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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

Finisher RETRO
Reviewed By zisser
March 26, 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.

https://youtu.be/zXmclR5Ckyg

Check out my channel for more reviews and tutorials: UDi Audio

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Beatmaker NEMESIS
Reviewed By zisser
February 25, 2021

Beatmaker Nemesis is high energy and hard hitting drums virtual instrument. This plugin comes packed with character and sounds tight, distortion and compressed.

There are 10 different drum kids and 30 styles to choose from. In addition you can use 12 mix presets to get more variations on the styles. Even in a very crowded mix these drums will pop out and drive the production.

UJAM Beatmaker Nemesis includes:

  • 60 Plug-in Presets.
  • 10 Drum kits.
  • 30 Styles.
  • 12 Mix Presets.
  • MIDI Drag and Drop.
  • Special control: Hypercharge & Pressurize.

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Virtual Drummer DEEP
Reviewed By zisser
January 21, 2021

I just love UJAM way of thinking, making complex things easy and accessible. The Virtual Drummer is no exception.
While you can use the individual instruments (kick, snare, tom, hats) you also have style patterns you can use and create complete drum performance.

The patterns can be drag & dropped as MIDI parts into your DAW and further edit later.
In addition you can route the different instruments to channels in your DAW for more control and mixing.
Virtual Drummer Deep includes 5 kits with different sound, micing and mixing settings for you to choose from.

Check out my overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfdfIFtdFbk

All presets demo: https://youtu.be/egoBwZkXcAg

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Symphonic Elements STRIIIINGS
Reviewed By tchibo08
December 12, 2020

This one sounds great. Very fast results. 8 bars string orchestra in this quality take you an hour or more with a conventional library, but only if you really know what you're doing. With Striiiings, it takes you 1-2 minutes. Yes you are limited to the delivered patterns, but there's quite a lot of them, so nearly always you find one that fits.

No showstoppers found. Two things that could be improved IMHO, though:

1. Striiiings can do sus2/sus4 chords, and it can do major or minor chords with a different bass note, but it can't do minor sept chords. So C major with A as bass note is possible, and Am with a G as bass note is possible, but Am7 with E in bass is not.

2. Some a little noisy samples and some click or bow noises at the start of some samples, what is not nice if they repeat each time the same chord is triggered. Apart from that, the samples are very lively and from soft to dramatic anything's possible.

When checking out the demo, please note that your mod wheel works vice-versa compared to most other string instruments. If you don't use it, you get maximum loudness and drama. If you use it, the sound gets softer and nearly filigree the more you push it. Little request: A switch would be nice to make the mod wheel work like the others do if one likes.

I remember when the same guys created Virtual Guitarist 2 ~15 years ago, it quickly became a standard for all places where fast and good quality guitar results were important and budget was low (especially radio and TV commercials, TV series, even some pop/rock productions). This is the first UJAM product since then that I am sure of it will get the same status within a few months. You are gonna listen to radio trailers, commercial spots, TV shows, and you'll find Striiiings all over the place.

Striiiings simply sounds too good, and although most samples are really clean, it has the real amount of 'dirt' in its sound to make modern 'plastic like productions' really come alive. Some samples seem a bit too compressed and in-your-face, but most of us would do this anyway in a pop-like production, and Striiings surely is not the product to compose your next classical symphony.

Great stuff, congrats UJAM.

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Finisher NEO
Reviewed By zisser
November 19, 2020

The Finisher NEO is both creative and practical multi-effect plugin.
With just few controls you can get so much.

The Finisher NEO is based on 27 effects algorithms which are combined to create 50 modes. For each mode you have two controls for variations and one main effect control. Automating the controls is part of the magic for creating evolving sounds and effects.

SPREAD Expand and widen your signal adding ambiences, echoes and granular harmonics. Reverb, Delay, Grain Pitch.

STIR Modulation Effects that modulate and stir up some frequency, phase or other aspect of the signal Chorus, Phaser, Flanger, Rotary.

CRUSH Destroys, degrades and distorts the signal in multiple creative ways from distortion to frequency range reduction to adding noise. Distortion, LoFi.

SHAPE Shape the spectral character of the signal using filtering or other strong effects changing the spectrum of the signal. EQ, Filter, Convolution.

BOOST These Modes help boosting the signal in the mix by dynamic or frequency changes EQ, Dynamics, Multiband.

https://youtu.be/tdGvOokTmdY

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Virtual Guitarist Sparkle
Reviewed By zisser
October 30, 2020

This is really good virtual guitar and especially if you are looking for strat/Tele/Jag sound. The user interface is simple and effective and includes some effects, doubling, drop-d and tone shaping controls. The playability is pretty good and you can realistic guitar phrases and lics with ease.

Check my review and tutorial on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ImF9pX2uOec

More in-depth tutorials and reviews on UDi Audio channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/udiaudio

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Beatmaker Eden 2
Reviewed By BONES
May 7, 2020

BM Eden v2 has several enhancements over the original that broaden its usefulness and appeal considerably, making it a far more capable replacement for the likes of Battery or Groove Agent for those who don't want to spend hours sorting out their drums. Like the other instrument's in Ujam's Beatmaker series, Eden offers instant gratification with enough depth to allow you to tweak everything into something that is uniquely yours.

