Wednesday, May 15, 2019

REVIEW: MAP- Modern Animated Percussion by Sample Logic & SoundIron

Introduces the world’s most modern drum machine: 

Modern Animated Percussion. 

MAP redefines everything you know about percussion and rhythms. Built for the full version of Kontakt, MAP contains over 6,000 sounds and instrument presets. The intuitive design and programming of every preset delivers infinite options for sound sculpting. Packed with creative presets, the effortless user interface makes it easy to conjure rhythmic timbres and tones.


This is the main interface where all four presets are loaded within the 4 cores of MAP

This is the browser tag page where the presets are selected and loaded in MAP per sound category.

Step Animator Single Core View

Dynamic FX Window:
 This is where you access and edit dynamic effect parameters.

MIX View

Master View Page:
 Studio quality mastering effects that apply to all 4 sound core outputs. 


After hearing Sample Logic and Soundiron teamed up and released MAP (Modern Animated Percussion), I became instantly curious to see what these two sound design companies created together.  Over 4,000 percussive samples and 2,000 presets, this must be a hit, right?

Read on....
The interesting thing about MAP is how diverse and deep this library goes. It basically is like a MAP that covers about every style of percussion in electronic music.  There's cinematic, world percussion, EDM kits, impacts, industrial, and so much more.

How does it sound? STRIKING!

This instrument is not only a monster, but it's also
a rhythmical leviathan!

The production value is flawless. If you don't believe me, check out the walk-through video below that I made auditioning the presets. It runs 1 hour and a half, but it should only take a couple of minutes to be blown away.
There are 4 instrument cores and each one has a step animator sequencer that uses one-shot samples and turns them into some of the most powerful, cutting-edge rhythms I’ve heard. Since MAP does not contain actual loops, you can choose to turn the sequencers off and trigger the sample with no movement,  making this extremely versatile. This is like having the best of two worlds - like loops and non-loops.

There is a total of 4 keys used on your midi keyboard to generate the sounds. The whole sequence of 4 cores plays entirely beginning with middle C. Then on keys D, E, F, and G, you can activate the cores individually. To make things even more interesting, you can use the Randomize buttons on everything from all 4 cores, every single core, the step animator patterns, the FX, and whatever parameter you choose to select. The fact is, when you start delving into MAP you will find the results can be infinite in scope. There is no doubt, this is the future of rhythm-based virtual instrument libraries. I do recommend performing a Batch Re-save in Kontakt to reduce loading times since this library loads up 4 sound sources per preset. 
The GUI in MAP is designed very clean and slightly similar to Sample Logic’s Rhythmology engine. The presets are selected through a browser labeled with a sound category tag.
It doesn't take long to find your way around MAP and it only takes seconds to obtain superlative gratification with this instrument.

MAP offers the musician and composer a 'one stop shop' for finding that perfect backbone in your composition.
Sample Logic and Soundiron released a percussion library that is not only modern, but a pristine step forward in rhythmic evolution.

 I don't know how else to say it, but these two sound design giants managed to break new ground together and earned nothing less than

5 Out of 5 Stars !!




Written by Steve Montgomery
 (composer for Infinite Mindscape and Darkmood)

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