If you are looking for a source of instant drum parts for your latest electronic music production, UJAM's Beatmaker 2 collection might be just what you need.
The UJAM team includes some of the original designers of Steinberg's Virtual Guitarist and Groove Agent. Over the last few years, they have been bringing those virtual instrument concepts up to date, releasing a series of software guitarists, bassists and drummers. I've looked at a number of these instruments for SOS over the last year or so, and always been impressed by the balance UJAM have struck between ease of use, features, sound and price.
Among the instruments in the UJAM catalogue is a trio of electronic 'drummers' called Hustle, Dope and Eden, all of which have recently been updated to version 2. Available for Mac OS and Windows in all the usual formats, each caters for a different set of musical genres, but they share an underlying engine and the version 2 iteration brings some significant new features. So, whether it's EDM, hip-hop, trap or a related genre, can Beatmaker 2 help you get your groove on?
Like UJAM's virtual acoustic drummers Solid, Phat and Heavy (reviewed in the January 2020 issue of SOS), the Beatmaker 2 titles are built around three key elements. These are: a set of sample-based drum sounds — in this case, from electronic rather than acoustic sources; a collection of style-based preset patterns with easy triggering to jam out a full performance; and a user interface that, at least on the surface, emphasises efficient workflow rather than more detailed editing of sounds or performances.