Take a listen to some Metrum presets. You can set user sample folders, but you can’t traverse subdirectories. Vengeance-Sound branched out into plug-ins last year with the first in its Vengeance Producer Suite series, Multiband Sidechain. Let’s look first at the synth oscillator. The three GUI Modifier knobs can also be controlled via CC, although this didn’t work for us – Vengeance-Sound is aware of the issue and hope to fix it in an update. Our Verdict It’s a specialist tool and not for everyone, but Metrum’s convenience and quality of sound will delight those who take to it. Easy to use but potentially quite deep.
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You could always combine your existing synths, samples and effects to create custom kick drums, of course.
Cons Pointless virtual keyboard. Accidentally hit the Randomize! The Shape knob takes the oscillator from a sine vengeance sound metrum up to a near-triangle shape, while Drive applies distortion and Spike accentuates attack. Our Verdict It’s a specialist tool and not for everyone, but Metrum’s convenience and quality of sound will delight those who take to it.
Their functions are assignable, so it varies from preset to preset. No undo and minor bugs in v1. Like the vengeance sound metrum layers, its controls are visible at all times.
In the meantime, you can use host automation or set up alternative CC control in the matrix. The sample slots also have pitch and amp envelopes, but their basic controls are different: Vengeance-Sound branched out into plug-ins last year with the first in its Vengeance Producer Suite series, Multiband Sidechain.
This effect makes it a doddle to achieve sidechain pumping – a very common dance music production technique. No progressive stereo narrowing effect.
There’s an amplitude envelope, too. Vengeance sound metrum, then, there’s a pitch envelope, and this is the beating, jetrum heart of Metrum, where you determine whether your kick is a lazy, esque affair; a ballsy alike; a minimal click-meets-sub; a taut, momentary DnB jab; etc.
The basics are mute and solo buttons, a volume dial and pitch control. The latter is tempo sync’ed so that it’s always heard on the offbeat, and it resets when a new note is played, so the reverb never obfuscates metruum kick itself – also neat! We’re sure some producers will wonder how they ever made do without it. As for destinations, you’re evngeance for choice – pretty much any parameter of the synth can be modulated, including layer settings, effects parameters, the GUI Modifier knobs, the strength of the other modulation slots, and even MIDI keytracking and the root key.
The rest of the effects can be selectively applied to layers with toggle buttons, so you can easily exclude, say, the oscillator layer from the Distortion section – neat. These can be auditioned just like full presets and dragged onto a sample slot. Genuinely useful, fun randomise metrjm. Vengeance sound metrum sound is authentic and thoroughly slammin’.
We particularly enjoyed binding the mod envelope to effects parameters eg, bitcrusher frequency and those of the oscillator, such as Drive and Shape, to add a touch of growl in the decay of the kick, or to sharpen vengeance sound metrum attack.
To sum up, although it’s arguably not a vital purchase, the degree of effort and expertise that’s gone fengeance making Metrum has clearly paid off. There are genre-categorised vengeancce, and they’re just as powerful and production-ready as those in Vengeance-Sound’s sample libraries.
The main tone of a kick drum typically starts out high then drops low very quickly. Described as emphasising frequencies in the “stomach region”, the Punch knob lives up to its name, adding – or removing – ‘oomph’ around the Hz region.
As well as complete kicks, there are presets for individual components: It has a spectrum analyser too, but it’s only visible in the Effects page, vengeeance you can’t see it when you really need to, such as while using the pitch envelope.
There are ten slots, and you can disable each with a power switch. Impressively, the small waveform graphics and those in the envelope screens vengeance sound metrum update to reflect your tweaks. We cobbled together something like this in Ableton Live using Groups, and while it worked and sounded passable, we have to admit that it wasn’t half as quick and easy as Metrum and the results weren’t as good.
You’ll also have to resist the urge to continually tinker with your kick!
Take a listen to some Metrum presets. Vengeane the global level, there’s a master amplitude envelope applied to all layers, and a modulation envelope. The only effect we’re missing is one to narrow the stereo field, rather than just ‘mono-ise’ sounds.