Sub51 have released Drop Pad, a groundbreaking new Drag ‘n’ Drop sample-based NI Kontakt instrument which allows dynamic blending of four imported sound sources to create multilayered complex sounds that morph and evolve in an organic way.
Berlin-based soundtrax and UK sound designers Sub51 have teamed up to create a new, intuitive and inspiring instrument with a difference.
Drop Pad’s XY-Morph movements can be recorded in the instrument itself, all four samples can be edited and modulated by the onboard Filters and its custom designed LFOs. Seven of the best Kontakt effects and an optional Arp will give the sound the final touch – and the good news is: All samples and almost every movement or modulation can be instantly tempo-synced.
Drop Pad uses Kontakt’s new MIR (Music Information Retrieval) technology to automatically detect tonal material during import and adjusts the pitch of the audio file. Sample editing options include individual controls related to the pitch, envelope, pan position, loop and sample start. The playback engine can be set to the classic ‘Sampler’ or ‘TM Pro’ Mode (incl. tempo/speed settings) to provide convenient tempo adjustment.
The Modulation section contains a low-pass filter, a peak filter and a high-pass filter, each to be assigned to one or more of the four sample pads where it is possible to modulate the filter setting via a choice of LFO shapes allowing both the X and Y parameters of each pad’s cursor to be changed during playback — independently for all three filters. Other modulation features include independent Pan and Pitch, both with a choice of waveforms.
The FX section contains seven global effects: Reverb, Choral (Chorus), Flair (Flanger), Phasis (Phaser), Overdrive (Van51), Compression (Supercharger GT) and Replika Delay. A special FX Warp pad allows the X and Y axes each to be assigned to an FX parameter where the rate, modulation shape and tempo-related speed of the FX modulation can be adjusted.
Drop Pad requires a full version of Kontakt 6.6.0 and later and will not work with Kontakt Player.
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