The gating feature on this thing makes it a dream. By setting all your loops on a single mute group, you can make crazy drum beat reorders, similar to programming your own breaks using ReCycled one-shots. If you have no idea what I'm talking about then you are missing out on the best part of Loopazoid: to all Hammerhead users - the things you can do with loops in Hammerhead, you can also do with Loopazoid's mute group feature. The ability to pan each sample individually and then send to 1 of 4 outputs gives it an advantage over RMF's single stereo output - you can highpass filter your panned stereo cymbals on one output and have the main drums come out another...My only qualms are with stability issues. When saving in Cubase VST3.7, Loopazoid scans through all slots in all banks, and ties up enough CPU to crash if the song is playing. This makes it IMPOSSIBLE to use the automated backup system that Cubase provides so that we don't lose our work. As well, LoopaZoid gets quite testy when you delete a sample from your hard drive and then open a song with that sample in the Loopazoid bank. "Be cool, honeybun" you might say, but to no avail.
It's a fairly simple unit so don't expect any miracles. There are no velocity layers for example, but most freeware drum units don't have those. There are no filters or bit crushers. Actually, each sound only has volume and panning. Besides this you can assign each sound to one of four stereo outputs. There are also three mute groups that you can use to cut sounds based on another one sounding. So far this sounds like the next average sample player, but the fun starts when you find out that the whopping 48 sounds you can load, can be played in reverse at the same time. This makes the LoopAZoid very useful for all kinds of experimental drum programming and what else.
Read the complete review at Orion-central: http://www.orion-central.com/reviewloopazoid.shtml
Reviewed By x_bruce [read all by] on 14th February 2002 Version reviewed: 1.22 on Windows. Last edited by x_bruce
on 14th February 2002.
Considering LoopAZoid is free, uses little resources and is stable you've got to love it.
It's not going to be the end all of drum VST instruments but from a functional level it's good. Load up a bunch of instruments, you can't go nuts with layers, that's what your primary drum VSTi is for.
LoopAZoid is good for setting up samples and triggering. It gets the job done with minimal fuss. Orion's native drum machine is better but if you just need something simple and don't run Orion this is an excellent alternative.
I find that using Battery, my primary sample playback drum VSTi I tend to spend more time layering and tweaking. That's a good thing but sometimes you just want something simple to do simple tasks. All the outputs are extra, welcomed features.
LoopAZoid lets me work quickly. That makes it invaluable.
Reviewed By Jim M [read all by] on 27th November 2001 Version reviewed: n/a on Windows
As mentioned before, Loopazoid is a very bare-bones sample player... what goes in, goes out. All samples play straight through after note-on, so it can give unpredictable results if you use longer samples. But it's a great tool and absolutely invaluable. Pretty easy on one's CPU, as well.
Reviewed By M_W_N_P [read all by] on 24th November 2001 Version reviewed: 1.22 on unspecified OS. Last edited by M_W_N_P on 5th February 2003.