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Advanced urban rhythm instrument
BPM - Advanced urban rhythm instrument
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What is BPM?
Sound libraries these days are awash with loops. And what is a loop, exactly? Someone else's beat. Isn't it time to take back creative ownership over your grooves?

Isn't it time to once again release your own unique, inspired beats on the world? If only you had a rhythm production instrument that let you program beats as fast as your mind can "hear" them. There just hasn't been anything even close...until now.

Experience the ultimate Beat Production Machine
BPM unites drum machine-style operation with advanced virtual instrument technology to give you the ultimate rhythm programming experience. Combine drum kits, sequenced patterns, sliced loops and instrument sounds to realize your rhythmic vision, mixing and matching any playing style with any drum kit. Or plug in your pad controller or MIDI keyboard to capture your live, groove-quantized performance directly in BPM.

Explore a new universe of new sounds

Browse BPM's vast 15 GB sound library of expertly recorded and mastered 24-bit 96 kHz rhythmic material for urban, R&B, hip hop, techno, electro, house, pop, rock and other music styles. Sample your own drum sounds directly into BPM's drum pads, or simply drag and drop clips from your computer desktop, to add infinite possibilities to your own, unique sound. Add further punch with BPM's Drum Synthesizer. Combine unlimited sample layers per pad with programmable layer switching. Now add guitar, bass and other multi-sample instrument sounds from BPM's included library, MachFive or any other MOTU or UVI sample instrument library.

BPM version 1.0.5 is now available as a free, downloadable update for all registered BPM users. Version 1.0.5 introduces beat slice editing and a new arpeggiator, plus all the new features introduced in versions 1.0.4 and earlier, including new Step Sequencer shortcuts and abilities, MIDI beat clock sync, MIDI modulation, expanded Metronome controls, One Shot pads, slice creation in audio files that don't yet have slices, and the ability to load sliced loops onto pad banks. For complete details on all of these exciting new features, see the PDF documentation included in the 1.0.5 updater download.

Let your beats flow, from start to finish
Trigger scenes during live performance from pads or MIDI notes. Drag and drop scenes into a song to build an entire track in seconds. Finalize your track with BPM's comprehensive graphic mixer, unlimited effects processing and dozens of world-class effects, including multi-band EQ, filter, delay, drive, distortion and convolution reverb. Advanced features include drag & drop audio import/export, multiple outputs, universal plug-in compatibility and stand-alone operation.

Let BPM turn your computer into a rhythm production powerhouse. Watch the BPM movie to see BPM in action.

System Requirements for BPM

BPM has the following system requirements:

A minimum of 1 GB of RAM is required. However, since BPM loads samples (or a portion of the samples) into the computer's RAM add as much RAM as possible to your computer; 2 GB is recommended.
Large hard drive(s). See below for Mac and Windows specific hard drive requirements.
A free USB port for the iLok USB key. Note that if you have multiple products which use iLoks for authorization you can consolidate multiple authorizations onto a single iLok; see this tech note.
A CD/DVD disk drive for installation.

For Mac:

G4 1 GHz Power Mac or faster, with multiple processors/cores highly recommended; a G5 or Intel-based Mac is recommended
Mac OS X v10.4, v10.5, or v10.6; BPM 1.0.5 or later requires Mac OS X v10.4.11 or later.
Hard drive(s) with at least 18 GB free to hold the sound files, plug-in, and application. The drive(s) must be formatted as Mac OS Extended (also known as HFS+); journalling can be on or off.
An audio sequencer software package that hosts MAS, AU, VST, or RTAS instrument plug-ins. As BPM has 34 outputs (stereo main outs + 16 stereo aux outputs), the host needs to support instruments with greater than 32 outputs. Alternatively, BPM can be used as a standalone application.