The basic workflow is that you pick a top level preset, find the right pattern and trigger it from your sequencer. Like all of Ujam's instruments, the pattern buttons are arranged in a keyboard-like fashion so it is obvious which key you need to use to trigger a pattern. It is super-quick and easy to establish a great sounding beat for you to work from.

Patterns are arranged in preset groups. Within each group you get a couple of intros, a few verse patterns, some chorus patterns, a few fills and a couple of outtros, all spread over two octaves of keys. All up, I think there are more than 1000 patterns. Similarly, there are several different kits to choose from. Each kit has two different kick samples, two snares and various other percussion sounds. Lastly there are effects, again organised into a bunch of presets. Each top level preset, then, consists of a kit, a pattern group and an effects preset and there is plenty contained within those top- level presets to get you going. But it doesn't have to stop there...

There are several levels at which you can customise Eden to get your own, unique sound. First up, there are four macro sliders. On the left side you can alter the balance between the kick and snare and how much the kick pumps (compression) and on the right side there are sliders for the effects mix and intensity. You can also select a different kit, a different group of patterns and a different effect preset.

At the next level down you have individual control of volume, decay, pitch and a low-pass filter for each individual drum sample. You can also swap sounds between kits to create your own custom kit, but only like for like. e.g. You can swap Kick 1 in one kit for any kick in another kit but you can't swap a kick for a snare. You can also select either a single output or multi-out (a separate mixer channel for each sample). On the opposite side of the GUI you can adjust four parameters in whichever effects preset you are currently using.

The last level of customisation allows you to add extra hits to existing patterns, using your host's sequencer. The two octaves below the pattern octaves allow you to trigger individual drum hits, which means you can change the preset patterns easily, or create your own from scratch, so that every part of the patch is uniquely yours. You can also drag 'n' drop any preset pattern into your sequencer to create MIDI from it.

OK, all of that applies to all the Beatmaker plugins, what is different about Eden is that it's drums and patterns are designed for trance and other 4-on-the-floor dance styles so you get huge kicks, tight snares and lots of useful percussion elements. No matter what your musical style, you are bound to find a top level preset that will make the perfect starting point.

What makes all the Beatmaker plugins so good is that you can put in as much or as little effort as you like, yet you will always get great sounding drums. That means you can start off with a preset and refine your drums as your project progresses, until the finished product is uniquely yours, not just a preset 500 other people are also using. For $69 they are all crazy good value. I already have 3 out of 5 of these plugins and I'll probably end up with al of them.

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Beatmaker Vice
Reviewed By BONES
May 7, 2020

BM Vice is a drum plugin of considerable talent that would make a capable replacement for the likes of Battery or Groove Agent for those who don't want to spend hours sorting out their drums. Like the other instrument's in Ujam's Beatmaker series, Vice offers instant gratification with enough depth to allow you to tweak everything into something that is uniquely yours.

The basic workflow is that you pick a top level preset, find the right pattern and trigger it from your sequencer. Like all of Ujam's instruments, the pattern buttons are arranged in a keyboard-like fashion so it is obvious which key you need to use to trigger a pattern. It is super-quick and easy to establish a great sounding beat for you to work from.

Patterns are arranged in preset groups. Within each group you get a couple of intros, a few verse patterns, some chorus patterns, a few fills and a couple of outtros, all spread over two octaves of keys. All up, I think there are more than 1000 patterns. Similarly, there are several different kits to choose from. Each kit has two different kick samples, two snares and various other percussion sounds. Lastly there are effects, again organised into a bunch of presets. Each top level preset, then, consists of a kit, a pattern group and an effects preset and there is plenty contained within those top- level presets to get you going. But it doesn't have to stop there...

There are several levels at which you can customise BM Vice to get your own, unique sound. First up, there are four macro sliders. On the left side you can alter the balance between the kick and snare and how much the kick pumps (compression) and on the right side there are sliders for the effects mix and intensity. You can also select a different kit, a different group of patterns and a different effect preset.

At the next level down you have individual control of volume, decay, pitch and a low-pass filter for each individual drum sample. You can also swap sounds between kits to create your own custom kit, but only like for like. e.g. You can swap Kick 1 in one kit for any kick in another kit but you can't swap a kick for a snare. You can also select either a single output or multi-out (a separate mixer channel for each sample). On the opposite side of the GUI you can adjust four parameters in whichever effects preset you are currently using.

The last level of customisation allows you to add extra hits to existing patterns, using your host's sequencer. The two octaves below the pattern octaves allow you to trigger individual drum hits, which means you can change the preset patterns easily, or create your own from scratch, so that every part of the patch is uniquely yours. You can also drag 'n' drop any preset pattern into your sequencer to create MIDI from it.

OK, all of that applies to every Beatmaker plugin, what's different in BM Vice? It's the style - BM Vice is all about the 80s and is full of drum sounds from classic 80s drum machines like the LINN Drum. Of course, it wouldn't be the 80s without those classic Simmons drum sounds and massive reverb, both of which are present and correct in BM Vice, the former via a kit and the latter through one of the effects presets. The patterns are also geared towards 80s synthwave type music, although I have found them to be much more versatile than that. Like its siblings, the bests thump and everything sounds great, right out of the box.

What makes all the Beatmaker plugins so good is that you can put in as much or as little effort as you like, yet you will always get great sounding drums. That means you can start off with a preset and refine your drums as your project progresses, until the finished product is uniquely yours, not just a preset 500 other people are also using. For $69 they are all crazy good value.

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