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Incredible sound quality, great interface, clever workflow, powerful effects and instant sequencing. You’d be hard pressed to argue for a better in-the-box vintage drum solution...
MT (Music Tech Magazine) - 16/03/2017
Whether you’re looking to work with clean sounds from the originals, or to create heavily processed beats, there are plenty of options here. The excellent GUI is well thought out, and with the addition of all the modifier keys, really pushes what Kontakt is capable of. You may wonder if you need more drum machine samples, but the beauty here lies in how well the analogue depth of the machines has been captured, and the variety on offer...
If you like classic electronic drum sounds, then this is the ultimate sampled drum instrument that captures the originals perfectly, while offering plenty of options to create new and interesting kits... 9 / 10
Studio One Expert (Studio One Expert) - 06/03/2017
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Attack Magazine (Attack Magazine) - 22/02/2017
Wave Alchemy have built an esteemed reputation over the years, consistently delivering top quality virtual instruments and outstanding sample libraries. Their ability to painstakingly recreate the sound of iconic drum machines, presented in well designed instruments, has been their speciality. Revolution is no exception, featuring 14 of the world’s most sought-after vintage drum machines, a suite of effects, a multi-track sequencer and more.
The drum machines are presented within a 14-voice mixer, allowing users to mix and match any combination in order to build their own modular setup. The names of the modules on offer give major clues as to the sources of the samples from various Roland, Linn, Oberheim, E-mu and Sequential Circuits units: RV-78, RV-8000, RV-808, RV-909, RV-606, RVDRUM, RVDX, RVULATOR, RVTRAKS, RVSP12, RV-707, RV-505 and RVBOY. And if the names aren’t a dead giveaway, the GUIs for each module will be.The mixer features individual volume, pan, delay send, reverb send, solo and mute controls for each sound, but more importantly you can also click on the title button at the top of the mixer to edit or swap out the module. I instantly warmed to the idea of mixing and matching modules in this way, combining an 808 bass drum with 909 toms, a LinnDrum clap and 606 hi-hats. Hitting on an original idea in this oversaturated world of plugins is no easy feat, but I think Wave Alchemy have something unique with Revolution. The editing controls on each module are impressive, most notably the Character knob. This differs depending on the module, but options include Analog, Digital, Tape, SP1200, Mastered and Biscuit, to name a few. Analog (and most of the others) creates a round robin signal path, with the samples constantly alternating, each hit slightly different from the last, just as you would experience using the hardware. Along with this, other character styles were created by tracking through various samplers, Studer tape machines, high-end boutique hardware and valve processors. At the bottom of the Revolution interface you’ll find a Roland x0x-style step sequencer with rate control, transport, swing and chase controls. Programming patterns in this way is extremely fun and intuitive and offers that free-flowing, live jam approach to laying down classic drum machine grooves, usually stumbling upon happy accidents. Clicking on the SEQ button reveals the Global Sequencer page, where you can apply more precise and dynamic control to various aspects of your patterns. As well as copying, duplicating and clearing patterns, you can also change the sequence length and apply ‘slop’ for humanised playback – great for drum flams or stacked hits.
Rounding out the sound design options, you’ll also find a set of insert, send and master effects with a mixture of compression, wave shaping (tape emulation, bitcrushing and filter drive) and EQ options. The send effects features two syncable delays, while the two convolution reverbs offer 160 different impulse responses, taken with different mics and using different room sizes.
The attention to detail with Revolution is quite immense, from the round robin playback through to the impulses and the various sonic options; apparently two different 808s were sampled in order to offer a wider range of tones, while 20,000 samples were taken of the 909 bass drum alone. For me, Wave Alchemy have really delivered with a virtual instrument that captures the inherent behaviour of analogue equipment. The drum modules really do sound superb, and all the subtle nuances of these influential machines are present, from the sound to the visual design. There’s deep control offered in a way that’s simple, intuitive and a pleasure to work with. Revolution isn’t cheap, but this is a serious instrument.