For Windows:

Pentium 4 1 GHz or faster (or AMD equivalent), with multiple processors/cores highly recommended
Windows 7, Vista, or XP. For native 64-bit support, a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or Windows Vista is required.
Hard drive(s) with at least 18 GB free to hold the sound files, plug-in, and application. The drive(s) must be formatted as NTFS.
An audio sequencer package that hosts VST or RTAS instrument plug-ins. As BPM has 34 outputs (stereo main outs + 16 stereo aux outputs), the host needs to support instruments with greater than 32 outputs. Alternatively, BPM can be used as a standalone application.

- Complete rhythm production center for Mac and Windows
- Combines state-of-the-art rhythm programming technology with playable virtual instrument operation inspired by the classic drum machines of the 80's and 90's
- Provides complete creative control, from recording and programming individual samples to building and arranging entire songs
- Includes a comprehensive, expertly produced urban sound and loop library for urban, R&B, pop, rock and other music styles
- Combines drum machine programming, sampling, loops, synthesized drum sounds, multi-sample instrument sounds, mixing, effects processing, song arranging and asset browsing in one streamlined window
- Plug-and-play support for hands-on pad controllers such as the Akai MPD32 controller
- Exclusive SP1200 Emulation mode faithfully reproduces the unique characteristics of the classic sought-after E-mu SP1200
- State-of-the-art environment for laying down beats as quickly as your mind can "hear" them

Included sounds and loops

- 15+ GB library of all-new, never before released loops, samples and beats
- Over 10,000 individual samples
- Over 1,000 new drum and percussion loops
- 24-bit 96 kHz audio quality
- Mastered at Sterling Sound, NYC by top mastering engineer Chris Gehringer
- Beat Production/Sound Design by Eric K. Roz for Black Rose Corporation
- Over 200 drum kits + patterns organized by style categories (Beat City, Old School, etc.)
- Over 100 urban multi-sampled instruments, including piano, bass, guitars, synths, pads and more
- Built-in drum synthesizer for unlimited synthesized drum and percussion sounds (includes hundreds of preset sounds)
- Comprehensive percussion samples, patterns and loops
- Dozens of classic "808" and "909" style beat box samples
- Hundreds of patterns in many styles (hip hop, R'nB, house, electro, techno, funk, soul, pop, rock, etc.)
- Play any pattern in any style with any drum kit (included or programmed) for virtually infinite combinations
- Load any MOTU instrument sound from MachFive, Ethno, Electric Keys, etc.
- Load any UVI instrument sound

Software operation

- Runs as a stand-alone application on Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista
- Runs as a plug-in with any Mac or Windows audio host (Audio Unit, VST, RTAS and MAS)
- Next-generation UVI Engine XT delivers state-of-the-art sound quality and operation
- Supports multiple separate outputs for multi-channel mixing
- Drag-and-drop importing for MIDI data, audio data and audio loops
- Slice loops and patterns can be exported to the computer desktop or audio host software as audio clip or MIDI clip
- Scenes and songs can be exported to the computer desktop as an audio clip

Sampling and synthesis

- Records individual samples or loops from any external source via plug-in host software
- Quick sampling feature lets you quickly record into the currently selected drum pad
- supports self-sampling (record BPM output back into BPM itself directly)
- Programmable drum and percussion synthesizer with hundreds of factory presets
- Mix, match and layer drum samples and drum synth sounds, even on the same pad
- Exclusive SP1200 Emulation mode faithfully reproduces the uniquecharacteristics of the classic sought-after E-mu SP1200

Drum machine programming

- 64 pads per scene (4 banks of 16 pads)
- Independent step sequencer for each 16-pad bank
- Use multiple banks to quickly layer basic drum kits with additional kits (percussion, etc.)
- Convenient controls for mute, solo, gain and pan for each pad
- Detailed parameter adjustment for each pad, including velocity, pan, fine/coarse tuning, fill, timeshift, filter cutoff, resonance, decay, and others
- Graph sequencer for each note for ultra-dynamic expression (includes presets)
- Unlimited sample layers per pad with programmable velocity switching or cycling (random or programmed) for expressive "human feel"
- Independent synth programming for each sample layer (AHD/ADSR, filter, drive, aux sends, pitch envelope, etc.)
- Unlimited FX slots per pad and per bank
- Waveform Editor with fade in/out, normalize, silence, gain, etc.

