SNAMM06: Receptor- The Ideal Electronic Drum Module?
Hardware-based host identified as the ultimate brain for sampled drum sounds 20/07/06
Muse Research were showing of their Receptor at the show and made the announcement that the hardware
plug-in player is quickly becoming identified as the ultimate sound engine for electronic
drummers thanks to its support of several new software drum programs, including BFD
and BFD lite from FXpansion, as well as DFH Superior and Custom & Vintage from
Muse say that these advanced sampled drum and percussion software packages provide
sounds that far exceed the sonic capabilities of old-fashioned drum modules and that Receptorâ€™s
unique hardware-based host design makes it possible to have the advantages of the world
of software while retaining the portability and stability of the hardware realm.
Additionally, Muse Research announced that a custom version of Receptor, called
Receptor AM is now being marketed and distributed for the electronic drum community,
offered by Alternate Mode, makers of the KAT line of percussion controllers.
Here, taken directly drom their press release is exactly what Muse Reasearch say about using Receptor for drums: Receptor opens up new sonic vistas thanks to ground-breaking drum software
Well respected among professional keyboardists and major touring acts, Receptor has
already established itself as the ideal tool for live performance using the vast array of
virtual instrument plug-in software that is available. Now with Receptorâ€™s support of the
leading drum and percussion software packages, electronic drummers have now
discovered that Receptorâ€™s low-latency design, easy-to-use hardware front panel, and
astounding sonic performance lets them supplement or replace their current drum sounds
with sounds that are better in every way.
Most drum modules have very condensed sound libraries, with many of the popular
modules having sounds sets that are just a few dozen megabytes. Drum and percussion
libraries such as BFD and Superior from DFH have 100s of GIGABYTES of drum
samples, a full order of magnitude more sounds, resulting in vastly superior realism.
Additionally, many drum modules have polyphony of 32 or 64 voices, where as Receptor
is capable of delivering HUNDREDS of voices, resulting again in greater realism and a
more satisfactory experience as a player, producer, or music fan! Drum software made easy thanks to Receptor
Trying to use this powerful drum software can be challenging for musicians, especially
players who are more interested in playing than being a computer geek. Receptor makes
using this software as simple as using a drum module, with an easy to use front panel
interface that allows you to select various patches. Of course Receptor is also very
powerful, so when you connect a mouse and monitor to it, or connect it to your computer,
youâ€™ll have all the editing and creative power that this software offers, but only if you
John Emrich, drummer, percussionist, and sound designer of BFDâ€™s Jazz &
Funk had this to say, "After years of lugging around multiple MIDI modules in a very heavy rack case, I am
very excited about what Receptor lets me do. I can run the best sounding software in a
small two-space unit that I find really easy to use. It has revolutionized the way that I
approach electronic drumming and opened up a world of limitless creative potential.
I can trigger drum sounds from BFD while triggering loops from GURU, while
simultaneously playing a melodic part using any sound I can dream up. The sound
quality of Receptor is far superior to any other product currently available, and as a
professional drummer and clinician, I can always count on my Receptor to perform, no
matter what the gig involves!" More information: