NUSofting has announced Broken Drum Machine, a plugin instrument designed for the musicians who love chaos and usually find the unpredictable behaviour of an uncontrollable sound machine stimulating and inspiring.
BDM basically offers 4 drum pads like an old, small, beat box with: Bass Drum, Snare, Hi-Hat and Stick, each of those has controls like Decay, Pitch and Filter. But the creative power of the BDM is all in the four “Broken” sliders, one for each pad. With those sliders you can set the amount of wild, weird, chaotic and unpredictable variations to the sound, just like the circuits inside go crazy producing bleeps and glitches you never thought you’d hear from this machine.
Sound source is double: a “Osc.Mix.PCM” slider, per pad, allows to choose between the internal VA oscillator or an external Wav sample, or a mix of the two.
The output is configured as 1 stereo + 4 mono outs.
BDM is scheduled for release at the end of 2007 (or perhaps a little earlier) for Windows and Mac OS X in VST and Audio Units formats. Pricing has not yet been announced.