Cambridge, MA (April 8, 2009)–Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU) has debuted its BPM, an advanced urban rhythm instrument that unites virtual instrument technology with beat programming inspired by the classic drum machines of the ’80s and ’90s.
According to the company, BPM provides creative control, from recording and programming individual samples to building and arranging entire songs. Included is an urban sound and loop library for urban, R&B, pop, rock and other music styles.
“BPM inspires you to lay down your own unique beats,” said Jim Cooper, director of marketing at MOTU. “Fair warning though: Once you start, you may never stop. The beats just keep coming and coming.”
BPM allows users to choose patterns and drum kits independently, and then mix and match them to create beats by browsing the possible combinations. BPM provides thousands of presets to choose from, built from an all-new 15 GB core sample library of never-before-released kits, patterns, samples, loops and multi-sample instruments. Included are more than 10,000 individual samples and over 1,000 loops–all recorded at 24-bit 96 kHz resolution and mastered at Sterling Sound, New York by urban mastering engineer, Chris Gehringer. BPM also includes a programmable Drum Synthesizer with over 250 factory presets, and users can also create their own.
BPM runs on Mac OS X or Windows XT/Vista, either standalone or as an instrument plug-in for any compatible host software, including Digital Performer, Cubase, Live, Logic, Pro Tools, Sonar and others. Supported plug-in formats include MAS, Audio Units, RTAS and VST.