What’s the one after 909? D16 Group’s Drumazon 2, of course. The company will release the long-awaited update for the TR-909 emulator this 909 Day, September 9, with effects, busses and more.
D16 Group Drumazon 2
In July this year, D16 Group teased an update for its Drumazon software drum machine on X (formerly known as Twitter) with a short video and message, “What’s cooking? The drums.”
The company has now made more information available for its 909 emulator which first debuted back in 2007. There appears to be a major overhaul to the workflow coming. While the original was an emulation of Roland’s famous drum machine, version two will place that drum machine into a mini-studio environment with effects, two effects busses, a master channel and MIDI control along with the original drum machine emulation and a comprehensive sequencer. D16 plans to release this on September 9, better known as 909 Day.
“Not only is the sound faithful to the original, but it offers perfected channel strips, a modern sequencer and workflow improvements that will help you find your groove,” said D16 Group.
D16 Group Drumazon 2 Effects And Master
Advance images for Drumazon 2 show two effects busses, each with five slots for effects. There will be eight effects to choose from, including bit crusher, chorus, delay, distortion, dynamics, EQ, filter and reverb. Additionally, there will be a master channel with a fixed, three-band multiband compressor and limiter.
Very few modern tracks use the sound of the TR-909 as is. Most of what we think of as 909 sounds have been heavily processed. D16 are aware of this and so have included an effects section. “The original 909 sounds a bit dry and requires extra processing for the audio to truly bloom,” they say in the Product Overview PDF included with the press pack, “but Drumazon’s effect chain is fully equipped to provide the right flavour, out-of-the-box.”
D16 Group Drumazon 2 Trigger Outs
Also new will be the Trigger Outs section. The original hardware had trigger outs for controlling external gear. Some producers like to plug the trigger output into mixers and use it as a drum sound. Drumazon 2 will allow you to do this as well, with the audio of three trigger outs assignable to drum channels.
New Look For The D16 Group Drumazon 2
With these new features will come a new GUI. D16 Group have redesigned the look of the software, giving the sequencer section a permanent place in the bottom half and allowing the top half to change between synth, strips (what looks to be deep control over each individual drum sound), triggers and master views. Of course, it still looks like a TR-909, just one that’s a little more malleable.
“For Drumazon 2, we modernized the emulation and the interface so that, while it would remain familiar, it would be even more efficient and help lovers of the original dial in their sound even quicker,” the developers said.
D16 Group plan the Drumazon 2 release for September 9, 2023. It will also be a part of Total Bundle and Classic Boxes Collection. The official price will be €119. The intro price is €89. See your D16 Group account for an upgrade price.
D16 Group Drumazon 2
- D16 Group Drumazon 2 synth view: D16 Group
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