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Ultrabeat presets. Drum Key by 9 Soundware is a collection of presets for the Ultrabeat drum synthesizer within Apple Logic Pro. Drawing entirely on the synthesis component of Ultrabeat (; incorporating no audio samples), the sound set is designed to repurpose the plug-in as a generator of abstract timbres, while remaining true to its rhythmic spirit. The naturalistically dynamic patches exploit elements such as noise LFOs and velocity modulation to evoke human gestures and randomness.

Each of the 20 patches of Drum Key are based on a single timbre (“Timbre 0”) which harnesses the technical resources of Ultrabeat without the bias of drum kit paradigms. All 20 patches contain 25 component patches which mirror identical derivational variation concepts and key maps. Echoing the General MIDI Percussion Key Map, variations of Timbre 0 are shaped and arranged accordingly between C1 and C#2 (drum voices 1-16) to its aural or conceptual attributes, allowing simplified reorientation of drum kit sequences. Drum voices 17 (E2) and higher house transpositions of Timbre 0 to sonic expressions of their respective names. In summary, the Ultrabeat architecture, consisting of 25 modules per plug-in instance, allows for 500 discrete timbres in the 20 patches which form the sound set. The drum voice names present in each patch are:

Lower
Click
Slug
Crack
Thrash
Pummel 1
Sliver
Pummel 2
Shard
Pummel 3
Scrap
Pummel 4
Drop
Splash
Timbre 0
Squeal
Sustain
Cannibalize
Complicate
Degenerate
Lull
Fuzz
Subtract
Synchronize
Sing

Drum Key is not a conventional percussion sound set. While it includes some patches that are intended to mimic drum timbres (notably kicks, snares, and hi-hats), the focus of Drum Key is the exploration of the synthesis capabilities of Ultrabeat beyond applications for which it was designed. Examples include settings which produce bursts of complex rhythms through the use of multiple tempo locked LFOs (Note: All patches were programmed at 120 BPM, and therefore use in some tempo ranges may yield unintended results due to the release time of the amp envelope.), morphing timbres based on the heavy modulation of parameters in the FM synthesis engine, patches which incorporate randomization through non key-synced noise LFOs, and sustaining textures suited for use as backdrops. Atypical loudness is a quality present throughout Drum Key. Many of its patches will cause the Channel Strip meter to be pegged to 0 dB, as the sound set was designed with headroom clipping taken into account to maximize loudness, and in some cases for the deliberate use of digital distortion effects.

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Eardrum on-off.pst
Facial Transplant.pst
Grammophone.pst
K’ung Fu-tzu.pst
Machine Sex.pst
Maul.pst
Nerve Net Contort.pst
Pastel Drip Painting.pst
Red Meat.pst
Reticle.pst
Semiquaver.pst
Slam Dance.pst
Sun Thresh.pst
Syzygy.pst
Thug.pst
Thunder Perfect Mind.pst
Woodpecker.pst
X.pst

Sound design by Daisuke Fuchigami.

THIS SOUND SET WAS DEVELOPED ON AND CURRENTLY TESTED ONLY WITH LOGIC PRO 9.1.4 ON MAC SNOW LEOPARD. COMPATIBILITY WITH EARLIER VERSIONS OF LOGIC PRO ARE NOT GUARANTEED.

THIS IS VERSION 2 OF AN EXISTING PRODUCT. FREE UPDATES HAVE BEEN SENT TO ALL REGISTERED USERS OF THE PREVIOUS VERSION. DETAILS ARE LISTED IN THE FAQ PAGE.

20 .pst files

2 MB


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