Digidesigns Advanced Instrument Research Group are on a roll â€“ a drum roll if you please (sorry!). The latest in their optimized RTAS plugs - Strike, is now shipping. You may have seen our review of the previous instruments as part of the Digidesign Music Production Toolkit, well now Strike brings a virtual drummer to the DAW. Digidesign say that â€œStrike is a deep and powerful plug-in for easy creation and control of professional-sounding, realistic virtual drum performances from within Pro Tools 7 (or higher) software. â€œ
â€œWith Strike, our goal was to create an instrument that puts the user in the producer's chair, directing an extremely versatile, professional drummer,â€� says Peter Gorges, director of Digidesign's Advanced Instrument Research Group. â€œSimply put, Strike offers the groove, musicality, and sound of a great drummer playing a perfectly set up and multi-miked drum kit in an ideal recording stage, and then enhances it with the amazing flexibility and control that only a Pro Tools software instrument can deliver. Strike really feels and sounds like a great real-world drummerâ€”itâ€™s incredibly fast and easy to use.â€�
In fact, getting a desired groove with Strike is as simple as choosing one of the high-definition kits and telling the â€œvirtualâ€� drummer how to play. For example, Strike users can simply adjust the playing intensity, complexity, timing, groove, dynamics, and much moreâ€”all in real time. Strike also allows them to use the automation features in Pro Tools, connect a MIDI controller to tweak a performance on the fly, or gain ultimate control with a Digidesign Command|8Â®, Control|24â„¢, or ICON integrated console.
Strikeâ€™s proprietary realtime performance engine eliminates the mechanized artifacts of typical sample-playback devices to deliver human results with unparalleled realism. This incredible range of sonic detail is brought out in each of Strikeâ€™s five high-resolution drum kits, which contain 12 drum sounds with up to 300 samples per instrument. Users can quickly drum up professional-sounding performances in a variety of musical styles using 1,500 preset patterns, which can be further customized with the onboard Style Editor. By triggering Strike directly from Pro Tools software, this versatile instrument can even be used as a high-resolution drum module.
To give users greater control over the drum kit, Strike includes a built-in multi-channel mixing console. Users can tweak everything from microphone leakage to room ambience while taking advantage of 3-band EQ and two Insert effects processors per channel. Strikeâ€™s onboard effects cover everything from reverb and dynamics to specialized tools like bit crusher and filter. The onboard mixer makes it easy to adjust the overall level and panning for each drum and route individual sounds to separate mixer channels in Pro Tools software.
Strike is available now via authorized Digidesign dealer and through the online DigiStore for $299 US MSRP. For more information and to hear Strike in action, visit Digidesignâ€™s website at www.digidesign.com.