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For people who like to work with sample there's two gems !
I already talked aboutAccusonus REGROOVER PRO
it’s a nice app to extract (depending complexity of the material) exactly what you want to extract or close to… with a little bit of practice you can get something and sometimes you discover layers extracted in a way you haven’t predicted and it gives inspiration.
More recently there’s attempt to make progress on the “workflow” and finding the right drum sample. Of course, if you have a hardware drum machine there’s chance you don’t need it… But sometimes cycling through in the context of a beat different candidate can help to find the tone you’re after and even more some “characteristics”. You’re Free then to rebuild it in those way (timbre & characteristic)
There’s few software who fight to be the right tool on the market. I try several and the best for me (it’s also the most expensive) is XO from XLN Audio. And it’s expensive because it’s not only a sample finder. As you can see on the screenshot it’s a full beat station :
But what's interested in **XO**
First it’s for me the best in detecting Tone and Characteristics of a drum sound, for example the red constellation is the kick heroes. on the bottom you have the more sub kicks from distorted to pure subs, more on the right let’s say more acoustic kicks, more on the left more attack, compressed kicks… it’s also grouped in main frequencies.
But when you select a candidate you also have a similarity bar and on it you can select other candidates with the same similarities to hear if it’s a better one to suit your needs.
and That’s the same for all the other drums.
You have a filter you adjust you search by frequencies, by types etc… you can set-up your sample HD and import your own sample libraries.
You can make a beat on the beat programming section, you have groove and shuffle, swap drums and hearing the sequence in the same time. And very powerful editing and exporting features. (in fact there’s a lot more features to make your beat alive and finding variations based on similarities… but hey discover yourself… there’s way more than that in XO)
There’s a 10 days demo. I think you should try that one. It is actually working as expected and maybe better than what I thought it will. it’s a winner to me in this category of software. (it comes also with a midi groove pattern libraries and a bit less than 9000 drums in the factory sample library)