FXpansion Geist2 offers new sampling and slicing features for beat makers

Five years ago, FXpansion launched Geist, a new piece of beat production software that was itself an evolution of the Guru drum machine. Now the company is banging the drum for Geist2, which promises to be an even greater beat-building platform.

Sporting a redesigned and rescalable interface, this offers a refined slicing engine and now includes 64 pads. What's more, the redesigned sampler enables you to record audio directly to these pads.

There's a new TransMod modulation system, while a song mode sits alongside pattern and scene sequencing options. The sound library comes courtesy of Splice Sounds, and those who buy Geist2 can also have two expander packs as part of the deal.

Find out more in the video above and on the FXpansion website. Geist2 runs standalone or as a VST/AU/AAX plugin on PC and Mac, and costs £139. A demo can be downloaded, too.

FXpansion Geist2 key features

  • Load samples or record direct to pads, slice loops, intuitively sequence beats and manipulate your sounds with unprecedented speed.
  • Trigger scenes and retro-capture performances to take the pressure out of the recording process.
  • Create evolving polyrhythmic beats with individual track lengths, event probability and the new TransMod modulation system.
  • Reworked vector interface can be resized, rescaled and reconfigured to your needs.
  • Circuit-modelled filters, new effects, loop point modulation, 64 pads for slicing longer loops and much more.
  • Vintage sampler emulation mode for authentic old-school crunch.
  • Quality sounds and loops to inspire your creativity.
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.