounds individually or in groups via their favourite plug-ins.
Each individual output can be set to mono or stereo. Every instrument also has a Mute and Solo button. Mute will not just silence the sound, it will stop the sound being triggered. Solo will stop all other instruments from being triggered and only allow the selected sound(s) to play.

Control

Drumazon has extensive midi control. Midi notes can be used to trigger each individual sound. Alternatively, the internal sequencer can be used. This can be set to play using Drumazon's internal clock or set to synchronize perfectly to the host sequencer.
Most of Drumazon's parameters can be automated within the host and also controlled using MidiCC with an external controller. An easy-to-use Midi Learn function allows reassignment of any of the parameters.

Internal Sequencer

Within the internal sequencer, patterns are stored in 8 banks. Each bank can store up to 12 patterns. Each pattern consists of 16 steps. Each pattern location has a midi note number assigned to it. The patterns can be edited traditionally using the step buttons or using the tap function.
The internal sequencer has various modes of operation. In Chain Mode, a range of patterns are selected from the internal banks and are played through in a circular fashion. Patterns can also be triggered freely by selecting the corresponding midi note (for example, from a midi controller keyboard). External controllers can be used in any mode to provide full control over pattern playback.
A Randomizer function is also provided within the internal sequencer. It can be used to make simple changes to a pattern or create a whole new one - ideal when your creativity needs a boost! Randomizing can be applied to specific instruments and specific steps. The frequency of occurrence can also be adjusted to give you just the right amount.
Files are stored in the XML format. This allows single patterns or whole banks to be exchanged between users easily. XML allows the files to be edited in a text editor. Ideal if you want to post or share a pattern on a web site -just post the text!

Presets

The settings for each instrument can be stored in it's own preset. Each instrument preset can be loaded in individually. This allows maximum flexibility when putting kits of instruments together. A dedicated Preset Manager is provided to help the user manage the sounds within their own unique library.

System requirements

PC

OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
CPU: 1.5 Ghz with SSE (Multicore system 2.0 Ghz recommended)
RAM: 512 MB (1 GB recommended)
Software: VST compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)

Mac

OS: 10.6.x or 10.7.x
CPU: Intel based 1.5 Ghz (2.0 Ghz recommended)
RAM: 512 MB (1 GB recommended)
Software: AU / VST compatible host application (32bit or 64bit)

It's not a standalone program so you need a host application to use it.

Wave comparison

Bass drum
Snare drum
Low tom (mid tom and hi tom only tuned higher)
Rim shot
In the left channel of .wav file you hear original 909 and in the right channel Drumazon.

