Session Loops release DrumNet, an AI-powered drum synthesizer plugin with a powerful free version.
AI seems all the rage these days, don’t you think?
The nascent technology has been a part of music production for a little while, especially in the mixing software realm, thanks in part to software like Ozone, Gullfoss, and the range of Sonible effects.
There hasn’t been much in the way of AI development for instruments aside from the previously covered Emergent Drums from Audialab. This is set to change with the release of DrumNet by Session Loops.
Session Loops DrumNet
DrumNet is an 8-slot drum sampler. What sets it apart from other samplers is its means of getting sounds. DrumNet uses AI to generate the samples for each of the eight slots, allowing users to create custom drum kits that are unique from anyone else’s.
This can be further manipulated in the paid version, which allows users to export their generated samples for use in other software.
DrumNet has a fair few controls for manipulating the samples themselves, with gain, velocity, panning, pitch, and filtering all being present. Samples can be assigned to choke groups, which is all fairly standard stuff for a drum sampler.
Session Loops have also included a sequencer. This is a fairly robust sequencer, with note repeat and velocity being able to be sequenced in along with the MIDI notes. Swing can be applied to the whole pattern, which is a fun touch.
Polyrhythms aren’t possible in the sequencer itself, which is a bit of a shame since AI can get into some weird territory with a little bit of manipulation.
As a base package, DrumNet is quite an attractive little AI drum tool and a novel take on a well-tread paradigm. Sound-wise, the generated samples are very reminiscent of drum machines in quality. Filtering is recommended for the possibility of aliasing.
DrumNet Compatibility & Pricing
DrumNet comes in paid and free variants. The paid version is a one-time payment of $69, with an intro price of $49 or a $5.99 subscription. The free version retains most of the functionality, but you lose the ability to export samples.
Windows and Mac compatibility are available, with supported plugin formats being VST3 and AU. Apple Silicon support is available.FULL DISCLOSURE: We may receive a commission when you click our affiliate links and make purchases. BPB uses affiliate links to support the website and bring you the latest and greatest music production deals and freebies.
Download: DrumNet ($49 intro price, free version available)