AB99

Drum synthesizer/sampler

(161 Votes)
2.1 (Updated 14 years ago)
3.0MB
February 01, 2007
Reaktor 5 or lower

DESCRIPTION

This is a small and CPU efficient (~6% on a 1,8ghz machine) drum synthesizer/sampler similar to a jomox airbase. It's purely designed for use in a sequencing environment, so there are no effects or sequencers onboard. I turned out everthing I don't need.
Virtual analog bass and snaredrum, sample based hihats, cymbals and percussions, stereo sum out and 5 single outs, 2 lfos and full midi implementation. There are only 8 snaps, feel free to create your own. Comes with a short user manual.

www.myspace.com/sectoralpha

p.s. set your computer keyboard to midi channel 10!

1st. update: now with toms (f2, g2, a2, b2), a global lowpass filter, and the snaredrum has a 909-mode with a original 909 sample-set. i didn't update the manual, the changes are trivial.

COMMENTS  (28)

losrack
2 years ago
I have a question for the author or any one ... I have been trying to edit the lfo speeds, as I would like to have 1/4 sync on the lfos but I haven't been able. Hope some one could answer and point me in the right path.
losrack
6 years ago
NIce one, got a Jomox Xbase and this ones is kind of that vibe thing . Good job!
Zoe LeBeau
6 years ago
I'm using Reaktor 5, and while this looks incredible, it seems not to make any sound whatsoever.
Andrew Huang
11 years ago
Amaze.
Thomas ESCURE
12 years ago
Hi Stephan, I'm very curious : since the BassDrum synthesis for this one is quite straightforward (especially the Pulse Osc Amplitude Envelope) I wondered wether you reverse-engineered the original AirBase electronics or simply built it using your ears and brain...
Thomas ESCURE
12 years ago
Thanks a lot for your very good bass drum engineering.
dietrich pank
12 years ago
This is what I was looking for long time: Jomox drum in Reaktor. thank you!
Lex Nowak
13 years ago
Wow, 10 points! Thanks, Lex
Mark Bonnington
14 years ago
It's very good. One thing though, and I'm not sure if this is the intended design or not, when a close-hat is hit the sound will mute but then as long as the close-hat is still pressed the open-hat button will not play. It would be nice if the close-hat only shut the sound down when it is initially depressed rather than the whole time it is depressed.
Jonathan Leonard
14 years ago
This one could use a midi note selector for each drum on the panel.
Graham Miller
14 years ago
hey stephan i put my keyboard on MIDI 10 just like you said and still no sound... weird. why'd you set it up with MIDI channel 10 anyway? running it thru ableton live on a mac... g.
Tom Jepson
14 years ago
That's just saved me a HUGE headache! I've started working on something similar for a 'Space-Drum'-style pad (I use a trigger pad on my drumkit) and this seems to have sated the lust for a short while. I'd still love to know how to build something like that...!
Al Watson
14 years ago
this is VERY useable! like it. well done!
Stephan Becker
14 years ago
Hi Viktor, set your keyboard midi channel to 10. BD: C2 SD: E2 CH: F#2 PedH: G#2 OH: A#2 RS: C#2 CP: D#2 CC: C3 RC: D3 Hope that helps.
Viktor Weimer
14 years ago
It doesn't make a sound here. Do I forget anything? Which keys do I have to press on my keyboard to get a sound? Vik
Daniel Medina
14 years ago
great sound for the analog bd and snare, great samples, and veeeery useful, thanks!
Ingo Sprenger
14 years ago
Yepp, Jomox-programmin´.
Nathan Ramella
14 years ago
The AB-99 is advertised as a stripped-down bare minimum drum synth for use in sequencers. While the no-frills part sounds bad it was done for performance reasons and delivers. On my 2ghz box it has an idle CPU of 8% and active of 9%. It comes with a fair amount of customization capability and the UI is attractive with most interface items being borrowed from Steampipe 2. The downside of the customization is that the majority of visible options are limited to the bass, snare and highhat. The rest of the individual tweaks are almost hidden in the unlabeled panel above the Output knob on the lower right. An interesting feature is the ability substitute in samples for the bass and snare drums which I replaced with Speak ‘n Spell samples to positive effect. It’s capable of achieving a good range of synth drum sounds but nothing that surprised me. In all fairness it’s tough to do much surprising with synth drums. It is however a great example of ensembles in this genre embodying both form and function in a low cpu footprint. Another feature I appreciated was the provision of a manual in PDF that explained everything in detail. I wish more ensemble creators would make this effort as it makes using the ensemble that much more inviting when you have an idea of where to start and what is available to you. Summary Clean, Efficent, Crisp, Extremely well thought out and executed. Sounds like Synthpop, 80s, Industrial, Electronic, Old School Hip-Hop Verdict If you don’t have a favorite synth drum ensemble already, you do now. If you already have a favorite, it might get jealous. This review is also available on my blog @ http://www.remix.net/weblog/?p=90
raphael esterson
14 years ago
aah yes. I seem to have had my controller stuck on max velocity... thanks
Jonathan Style
14 years ago
What's the secret to such low CPU. Even when I try to create things in a similar fashion it is always more. Thanks for post so many interesting and useful Ens.
Matthew Todman
14 years ago
Wicked! Me Like
Jonathan Style
14 years ago
Has a very heavy analog kick sound. I like that, Plus the low CPU.
Stephan Becker
14 years ago
@raphael: it DOES respond to midi velocity. the velocity controls the amplitude of each sound. But ONLY the amplitude. I don't need more.
das wesen
14 years ago
Awesome man!
raphael esterson
14 years ago
The sound is nice. From my perspective, it would need to respond to midi velocity to be usable.
marco vicari
14 years ago
boooaaahhh!!!!
pierre-andre soulier
14 years ago
as usual stephan, excellent!
Stephan Becker
14 years ago
Oh, I forgot, the graphics are from Steampipe 2 in the reaktor 5 library!
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