Fairly Confusing Waveforms has released Psychodrumma which they describe as a nonsensical drum machine for NI Kontakt 4, focused on creating random and randomly evolving rhythmic patterns. They say that it is an experimental sound device and although it could be used as a regular drum machine, it would be probably impractical.
Psychodrumma is built from nine modules called pads. Each can playback a sound from one of two banks of 100 samples each. Each has separate sound control rack and its own simple sequencer. All sequencers are synchronized with host tempo, but can run at different relative speeds and their start points can be de-synchronized. The fun feature of Psychodrumma is that it can play by itself. All of the pad's settings can be randomized on user input, gradually or periodically. You can just tune settings, let it play and observe evolving waves of randomness.
A spokesperson had this to say, "This device comes with its own sample set. It is eclectic selection from a variety of sounds I have recorded over the years: synthesized sounds, field recordings, animal sounds, unusual percussion, bass and guitar noises, voice fragments, household objects, radio noise, vinyl crackles, car engine, fireworks, icy snow squeaking under heavy boots or all the above mixed an layered in one sample. However, it can be used with any set of samples, you would just need to rename them and replace 'factory' files. Files are named by numbers, so it will be fairly easy, if you are familiar with any batch renaming software."
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We sat down with Rob to discuss the creative process and what lead him to using a modular