When you’re creating your drum tracks, it can feel like you need to make a choice between using loops and individual samples. However, with Auddict’s PercX, the great news is that you don’t have to.
Operating either standalone or as a VST/AU/AAX plugin, this promises to be the world’s most advanced virtual drum instrument. Quite a claim, but PercX might just have the feature set to back it up.
What you get here is total flexibility: PercX is both a fully-functional drum machine and a deep library of samples. With a focus on cinematic sounds, each instrument - more than 500 are included in the Pro version - can work as a loop machine or an individual sound, and because there’s no timestretching or beatslicing involved when you change tempo, the quality never suffers. Loops sound as good at 50bpm as they do at 200bpm - everything just snaps into position.
When you’re using PercX as a sample library, you can access up to eight dynamic layers and multiple round robin variations - details that both you and your listeners will really notice. This is also a piece of software that’s very easy to use: you can adjust an instrument’s dynamics in real-time using a single knob, and multiple dynamics knobs can be mapped to a single macro with different ranges and curves.
In fact, you can map any number of parameters to one of the eight macro controls, and these can then be connected to one of three modulation sources. There are various creative effects, too, ensuring that there’s endless scope for creative sound design.
It’s also worth noting that PercX’s sound engine is transient and preroll aware, meaning that no long attacks were chopped. These are ‘full’ samples in both sound and structure, and because transients snap to the beat, there’s no need to mess around with MIDI in your DAW.
While some sample libraries can feel like they were produced in a laboratory, PercX is designed to be truly musical, with each hit coming from an actual performance. What’s more, when you’re using the supplied kits, you can choose to use some of its instruments in loop mode and others as samples - it’s totally up to you.
An ideal tool for composers and those creating soundtracks, PercX also has plenty to offer to the wider beatmaking community, and with more instruments on the way, it could soon become an essential tool for all electronic music producers. Find out more on the Auddict website.