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Geist is FXpansion's next-generation sampling drum machine, designed to create evolved, custom beats and grooves, freeing you from the limits of pre-packaged loops and over-complicated DAWs.
Geist fuses creative sample-sculpting tools with fast pattern step-sequencing and arrangement. Browse through sounds with lightning speed, slice and assign loops to pads with a single click; sample, resample and build beats in a slick unified environment. Geist makes fiddly tasks with multiple apps a thing of the past.
Geist runs as a plug-in and as a standalone application, perfect for laptop beat making. Export creations as audio clips or load sessions back into the plug-in to resample, reslice, remix, rearrange and transform your beats even further. Geist is a complete, integrated rhythm production sandbox for the studio, the tour bus or the stage.
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I've been digging into Geist for a few months now, and it's become hands down my primary tool for adding rhythm to my productions.
One liner: It's a kick-@$$ tool with intuitive control for several different rhythm creation workflows, a top 10 plugin to have in your studio.
I'll add that Geist's multi-level FX processing is another great feature if you want consistent behavior across DAWs, though I often use familiar plugins for that work instead so didn't add it as a pro in my case.
I use Renoise as my primary DAW, and have certainly had to learn how to do a few things - like take advantage of instrument aliasing to simultaneously trigger multiple patterns across multiple engines using MIDI for a single instance of Geist, or figure out how to use Renoise's instrument Audio Routing feature to route different Geist outputs to individual tracks for individual processing by external plugins. I've had to do similar things in Reaper or other DAWs. These aren't complaints, just mentioning them - most of the default behavior in Geist is relatively simple, but capable of much more on demand.Read Review
Geist is an awesome sampler and slicer and for dance producers the sounds are like heaven in a folder.
it integrates very well with my mpc 18 and could also probably do some damage as far as hip hop goes.
As for acoustic drum kits unfortunately it doesn't do well unless you get the expander for acoustic drums.
the seqencer and pattern builder are awesome so it is defintley a great buy.
i would also really buy it for slicing because the gui centered around the slicer is very easy to use (yes slicex was confusing to me)
For me it was a HHHHHHUUUUUUGGGGGEEEEE step up from tremor.Read Review