I got it!
And it's not that much more power hungry or over-bearing than anything else I have in my tool box. This is kind of a one off for me. 64bit winX wise, I mean.
I like Synth1, SQ8L, Linplug Alpha, that kind of thing.
I don't need much to make music. I held out against anything NI for a long time.
I still haven't installed my full version of Kontakt after some years. And I bought an upgrade to that as well. And I plan on buying another upgrade to it in a few months time. I might not even install that as well.
I've been testing a new machine - a winX box - multicore i5 - nothing fancy. Was wanting to get a benchmark ball figure sort of thing. It's a very low end i5.
So I got Wave Alchemy Revolution. Loved the interface. I've got every other drum soft that any sane man would want: BFD, Tremor, Geist2, etc. etc.
It takes a while for Revolution to load, or rather for Kontakt to load. But then it does and it's time to play.
It takes a while to figure out how to use it, but then you do, and then it's really time to play.
It does take a while to load, it does eat in to your RAM, it is a bit sluggish compared to say, ooh, just about any other drum software you have. But it's not that bad. It's more than doable.
And if you can live with that, then it's game on. A whole new world of every drum machine you ever loved but never had, is at your fingertips.
I really took a flyer on this one. I was expecting to be disappointed. And true, it is a bit of a resource hog. But I was pleasantly surprised.
I used Ableton 9 to load it all up. I didn't even have my full version of Kontakt - it works fine from player. The library was found and worked without any hiccups.
I didn't resort to the manual. I did get lost quite a few times. But when I got in to it and was more worried about finishing my 'tune' it all kind of made sense. I got the job done.
I didn't pay that much for this - what 50 quid or so on sale. That's a good price. I wouldn't have wanted to pay more. Make sure you get this on sale.
I didn't mess about with patterns or go deep with trying out loads of sounds. But what I did do was try to really shape the sounds I had via their 'shaper' control. Shitty buttons. Ok. Not the best buttons in the world. But get over that. Really immediate effects. You might not like them. They may be too brutal, but they do work. Subtle they are not. But I like that. They do work.
This is a piece of software that only those with high end systems can appreciate. And then it will still take time to get the best out of it. It will help if you have some experience with fussing with drum shit to start with. You know, 808, 909, 606...
It's all there, in great detail. It does need coaxing out though. You have to work for it. I have no doubt that someone with a high-end system and that is well-versed in this kind of stuff will find great riches here. For not much cash...
So what if I need to run this software with Synth1 and SQ8L and Linplug Alpha?
My main rig is winXP32. And it will stay that way. My forays in to 64bit winX are just for shits and giggles. But sometimes it's fun to take a walk on the wild side.
Wave Alchemy Revolution is about as wild as I like to get. But when I want to 'walk that way', it works for me.
(and yeah, I paid for my copy)
Ok, I'll stop taking the piss now.
This is great drum software.
If it's not on sale, just hit the boys up and ask nicely if they'll help a brother out.
You might be surprised what else they throw in to the deal. I was, anyway. YMMV.
They take care of their customers...