If you’re a big fan of classic drum machines, but also enjoy adding your own flair when working with those sounds, then Revolution is a pretty much an essential purchase.
AudioNewsRoom (ANR) - 26/12/2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AskAudio (AskAudio Mag) - 23/12/2016
Wave Alchemy has built their reputation on painstakingly sampled vintage instrument libraries presented in cleverly-designed bespoke Kontakt instruments. With Revolution, they’ve combined their previous drum machine libraries with a raft of new ones and delivered them in one of their most comprehensive instrument designs to date, featuring a robust sequencer and a host of potent effects. The result is possibly the most powerful virtual vintage drum instrument on the market
Revolution’s 8 GB sample library is comprised of 41,000 samples taken from 14 classic drum machines, slyly referred to as RV-808, RV-909, RV-606, RV-707, RV-727, RV-505, RV-78, RV-8000, RVSP-12, RvBOY, RvDX, RV-TRAKS, and RV-DRUM. If the titles aren’t a dead giveaway, a quick glance at the corresponding drum voice interface should provide any remaining hint needed to determine the source.
Recorded on a pristine signal chain, resampled through a number of character-inducing paths, and programmed with the option of round-robin alternating playback or direct digital reproduction, each drum voice can be set to up to ten different character modes before being tweaked further, instantly allowing a wide range of incarnations for each drum sound.
All this, of course, is presented in a 14-voice drum mixer, where each drum kit can be built from the ground up by mixing and matching from the different machines—808 kick with 505 hats, Linn Drum Snares, and 909 claps, for example. Each drum voice within the mixer has independent volume, panning, delay and reverb sends, along with mute and solo switches. A title button at the top of each drum track selects which drum voice is currently edited.
The actual per-voice editing goes impressively deep. The main drum voice editing area features character selection options such as Tape (with three levels of saturation), S1200, SP12, S950, Driven, or Crushed, to name a few. Retriggering, choke group assignment (with up to 16 choke groups available), and output routing is available here, as well as voice selection where applicable—say, mid tom rather than low tom, or rim instead of claps.
Each of the two reverb sends come with high- and low-pass filters along with size and pre-delay dials, and more importantly, can be selected from 160 included impulse responses; ranging from actual room recordings captured with different mics and processing to classic hardware reverb emulations, the attention to detail here is impressive, and the spatial results are far beyond what one would expect included in a drum machine. Finally, a master effects chain consisting of the same Shaper, EQ, and Compressors as the insert path can be activated and reordered to give your entire kit unique character, from subtle tape sizzle to nasty aggressive compression.
Along the very bottom of the Drum view GUI is a 16-step sequencer for the selected voice, with an A/B switch at right providing access to two pages for 32-steps in total, at global rates from 1/4 to 1/32 note; at time of writing, triplet timing was not available here.
Clicking the SEQ button at lower left toggles into a full-featured sequencer interface where you can program all 14 voices simultaneously. Each step is programmed by dragging vertically within its corresponding square to determine velocity, so dynamic sequences are a breeze. Global accent is available along the top, while positive or negative swing values can be set at bottom right, below the sequencer area. However, each step can have its own “slop” amount, nudged forward or backward for loosened grooves and flam flourishes; a global slop randomization slider at left nudges all steps forward and backwards by a random amount each pass for a truly off-kilter feel.
Available in Native Instrument’s free Kontakt Player—meaning it doesn’t require a full Kontakt license to operate—Revolution is just about as enticing a virtual drum instrument as one could imagine for those seeking classic drum sounds. The immense sample library itself is top-notch, with sound manipulation via the flexible built-in effects going above and beyond. Factor in the fun and full-featured sequencer along with Native Instruments’ NKS keyboard and Maschine integration, and you’d be hard pressed to argue for a better in-the-box vintage drum solution.
All your favourite drum machines in one place…This thing sounds fat and huge, the raw samples are pristine, but it’s the clever sound design tools under the hood that take it to the next level for me!
Rik Simpson - Coldplay - Record Producer