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UJAM Instruments
www.ujam.com / support@ujam.com
Schwachhauser Heerstr. 193, 28211 Bremen, Germany

UJAM develops software solutions that enable people to create, consume and interact with music. We are product developers by heart and creators ourselves (musicians, DJs, photographers, graphic artists, writers) aspiring to build next-generation tools to the highest standards for you.

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Latest reviews of UJAM Instruments products

Virtual Guitarist IRON 2
Reviewed By BONES
October 7th, 2021

TL;DR - Iron 2 is a massive update to what was already my favourite of the Virtual Guitar (VG) plugins. (It is one of four different plugins, covering different styles/genres.) It seems to sound better, it is capable of a lot more variety than the original and, used subtly, it can sound just like a real guitarist.

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For those who are unfamiliar with the concept, Iron 2 is a sample-based guitar instrument with two modes. In Instrument mode you can play guitar from a keyboard, just like a synth, albeit with a very narrow range (just two-and-a-half octaves). In Player mode, notes/keys trigger prerecorded riffs and phrases, selected using the lower octaves, with the pitch/chord being selected with the upper octaves. To create the tone you hear, there are multiple "Characters", to simulate different guitars/pick-ups, different amp/cab options with Drive and various effects you can dial in. Each preset stores those settings and matches it to a set of riffs/phrases to suit. To create your own preset, you select a set of riffs/phrases, choose the guitar character you want, dial in your own Amp/Cab/Drive settings and add effects to suit what you're trying to do. It's all pretty simple, really, but the results are mostly brilliant, in either mode.

Iron is the VG instrument for harsher guitar tones - Punk, Grunge, Alternative and Hard Rock - and it delivers on those genres nicely. Iron 2 extends that versatility further than the original in a few ways. The individual Amp/Cab modes are more different from each other than they used to be, so they cover more territory now. There is also an extra mode - Direct - that bypasses the Amp/Cab section altogether, giving you a raw electric guitar sound. A new Damp slider adds even more variety to the sound, as does a Force control, although it's a bit subtle most of the time.

The keyboard layout is consistent and easy to work with. The bottom two octaves always contain the same riffs, the next octave triggers a set of riffs you can change, that suit a particular style/genre, and the upper two-and-a-half octaves are the ones you play in either Player or Instrument mode. There's a Latch button so you can set off a note and play around with the settings, without having to run your host's sequencer, and timing options to play the riffs at half or double speed, as well as a subtle setting to add a bit more human feel to proceedings (Player mode only, of course). Playing a new note legato doesn't retrigger the pattern, which is how you add melody to the single tone/chord riffs. e.g. I select a riff that goes chugga-chugga-chugga-chugga over a bar. I trigger it in A and it plays an A power chord. If I change to a G half-way through, it keeps playing the riff but pitches it down to a G power chord, so I get the first two chuggas in A and the second two in G.

The biggest change is to the effects section. The original Iron had Chorus and Reverb knobs and that was it. Iron 2 has a stomp-box with 16 different effects to choose between, as well as Ujam's great Finisher multi-effects algorithms that can add anything from really full-on Industrial Metal distortion to trippy psychedelic excursions. If you choose the direct out option, you can add a stomp-box overdrive and a chorus plus reverb or something from Finisher to get some very different guitar tones than what you'd get through any of the Amp/Cab simulations.

Are there any downsides? Nah. It does just what you'd expect it to and it does it really, really well. The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars is that the 2.5 octave limit in Instrument mode is just a bit too restrictive, especially when VG Carbon and VB Rowdy offer more. Still, the sample content has tripled in size, so that should give you some idea of how much they have added to this very worthy update.

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Beatmaker Hustle 2
Reviewed By gipitt@hotmail.com
October 4th, 2021

This is not a plugin I would have thought to buy, but I got a free copy and decided to try it. It is really good at getting you started and providing beats. I used it in Ableton Live 11 and was able to get a song together in no time flat with this as the beat creator. It has enough variety to keep me going for awhile, and then I'll be looking at their other plugins. Really easy to use.

BTW, it's free for October 2021 at https://www.adsrsounds.com/ with any purchase. Their ADSR sample manager is a really great free product as well.

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Virtual Drummer BRUTE
Reviewed By zisser
August 12th, 2021

UJAM Brute review.

I'll start with the basics, the sound of the kits is great and the phrases are gold. I just love the user interface and how everything is so easy to understand without reading the user guide.

This Drummer is going for that 90s sound and with the 5 kits they nailed it.

Here is my overview, deep dive and demo.


More reviews and tutorials at UDI AUDIO

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Symphonic Elements DRUMS
Reviewed By zisser
June 25th, 2021

Another great plugin by UJAM with the same easy to use UI and workflow that makes you want to write music.
This is the second instrument in the Symphonic Elements series following Striiiings and again with collaboration with Hans Zimmer.

I love the idea behind this plugin that includes some very cool sound design features and allows you to take even the most boring drum phrases and turn them inside out.

Here is my review and demo of all the included presets.


For more reviews and tutorials check UDI AUDIO: https://www.youtube.com/c/udiaudio

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Beatmaker GLORY
Reviewed By zisser
June 3rd, 2021

The UJAM BeatMaker series is really cool covering different styles and genre. The GLORY is all about Trap and Pop.
With BeatMaker Glory you can use the built in phrases to construct your drum parts, design the drum sounds and even send each instrument to it's own output channel.

I really like the sounds of the different kits and with the mix presets you can really personalize the sounds.
One of the useful features is the option to tune the bass which is really good idea.

The plugin includes different drum kits and you can mix and much to create your own presets.
If you want to tweak the sounds further you can send each instrument to different output channel.


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Groovemate ONE
Reviewed By NigelShirt
May 7th, 2021

Excellent sounds. Terrific operationally. Really grooves! Overall, top notch! I am really enjoying using it.

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Groovemate ONE
Reviewed By zisser
April 29th, 2021

Another simple but effective plugin by UJAM and this time its about shake and clap:

  • 30 presets included.
  • Drag and drop phrases.
  • Individual instruments and single hits.
  • Mix presets and Reverb.

Watch my review and demo.


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Groovemate One

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Finisher RETRO
Reviewed By zisser
March 26th, 2021

The UJAM Finisher plugins are full of creativity and inspiration. I just love using them on any type of track and creating something new.
This plugin is no exception, the categories of the modes are based on decades (60,70,80,90) and include instant vibe.
For each of the 50 modes you get 4 variation controls which let you design the sound even further.

It's really hard to explain how this plugin sounds as it depends on the source and the modes are combination of effects (flanging, chorusing, reverb, compression, distortion and more). You just have to try it for yourself.

You can watch my quick review and demo here.


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