TRUE HYBRID DRUMS
Konstruktor is a hybrid drum designer and kit builder that blends acoustic sound sources with synthesized waveforms. Together with both fully acoustic and fully synthetic elements, this kit builder creates truly hybrid drums with a unique, fresh new sound.
Model each kit component with its own convolution plugin: almost 400 custom impulses that color, shape, distort, and augment the drum samples. Thicken kick drums, smear and widen snares, turn hi-hats into mini rhythm engines. Glitchbomb, Drumrust, Echoglitz, Boomscope...
ROBOT OR HUMAN?
Control the amount of randomization that is applied to velocity and quantization—separately for each kit component. Make those snares and hi-hats extra trashy. And with 6 round-robin layers for every articulation, even fully synthetic kits can find a new groove. Let those kits run loose.
Adjustments to tuning, sample start points, decay envelopes, and sample width can also be used to control how different convolution impulses color an instrument. Subtle tuning changes, in particular, will often reveal new and unexpected frequency effects that can help to shape a whole kit.
Each of the 7 kit components has three dedicated, independently selectable lowpass, bandpass, and highpass filters, each with dedicated cutoff and resonance knobs for on-the-fly switching. Filtering offers another way to control how the convolution impulse colors the sound.
A powerful kit-building tool, this feature preserves the kit's performance controls and offers three randomization modes: sample banks only, convo choices only, or both. With two temporary memory slots for comparing new combos, tailor settings then save a snapshot of your new kit.
- 3,648 Stereo 48kHz/24bit samples
- 476 Instruments
- 394 Custom-designed convolution impulse responses
- 7 Independently controllable drum kit slots
- 6 Round-robin layers for every articulation
- Separate LP/BP/HP filters with dedicated cutoff/resonance controls for each kit slot
- 108 Factory Kits
*Requires a keyboard/MIDI input. 64 MIDI rhythms are included for importing into your DAW.
From the start Klüsterkitt was about capturing the dirt and rattle of new and exotic acoustic sound sources, then blending and sculpting those wonderfully noisy, full-spectrum stereo sounds with synthesized ones.
The hunt for fresh, distinctive percussive sounds was a process of experimentation using a range of de/reconstructed acoustic objects. The four dozen instruments born from this process formed the sound palettes for Konstruktor, Fabrikator (coming soon), and Rezonator (coming soon). Playing techniques were honed to produce the most useful and interesting articulations for recording.
Session samples were then selectively mixed with pure tone waveforms, each tailored to color and transform them into new, truly hybridized rhythm instruments. Supplemented by fully acoustic variants and over 200 synthetic percussion sources, the result is a kit builder of astonishing depth and character.
ONE STEP FURTHER
What acoustic-synthetic blending did for the individual instruments, convolution would do for the drum kit. Almost 400 impulses were designed using vinyl/radio/tape/digital noise and static, particulate and granular effects, digital and acoustic sound effects, frequency modeling, mic effects and chorusing, and stereo imaging.
Some impulses are designed to affect particular frequency ranges, or to expand the feeling of depth and space around them, while others are designed to enhance the stereo image, create audio effects, or to generate interesting syncopations and multirhythms. Many of the impulses are designed to add dirt and texture to samples.
Packed with this kit builder are 108 beautifully constructed kits of big, full-sounding drums: acoustic-flavored synthetic drums and synthetic-flavored acoustic drums. Now with multi-out capability.
Deep kicks, lots of kits, lots of kit pieces, good randomization, easy to use
It's not a beat box; it needs keyboard/MIDI input (comes with 64 MIDI loops), and it wont replace your drum kit in pop, country, rock, blues, etc.---but it might augment it. I didn't like the fact that the "toms" category was absent but I did like: The fact that only eleven, transposable, color-coded keys are active per kit (focus!), lots of snapshots (kits), nice available randomization of kit pieces (without altering channel settings), you are able to manually select individual kit pieces, surprisingly-good tone/timbre alterations are possible, each kit piece can have its own convolution effect selected from one of over 300 convolution effects, humanization is available, and a straight-forward GUI. You can create a lot of drum/percussion sounds with Konstructor, even with a single kit piece. Konstruktor also gets some really deep kicks. Five stars for the sheer number of sounds you can generate and ease of use. Even if you're not in the "never enough drums" camp, this thing is quick and lasting fun.
So much variety
Makes it easy to create slightly mangled and somewhat unusual rythmic tracks works great.