ParamDrum is a Reaktor drum sequencer for people who want a fast, easy way to create unique sounding electronic beat sequences with a MIDI controller. It puts the fun back into creating rhythmic variations that can be saved, recalled and tweaked in live performance or recorded and arranged into the backbone of a track.
It doesn’t have a compressor or reverb – surely you already have these things yourself, right? – what it has is a fast workflow, and the ability to produce sequences that will surprise you as you create them. It’s not a one-button “tada, here’s your beat” randomizer, nor is it a traditional sequencer that expects you to painstakingly determine every detail. It’s a nice balance between the two. I put a lot of effort into the usability and workflow and I hope you’ll find it as much fun as I do to work with.
The most important features:
- Note velocity represents probability a step will trigger
- Enter and delete notes with a MIDI keyboard
- Record per-step automation with MIDI CCs
- Independent sequence length for each of the three sequencers
- Extremely low CPU usage – 1 to 3 percent CPU on my four year old laptop
- fun beat sequences practically fall out of it
Here’s a quick peek at the previous version, which uses some generic samples from the Reaktor factory library and has a different GUI.
Both versions are available for the comically low price of $15.00. Once you have purchased a password, you can open the RAR file provided here. A non password protected PDF on the drop has more details on usage and features.
Remember: you need Reaktor 5 in order to use ParamDrum, and you need to enter a valid email address in order to receive the password.