M-Audio Drum and Bass Rig Key Rig V1.0.0: A Review of the Virtual Instruments Bundle
If you are looking for a versatile and easy-to-use collection of virtual instruments for your music production, you might want to check out the M-Audio Drum and Bass Rig Key Rig V1.0.0 bundle. This package includes two cross-platform plug-ins that can be used either as stand-alone programs or as VST, AU or RTAS plug-ins with your favorite sequencer. The bundle consists of Key Rig, a keyboard-oriented plug-in that offers four modules: a piano, a synth, an organ and a GM module; and Drum & Bass Rig, a rhythm section plug-in that offers four modules: a loop player, an acid bass machine, a drum sampler and a bass player.
Key Rig: A Keyboard Player's Dream
Key Rig is designed to cover all the basic needs for today's keyboardist in a single virtual rack. The SP-1 Stage Piano module serves up realistic and expressive grands, Wurlies, Rhodes, FM pianos, clavs, pads and more. Each preset can hold a combination of two instruments with individual settings for mix, octave, detune, velocity and tone. You can also add effects such as delay, chorus, phaser and more to each preset. The MS-2 Polyphonic Synthesizer delivers a wide range of classic and modern synth sounds, from leads and pads to basses and arps. Each preset consists of sub-presets for each major section: filter, amp, mod and FX. Creating new sounds is as simple as combining these sub-presets in different ways and tweaking any associated parameters from there as desired. The MB-3 Electromagnetic Organ authentically emulates the classic Hammond sound complete with rotary speaker. You can adjust the nine drawbars that are pre-mapped to M-Audio brand USB MIDI controllers, as well as the percussion and variable key click settings. You can also choose from three chorus and three vibrato settings, and tweak the rotary speaker emulation with tube overdrive, speed and tone controls. The GM-4 General MIDI Module delivers 128 GM instruments plus a great GM drum kit. It instantly plays GM-compatible standard MIDI files from host applications and provides an extremely easy way of sequencing additional backing tracks.
Drum & Bass Rig: A Rhythm Section for Any Genre
Drum & Bass Rig is more eclectic in its purpose, being aimed at any computer musician in search of a rhythm section. The LC-5 Loop Creator module allows you to create your own custom loops from a library of over 2000 drum and percussion sounds in various styles and genres. You can layer up to eight sounds per loop, adjust the volume, pan, pitch and filter of each sound, and apply effects such as reverb, delay, distortion and more. You can also sync the loops to your host tempo and trigger them via MIDI notes or pads. The TT-303 Tonal Transformer module is inspired by the legendary TB-303 bass machine that defined the acid house sound. You can create your own acid bass lines using the built-in step sequencer or play them live via MIDI keyboard. You can also tweak the cutoff, resonance, envelope modulation and accent parameters of the filter section, and add effects such as distortion, chorus and delay. The RD-5 Real Drums module is a sampled drum-playback unit that offers realistic acoustic drum kits in various styles such as rock, jazz, funk and metal. You can mix and match different drums from different kits, adjust the volume, pan, pitch and filter of each drum sound, and apply effects such as reverb, compression and EQ. You can also play the drums via MIDI keyboard or pads or use the built-in patterns for instant grooves. The BL-6 Bassline module is a virtual electric/acoustic bass player that can also do some bass synth sounds on the side. You can choose from different bass models such as jazz bass, precision bass, fretless bass or synth bass, adjust the volume, pan, pitch and filter of each bass sound, and apply effects such as chorus, flanger and overdrive. You can also play the bass via MIDI keyboard or use the built-in patterns for various styles such as pop,