There are hundreds of tools for drum processing out there, which isn’t stopping drum slicing experts Accusonus — makers of the Regroover beat manipulation software — from releasing their own. It’s called Beatformer and it’s a very streamlined, immediate tool for enhancing drum tracks and readymade beats.
Enabling a fast workflow with a simplified approach to interface design, Beatformer has only four knobs named Boom, Punch, Squash, and Air. Each knob triggers a set of pre-defined algorithms that work in the back-end to bring out the desired quality in a drum mix.
This way, one can improve dynamics, derive more energy and excitement, fatten up thinner sounds, and maximize all things sonic. Sounds like just the tool for a busy beatmaker to replace a complex chain of effects with!
A recently released plug-in Beatformer can be compared to is Tone Empire’s Locness drum processor. The latter goes for a more vintage-looking interface and offers some pretty out-there options for saturating and slamming drums, such as the Crust control with four types of coloration. An interesting feature that it has going against Beatformer is the ability to process only specific frequency ranges — for example, saturating only the low frequency content. It would be cool if Accusonus introduced this option in a forthcoming update, for it would make the plug-in a more powerful tool. Adding “boom” to the lows and exciting the highs, or doing the opposite while working some of its magic in the mid-range sounds like a wicked opportunity to enhance a lacking drum bus or beat.
Price & availability
Beatformer is sold for an introductory price of USD 79, down from USD 99 regular. Alongside a free trial version, Accusonus offers a live demo of the plug-in on its website. Each of the four knobs can be twisted and heard in action. We like that, it’s innovative!