Loops, audio phrases and instrument sounds

- Two independent rack modules hold loops, audio phrases and/or instrument sounds
- Unlimited parts in each rack
- Independent piano-roll sequencer for each part (instruments and slice loops)
- Imports REX files, Apple Loops, AIFF, WAV and all standard audio file formats
- Automaps, plays and grooves REX files in real time
- Up to 64 MIDI channels
- Unlimited FX slots per part and per rack
- State-of-the-art time-stretching algorithms provide best-available audio quality at all tempos
- Loads and plays any MOTU or UVI multi-sampled instrument

Real time pattern recording with groove quantize

- Record, overdub and quantize patterns interactively in real time from any MIDI controller
- Plug-and-play support for pad controllers such as the Akai MPD32
- Apply grooves with independent control over timing and velocity
- Choose among dozens of groove presets or create and apply your own
- Combine kits, patterns and sequences into scenes
- Trigger scenes live with pads and/or MIDI notes
- Build songs in seconds via simple drag and drop of scenes
- Comprehensive and flexible scene and song programming
- Operate stand-alone or synced to host tempo and timeline

Comprehensive mixing and effects processing

- Comprehensive graphic mixer with independent channels for all 64 pads and instrument parts
- Master mixer with master channel strips plus FX processing for entire banks, instrument racks and aux channels
- Stereo main outs plus 16 or more stereo aux channel outputs (up to 99, depending on the host)
- Unlimited effect slot architecture for pads, banks, instruments, racks, aux outs and master out
- CPU-efficient convolution reverb
- Dozens of professional quality effects, including EQ, compressor/gate, filter, delay, reverb, phaser, chorus, drive, distortion and many more

Convenient browsing and file management

- Convenient, intuitive, unified browser for all assets (samples, loops, patterns, kits, instruments, etc.)
- Optional auditioning while browsing (list items play as you click them)
- Drag and drop loading from browser or desktop (including audio files, MIDI files and loops in all standard formats)
- Optional auto-loading from browser (list items load as soon as you click them)

- Plug-in formats: MAS, AU, RTAS, VST
- standalone application
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X - v10.4 or higher
Windows - 7, Vista, or XP; 32 or 64 bit

License Agreement

The Following End User License Agreement is included with BPM. This License is only valid for the individual who has purchased an unopened, new and lawfully made copy of BPM from a dealer or distributor authorized by Big Fish Audio.

"1. License Grant. USB grants to you, subject to the following terms and conditions, a non-exclusive, non-transferable right to use each authorized copy of the enclosed product. The enclosed product is the property of USB and is licensed to you only for use as part of a musical performance. This license expressly forbids resale or other distribution of these Sounds or their derivatives, either as they exist on disc, reformatted for use in another digital sampler, or mixed, combined, filtered, re-synthesized or otherwise edited, for use as sounds, samples, multi samples, wavetables, programs or patches in a sampler, microchip or any hardware or software sample playback device. You cannot sell them or give them away for use by other in their sampling or sample playback devices.

2. Protection of Software. You agree to take all reasonable steps to protect this product and any accompanying documentation from unauthorized copying or use. You agree not to modify the enclosed product to circumvent any method or means adopted or implemented by USB to protect against or discourage the unlicensed use of copying of the enclosed product.

3. Ownership. As between you and USB, ownership of, and title to, the enclosed digitally recorded sounds (including any copies) will be held by USB. Copies are provided to you only to enable you to exercise your rights under the license. Only this license is purchased by you.

4. Term. This Agreement is effective from the date you open this package, and will remain in full force until termination. This Agreement will terminate if you break any of the terms or conditions of this Agreement. Upon termination you agree to destroy and return to USB all copies of this product and accompanying documentation.

5. Restriction. Except as expressly authorized in this Agreement, you may not rent, sell, lease, sublicense, distribute, transfer, copy, reproduce, display, modify or time share the enclosed product or documentation."

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