christian f. wrote:
simmo75 wrote:It seems the only people who don't want drag n drop midi is Xils. I really don't get it. They could have the best product on the market but seems they do not to want to listen to us.
Edit: midi out doesn't work in Ableton Live 9.7 on mac.
You have to use the VST version for that.
It really could be one of the best drummachines , but so many simple important things are just left out :
- no dedicated noise unless you trade it for the only sample slot.
- can't set amount of steps on individual tracks for polyrhythms
- can't randomize sounds on selected/individual tracks only
- simple eq for boost/cut high/low frequencies.
- hihat choke
Hoping for an update soon , otherwise I might just sell it.
So in my last post, I said that StiX was very versatile, but now, I'll show you how it can be versatile in a certain number of cases :
- Noise : You can get easily noise with the first two oscillators with FM. Not only that, but you'll get a variety of noises far superior to just white/pink noise. And you will be able to control this noise quality dynamically. So you can easily get three different noises sources in StiX. I know that selecting 'Noise' for the 3rd oscillator is much more easy, but it's just an exemple to try to show you how powerful StiX can be as soon as you become more familiar with it.
- Simple EQ there are already (2 for for each sound, under the Drumpad output level on the Easy Synthesis Page) since version 1.01. There are analog modelled EQ btw. Gorgeous and smooth sounding. You should upgrade your version
Hi-Hat Choke : Like I said in other posts, there are other ways to easily programm Hi-Hat choke(s) in StiX by simply controlling the envelope of the drum sounds in the sequencer grid and/or change the GATE parameter in the sequencer. So, in StiX, you actually only need a single sound and a single sequencer line to make HH closed/open lines. The obvious advantage is that you HH sounds will always sound coherent as a pair, ( Those who have lost hours to find a suitable open HH sound to compliment an already chosen closed HH sound will understand that) as they share much of their synthesis parameters. The drawback is, equally obviously, if you need very different contrasting sounds for the open and closed HH. That's why I relayed the choke groups idea to Xils-Lab, and proposed a solution to implement them in a clever way. I cant however promise anything. The decision is not mine only.
-Cant randomize individual sounds : You have AI assisted generation of whole kits. Not many drum machines do this afaik. And browsing any drumpad sound with the arrows should give you a semi-intelligent random function. Anyway, I think the most elegant solution would be to be able to exclude some drumpads from the randomize function.( Similar to 'lock' certain' drumpads) This imho would give in the end the most satisfying solutions.
- Number of steps per sequencer line for polyrythms : Simply true. it was schedulled fromm the beginning, but I already indicated that these kind of functions were touching the sync area, and that you have to be very carefull when implementing them. Maybe it will come some day, but StiX has atm sample accurate tempo sync. And it's the top priority for me for a drum machine. There are also ways to fake polyrythms in StiX, with the PolyStep but I wont detail them again here.
And finally : There are a certain number of things that StiX can't do. Some will probably be managed in the future, but not all.
Otoh, there are a lot of things that StiX can do, and that no other drum machines can do.
A lot of rum machines dont have a sequencer. Or deal only with samples. Or only with certain synthesis types. Or cant generate intelligent drumkits on the fly. Or dont output midi. Or dont have odf analog filters. Or Polystep modulators. Or Micro position features. Or dedicated R-Clap envelopes. Or 'drum dedicated' macro controls. Or Customs macros controls. Or a hundred of parameters to taylor a drum sound. FM @ audio rate. Or gang edit. Or simply that special and beautiful analog sound. etc ( the list could belong)
I'm not asking though to people to sell these drum machines, because they wouldn't have these or that features (or tons of them) To each it's own. StiX is a synthesis and sequencing monster, and, as I see it, the most powerfull drum machine ever produced, but in any case, it won't replace all other possible drum machines, like the TR-808 can't replace a 909, and all TR-XOX in the world will never replace a Linn Drum, or an SP-12. It's just an instrument that one can find usefull, or not. If one feel that another drum machine give them better results, no problems.