Musikmesse 2015: Zynaptiq previews Unmix::Drums plugin

Could Unmix::Drums be a remixer's best friend?
Could Unmix::Drums be a remixer's best friend?

MUSIKMESSE 2015: Zynaptiq is claiming a world first with Unmix::Drums, its new plugin. Using 'unmixing' technology, it's said to be capable of suppressing or boosting drum levels in a piece of mixed music.

There are obvious potential benefits here for DJs and remixers, but Zynaptiq also claims that Unmix::Drums could be useful for mastering and production purposes. It's said to deliver everything from up to +18dB of boost to complete drum removal, and offers frequency-dependent control of key parameters, a high-precision analyzer display, M/S operation and an output limiter.

Zynaptiq lists the potential applications for Unmix::Drums as follows:

  • Balancing drums against the rest of a song in mastering
  • Restoring dynamics to over-limited music in mastering
  • Unique EQ alternative for mixed music
  • Suppression of drums in sampled audio to remove "clashing" or "flamming" when mixing with new content
  • Drum extraction for creating new drum-kits
  • Drum removal for Mash-Up creation
  • "Drum Kill Switch" for Dj applications
  • Pre-processing for voice extraction or similar applications

Unmix::Drums supports sample rates ranging from 44.1kHz to 192kHz and works on mono and stereo material. It'll be available in VST, AU, RTAS and AAX formats for Mac and PC, though we don't yet know when or for how much.

Keep track of developments on the Zynaptiq website.

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.