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Shipping: MOTU BPM Version 1.5

August 2, 2010

BPM 1.5's expanded library of more than 19 GB of kits, patterns, samples, loops and instruments covers dozens of new musical styles, such as big beat, dancehall, dub, electro, hard trance, house, drum 'n' bass, progressive and others. New software features include enhanced support for hardware MIDI controllers, a Note Repeat function and bank effects that can be saved with kits.

BPM 1.5 includes Beat Box Anthology, a 4GB collection of legacy rhythm sounds (more than 10,000 samples) from 80 classic drum machines from the 1970s, '80s and '90s. Users can browse individual samples, kits and patterns from three categories of devices: classic, analog and digital, the "classic" category being reserved for machines that attained true cult status, such as the 808 and 909 Series. Samples are also organized by type (kick, snare, etc.) for easy browsing. Original instruments were sampled with 24-bit 96kHz audio quality and professional mastering of all samples at Sterling Sound in New York City.

BPM 1.5 includes hundreds of new FlexLoops™, which are fully programmable kits+patterns that give users control of every loop element, from individual samples to specific FX parameters. Dozens of expanded musical styles are represented. Users can combine kits and patterns from each style to create unique hybrid beats. BPM 1.5 also introduces bank aux FX, which allows users to create three independent effects processing chains for a bank of sounds, apply the effect chains as desired to each individual component sound of the bank, and then save the effects with the bank. This new feature makes the effects an integral part of the bank so that when the bank is saved with a pattern, the result is a fully programmable FlexLoop.

As a software-only virtual instrument, BPM 1.5 has been enhanced with programmable MIDI remote-control features that allow it to work with third-party hardware controllers, including pad controllers and MIDI keyboards. BPM ships with hardware template files for several popular drum pad controller products. When loaded into the hardware, the template file quickly programs the controller for use with BPM.

Users can further customize their beat-making experience using BPM's new MIDI Remote preferences, a long list of BPM functions that can be attached to any MIDI controller key, switch, fader or knob using MIDI Learn functionality.

The new MIDI Select feature gives users direct access to each pad—up to 64 simultaneous pads per scene—for quick editing and tweaking directly from a MIDI controller. For example, if a user needs to tweak the filter cut-off on the crash cymbal, they play the crash cymbal pad and then twist the assigned knob to tweak the filter.

To repeat the currently held note, users hold down the Note Repeat button. Any note repeat value, from triplet 64ths to dotted quarters to 32x, can be chosen. The Note Repeat button can be used onscreen or mapped to any control item on a MIDI controller. Users can change the repeat value on the fly from their controller. Volume (velocity) of repeated notes is controlled with after-touch pressure.

Price remains the same at $295. Registered 1.0 users can upgrade to Version 1.5 for $79. Find out more about BPM 1.5.

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