|Type / Tags||Step SequencerSampler (Loop Tool / Slicer)Sampler/Sample Player|
Steps is a VST port of the classic "Hammerhead" drum loop software.
Steps features a 6 part, 4 measure sequencer, and adds an ADSR, looping, humanization and bit reduction to Hammerhead's feature set, thanks to synthedit modules by David Haupt, Chris Kerry, Etric Van Meyer and Lance Putnam.
The SynthEdit source for Steps is available from the SynthEdit users group.
Reviewed By Moe Shinola
July 18, 2013
Steps is one of my "must-have" VSTi because with it you can quickly throw together loops using any one-shot samples you have lying around. The six slots are clearly laid out before you, one sample per slot. Per-slot you can turn the sound on/off, raise or lower the volume, reverse the sample or, by clicking "!", feed the sample through the bitcrush/distortion effect on the top right. The loop can be from 1-4 measures(top left)' and can start on any of the measures(top middle). Just above the sample slots you can adjust global volume, apply swing, humanize, and, in the middle, pitch the samples and use the Loop Start/End to really make the loop you've created sound strange. Vocal samples and phrases in particular can be creatively mangled in this way. I don't know what the Show/Track is for and don't use it, but I use most of the rest of Steps and would be lost without it for original loop creation. I give it a 9 instead if a 10 only because of the parts I don't know how to use and could maybe have been labeled better, but I don't think there's anything else in freeware that can do what Steps can.Read more