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    Archibald 3 : real drum feeling!

    Available for Mac OS and Windows
    Universal Binary
    Price: $15.00 or €12.00

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    Archibald is a virtual drummer who adds improvisational touches to your drum patterns. As you build your rhythm in the step-sequencer, you assign Archibald a margin of interpretation from 0 to 100%. This margin allows for a more realistic sound, based upon the simple fact that no drummer plays two consecutive eighth notes with exactly the same tone and attack. Archibald may be a "machine," but his interpretations may surprise you. The sampler engine which accompanies the step-sequencer uses 44.1 kHz resolution and an impressive set of realistic sounds.
    The second sequencer, driving the first, allows the user to program sequences based on several bars. From Version 2.1 onward, Archibald may interface with your sequencer via Rewire technology, allowing you to mix the 12 individual outputs from within your favourite sequencing software. You may also export your work as audio. Or use Archibald to drive any MIDI device.


    Archibald 3 allows you to use any sound you like. Archibald is able to use sounds in two ways:
  • SAMPLER uses multi-sampled sounds, to get realistic and natural effects.
  • SYNTH uses one sound and applies effects to it that follows notes’ instructions, to create irrealistic and synth like effects.

  • The included sound bank is 45 MB, reaching up to 40 samples per instrument, such as for the snare drum. Registered users have access to a 217 mo bonus bank. And Archibald also allows you to build your own banks with your own sounds, in AIFF or WAVE types.


    (no effect is used for these demo files)

  • Listen to a loop, which uses the same settings for several bars, with subtle improvisation by Archibald.
  • Listen to a sequence using Archibald's synth.
  • This one demonstrates how you can build a sequence in Archibald and use different instruments.
  • Roll's Royce for drum tracks: Archibald driving ns_kit7's samples, a fabulous sound bank by naturalstudio (not included).
  • Listen to another loop, which uses the same settings for several bars, with subtle improvisation by Archibald.
  • Mix

    The program produces either stereo or multi-channel output. When using stereo, a mixing window allows you to craft the perfect drum sub-mix, balancing levels and panning information to suit your needs. When using multi-channel, it is assumed that you will be performing your mix within your sequencer, or sending to a hardware mixer for the task, just as though you were using 12 microphones. From version 3.4, you can also insert 2 VST plugins per track.

    Creator : ask Archibald to create patterns.

    Creator builds rythm patterns for you. Select a style, clic on Apply Pattern: a new rythm has been created that you can easily edit. You like the bass drum, but not the hihat? Create another pattern for the hihat only. Or modify hihat's velocities only.
    Want to go further? Creator also allows you to create your own styles.

    Live : play Archibald on the stage.

    This allows you to drive Archibald in real-time, i.e. for a performance on the stage. Thanks to your computer’s keyboard or a MIDI Keyboard (or foot controller), launch complex sequences and apply a modulation to velocities and probabilities.

    Requirements MAC

  • Minimum: Mac OS 10.3.9 and later - PPC or Intel based - PowerMac G4 400 MHz with 256 MB RAM - screen resolution 1024 X 768
  • Recommended (also the minimum for ReWire): Mac OS 10.3.9 and later - PPC or Intel based - PowerMac G4 1 GHz with 512 MB RAM - screen resolution 1024 X 768
  • Requirements PC

  • Minimum: OS Windows XP - Processor 1 Ghz - 256 mo RAM - screen resolution 1024 X 768 pixels - 250 mo space disk
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