When he first looked at SOLID, Julian was so taken with the simplicity and quality of results he could get without the “option paralysis” which he’d experienced with other, more comprehensively featured drum VIs that he gave it his first ever Expert’s Choice Award. When he learned that there were updates coming to all three of the UJAM virtual drummers SOLID, HEAVY and PHAT, he asked whether adding new features was going to detract from the simplicity he’d enjoyed so much about the original version?
UJAM recently posted a story about a collaboration between singer songwriter Mara Kim and UJAM’s Peter Gorges which takes a piano and vocal demo through to a full production using UJAM’s Virtual Instruments. We look at the highlights of this project but visit the full blog post to hear first hand about the production process.
UJAM’s Beatmakers are virtual drum instruments which focus very tightly on specific styles. If you need results quickly and don’t want to produce outside of the style, this approach makes a lot of sense. Do you know them?
UJAM instruments prefer to think of their virtual instruments as virtual players as as well a bringing great sounding drums, guitars, bass and beats to your productions, they also offer a wealth of styles and musical ideas which can inspire ideas about arrangement and feel which you might not otherwise have considered.
Using Virtual Players like the UJAM instruments as opposed to using static content like loops can help generate ideas when songwriting because you’ll probably be presented with ideas you woudn’t have thought of yourself. A bit like playing with other musicians.
UVI’s latest instrument Drum Designer is smart by providing users with two workflows within the instrument. Users can either load an entire kit (containing kick, snare, claps and cymbals only) and program their grooves within the built-in sequencer using global effects or they can use an instance of Drum Designers on individual kit pieces and tracks within their DAWs.
In this article we list a number of plug-in developers who offer more than one plug-in activation per license along with their license policy statements. Did you know one brand offers up to 10 activations?
This list is by no means complete, but at Production Expert we feel that these 30 virtual instruments and sample libraries represent the latest and greatest piano libraries currently available.
The release of three new Beatmaker virtual drummer instruments from UJAM might point the way to a future trend in plug-ins. We’ve had genre-specific plug-ins for a while but doesn’t it make sense to have subgenre specific plug-ins too?
e-instruments, makers of high-quality sample libraries, has announced Session Strings Pro 2, a mid-sized contemporary string ensemble – meticulously sampled down to the last detail with an extensive range of articulations for expressive playing.
In April 2018, in collaboration with our friends at Wave Alchemy we ran a competition to win one of five copies of Wave Alchemy's excellent Evolution Drum Instrument. The five copies have been won by the following lucky people:
I often come across some universal issues with virtual instruments that I want to highlight in this article. What really bugs me about Virtual Instruments are the hotter than hell output levels they produce right out of the box. I'm not going to point my finger at any particular Virtual Instrument or developer as I feel this is an issue with many, not all, virtual instruments on the market.