RM IV 4.1.2 review

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The RM IV is a flexible and easy-to-use drum machine that combines analog-style percussion synthesis with a fully featured, intelligent percussion sampler.

License: Demo
OS: Mac OS X
File size: 32468K
Developer: LinPlug Virtual Instruments
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Price: $149.00
Updated: 13 Jan 2006
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The RM IV is a flexible and easy-to-use drum machine that combines analog-style percussion synthesis with a fully featured, intelligent percussion sampler. Its available for PC VST and Mac OSX (both VST and AU).

RM IV features intuitive user interface, high quality audio engine, and wide selection of drum synthesis methods for limitless creative possibilities.

Built using LinPlug's enhanced high-quality audio engine, the RM IV features 18 velocity-sensitive Drum Pads that can be used to trigger any of many different Audio Generator Modules. The RM IV includes 10 percussion synthesis algorithms, as well as a fully featured percussion sampler.

The 10 Synthesis modules offer enormous creative potential and are able to create anything from classic analog drum sounds to the cutting edge sounds of contemporary music. The Sampler module provides single-sample, multi-sample, velocity-layer and velocity-crossfade support. The instrument also includes an AHDSR-controlled multimode filter, a compressor designed specifically for percussion sounds, a flexible "Humanizer" and a 6 x 6 Modulation Matrix.

The RM IV comes bundled with more than 270 sample-based and synthesized drum kits ranging from Trash  kits to high-quality multisampled acoustic drums and more than 2600 grooves which can be browsed right in RM IV and dragged to the host*). This means you can use the RM IV to start making music immediately. What's more, the RM IV is fully compatible with RM2, RM III, LM4(tm) and CM-505 kit formats, and can load samples in both WAV and AIFF format.

Here are some key features of "RM IV":
drum synthesis and sample plugin for Mac OSX and PC.
18 polyphonic Drum Pads, up to 32-voice polyphony (selectable per Drum Pad).
Freely assignable output configuration up to 18 stereo or mono outputs.
Multiple instances of the instrument can be opened.
Samples and whole Kits can be browsed while playing your music.
A wide range of different Audio Generator modules which include an extensive selection of percussion synthesis modules and a sophisticated percussion sampler module.
Waveform Display which shows the Waveform of samples, the effect of the Pitch Envelope, the Amplitude and the Filter Envelope.
Designed for drums but can be used for pitched samples as well.
The instrument is Multitimbral with each pad having its own MIDI channel.
True stereo sample playback and processing (all filters and effects are mono and stereo).
Professional user interface providing direct access to controls with the minimum number of mouse-clicks.
Currently 2 different Kick drum modules, 2 different Snare drum modules, Open and Closed HiHat module, Tom module, Clap module, 2 Cymbal modules and a FM Percussion module
Each Drum Pad includes its own controls for Output Destination, Vol(ume), Pan, (only if routed to a Stereo output), Tune (+- 24 semitones in 10 cent intervals), Choke Group (5 groups are available including prev/next and self-mute), Polyphony (mono...8, full), Mute and Solo and a MIDI activity display.
For each Drum Pad the user has access to a multi-mode AHDSR-controlled filter, a Compressor with controls for Ratio, Threshold and Release, a "Varizer" with controls for Style, Precision and Spectrum, a 6 x 6 Modulation Matrix and two separate effects processors (Distortion and BitCrusher).
Drum Pad Displays automatically switch upon editing allowing exact adjustment of level, pan and tuning and other parameters.
Each Sampler module can hold up to 30 samples that can be individually triggered.
Samples on each Drum Pad can have individual volume settings and can be layered, velocity-switched and velocity-crossfaded.
Samples can be played forwards or backwards.
The Amplitude Envelope Release Time can be set to "endless", so that even long
samples won't be cut off.
Supported sample formats include 8-32 bit WAV, AIF Samples with 8-24 bit resolution and the 32 bit float WAV format, all these formats in mono and stereo and with any sample rate.
Supported Kit Formats are LinPlug RM IV, LinPlug RM III, Computer Music CM-505, LinPlug RM 2, and the widely used Steinberg LM 4 format.
The file path to samples and kits is remembered for the next time you open the file dialog.
Two pan modes are available: Equal Voltage (mono compliant) and Equal Power.
Optional Drum Pad velocity sensitivity.
Switchable linear or circular dial response.
Display can show either note numbers or note names, whatever you prefer.
Adjustable velocity response curve with 10 settings from linear to extreme exponential.
Adjustable voice limit from a single to eight notes or full polyphony for each pad
All Parameters are MIDI controllable and automateable (VST automation).
Controller hardware (faderbox or synth) settings can be saved and restored using the LinPlug ECS (Easy Controller Setup). ECS supports conventional and Alpha Dial controller.
Internal 32/64 bit processing.
Dynamic resource allocation (unused components are switched off automatically) for minimum CPU usage.
Sample accurate timing, settings are saved with the song.

The only restriction that applies to demo versions is that they emit a noise about once every minute.

What's New:
The MIDI Grooves that come with RM IV are changed (content change only)
improved LM 4 import
Fixed slight inconsistency in synth-modules sound
improoved multichannel support in Logic
faster kit loading on Mac.

VST2.0 or AU capable host software,
a screen resolution of 1024x768 or higher,
1100 Mb free space on your harddrive
400 MHz CPU,
512 Mb RAM

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