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 Tatapoum by Venusian Snails is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin.
Product Tatapoum
Developer Venusian Snails
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Type / Tags Drum SamplerStep SequencerTatapoumVenusian Snails
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Tatapoum 4 is a combined drum sampler and pattern sequencer. It can be used in three ways:

  • The Tatapoum Drum Sampler.
  • The Tatapoum Pattern Sequencer.
  • The Tatapoum Sampler and Sequencer together.

The Tatapoum Drum Sampler features 10 drums, each with:

  • Solo, mute, load and preview controls.
  • Pan, sample playback length, normal/reverse playback direction, full/fade playback envelope.
  • Playback levels for high and low velocity, pitch control.
    • Velocity to pitch bend (warp) feature, with pitch bend, rate and velocity sensitivity controls.
    • Velocity to tone (filter) feature, with tone and velocity sensitivity controls.
    • Velocity to sample start feature, with start positions for high and low velocity.
  • 2 pairs of drums (2,3 and 7,8) with the "link" feature.
    • In ( ) mode, the drums in the pair are independent.
    • In [ALT] mode, triggering either drum plays the 2 drums alternately.
    • In [RND] mode, triggering either drum plays one of the 2 drums at random.
  • 2 pairs of drums (4,5 and 9,10) with the "exclusive" feature, triggering one drum stops the other.

The Tatapoum Pattern Sequencer features:

  • 16 pads, add/remove triggers, set velocity, add/remove FX.
  • 5 flexible effects (2 flam rolls + 2 feedback rolls + 1 reverse).
  • 4 banks of 8 patterns = 32 patterns in all.
  • Saveable and loadable pattern sets.
  • Shuffle.
  • Pulse divide.
  • Up to 16 steps in each pattern, and pattern chaining, for longer sequences.
  • Forward or reverse pattern play direction.

Tatapoum 4 is available for Windows as a VST instrument and as a SynthEdit project source file (GPL licensed).

Made with SynthEdit
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By djgroovy
September 26, 2008

I have to say, this thing is great, and loads of fun too.
I had this for a while but only yesterday i started playing with it, and haven't stopped since!
Step sequencers are great to work with drums, they're just inspiring, specially a well done like this one.

You can chain up to 32 16-step patterns, diferent resolutions available. You can have one effect per step, like reverse and diferent types of rolls. You can even set the whole pattern to play backwards, a nice touch.
There's a wide range of dynamic level, just click to draw a step and move up or down. Shuffle control is per pattern, also nice.

You have 10 channels to put your samples and build your kit. Some nice controls include pitch bend, velocity to sample start and tone, and lenght.
It's sort of a Reason Redrum on steroids. Heck, this even has midi out :)

The interface is amazing and the price is...well, free! You can even get the source code, if you're into that.

Could use an internal delay and reverb, but it's not a big problem, since it's multi-out; and it has no preset, could use some kits to get you started, but it's so much fun creating your own, it almost doesn't matter. Midi drag & drop from the patterns to your sequencer would make it even better.

It comes with a very good manual, well written and pretty, but it doesn't mention the midi-out capability. I had a huge grin when i discovered it ;)

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Discussion: Active
29 February 2012 at 8:16am

Hi would like to know how to stop and start Tatapoum from my VST host that I am developing in vst.net.

I can see that vstTimeInfo.Tempo = 120.0; would set the temo, but how about starting, stoping and syncing the drum machine to the host. Any ideas woukld be great regards


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