When it comes to dance music the kick is perhaps the most essential element and the most difficult to get right. Dutch house mega producer Nicky Romero and Sonic Academy team up to create a virtual kick synthesiser that packs a mighty punch. The plugin helps producers tackle an important element in a very unique way and. The Nicky Romero drum kick synthesiser is a must for all dance producers and For the price of £24.95/€29.95/$39.95 is a bargain.
|Incredible value for money|
|The ability to create HUGE fat drum kicks|
|Over 175 presets to choose from, including 40 presets of Nicky's private kick collection!|
|Includes over 180 click samples & gives you the option to upload your own click samples|
|Includes a built-in brickwall limiter|
|Allows for complex tweaking, making it easier to create a unique kick, with your own personal touch added to the mix.|
|Presets could have been added, (including tom and percussion elements) to highlight the versatility to the plugin|
|No manual included to understand & tackle the advanced options.|
|Because the click sample is separate, a stereo width control knob of the click sample would have been ideal|
The kick drum synthesiser comes with over 175 presets with forty Nicky Romero kick and 30 click presets. All packing Nicky’s signature sound.
Accompanying these killer sounds are some incredible effects including a signature distortion unit, that has been tailored to Nicky’s taste.
How does it work??
Three multi-breakpoint envelopes (with no apparent limit to the number of breakpoints that can be added) enable shaping of the Click volume, sub Amp(litude) and sub Pitch over time. Handily, each breakpoint in the latter envelope is tagged with its pitch (both note name and frequency), and sections can be curved by dragging. Each envelope also has a Length slider that sets its duration (50-3000ms).
Quality Of Presets – 4.5/5
The plugin comes with over 175 presets, all broken up in 10 different styles to choose from such as House/Drum & Bass/Trance/Trap/Techno/Bass/Analog/Live/Perc. They have also included over 40 Nicky Romero kick presets. The quality of the sounds are incredible and the Romero kicks sounds exactly like a Romero kick should.
The one downside is that i wish they would have taken it a step further.This is a powerful tool & and i think they could have made another subcategory of sounds that would push it to it’s limit.
Creative Outlet 4.5/5
The kick as the ability to create some amazing sounds from percussion to 808 basses,from hardstyle kicks to thumping hip hop kicks.The only limit it your creativity.
Ease of Use – 4.5/5
When i opened the kick drum synthesiser for the first time, i was surprised how easy it was to tweak and create kicks. Provided that you have and understanding of the basic principals of music production, you should have no trouble getting to grips with this plugin.
Installation – 4.5/5
The kick synthesiser installs within a couple of clicks and allows for up to three installations, which is great if you have a mobile rig you use on the go. I personally have this installed on my main imac and my on the go mac book pro.
Price – 5/5
The kick drum synthesiser retails for £24.95/€29.95/$39.95 which is an absolute steal, considering how difficult kicks can be to get right .