Ok, you have all those samples from magazines, and you bought a few CDs with the best drum sounds ever made, but now you don't have enough money to get a decent drum machine. Well, don't cry baby, guess who's in town, i can give you ONE SMALL CLUE... yea, it's Poise of course.
I was searching for a cheap drum machine to make my day, i did not have alot of money, and tried alot of drum samplers from expensive ones to free ones. Now all the free ones have good features, but the expensive ones gave me blood on the teeth for more of all the goodies i was missing, and then i tried Poise.
The looks was kinda old school and i didn't expect anything, i was even close to not installing the demo because it looked like... something not fancy, but when i tried it, my jaws dropped and got a funny feeling of shame by my thoughts of the looks.
It is so easy to use, it is so just what you expect from a drum machine sampler, it has the fx you need for drums, it can do multiple layers of samples per pad, it can do pad individual envelopes in both pitch and amp, and it IS so pristine in the sound that you can smell crystals all around you.
It has a sound browser which is fast and easy, intuitive you might say, and it can of course play the samples as you finger around in the search for the right bass kick. And when you have the right kick, and feel it could use that little extra punch from the next kick in the line, you can add that to another pad, and link them together, so when you tab c2, you hear both pads triggering.
Yea, you can get another drum sampler with a "battery" of features, which of course some love, and it has all those samples bundled along with it, but all in all, Poise costs a fraction of that acid filled thing, so it gives you a pleasent opportunity to choose just the samples you want, instead of getting stuck with a ton of rock kits when you just wanna make the next Tiësto sound alike, or vice versa. (Poise is bundle with a cute little sample bank btw).
The features poise is missing is the ones alot scream about, but somehow never use, because its leaving you out of control. Poise is just sticking to you, standing behind you while you control the front. It gives you just the right arsenal of controls to win the war.
Oh yea, by the way, Poise does have some humanizing features, if you are into that.
The up to 16 stereo outputs makes it complete, it is complete, and the kinda sloppy looks mentioned earlier are justified by the downloadable themes, i use a lemon-flavored one, and i love the looks now.
The sum of all the buzz most be, "If you are looking for a drum sampler to make your music making flow, Poise is the perfect way to go"!
I believe this device is the best emulation of the Akai MPC Drum sampler in VST format.
User Interface: Its' based on the Akai MPC series, If MPC style programming is your cup of tea then you shouldn't have any problems figuring out the basic functions of Poise.
Sound: What does it sound like? Awesome ! Sounds like the real deal, the LP/HP Filters, distortion F/X, modulation, and amplitude/pitch enveloping are great tools to edit drums/samples.
Features: These are my fav. features of this plug in: 16 Drum Pads. 8 Samples per Drum Pad. Multiple Sample switching modes: Round Robin. Random. Trigger All (for layering multiple samples). Support for velocity splits. Inbuilt sample browser with preview. Drag and Drop sample loading. 2 - 16 stereo outputs. Comprehensive Pad and Sample editing with: Amplitude + Pitch Envelopes. Volume + Balance + Pitch. A user assignable FX module, and humanization.
Documentation: The manual is handy when you want to look at the more advanced features of Poise
Presets: One Small Clue has free drums available on the forum, check them out! Poise is also skinnable !
Customer Support: I contacted customer support and received a response immediately. Since I purchased Poise there have been numerous updates!
Following a bedroomproducersblog article from June 30 2020, Poise is or should be free. But currently, the website of One small clue does not provide the correct download links (also not for grace). However, on archive.org the snapshot from August 07, 2020 of the index page does provide the download: One Small Clue Page on Archive.org Both Windows 32-bit and 64-bit versions, along with the sample content, are available there. The same goes for Grace.
Great sampler, only issue is that is not resizable so its not really that visible on big monitors and TVs running on 1080p or more, and wish there was a way to add more skins (if people made skins for Poise that is).