You ought to expect a developer named Beatskillz to feel strongly about rap and other beat-driven genres. So a plug-in like Vinylistik coming from Beatskillz makes all kinds of sense. This is a fully-featured, yet straightforward plug-in with all you need to conjure hard-hitting boom-bap patterns. Here’s more about that and all else…
Vinylistik embodies the crate digging + old-school sampler vibe of 90’s hip-hop, in terms of both sound and workflow. No, you won’t be recording vinyl into a virtual MPC. Rather, you’ll be sequencing and dirtying up any of the factory kits or ones you already own. Knowing a respectable factory library makes over half of the sale (also loving the art and practice), Beatskillz recorded and processed stuff through vintage samplers, analog gear (pres, EQs), and the developer’s own Samplex plug-in.
The outcome is 47 drum kits and 40 beat patterns plus the ability to roll your own kits and patterns. To that, an 8-track, 32-step sequencer is provided. You also get built-in EQ, compression, and reverb FX for an old-school feel. Moreover, each of the 8 pads has its own Vol, Pitch, Pan, Release, Reverse, Low pass / High pass, and Sample Trim controls. This is just the right amount of sampler functionality to jot down quick and pleasant beats.
Other features include 8-track multi output to process each track individually. You can also export MIDI sequences straight to DAW, and relocate the sample library as you deem fit. All in all, the workflow may be simplistic, but it doesn’t take much to lay down a solid pattern. Start from that and over-complicate things later!
Price and availability
During the introductory period, Vinylistik is being sold for USD 49, down from USD 99. The plug-in is available in VST3, AU, and AAX 64-bit formats for Windows 10 and macOS 10.14 or later. The sample library takes up 300MB of storage.