Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
Spectrasonics Stylus RMX

Stylus RMX, Virtual Percussion Synth from Spectrasonics.

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Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 17 reviews )
 12 reviews71 %
 4 reviews24 %
Value For Money : Poor

sw80's review"Vintage compression"

Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
I have been using Stylus RMX since about 2008, I use it frequently because of the sound quality and its abilities to work with VST’s. This program does require a lot of patching though when working with sounds and VST’s it reminds me of how you have to patch a lot with Battery 3. Installing it takes a bit more time than I expected because it is a big file to have to install. It does take up a lot of disk space as well so before I purchased it I made sure that I waited until I got my new PC with a lot of disk space/CPU and RAM.


This software is expandable, allowing you to add more groves as needed. It comes with 27 different effects like power filter, spring verb, gate expander, tube limiter, vintage compressors and many more. There are over 7 gigs of sounds that come with it, which is why it takes so long to load and install. It is not hard to install it just takes a very long time to do so.


The interface is easy to use and understand though I am not a fan of the purple color of the interface, I am not sure if you can change it but I would if I knew how because the purple is more of an eye sore for me. The price of this software is a little more than expected but after working with the effects racks I feel like I have gotten my money’s worth in no time at all.
I love the compressors, in fact the “vintage” compressors could be the reason that I feel that I got my money’s worth with this software. The sounds are very good as well and the performance of this software is great. I have experienced no crashing or freezing while working with it on my PC.

Wedges2's review"Good!"

Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
Installing is pretty simple. It's rather large compared to some simple synth plugins so it will take some time. Pop in the the first disc, then the second, install, and authorize. There is a little bug where the folder you put the files in has to be in the same folder as another particular file. I can't remember off the top of my head but it's very common and simply googling is an easy way to find a solution.

Other than that, though, it's fine. The manual is nice and thorough, and the GUI is pretty easy to get the hang of, it just takes some experimenting because there are a lot of features.


It is a little CPU intensive. Not like an EWQL plugin, but I definitely can't be running 3 instances of it at the same time. I use a Dell XPS studio computer with Windows 7 running FL Studio 10. My computer has six cores and 6GB of RAM, so if you have a computer less suited for music than you may have some issues running Stylus RMX. It has never crashed on me though, it's always been very stable. I've been using it for about 2 years.


Your going to find that you'll need to go through a lot of crap to find some gems. Personally I think the gems are worth it, others may not. I like to use Stylus RMX for tambourine loops and other percussion. I never really use it for full drum loops. Usually these sound very generic. The percussion loops are pretty nice though. There is a wide variety to choose from and every now and then I find something that fits so well into my track that I wouldn't find anywhere else.

So Stylus has it's ups and downs. The GUI is nice, and it has some nice features. I can't quite find out how to route multiple loops to different mixer channels from one instance though. That's a negative. People say it can be done, but I'm nos sure. Overall it's a good addition to my studio and a lot of my tracks wouldn't be the same without it. I'd recommend it.
DJ Henny01/29/2011

DJ Henny's review"Some quality drum sounds and loops."

Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
Stylus RMX has worked on both of my pc's to a great standard. I have used it on a low end computer (1.8GHZ pentium and 1gb ram) as well as my current (2.5GHZ Core2Quad & 4GB ram) and it runs decently on both. Some of the sounds on the low end PC end up coming out choppy in the final mix, though I think this could be a cause of my lack of CPU power. All the sounds and drum samples in Stylus RMX are easily accessable and findable. They are all organised into genres and are quick to load. It works nicely in both of the DAW's that I use, Ableton and FL Studio.


This software runs fine in both FL Studio and Ableton. I picked this as my drum VST of choice for ableton as it does not have a step sequencer on par with FL Studio. However it does has its use in FL Studio, as the actual drum sounds on offer are brilliant and some of the loops are great. The bank of stock drums in this VST are much better than Battery in my opinion and they are all well EQ'd already so you don't have to tune out the bad frequencys in the bassy drums. It weighs in at about 12 GB, a very good size for software filled with so many different samples and loops. Sometimes bad patches can overload my CPU and cause crashes, so if you are on a low end computer, watch out. I'm not sure if it is specific patches causing this or the VST itself.


All of the clap sounds in this VST are brilliant, as are the main drum kicks. The snares are snappy and fit well with most tracks. However its the electric drums that seem to let down this VST. The club drums are pretty flat and lack any real energy. Maybe this is because they are not mixed so well. I would reccomend layering these drums as much as any other drums. I cannot seem to find a search function on the VST too, this makes finding specific sounds a damn nightmare. This VST however is a vital piece to my music and my songs would be a lot less well off without some of the percussion elements that come from this VST. I reccomend Stylus RMX to anybody.
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
While there is over 7 GB of sounds just in the main release, I would have liked to see more in certain areas. For example, there are at least 12 menu's worth of snares, and only 4 or 5 octaves worth of cymbals. It still covers everything you need, but it could possibly be balanced a little more. I would have liked to see a few more processing options within the VST interface, but the sounds are so nice you very rarely consider processing them any more. Regardless, if you're into hip hop, electronica, or even if you want live-sounding drums either from a preexisting groove or in your own patterns, Stylus will handle your needs. I don't know of a better drum module, and according to most critics and publications, neither do they.

