First up, let me say that I am no drummer, but I do know what I like when I hear it. And this is the first piece of drum software that I have tried that I was able to get something that inspired me to go deeper. This is almost like having several drummer just sitting around and waiting for you, not only that but no ego's to get in the way. Seriously though, this is a fantastic piece of software, not the easiest to use or the quickest to learn, but if you spend some time with it, the manual and if needed their forum, you will be rewarded with the ability to pretty much do anything you need with drums and percussion.
Some of the more impressive features to me are the fact that Jamstix patterns are always human playable. The included algorithmic 'drummers' do indeed have their own character and flare, which adds interest. The fact that it can drive other drum programs, import and export MIDI files, and it can create drum patterns driven by a audio file input are all pretty hefty tools. Drum kits can be edited, as can the generated patterns. Overall there is just a lot of value for the money here and a lot of power for song creation.
The only reason I didn't give it a 10 out of 10 is the GUI, it's not exactly terrible, just a bit hard to understand at first. A bit intimidating if you will. But, some time with the manual clears most of it up rather well.
Now they say you should always save the best for last so here it is. What I find to be the best thing so far about my purchase of Jamstix is by far the customer service. It is top notch, very prompt and friendly reply's and quick turn around times to any questions I have asked.
Would I recommend Jamstix to anyone looking for Drum software?
First I just want to say that this has to be one of the easiest to understand synths that I have messed with. Yet it is deep, very deep, when it comes to modulation possibilities. Also, it's surprisingly light on the CPU, especially for the horsepower you have to play with. The ways with which you have to mangle and torture sounds with is top notch, as are the ways with which you caress and gently push the sounds where you want them to go. All the oscillators sound excellent, the filters are top notch as well as the envelopes, and then there are the effects, again it's all good and with more than enough control to get what you want out of it.
I have to say I had looking at Wusik Station before, and had thought about purchasing the synth, but I hesitated. Then the deal to get Wusik Station V8, Wusik 8000 & Wusik Statio V7, all for a great price!! Well I just couldn't pass it up, it was just to good of a deal. Now, I'm just a bit sorry I waited when I think about the time I wasted in not buying this synth before. Wusik Station V7 is a great synth, Wusik 8000 is a really excellent modular synth, and Wusik Station V8 is just as incredible as the former two are.
These really are some extremely good synths for the price. Everyone should have a look before spending 2,3 or 4 times the money for something that may not have half as much to offer. But, that's just my two cents worth.