Xfer Records has announced the upcoming release of Nerve, a new software drum machine that brings beat creation and manipulation to your host sequencer. Nerve was designed and coded by veteran dance music producers, with a diverse sample library.
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Create your own beats from scratch using sounds you already have (aif/wav/rex/rx2/snd), or utilize the included drum kits, presets, patterns, and sounds.
Nerve, runing as a VST or AU plugin, allows for a single pad to contain up to 16 slices of a loop, with adjustable slice points, which will automatically 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.
Let your Rhythms Groove 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.
Pad Independence Each pad can optionally run its own pattern chain, length, and randomize, making it very easy to create polyrhythms / polymetric beats giving your music productions interesting, unique flair.
Multiple Output capability: (8 stereo pairs) allow you to separate various parts of the beat for external mixing/processing.
MIDI support You can control both input and output 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.
Nerve 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.