NAMM: Spectrasonics Gives Sneak Preview of Stylus RMX
Can we warp to the future so I can buy this? 19/01/04
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Spectrasonics was previewing it’s new Stylus RMX Realtime Groove Module, what I thought was one of the standout products of the show. The only bad news is that Stylus RMX won’t be available until September.
Stylus RMX is a virtual instrument that takes the Stylus concept much further, using their new S.A.G.E. (Spectronics Advanced Groove Engine) technology. In addition to advancing their technology, they are also broadening the musical styles available in Stylus.
Stylus RMX highlights include: more than double the sounds of the original Stylus, thousands of grooves and hundreds of kits, syncable LOF’s and envelopes, 16 part multitimbral, separate outputs, comprehensive fx racks, user kit building and user groove library creation. It will also be expandable with Propellerheads REX1 and REX2 files.
The interface has been redesigned and has a full integrated browser for locating and managing the sounds/loops. I got a demo of this unit, and I think it will be of interest to anyone who uses grooves in their music. Of particular interest is the “Chaos Designer”, which essentially allows the virtual drummer to improvise on the groove. There are many parameters for creating and controlling the improvisations, including where the improvs can and can’t take place. For example, you can say “don’t touch the downbeats, but anything is okay”. Multiple conditions are possible for each groove, I guess chaos can be very flexible.
Stylus RMX will be offered for the same price as the current stylus, and the good news is that current Stylus users will be able to upgrade to the RMX version for $99. Stylus RMX will oprate as a native plugin in hosts including Digital Performer, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Pro Tools, Sonar and many others. It is compatible Apple OSX and Windows platforms.