A NEW APPROACH TO DRUM SOUNDS
A drum machine like to no other, EARTH uses synthesis to help you create drum sounds completely from scratch, which makes the sounds you create infinitely flexible and transformable. EARTH’s smart Macro controls are easy to use and fully compatible with the Ableton Push (and many other MIDI controllers) which makes it hands on, playable and fun.
You really have to try it to see what its all about - click the 'EARTH Free' link below to try a free version of EARTH.
- Ableton Live Suite 9.7+
The most common approach to creating electronic drum kits involves multiple drum samples - recordings of real drum kits or hardware drum machines. While there is nothing wrong with this approach the problem is that you are limited to the inherent quality of the samples. Sure you can adjust things like the envelope of the sound or maybe add some kind of EQ or filter, but its very difficult to change the inherent quality of the sound. Enter drum synthesis. 🤘🏻 🎛
Using drum and percussion synthesis allows you to create drum hits from scratch and gives you complete control of the pitch, timbre and tonal characteristics of your sounds.
EARTH leverages the power of drum and percussion synthesis to let you create your own unique drum sounds, and if at this stage you’re thinking this all sounds a little too complex, don’t worry! EARTH is setup using cleverly assigned Macros to give you direct access to the most important controls so you don’t have to think about the finer details of percussion synthesis.
EARTH vs DRM CIRCTS
Included with the full version of EARTH is a collection of individual DRM CIRCTS. These are the standalone drum synthesizers used in the EARTH rack. They allow you to pick and choose which drum modules you use and even allow you to mix and match EARTH modules with regular, sample based Drum Racks. Simply drag and drop the particular DRM CIRCT onto an individual Drum Rack Pad as you would a sample.
The individual DRM CIRCT modules are as follows.
- KCK - A kick drum synthesizer
- SNR - A snare drum synthesizer
- CLP - A hand clap synthesizer
- 808 CLP - An 808 style hand clap synthesizer
- SHKR - A shaker synthesizer
- HAT - A hi-hat synthesizer
- TOM - These are getting fairly obvious
- PRC - So I'll stop explaining them...
- CBELL - And just let you...
- CYM - Work it out for yourself 😉
PRO TIP: EARTH sounds really great with TAPE. Dial up the Compression and Drive controls to get phat, punchy drums.
PHILOSOPHY / THE EARTH APPROACH
EARTH is designed to feel like hardware, and in fact it works beautifully when paired with a MIDI controller, especially the Ableton Push. Because each drum hit has 8 available Macros, any MIDI controller with 8 knobs or encoders that auto-maps to Ableton Live will give you hands on control of your drum sounds. Enabling the Auto-select option in your Drum Rack (see the included Readme for more info) will allow you to instantly adjust whichever drum sound you’re currently playing.
You’ll notice that most of the controls in EARTH don’t give you specific values and instead present a generic 0 - 127 value. This allows you to stop worrying about the exact settings of your controls and focus on what they actually sound like, much more like a hardware instrument that doesn’t rely on a screen.
I created EARTH because it filled a gap that existed in my personal workflow - I wanted versatile drum sounds and wanted to be able to get the hands on feel of hardware. I was also tired of endlessly browsing through drum samples to find ‘the right’ sample so EARTH is designed to simplify the process of finding your drum sound. I’ve found it incredibly useful in my own work and it features on just about every track I make - I hope you find it useful too! 🙌🏻
There is a free version of EARTH for you to try out before you dive in to the full version. It features a limited selection of drum sounds (KCK, SNR, 808 CLP and HAT) laid out in a Drum Rack.
WHAT'S IN THE DOWNLOAD?
- 1 EARTH Ableton Drum Rack
- 10 DRM CIRCTS
- The Drum Rack and DRM CRCTS come as .adg files which can be dragged and dropped directly into Live from your computer's file browser but you can also add them to your User Library or a custom folder in Live's browser to easily load them from within Live.
- There is a Readme file included with each download to help you get setup quickly.
- EARTH x DRM CIRCTS requires Ableton Live 9.7 and above to use.
- Ableton Push is not required but greatly enhances the experience of using EARTH.
NOT SATISFIED WITH EARTH?
If you are unhappy with EARTH you can claim a full refund within 30 days of your purchase 🎉. Read more about The ELPHNT Guarantee here.
(c) 2017, ELPHNT / Thomas Glendinning