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Cherry Audio releases CR-78 - Virtual Drum Machine

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Cherry Audio has announced the release of its first virtual drum instrument, the CR-78 drum machine. Here's what they say:

CR-78 is based on the 1978 analog rhythm box popularized by Blondie, Phil Collins, Hall & Oates, and others and brings those iconic beats and tones into the modern era with super useful enhancements.

Cherry Audio's dedication to authenticity and innovation shines through its easy-to-use three-panel user interface. CR-78 accurately replicates the familiar faceplate with all of its classic analog sounds and patterns, then elevates the experience by adding straightforward 16- or 24-step X0X-style programming for all sounds, a user-friendly song mode for pattern chaining and looping, new features like swing and velocity, and a specially curated library with over 250 additional sound and beat presets.

Cherry Audio's CR-78 can be played standalone and includes versatile plug-in options loaded with DAW-friendly features such as auto-sync, individual outs, and complete automation. An ingenious drag-and-drop export function allows simple conversion of CR-78 patterns to DAW MIDI tracks in the plug-in version or as standard MIDI files directly to the desktop in the standalone version.

Go beyond the main panel, and CR-78's expanded feature set far transcends the original hardware. Unlike sample-based instruments, Cherry Audio has precisely emulated the original's tones through modeled synthesis, and a dedicated voice edit panel enables extensive instrument parameter editing for sonic and melodic possibilities that surpass what was possible with the original. The inventive effects and mixer panel furnishes discrete level, pan, and mute/solo; studio-quality overdrive, flanger, delay, and gated reverb effects with convenient effects send buttons for each instrument; and a master compressor and a six-band graphic EQ.

Cherry Audio's CR-78 has been designed to thrill seasoned and emerging music producers by going deep inside the box to provide a unique outside-the-box experience. "It sounds great, and I'll be spending a lot of time with this," praised Greg Hawkes (keyboardist and founding member of The Cars), who provided the original CR-78 used to model this virtual instrument. "Cherry Audio has done a super job, and it was very cool to be a facilitator."

CR-78 includes 250 professionally designed sound and pattern presets that take it from mild to wild, including song mode presets, instrument kits aimed at select music genres, and melodic presets that utilize pitch tuning and effects to create harmonious accompaniment along with the beats. Even more sounds are available in the Compu-Rhythms for CR-78 Preset Pack (sold separately), featuring 100 more presets by talented sound artists James Dyson, Huston Singletary, and Agent Method that go even further "outside of the box" using CR-78's advanced Voice Edit, Effects, and pattern chaining techniques.

Price: $49. The CR-78 drum machine is now available from cherryaudio.com and authorized resellers worldwide.




Discussion: Active


15 February 2024 at 11:56am

After a short test, it is surprising how quickly and intuitively sounds can be adjusted/alienated and, together with the effects, really interesting drums are created that sound anything but retro. It also contains some very nice groovy presets that can be used to enhance musical ideas in no time at all. If you still haven't made up your mind from the multitude of analogue drum computer plug-ins, you should have a look at CR-78.

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