It was announced in April at Musikmesse 2015 in Frankfurt, and now Softube's Heartbeat, its first software instrument for Mac OS X 10.8 or newer (VST/VST3/AU/AAX) and Windows 8 or newer (VST/VST3/AAX) is now available. Here's the story in Softube's own words...
As implied by name, Heartbeat is an innovative software drum synth with a familiar, yet unique sound character. While drawing its inspiration from the best Eighties-era-defining analog drum synths, HeartBeat does not emulate any existing drum machine. Mostly, its sounds are based on Softube's own modeled analog synthesis, augmented with carefully selected waveforms. Eight instruments are included -- two different bass drums, two different snare drums, two percussion instruments, plus hi-hats and cymbal.
Heartbeat is a one-stop shop for beat creation. As such, it includes a fully-featured effects section. Softube's acclaimed TSAR-1 reverb is included in a slightly modified form alongside the separately available Valley People Dyna-mite compressor/limiter/gate. Generously, the third effect, Filter Echo, is a new and characterful delay.
Heartbeat also features the innovative Auto Layer Machine, which can be used to easily layer the instruments or create flams or small fill patterns. The Chaos slider adds a sense of randomness to the behavior of Auto Layer Machine, making Heartbeat a drum synth with a mind of its own!
Pricing and Availability: Heartbeat is available for $199.00 USD/€128.00 EUR (excluding sales tax/VAT) from Softube's authorized dealers, as well as from Softube's own Web Store (where the price is circa 10% higher).
A free 20-day demo license can be downloaded from the Heartbeat product page.
All Softube plug-ins, including Heartbeat, use iLok's machine-based license system, which is entirely free, meaning a USB iLok key is optional.