Master Your Sound
Master Sessions: Ensemble Metals’ user interface was designed FOR composers and sound designers BY composers and sound designers, providing simple, intuitive ways to alter the sounds without leaving the interface. Three levels of effects are intrinsically bound to the Kit and Loop components — apply effects globally, engage the Trigger-FX, or tweak individual sounds.
Twist, Punish, Effect
Globally affect the preset with one of the 4 Master FX (Delay, Mod, Drive, and Convolution). You have control over four effect-specific parameters (like effect amount, rate, size, or depth). Dial in the aggression with the signature “Punish” Knob, a combination of saturation, distortion, and compression. Or, modulate the shape of the sound with the “Twist” knob.
EQ, Filter, Modulate
Sculpt your sound with per-channel and per-loop EQs or add sizzle and punch with the 4-band Master EQ. Control the modulation of filters with an envelope or LFO in Ensemble Metals - Loops, altering the amount and rate of an LFO, or trigger the Filter with an ADSR envelope.
Ensemble Metals - Kits
The Mixer Page
The Mixer provides tune, pan, and level control for each of it’s 3 channels. Adjust the faders for the right blend of close, room and hall channels. Tap into per channel (or linkable) ADSR envelopes and per channel solo/mute buttons to isolate and adjust individual sounds if desired, or “Purge” individual channels to turn them off, reducing the instrument’s memory footprint.
The Stage is a 3-dimensional representation of the stereo field, useful for visually placing the drums in your kit. You can place individual drums at any one of the 35 positions across the stereo field. Real-time visual feedback of playing sounds allows you to adjust drum placements quickly and easily. Shift-click to assign all drums to one stage position or trigger each drum and click to assign it’s position in the hall.
Ensemble Metals - Loops
The Loop Mutatortm
The Loop Mutator™ allows you to re-compose and re-imagine 375 loops with spectacular results. Take full control over number of steps, time signature, step subdivision (straight, dotted, or triplet), individual step duration, Loop/Slice selection, and velocity. Use the randomize option to quickly generate intricate patterns and beats.
Eight fully customizable and linkable patterns per preset allow you to create complex grooves and sequences (up to 128 steps) of full rhythmic loops (in the Menus). Activate the Loop Mutator with a Single Loop preset to quickly re-compose or change the timing of any loop. Use any of Ensemble Drums’ percussion loops as they are or turn on the Loop Mutator™ and create unique sequences that are completely your own.
Ensemble Metals - Loops offers 375 carefully sculpted percussion loops arranged into 2 main categories: Loop Menus and Single Loops. These loops, comprised of both straight and triplet grooves, are perfect for composing in any rhythmic environment.
The Loop Menus are intelligently mapped and formatted into “breakout” presets, allowing you to perform the full loop in a single key or mix and match individual layers. Single Loop presets provide level, pan, and tuning for each slice, and allow you to quickly recompose your groove via midi drag-and-drop.