Some weeks ago, Audiothingies announced the DoubleDrummer hybrid synthesis/sample drum generator module. From the feature list, the device is super exciting and looks like a perfect addition to any Arturia Beatstep Pro. Unfortunately, the developer doesn’t release a sound demo in the official announcement of the instrument. Several weeks have passed and today he delivers the right sound demos.
After the first impression, I like the sounds already very well and I’m sure that you can do a lot with this new drum Synthesizer. Audiothingies also announced that a limited amount of units will available next week for a price of 303€ (incl. VAT).
12-voice drum synth / sample player with FXs. DoubleDrummer is a 12-voice drum synthesizer with sample playback capability. It is the perfect partner for your MIDI sequencer and your other hardware synths.
DoubleDrummer has 6 channels of drum synthesis (kick, snare, toms, clap, cowbell and hihats). Each of these 6 channels has been fine tuned to provide a wide range of sounds within a limited set of parameters per channel for the best possible user experience.
Bass drum: tune, attack, decay, harmonics, pitch mod level, pitch mod decay time
Snare: tune, tone decay, noise decay, noise level, color, emphasis
Tom: main pitch, low pitch, hi pitch, decay, pitch mod level, pan spread
Clap: attack, decay, reverb length, color, emphasis
Cowbell: tune, tuning offset, oscillator balance, decay, harmonics freq, emphasis
Hats: closed decay, opened decay, color, emphasis
DoubleDrummer also has 6 channels of drum sample playback, with 56 internal drum sounds to choose from, within a wide variety of kick, snares, toms, cymbals, and other percussions. Instead of going for the hifi sound commonly found today, we chose to emulate the sound of the early eighties drum machines with a few of our own twists (think Linndrum, Drumtraks, DX, etc…) Each of those sample channels have tune, decay, comp and a 2-pole lowpass/hipass filter with frequency and resonance parameters.
These channels can be useful to provide more natural sounding sounds that can be more difficult to synthesize with a limited parameter set, such as cymbals for example. But it’s also great for those “in ur face” 80’s kick and snare sounds. And if you really fancy these sampled sounds, the 6 main synthesis channels can be switched to sample playback mode, turning the DoubleDrummer into a 12-voice old-school sounding drum sample player.
Color your sound: each one of the 12 voices is sent to a mixer with mute, drive, bit crusher, pan, level and fx send level per channel.
2 send FXs are available: delay and plate reverb. Each channel can send to one of these 2 FXs On top of that, you have a multi-FX on the master stereo bus. This master FX has drive, samplerate reduction, bitcrushing, and a 2 pole lowpass filter with frequency cutoff and resonance parameters.
- 128 memories for storing your kits
- USB MIDI
- A PC/Mac software will be available to send your own drum samples to the internal memory
The Audiothingies DoubleDrummer will be available in end of November for 303€ (incl. VAT)
More information here: DoubleDrummer