A simple pad-based layout makes Speedrum instantly familiar and comes with multiple sample layers, effects and low CPU usage.
Sometimes simplicity wins the day and Speedrum will have you building kits and processing rhythms in no time at all. You’ve got 8 layers for each of the 32 pads into which you can dump whatever samples you like. You can use velocity levels for a multisample approach or mix together samples for a larger vibe. Each layer has pitch, volume and pan controls plus a low and high pass filter so you can get nicely creative within each pad. Each sample waveform can be viewed and edited with adjustable start and end points, envelope and velocity ranges.
When it comes to the pads you have further mixing controls over each with individual routing to one of 16 stereo outputs. You can set them to retrigger or polyphonic, drop them into “Cut” groups and apply volume and pitch envelopes. You can also dial in some humanisation of velocity, pitch, time and pan.
Four effects are available per pad including multiple types of distortion, a multimode filter, compressor, transient shaper and overall gain control.
Speedrum looks quick, easy and immediately useful if you have a bunch of samples that need dropping into your project in a nicely percussive way. It’s a shame that the promo video is the least inspiring thing I’ve seen in a long time because the product looks pretty decent. Can someone do a groovy demo, please, with like beats and stuff?
Speedrum is €49 and is available as a VST, VST3 and AU plugin.