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Spectrasonics Stylus RMX Xpanded Realtime Groove Module Virtual Instrument Software
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Dramatic control over groove production and performance.

The Stylus RMX is a new virtual instrument plug-in for both Macintosh and Windows that combines Spectrasonics' Groove Control with Spectrasonics Advanced Groove Engine (S.A.G.E.) technology for dramatic new control over groove production and performance. Spectrasonics' in-house development team created it from the ground up, with dozens of new features including the ground-breaking Chaos Designer, a completely redesigned multi-page user interface, a new core library of sounds, all with a focus on realtime groove creation and performance.

New Core library
The massive new 7.4GB core library in Stylus RMX has thousands of cutting-edge grooves and sounds that were created by Spectrasonics' international sound design team, and produced by Eric Persing. The new core library contains nearly triple the amount of sounds originally offered in the original Stylus, as well as all the original material. The new sounds and grooves in Stylus RMX offer a much wider range of modern musical genres than its predecessor. Mixes of grooves are broken down into individual tracks called Elements for flexibility and infinite combinations.

Also new in Stylus RMX are thousands of new Kit modules, as well as user Kit construction. The new sound menus have over 10,000 new single hits, all arranged in organized categories. Users can create their own customized multitrack remix grooves and kits, save them into the plug-in, and even share them with other Stylus RMX users on different platforms and hosts. It's the ultimate remix-oriented sound module for building grooves.

Stylus RMX marks Spectrasonics' first expandable virtual instrument, and this Xpanded edtion comes with a series of five new "S.A.G.E. Xpanders" libraries, Retro Funk (authentic vintage sound, feel, and classic grooves), BackBeat (live acoustic "straight-ahead" drum grooves), Metamorphosis (21st Century remix grooves), Burning Grooves (maximum impact, aggressive live drum grooves), and Liquid Grooves (unique acoustic drum and percussion grooves). It also can be expanded with existing Groove Control CD-ROM libraries and even REX files - which opens the door for musicians to utilize their own audio loops within the powerful S.A.G.E. Environment.

Chaos Designer
Of the many new capabilities, possibly the most innovative feature is the Chaos Designer. With simple controls, the user can introduce musical chaos into the groove, which allows it to have constantly evolving variations. This gives the impression that the audio grooves are improvising. The results can be subtle or extreme by setting the simple-to-use controls. A Capture feature allows the spontaneous audio chaos patterns to be turned into a MIDI file, then dragged-and-dropped into the host sequencer, and played back again for further editing by the user.

Spectrasonics Stylus RMX Xpanded Realtime Groove Module Virtual Instrument Software Features:

  • First product using new S.A.G.E. technology (Spectrasonics Advanced Groove Engine)
    Realtime auto-sync to the beat so grooves are always in time, even when performed live
    Groove Control is always active for optimum sound quality at virtually any tempo
    Massive, cutting-edge 7.4GB core library, with nearly triple the sounds of the original Stylus (the original Stylus core library also included)
    Includes "S.A.G.E. Xpanders": Backbeat: Live Acoustic "straight-ahead" drum grooves
    Retro Funk: Authentic vintage sound, feel, and classic grooves
    Burning Grooves: Maximum impact, aggressive live drum grooves
    Liquid Grooves: Unique acoustic drum and percussion grooves
    Metamorphosis: 21st Century remix grooves
    Multi Library: Hundreds of amazing Multi-groove patches
    Bonus Section: Grooves from Vocal Planet, Distorted Reality, and more
    500 multi grooves
    250 kits
    Expandable with Groove Control activated sample libraries
    Expandable with Propellerheads REX files, which allow a user to import their own audio loops via ReCycle.
    Thousands of grooves, sounds, patches, and interchangeable "Kit modules" for building grooves
    New multipage user interface design with fully integrated browser for easily auditioning & organizing grooves
    World-class integrated FX Racks w/24 professional effects: Tube Limiter, Tape Slammer, Modern and Vintage Compressors, Wah-Wah, Power Filter, 6 different Vintage/Parametric/Graphic Equalizers, Flame Distortion, Valve Radio, EZ-Verb, Gate Expander, Stereo Imager, Flanger, 2 different Phasers, 3 BPM Delays, Retroplex Tape Delay
    Innovative Chaos Designer adds musical variations and improvising within stereo audio grooves
    8-part Multitimbral: each part can have dozens of grooves and samples
    Multiple stereo outputs (with supported software)
    Edit Groups offer unique control of individual beats within an audio loop, all non-destructively
    Favorites Menu creation of user defined suites of grooves, perfect for project-by-project work
    Built-in mixer w/8 channels, mute/solo, level, meters, 4 Aux sends, output assignments
    Drag-and-drop MIDI files into host sequencer
    User Kit building from core library, user remixes, cross-platform/cross-host patch compatibility
    Easy MIDI control of all 10,000 parameters with MIDI Learn: simply grab the parameter and the hardware control
    Groove Menu mode allows any suite of multiple grooves to be played live from the keyboard on a single MIDI channel
    Grooves can be instantly auditioned at half time/double time
    Build multitrack grooves in realtime
    Real-time jamming in sync
    Powerful sound design features include: New multi-mode Power Filter, 3 syncable LFOs, 3 AHDR envelopes, Reverse, and more
    Edit Templates to browse and audition grooves using custom sets of parameter edits
    Easy Edit page with big knobs for simple, yet powerful, control of key parameters
    3 hours of Video Tutorials are included

