Developer Algonaut released an interesting AI-powered drum sampler called Atlas. The name is appropriate, for the plug-in works by mapping out the drum samples on your computer. according to type and genre, then generating custom drum kits. The resulting drum sample map is notably colorful, with each drum category getting its own shade and a text label, letting you navigate it with ease by scrolling and zooming.
Atlas also has a randomization feature where the sampler chooses eight samples randomly and constructs a drum kit. You can lock onto these or hotswap them on the spot, then tweak their sound with traditional sampler controls like gain, shape, filter, pitch, and pan.
Samples from Atlas can be dragged and dropped into your DAW, with the plug-in acting as a replacement sample browser. The utility comes with a bundle of MIDI patterns which can be dragged onto a track to trigger the drum kit.
Additionally, Atlas ships with a starter pack of samples sourced from the competent team at Sample Magic. They encompass various drum machines, studio recordings, and other sources.
SoundClass, the AI engine behind Atlas, is trained to analyze, categorize, and describe audio content using customized neural networks, deep learning, and signal analysis techniques. Algonaut is looking forward to expanding SoundClass’ abilities in future products, so by the looks of it, Atlas won’t be the last we hear from this novel AI.
All in all, Atlas looks like an useful tool for beatmakers out there. It likely has what it takes to help you get more out of the drum samples you already have in store. We won’t be surprised to see similar technology incorporated in future releases of mainstay DAWs like Ableton and Logic.
Price and availability
Atlas is on an introductory pricing of USD 99, down from a regular price of USD 150. A 14-day trial version is available for download.