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Xfer Records Nerve

Nerve, Virtual Drum/Percussion from Xfer Records.

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Xfer Records has announced Nerve, a new software drum machine designed to bring beat creation and manipulation to your host sequencer.

Nerve was designed and coded by veteran dance music producers, with a diverse sample library included from many of today's top sound designers. You can create your own beats from scratch using sounds you already have (AIF/WAV/REX/RX2/AKAI .SND), or utilize the factory-included Drum Kits, Presets, Patterns, and Sounds.

Features:
  • Internal Step Sequencer: Nerve has a mouse-driven Step Sequencer which allows you to program beats visually or by clicking rhythmically, with minimal mousing.
  • Compact interface: the window won't consume your entire screen real-estate.
  • Nerve contains a 2-Gigabyte library containing presets, drumkits, patterns, one-shots, and loops made by a variety of sound designers, including SampleMagic, PowerFX, Richard Devine, Dom Kane, SampleSquad, Bitword, Noise Inc., and others, catering to a variety of musical genres.
  • You can drag-and-drop soundfiles you already have on your hard disk (WAV/AIF/REX/RX2/AKAI SND format) and audition different samples instantly using navigation buttons. Random sample selection from the current folder (for one or all pads) is possible with hotkeys, for exploration of new sound combinations . On-board editing with 22 simultaneous pre-calculated DSP types allows you to slice/trim, sculpt, stretch, and bend and re-synthesize sounds into new sounds.
  • Slice and Re-arrange loops: Nerve allows for a single pad to contain up to 16 slices of a loop, with adjustable slice points, which will get read from REX/RX2 files. For traditional WAV/AIF loops, three different user-selectable time-stretching options are available (slice+fill, granular stretch, resample) to get your loop to match your host sequencer BPM.
  • Nerve allows you to extract the timing + level information from a REX/RX2 loops, and have this apply to all of the rhythms with a single mouse gesture. You can store swing presets for future use.
  • Nerve features a Repeater control which allows you to re-trigger one or more pads on-the-fly to create fills and variations on-the-fly. Trigger / Re-trigger patterns with the mouse or MIDI notes. Re-triggered portions can be automatically 'sent' to a different output pair for additional external processing on those specific moments. Unlike audio-based buffer-repeating effects, Nerve's Repeater will follow swing/groove feel on a global level, maintaining your groove. Furthermore, re-triggered steps will also generate new MIDI-out notes, if using Nerve for controlling external samplers, etc.
  • Realtime Sculpting Control: Each pad contains a unique 'fat' 2x-oversampled State Variable Filter. Flexible LFOs allowing you to make parts vary over time (pan/level/cutoff/reso/sample start), allowing for parts to sound more fluid.
  • Internal Sidechain-input Compressor.
  • Pad Independence: Each pad can optionally run its own pattern chain, length, and randomize, making it easier to create polyrhythms / polymetric beats.
  • Multiple Output capability: (8 stereo pairs) to separate various parts of the beat for external mixing/processing.
  • MIDI support (both input and output): control Nerve from a MIDI controller using assignable MIDI notes. Control Nerve parameters from MIDI CC messages. MIDI Out control allows you to use Nerve as a "sequence engine" to generate notes/CC's in unique ways / control or layer other synths and samplers.

Pricing & Availability
It runs as a VST instrument or AudioUnit plug-in on Windows and Mac OS X and is scheduled for release in April 2010 priced at $199.
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