Okrzyki, przyjaciel! (chaircrusher) wrote,
Okrzyki, przyjaciel!



I got a review copy of this VST percussion plugin Jamstix and have been trying to figure out how to get it working right. At first, it just sounded drunk when I put it in a sequence. One update, and some head scratching, I sort of have it figured out.

The way it works is it has this library of drumm patterns, intros, and fills, and it uses these as the basis for a drum track. You sequence out which pattern is used on which measure, and which measures are fills, and then just let it do it's thing. You can program in your own patterns, and Jamstix will throw in it's own accents and ghost hits over the top. You can make it stop by putting a blank pattern in for a measure.

It's a little quirky in operation, and sometimes does things that sounda a bit off. Kinda of like a real drummer, only you don't have to keep so much beer on hand.

I of course went right to the pattern family labeled 'Graf-Zeppelin' and started fooling around. The chord progression is the first thing I played when I hit record. It's quadruple tracked guitar, electric bass (both played in through a Tech 21 Tri-OD guitar direct), and Jamstix doing it's robot drummer thing.

As someone who has been listening to stuff like Sonic Youth, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr, and My Bloody Valentine for years, my first instinct is to turn everything up to 11, so there isn't much in the way of dynamics.

Lucas played a couple of overdubs too. I think it could use a cooing female voice singing about environmental destruction.
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