Sound examples

Awards


Reviews

Beat, September 2012
» Sound von Nepheton und Drumazon sehr nahe am Original bewegt, durch zahlreiche Ergänzungen aber auch weit darüber hinaus gehen kann. Die Plug-ins besitzen eine Flexibilität und Vielseitigkeit, wie sie nur eine algorithmische Klangerzeugung bieten kann und Shuffle-Funktion oder der ausgefeilte Randomizer helfen auch der Kreativität auf die Sprünge. «
Plughugger.com 09/27/2011
» Drumazon are capable of creating 909-esque sounds that the original cannot create. Not only that, Drumazon features a sequencer with a truly brilliant randomizer. (Read full review here) «
BlipBop 03/2011
» Here's another reason to stop trying to collect every 909 sample collection going! With the Drumazon you have a 909 that manages to surpass the original! Even if you don't think you have use for the 909 I'd get it as it represents great value. The sounds coming from my monitors were very, very pleasing to say the least! For owners of Orion Studio 9 Drumazon compliments the Pro-9 greatly! ... A truly fantastic rendition of hardware favorite! «
Buenasideas, Aug. 02, 2009
» Für alle Liebhaber elektronischer Musik und auch solche die eine originalgetreue Emulation der TR-909 haben wollen, ist dieses ausgezeichnete VST-Plugin, dass für Windows- und Mac-Systeme erhältlich ist, sehr zu empfehlen. «
Digital Music Magazine, Nov/Dec 2007
» Il risultato è di prim’ordine, le differenze acustiche fra l’originale e il “clone” sono quasi impercettibili anche dall’orecchio più allenato. Una soluzione ideale per chi non cerca altro che il mitico suono della 909. «
La bible de la musique sur PC, No 22 2007
» La majorité des utilisateurs s'accordent pour dire que Drumazon est la meilleure émulation de TR-909 disponible a ce jour. «
Beat, April 2007
» Wir haben Drumazon gegen gut dokumentierte Aufnahmen einer TR-909-Sample-Session verglichen. Tatsächlich klingt das neue d16-Instrument so rund und druckvoll wie das Original und verhält sich selbst bei Klangveränderungen am laufendem Sequenzer wie der graue Kasten aus dem Orwell-Jahr 1984 «
Keys, April 2007
» Drumazon macht jede Menge Spaß und ist durch die flexible Klangformung jeder statischen Sample-Kollektion überlegen. Die Symbiose aus traditioneller Bedienung und exzelentem Sound lässt eine perfekte illusion des Originals entstehen «
Computer Music, May 2007
» In fact, given the choice, we’d take Drumazon over a hardware 909 every time. It can produce a greater range of sounds, offers the convenience of a software instrument and, most importantly, sounds fantastic «
Future Music, May 2007
» Drumazon isn't for everybody, but if you're one of those types who find themselves regularly reaching for those classic 909 samples then you'll most likely love it to bits «
Remix, May 2007
» Drumazon is a ton of fun, and the original hardware wouldn't give you a much better experience. [...] Still, Drumazon sounds dynamite without any compression or processing «
DE:BUG, Mai 2007
» Der Klang der Drumazon-Emu ist mehr als solide. Die Sounds klingen knackig und haben einen gewissen Punch, der ihnen im Mix eine gute Durchsetzungsfähigkeit erlaubt. «
Bigshot, May/June 2007
» From years of using the TR-909, this unit sounds exactly what I’ve been accustomed to using all the little tricks work the same, the volume distorts when the mix is too hot, the floor tom makes an excellent bass line, and the ride pitch crushes the high-end while tweaking the knob. «

Testimonials

» I still used the real 909 for a long time especially for the snare sound, that was until I got Drumazon «

Dash Berlin

GUI

DRUMAZON

Full Features

  • truly emulated instruments' synthesis
  • perfectly scaled knob ranges with few modifications enlarging spectrum of the sounds
  • exhanced control of instruments' sound
  • dynamic signal routing from instruments to outputs
  • user defined plugin outputs settings
  • mutes/solos for each instrument (affect triggerring not just the signal)
  • fully controllable via MidiCC
  • quick midiCC assignation with MidiLearn function
  • many ways of controlling the device:
    • external mode (note mode)
    • internal sequencer (pattern mode) with 3 submodes
  • external mode:
    • midi map equivalent with the classic drum machine's map
    • midi tune and velocity controls instruments' levels and tunes
  • internal sequencer:
    • 8 banks with 12 patterns per bank
    • each pattern up to 16 steps of length
    • each pattern defined with one of four available measures
    • each step can be defined normal or flamed and accented or not
    • shuffle mode
    • flam mode
    • tap mode
    • chain mode
    • Shuffle, Flam and TotalAccent values defined globally and per pattern
    • Scale function and intelligent Rescale (automatically stretches pattern to the chosen measure)
    • built in Randomizer (selection of instruments to random, steps to be affected, frequency of the randomized notes and more)
    • patterns import/export via human readable xml files
  • two modes of synchronization:
    • precise synchronization to the host tempo
    • synchronization to internal clock - tempo controlled in the range 30-303 BPM (+-0.1)
  • individual presets per instrument with preset manager to easy control

Spectrum comparison

Bass drum
Snare drum
Low tom
Rim shot
This is real spectrum of FFT size 4096 with Blackman window at sampling rate 44100Hz
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