Modal Electronics CRAFTrhythm Drum Sampler Is Now Available

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For a long time it was quiet about Modal Electronics but now there are news. The company has released the long awaited CRAFTrhythm drum sampler. You can compare it with the KORG Volca Sample because it’s also an instrument with individual sequencer tracks where you can insert samples. Sounds can imported via the included CRAFTapp and up to 64 16bit mono samples with a sample rate of 44.1 kHz can be stored in the memory.

For each track, you have the features: mixer, sample select, tune control (3 pitch modes), low pass resonant filter and 3 envelopes (amplitude, filter and pitch). You can also store up to 16 different patterns in the device with up to 16 part pattern chaining along with 8 kits that recalls track parameters and 4 track of parameter animation. The CRAFTrhythm is a class-compliant device and MIDI is provided over USB connection to host computer, tablets, or smartphones (Android, iOS)

It will certainly be interesting to see how the new CRAFT instrument beats the KORG Volca Sample. Both offer quiet the same features only have a different layout. There is one small limitation currently. The CRAFTrhythm is currently available exclusively at Gear4music. In a later moment also in other music shops worldwide.

  • 8 track drum/percussion sampler kit with a 16 step sequencer, requires no soldering or electronics skills, tools or knowledge
  • Can store up to 64 16-bit mono samples with a sample rate of 44.1kHz, and using the CraftApp users can upload their own samples
  • Mixer stage per track with level and pan controls
  • Low-pass resonant filter per track with a dedicated Attack-Hold-Decay envelope
  • Amplitude Attack-Hold-Decay envelope per track
  • Tune control with 3 different pitch modes – SPEED, STRETCH and SHIFT
  • SPEED alters the pitch by playing the sample faster or slower
  • STRETCH selects the number of steps the sample will be stretched to fit into, allowing for tempo matching for looped samples
  • SHIFT activates a pitch shifting algorithm that maintains the same sample length along with a dedicated Attack-Hold-Decay envelope, which works well with samples containing melodic content
  • 16 recallable patterns with up to 16 part pattern chaining
  • 8 recallable kits that store the per track parameters for sonic changes on the fly
  • 4 tracks of parameter animation
  • Global tempo and tap tempo with a step division for semi-quavers, quavers and quarter notes
  • Pattern groove control that up to half way increases the swing/shuffle amount and then provides 8 preset grooves that allow for triplets and other non-conventional rhythms
  • Live input mode that allows steps to be played in while the sequencer is running
  • Class-compliant MIDI provided over USB connection to host computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • Headphone and line output
  • Powered by USB Mini-B or optional AAA battery pack (Adafruit 727, 3 x AAA pack)

More information here: Modal Electronics 

Available here: Modal CRAFTrhythm 

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