New: Quick Drum Pad Render feature. [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Drag & Drop] will render (and export) a drum pad.
New: Geist Kit format support added.
New: “Render Pad To Disk” and “Save Render Only” commands.
New: Load Previous / Next Sample hot keys. [B / N].
Change: The parameter scaling for the ADSR amplitude envelope was very poor in the lower ranges. This has been improved.
Change: When attempting to edit sample files that only existed in RAM, Poise would fail silently. Now Poise will give the option to save the sample file to disk, then open the sample editor.
Bug Fix: The ADSR amplitude envelope didn’t work correctly with very small decay times.
Bug Fix: Auto-select pads was temporarily disabled after selecting “edit sample with…” command.
Bug Fix: Poise would occasionally crash when changing drum kits.
Bug Fix: Rendered sample volume levels are now consistent when “velocity to amplitude” modulation amounts are less then 100%.
Bug Fix: GUI resizing in Sonar should now work.
Bug Fix: GUI resizing in Cubase 5.5.3 now works correctly.
Bug fix: Hang-on-exit bug has been fixed. This bug would only show on some machines. It was related to improper thread handling when previewing samples in the browser.
Bug Fix: when loading more then 8 samples, an error dialog shows. This shouldn’t happen.
Bug Fix: Individual sample layers are now only selected by MIDI when the host sequencer is stopped. (Previously automatic drum pad selection was suppressed, but individual sample layers were still selected.
While at heart Poise is just a sampler, it has been designed from the ground up with drums in mind. The workflow and options available have been tweaked to this end.
dRAM-dIGITAL has announced the release of Prodrums 10.6, a new drum sampler plug-in that includes all the features that dRAM-dIGITAL thinks are important yet leaves out all the bells and whistles that are not as important, thus making it simple and straightforward to use.
Loads 2 stereo or mono wav files per pad and can cross fade between them.
Pitch, Attack and Decay controls per pad.
6 selectable outs.
A switch that enables decay modulation via velocity.
Improvement: Pads now have a voice mode property (Mono/Poly). Poly is the default and allows pads to play overlapped notes. Mono prevents notes from overlapping.
Improvement: ‘Pad Release mode’ has been replaced by ‘Play Mode’.
Improvement: Choke groups have been replaced by the more flexible Cut/Cut by scheme. Poise did have Cut/Cut by functionality but it was a non-standard implementation and was confusing to use.
Improvement: The Auto, Name and Samples buttons have all been removed. Their purpose was either cryptic or unnecessary. The Auto button has been replaced by a ‘Select pad with MIDI notes’ in the drum pad context menu. The Name button has been replaced by a ‘View’ option in the drum pad context menu.
Improvement: The pad output selection control has changed from a numeric knob to a pop-up menu.
Improvement: The pad mute/solo indicators are now less visually overwhelming.
Improvement: Cut/Cut by drum pad indicators are now the same color as the drum pad text.
Improvement: The pitch knobs were impossible to adjust accurately. They now snap to semitone and cent values.
Improvement: Pad Lock added. When loading a drum kit, locked pads will not be altered.
Improvement: The hot key routines have been tweaked slightly to improve support for having multiple Poise GUIs open at the same time. (Hot keys were linked to the most recent opened GUI.) This hasn’t been tested extensively but appears to work correctly so far.
Bug Fix: The pad layer mode button wasn’t updated when loading a sample on an empty drum pad.
Bug Fix: Folders not containing any samples or child folders were unable to be closed.
Wildfunk has released WildKick, a VSTi sample player including 128 kick drums for House, Dance, Minimal and Techno productions.
Every kick in WildKick has been carefully created to offer new and useable stuff. Wildfunk has enhanced all kicks with transient settings, layering, filtering, eq’ing and compression. However, the plug-in itself isn’t just a sample player – it allows you to tweak (pitch, decay, damp, click and drive) the kicks too.
WildKick contains 47 soft, 33 medium and 48 hard kicks. Furthermore all 128 kick samples are available in WAVE format (.wav) in 16-bit / 44.1 kHz / mono.
La Blatte Cafe has released Les Blattes Splatte, a free 12-slot drum sample player for Windows.
Les Blattes Splatte is simple and straightforward to use without any more than basic controls (volume, pan, retrigger, pitch adjustment, MIDI note configuration, MIDI channel selection, and output routing). Each slot can be routed to one of 8 stereo outputs. It can use 16 or 24-bit WAV files and comes with a set of samples with which to get started.
Les Blattes Splatte is free and is available for Windows as a VST instrument plug-in.