RM IV features:
- 18 velocity-sensitive Drum Pads that can be used to trigger any of 11 different Audio Generator Modules.
- A modular design that currently includes 10 percussion synthesis algorithms, as well as a fully-featured percussion sampler.
- The Synthesis modules offer enormous creative potential and are able to create anything from classic analog drum sounds to the cutting edge sounds of contemporary music.
- The Sampler module provides single-sample, multi-sample, velocity-layer and velocity-crossfade support, at up to 32-bit resolution.
- An AHDSR-controlled multi-mode filter.
- A fully-featured compressor designed specifically for percussion sounds.
- A flexible "Humanizer".
- A 6 x 6 Modulation Matrix.
"Musicians need tools that deliver; tools that enhance the creative process, not tools that turn them into software operators. The fourth generation RM IV drum machine is focused on being "musician-friendly", having been designed after an intensive consultation process with many professional musicians. The RM IV has numerous innovative ergonomic features that set it apart from its competitors. These include an all-in-one edit screen that enables operation with the least possible number of mouse clicks making the user experience fast and intuitive. The RM IV also features an "intelligent" sample module that automatically switches off unused modules (envelopes, effects, etc) thus ensuring optimal usage of CPU resources. In addition, the RM IV has a timesaving " preview in context" feature that enables individual samples and even whole kits to be browsed as the instrument plays back a sequence."
The RM IV comes bundled with more than 120 sample-based and synthesized drum kits ranging from Trash kits to high-quality multi-sampled acoustic drums. What's more, the RM IV is fully compatible with RM2, RM III, LM4 and CM-505 kit formats, and can load samples in both WAV and AIFF format.
The RM IV will be available in July 2003 for Windows and Mac OS X. Price is yet to be confirmed.