The GUI looks really nice and compact. All the features are right upfront or on the back panel. Everything is one or two mouse clicks away.The looks give you that futuristic drum machine look. The Sound is very crisp and clear. I tried the sample kits from the RMIII inside the RMIV and they sounded more distinctive and brighter in the RMIV. The synth modules are good too, easy to use since most are setup to give a sound for a certain type of drum,combine this with the envs and matrix and you can get all types of orignal sounds. The features are great you have modulaton matrix,pitch,filter and time modulations,bit crusher,distortion,compresser and the varizer.Layering drums is out of this world with the RMIV,velocity switching and sample start points. On the RMIII I use to sometimes loose track of the kit I was using but the RMIV displays the name of the kits for you. I think there should be a way to save individual drum pad settings so that you could load up two or more different variations of the same drum type for comparing,tweaking and interchanging between kits. Also you should be able to preview whole kits and single drums while in use. One more thing is that it could use a built in sequencer like the Musiclab one in the DR008 to complete solidly. The documents are top notch couldn't be better explains every detail. The presets cover every base you can think of. I would just like to see some more up to date hiphop kits maybe some Korg and MoPhat samples. Linplugs support has always been good, the forum and newsletters are very informative. I have never had any problem out of the RMIV yet. The VFM can go two ways, if you had a previous drum module (RMIII,RM2) you get a really great discount because this is like adding drumsynths to the previous two. If you don't like the drumsynth or sample part then you could get the CM505 if you just like the synth engine or the RMIII if you just like samples. The latest update is just awesome the kits and grooves work like magic.Stability is like a rock! I have had no glitches,crashes or screwy looking interfaces yet in Sonar 3,FLStudio or Orion Plat.
Software comes and goes so quickly i thought I would put foward my experience of this vsti as it may help someone currently looking to expand there software arsenal , as software tends to become dated as soon after it is released! I have spent a lot of time recently building up drum and percussion Kits/programs from my sample collection ( although the RM4 does come with a huge collection of usable readymade Kits) and this has been a joy to work with. It is so straightfoward to use (it comes boxed with a Manual) , I particularly like the way all samples are stored within the RM4 Kit folder so there is no chance of losing or getting in a muddle with where the samples are! The sound quality is very good ; the words clean and full bodied spring to mind. I find the program to be very stable using WINxp and Logic 5.5. It has good sonic manipulation possibilities with a nice sounding Filter , envelopes , distortion , bit reduction and a modulation matrix. You can use pitched samples although this is not its Forte - but i have and had good results. What strikes me about the RM4 is how accessable it is you can get experimental if you want but for standard drum and perc sample playback i think this is as good as one could hope for. Oh yes you can have multiple layers of samples per pad (similar idea to the cells in NI's Battery drum module , which i have but dont use anymore as this is more productive , enjoyable and cleaner sounding to my ears) of which there are 18. I also have Halion 2 but This is far more productive for its specialist use. So if your looking for a drum/perc sample playback module give this a try the demo is downloadable from the Linplug site. I would love to see Linplug try something similar for multisample/instrument playback and manipulation as this product hits the spot for me-more so than some of the Hardware samplers I have previously spent much time with in the past peering at a 2" by 4" lcd screen! (note on my marking-I think this product is Brilliant but feel most people overmark so there you have it!)
i have been awaiting this vst since its announcement. i DLed the demo and had to buy it. i have been using battery before the release of this and i will NEVER go back.
-the user interface is layed out wonderfully even if you have never touched a percussion sampler the navigation is easy.
-IT HAS A FILTER!! battery does not have this a filter is a must for HH werk. i sure it has some super seceret sound processing algorithms but the bottom line is that it sounds good.
-features!!!!not only is it a deatail persussion sampler but an anolog drum emulator!!! the filter the variator and a compressor for each pad..nuff said. my favorite feature of all is the ability to flip threw sounds as it is playing (like redrum in reason). this makes building a kit VERY easy.
-it has a very detailed 55(?) page manual. i have not really looked at it cuz its sooo easy to use.
-presets....2500 individual hits that are collected into 170 kits. not all of them are my style but a very nice library none the less.
-every question i had for the customer support was answered in deatail very promptly.
-stability its a bit hungry in this area but nothing real hidious plus it does alot for a percusion sampler.
if your curious just DL the demo and youll see for your self. ppl talk about how great the DR008 is but the gui looks a bit to cluttered for me, this is my dream beat box. :)
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