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- 6 individual Stereo Outputs.
- Free Routing (e.g.: Drum2 > Out 4 > Phys.Out 1).
- Limiter and Lofi Effect for each Stereo output.
- 7 synthesized Drums at once (playable over whole keyboard).
- Additional single drum version with 100+ drums.
- Oscillator section with basic waveforms and Pitch modulation.
- Stereo Noise generator.
- Four types of Filters, each drum can have a different filter.
- S/H and Sine Pitch modulation.
- 6 velocity-controllable Parameters.
- Can be used as a monophonic bass/lead synth as well.
- Distortion effect for each drum.
- Comprehensive MIDI Implementation.
Reviewed By Sicklecell666
December 22, 2004
Anyways, at this point in time I could really care less about drum synths, as they simply do not contribute anything to the current style of music I'm working on.
I'm still a closet fan of all those cheesy electro-drums from the eighties I was a captive audience to when growing up, so despite everything, I still get a kick out of messing with an instrument like NADS even if I don't use it in tracks.
The GUI is employing Oli Larkin's clean & highly efficient interface which I'm a big fan of, & looks very nice indeed. Everything is in it's proper place & Mr. Sonicfire has done a great job on limiting parameter access to your currently selected channel, which is way better than having a screen filling bohemoth.
In the few minutes I spent with it, I could easily see how adapt this instrment is in crafting all manner of sounds. I could pretty easily compare it to say a poor man's MicroTonic minus a stepper but with an advantage over outputs which sadly MicroTonic in it's current state lacks..Built in limiter & low-fi options per channel is also a pleasant sight..
The instrument comes with a decent collection of kit presets, and although I found some repetition there, it didn't bother me much as there's some really impressive kits to demonstrate possibilities with.
For crafting goofy electro-pop fx sounds, NADS would be among my first choices, but you can also manufacture some pretty decent industrial smackdowns with it as well. I should also say that you are in no way simply limited to drum or percussive sounds. As a SYNTH, it's up to your programming creativity to establish the true boundries of this or any other synthesizer.
Things I would welcome seeing in the future for this instrument:
I would be very intersted in seeing what potentialities were given to this instrument with the addition of a second oscillator, as that's one of the only things keeping this from becoming a potential MicroTonic killer. That and possibly an alternate version with something like a tabbed layout to exploit a built in step sequencer., along with the option of exporting individual channel presets to facilitate a more rapid assembly of kit presets. Also, a built in compressor utilized as a send for each channel would be great.
In spite the annoyance of the intrusive voice over in the demo which is my one true aggrivation with this instrument, I see registering NADS to be a great investment. I should further add that NADS stikes me as a very well thought out, & thoroughly complete drum synth in a mature & ready to use state, and had no performance issues I was able to observe. This was an issue I felt the developer had with a previous instrument, but I see no sign of jumping the gun here. Making it donationware places the burden of value on yourself, which is a very relative thing, but I wouldn't give less than $20-30 for this instrument personally, especially if the promise of future development were to be established.
Support issues in the past have been a bit sketchy with his first synth & I clashed briefly with him over that one, but it's all part of growing up as a Developer, & I see alot of maturity from the Dev these days, so time will tell..
Good job, Sonicfire..continue along these lines & you'll find yourself a very well respected developer indeed.
ps: I didn't score for a manual, cause I don't feel this instrument really requires one..Read more