Spectrasonics Stylus RMX Xpanded Realtime Groove Module Virtual Instrument Software Specifications:

  • System Recommendations
    NOTE: Because the Stylus RMX plug-in is extremely versatile, listed below are two sets of system recommendations: one for using a single part (which can have up to 60 grooves on a single channel), and another for using RMX as a multitimbral module which allows hundreds of grooves on multiple channels, multiple simultaneous effects, access to multi patches, and the use of the special Kit Mode.

    Single-Timbral (1 Part)
    Mac: OSX 10.2.6 or higher, 500mHz G3 or better CPU
    Audio Unit, RTAS, or VST host
    PC: Windows 2000/XP, 600mHz Pentium III or better CPU, sound card
    VST host
    Both: 640MB RAM, 8GB free hard disc space for core library, DVD-ROM drive

    Mutli-Timbral (8 Parts)
    Mac: OSX 10.2.6 or higher, 1GHz G4/G5 or better CPU
    Audio Unit, RTAS or VST host
    PC: Windows 2000/XP, 1GHz Pentium IV or better CPU, sound card
    VST host
    Both: 1GB RAM, 8GB free hard disc space for core library, DVD-ROM drive

    Stylus RMX operates as a virtual instrument software plug-in for Macintosh and Windows in all major hosts including Apple Logic, MOTU Digital Performer, Digidesign Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase SX, Nuendo, V-Stack, Apple Garage Band, Fruity Loops, Sony Acid Pro, Cakewalk Sonar, Project 5, and many other VST and Audio Unit host applications.

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  • Really aMazing Xythm software (you find an "X" word that works)

    As reviewed by wattssongs on 3/14/2011

    Stylus RMX has been, since it's first day, one of the VERY best in groove creation tools! Lock it up with the infamous Omnisphere to create spectacular Musical grooves and limitless phrases that will be sure to inspire your next song. Get it ! (Upgrades from that crazy company are FREE too!)

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  • what the PROs choose and use

    As reviewed by Albin E on 3/7/2011

    Starting a professional recording setup without Stylus RMX as part of the plan seems to me to be a recipe for frustration. Amazing and huge soundset, incredible instrument parameters with their own software instrument technology, ridiculously killer sound, and fantastic customer support from a company who makes updates, new sounds, and inspirational surprises somehow ROUTINE. I also think anyone serious about making music for a living *must* also include Spectrasonics kickass Omnisphere and Trilian instruments. Seriously. In the crowded field of Virtual Instruments there is ONE company who stands head and shoulders above every other... Spectrasonics. For quality, inspiration, support, updates, and on and on and on... the best, bar none.

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  • Essential: Best Sound Quality

    As reviewed by David A Fenton on 3/4/2011

    Definitely get Stylus RMX if you want instant big sound in your tracks. I've been using virtual instruments since the very beginning, and while there have been many interesting and innovative plugins, it wasn't until RMX that I could get punchy, hardware like sounds generated within the computer - and it contains a MAJOR BOAT LOAD of kicks, hats, snares, etc.. you will never run out. Initially I used on Windows with SONAR, then later switched to MAC with Logic, the engineering has been flawless on both operating systems and Stylus has been as reliable to use as I could hope. I consider Stylus RMX an essential component of any serious studio.

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