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Wave Alchemy Revolution review by AudioNewsRoom (ANR)

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For those producers in the know, bespoke, British sample tailers Wave Alchemy are considered to be amongst the very best. They have been dabbling for some time with the NI Kontakt platform as a way to deliver their excellent samples in the form of virtual instruments.

Revolution has an allure that is impossible to resist. It blends perfectly with the updated Kontakt GUI to create a sleek, post-modern blend of 80’s pulp consumerism and ultra high stakes nerd-math – 2017 style.

You see, it’s always a risk to revisit the past in the world of software. Especially when the past was done perfectly. But this is why you have to love Wave Alchemy... It begins with an aesthetic proclamation of respect towards the subject matter. Revolution is gorgeous. A simple yet heavily featured GUI that offers surprises and layers at every turn yet never confuses with over complexity. It doffs it’s hat to the gaudy logo’s, colorways and functions of fourteen, classic drum machines yet stands tall as a unique and exciting instrument unto itself.

What Drum Machines are on Board?
I’ll keep it simple – here’s the list: 808, 909, 606, 707, 727, 505, CR-78, CR-8000, Linndrum, Drumtraks, Drumulator, OB-DX, SP-12. Boom. It doesn’t get much more vital that that.

These are the game-changing units and they’re all here. The 1000’s of samples that comprise this instrument were recorded in the usual Wave Alchemy fashion – through Neve and API preamps using ‘mastering grade’ converters in order to imbue them with a little of that extra analog magic.

When using deeply sampled drums within a fully-featured sampler like Kontakt you are able to really explore the nuances of an instrument. Revolution features full round-robin capability which ensures diversity in the sound by never repeating the same sample twice in a row. This makes for extreme realism.

So, What Does it Sound Like?
Revolution is one of the few virtual instruments that actually lives up to its promise. Every sample-set is perfectly recorded and mixed and I honestly don’t think it would be possible to tell Revolution apart from the original boxes. But that’s not really the point.

The FX
Each of the fourteen separate drum lanes features four, individual sends, with DLY2 and RVB2 available by clicking on the name DLY1 and REV1 directly under the respective knobs.

With 160 carefully chosen reverb impulses recorded from classic gear so easily piped through to the mixer it’s incredibly easy to create the perfect ambience for your kit. I say carefully chosen because Wave Alchemy are using impulse responses that they recorded in studios and from classic verb units.

This means that you can maintain the level of realism throughout your effects chain by using gear that would normally be associated with the time period. My favorite here is the revered AMS RMX16 which sounds incredible. You can use it in non-linear mode for a really stylized, 80’s wetness (very savage indeed) or, in Ambience mode for just that. Either way the results are stunning, occasionally luring you into over-use.

Overview 

  • Sound: 5/5
  • Features: 5/5
  • Ease Of Use: 4/5

Summary
Revolution is a supremely usable and capable sound design tool and an absolute necessity for any serious music producer. These are the must have sounds of the 80's and 90's and this is the most efficient way I've seen to get them into your productions.

Pros:

  • Quality Signal Chain
  • Versatile
  • Cost Effective

Cons:

  • Learning Curve

Conclusion
This is one of the most functional and creative software drum machines we’ve ever reviewed here at ANR and it remains to be seen whether WA will embroider upon it in the future – perhaps adding extra drum machine expansions?

Revolution is a supremely usable and capable sound design tool and an absolute necessity for any serious music producer. These are the must have sounds of the 80's and 90's and this is the most efficient way I've seen to get them into your productions.

Original Source: audionewsroom.net

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