$200 or so

If you have any experience in using VSTs, this is very easy to use. If not, you can learn quickly. It requires more patching than say Battery, but it gives you infinitely more options in terms of grooves etc. When you find a groove you like, you just drag it and drop it on a channel and it snaps itself to your project tempo. Nothing could be easier.


The sound quality of Stylus RMX is ridiculous. Every sound has been processed and tweaked to the nth degree, and while that statement can put you off, in this case, it sounds awesome. There is every conceivable type of drum sound in its libraries, and the grooves are varied and very live. Nothing sounds fake or electronic. All of the sounds from the grooves can be used individually if you prefer to build your own kits.

The quality is great. I haven't had it lose my kits or stop working on me. Its very stable.


I love this product. It gives me virtually every drum sound I could possibly imagine in one tight package. If I don't feel like creating my own pattern, or feel like backing up my pattern with a quieter live loop, it is amazingly easy to pick a groove and throw it on your track. The sounds are fantastic, and it seems to be engineered towards hip hop heads, so it is right up my alley. Spectrasonics is a very trustworthy VST manufacturer. Grab Trilogy as an accompaniment to Stylus and your bottom end is Vida Guerra. PHAT!

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: XL83 ( 7-, 2005)

afterglow479's review

Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
Stylus installed on my system without a hitch. I didn't have any issues with compatibility or installation errors. Setting it up is also very simple. After you get your serial key registered you just have to set your DAW to add it to the VST library if you are using a PC like I am. After that you will be good to start making beats. The manual is okay, I actually had to go online a few times to search out answers to a few questions that the manual didn't cover. It mostly hits the mark though.


I have a custom built PC that runs Windows XP. I have a very nice dual core Intel processor, and plenty of RAM to go with it - 4GB. Stylus works just fine on my system, the performance is great. It uses a surprisingly small amount of CPU for me, maybe less than 2%. You are going to get some great electronic drum sounds out of this program while barely taking a hit on your system resources, which is great for that genre of music since it tends to be very FX heavy which taxes the CPU and RAM. It's very stable.


I have been using Stylus for a few years now in its various incarnations. This is usually my go to piece of software for creating electronic sounding beats. There is an impressively huge library of sounds for you to sort through, and once you find something remotely relevant to your project, you can tweak it to your specifications with the in-depth tools that Stylus provides to you. What I really like about this plug-in is that it's as complicated as you want it to be. If you just want to load up a preset and make a beat straight away - you can do that, you don't have to twiddle any knobs. If you want to really nail your sound though, you can edit the minute details of your sounds. The value on this software is great, you can get fantastic sounding beats from this. I would definitely recommend it.

EPSIL@N's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Perfect Complement Ryhtmique"

Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
I find no obvious facility for VST "public" but it gets there.

Simple setup and getting started immediately.


Having a Dual Core at 3.2 GHz with 4 GB of RAM running XP, VST going smoothly, as usual, is the addition of other VST that can cause problems.

I have instructed the Bank Premier Beats "which adds a touch more trip hop and Stylus works great.


Stylus RMS is very comprehensive (as in the loops in the samples) it offers a wide selection of styles adapted to a lot of music production, knowing that the opening is complete in both official expansion RMX other as Prime beats etc ...

The sound quality is really good and the chaos function allows you to vary the different rhythms and samples, excellent!

The 8 parts available are really sufficient for you to get a punchy rhythmic and very complex!

Powerful, easy to use, sounds great VST and opportunities as usual with Spectrasonics, are remarkable!

vanpopoff's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Spectrasonics Stylus RMX




Not a dog!
It sounds punchy big! Loop enthusiasts of all kinds! This plug is HUGE, MONSTROUS
there is nothing to throw. Everything is very good. In addition it is incredibly easy to use, very intuitive.
Finally I must say that in SPECTRASONICS is always very good, sounds are colorful and warm. (Many extensions also worth a visit)
A MUST !!!!!!!!

CalouZic's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
Well, it needs to be put a little but APRS will alone.


Trs stable and relatively low fuel consumption, a "kit" is more alive to the CPU.


You can not really dcrire what it feels like APRS have cost something like ... say we can no longer return to rear, Stylus is a drug, it is difficult to A Day pass without him.
HUGE ...

darkthrust's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
Slt tou the mond, I vien to have sytlus e rmx since today I'd like to know comen we import our sounds on stylus? thank you in advance


Slt tou the mond, I vien to have sytlus e rmx since today I'd like to know comen we import our sounds on stylus? thank you in advance


Slt tou the mond, I vien to have sytlus e rmx since today I'd like to know comen we import our sounds on stylus? thank you in advance

Octo-Pussy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
Installation is no problem, but if it is a bit long time to install the base plant rhythms and other beats!
there is no configuration particulire, like any other VST instruments it opens via the editor you use ...
For basic functionality, no need for manual .... absolutely ncessaire advances and Spectrasonic conct of a video tutorial in super clear


Toshiba Laptop 1.8g, 1G RAM, Firewire Audiophile
The log works beautifully, the beat is chosen some time to load but I'm not even 5 seconds of prs ... if you?
no bug since I use it.
So I think all the config is stable


I use it for a short month, and I found a lot of quality. It is the seriousness, the base plant looks pretty rich.

The sound pte DEFINITIONS
the effects of excellent
drag & drop on the editor

The least
The price I have always struggled with this thing the