2020 is an epic software semi-modular beat machine for macOS that is ready for pre-order and will be released in July 2023.
After five years in development, the wait is over. The crazy 2020 semi-modular beat machine app from DUBRussell is available now on the Apple AppStore.
The developer has released new videos that highlight many elements of the engine.
Article June 28th, 2023
The recent release of Zynaptiq Orange Vocoder showed that software product development could take longer. The developers have been working on this since 2018. Yes, there is a more extreme case. Yotaro Shuto announced his 2020 semi-modular beat machine in 2016 and simultaneously launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund development.
Here the developer raised €33,639 from 389 supporters. That was in 2016. Now, seven years later, the software is ready for release. It will come in July.
2020 The Semi ModuSemi lar Beat Machine
The 2020 software is standalone and will initially only be available for macOS. The amount of features this software beat machine offers is crazy. It’s like having everything from other drum machines packed into one piece of software and all accessible in a massive, colorful user interface. At first glance, this is a bit scary because you are overwhelmed by features.
To be able to make any sounds at all, we need generators, and we have plenty of them here.
It hosts a sample slicer module, a Higurashi generator, three loopers, 12 samplers, a kick synth, and two FM synth voices. Each instrument has an impressive set of parameters like filters, envelopes, LFOs, and more, making them very flexible.
These sounds must also be triggered. For this, it hosts four grid sequencers with variable sequence length, sequencable trigger, accent, volume, and you can work with probability. There are also two transposers, a scale-based and a step sequence-based.
Plus, you get bring even more life and unpredictability to your sequences via the built-in randomization engine. Modules that work with trigger events have a function to randomize parameters. You can set here the range and probability of randomization thus giving you unique sound variations with every trigger event.
Exciting is here that the engine is semi-modular. This allows you to patch the signals freely and create custom signal paths. You can route sounds of each instrument module to six available mix buses, 3 FX buses, and send bus. And the FX bus is anything but weak.
The FX bus features 14 patchable modules, including creative effects and three freely routable LFOs: highpass/lowpass filter, flanger, phaser, ring modulator, bit crusher, two granulators, spin effect, glitch, and repeater. Plus, you get utilities like level and sender.
From here, it goes into two master buses. Each master bus contains an equalizer, filter, compressor, maximizer, performance effect, and more.
This monster engine can be controlled using MIDI CC, OSC, and your keyboard. Great, it also features Ableton Link allowing you to sync it to Ableton Live and other music apps.
A very impressive, wild development here by the developer DubRussell. Expectations are very high when software is in development for 7 years. I’m sure the software will scare a lot of people at first because of the huge interface. Once you get used to it, it can be a monster beat machine that will be a lot of fun, I’m pretty sure.
The Semi Modular Beat Machine is available now for $119,99 from the Apple AppStore and will be released July 20th, 2023. It will run on macOS 10.13 or later (universal binary).
More information here: DUBRussell