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Heartbeat
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Classic drum synthesis is back with a vengeance! Flexible and tweakable—Heartbeat is your source for familiar, yet unique, drum machine sounds. Use the built-in effects and the innovative Auto Layer Machine to take your beats to unexpected places. Or use Heartbeat's instrument and EQ modules in Modular.

Heartbeat is likely to cause severe palpitations. It is the drum synth of your dreams, combining modeled analog synthesis of yesteryear with forward-thinking features and flexibility. The modeled analog sound engine, the Auto Layer Machine and the included top-of-the-line effects turns Heartbeat into a killer package for your beats.

As an avid drum machine lover and collector I'm typically skeptical of something that claims to emulate vintage rhythm machines. I must say Heartbeat is stunning, less emulation and more making the vintage modern. I've been using it on all my new score projects. It's killer!

BT a k a Brian Transeau, American music producer, composer, technologist, audio technician, multi-instrumentalist

The synthesis engine
While Heartbeat draws inspiration from the best analog drum synths from the 1980s, it does not emulate any existing drum machine. The sound mostly originates from Softube's own modeled analog synthesis, which has been augmented with carefully selected waveforms.

The core of Heartbeat consists of the eight instrument channels. You will find two different bass drum channels, which can be as punchy and deep as you want them, but are also perfectly capable of producing snappy and hard hitting woody textures. The two dedicated snare drum channels have six parameters each which allows you to achieve anything from edgy rimshots, soft and whispery snare rolls to machine-like claps.

Heartbeat is deep, punchy and classic futuristic. It's a one stop-shop for a solid drum machine beat.

Christoffer Berg, Programmer, mixer and producer for Depeche Mode, The Knife and Fever Ray.

The percussion channels are identical and can be used to model anything from 80s style synthetic toms to cowbells and noise drops. And just like the other channels, the hihat and cymbal channels offer flexible synthesis engines—tweak to your heart's desire!

The effects
In order to make Heartbeat your one stop shop for beat programming, we added a fully featured effects section. It includes slightly adapted versions of our beloved model of Valley People Dyna-mite and one of our top sellers of all time, the TSAR-1 Reverb. The Dyna-mite is a dynamic shaping Swiss army knife with a serious attitude. Limiting, compression, gating, sidechained ducking—Dyna-mite handles it all. And TSAR-1 is simply the most gorgeous plug-in reverb ever created.

I've been programming drums since way back with every drum machine that was on the market: Linn Drum, Roland 909, 808, Sp12 and others. None of them can do what this machine does - period!

Ron Harris, Producer (Christina Aguilera)

The all new Filter Echo is a filtered delay effect with adjustable Cut Off and Resonance parameters. And finally, the output saturation can go from juicy to gritty and is not taken from any existing Softube product.

Each of the eight channels has a dedicated mixer channel with controls for volume, pan, ping-pong (auto panning), EQ (adapted specifically for each instrument) and send levels to the reverb and delay effects.

A mind of its own
Heartbeat is not only about sound, it's also about inspiration and interaction. This is where the innovative Auto Layer Machine comes in. The Auto Layer Machine has four channels that can each be used to layer sounds or trigger a chain of events. This can be used to create new sound textures or create automatic fill patterns in up to four steps.

If things still get too predictable, move the Chaos sliders to the right—these add an element of randomness, ranging from subtle variations to massive trigger-riot mayhem!

What I particularly like is that Heartbeat is simple, no frills, no unnecessary showing off. There is just this big sound and the right ingredients to be able to focus on creating.

Alan Braxe, One of the pioneers behind the "French Touch" in electronic music. Worked with Daft Punk, Björk, Justice, Britney Spears and Beyoncé.

Flexible global velocity parameter knobs for volume, pitch, attack and decay can make Heartbeat responsive to velocity changes. Time Gate shortens the overall decay to create a stuttery and stiff machine sound.

No iLok USB dongle required
A hardware USB iLok dongle is optional for the copy protection of Heartbeat. Heartbeat can also be used with iLok's new machine based license.

Tweak using Native Instruments hardware
Heartbeat supports Native Instrument's Native Kontrol Standard. This means you can use it with Komplete Kontrol keyboards and Maschine units and get the same intuitive hands-on control of Heartbeat's functions as with any of Native Instruments' own products—all automatically laid out on the hardware's knobs, buttons and keys, and with no additional setting up needed. Read more here: www.native-instruments.com​/nks

In short

  • Eight channels of drum sounds, mostly based on modeled analog synthesis
  • Mixer with volume, EQ, effect sends and panning for each channel
  • Four channel Auto Layer Machine for layering sounds or triggering beat patterns
  • Chaos slider adds randomness to the behavior of Auto Layer Machine
  • Adapted versions of TSAR-1 Reverb and Valley People Dyna-mite included, as well as Filter Echo and output saturation
  • Use Heartbeat's instrument and EQ modules in Modular (this applies only to these components, not TSAR-1 and Dyna-mite).
  • No iLok USB dongle required.

Heartbeat Sound Examples

Heartbeat Sound Examples
Heartbeat product video
Beats in a Heartbeat featuring Christoffer Berg.
Computer Music: Two minutes with Heartbeat.
Beats in a Heartbeat featuring Christoffer Berg.
Heartbeat preset kits examples
Heartbeat demonstration at Musikmesse Frankfurt 2015
Heartbeat demonstration at Musikmesse Frankfurt 2015
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www.professional-audio.de​/test-virtuelles-instrument-softube-heartbeat

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Professional Audio (Germany)
www.professional-audio.de​/test-virtuelles-instrument-softube-heartbeat

Quotes

Click to show Brian Transeau a k a BT

As an avid drum machine lover and collector I'm typically skeptical of something that claims to emulate vintage rhythm machines. I must say Heartbeat is stunning, less emulation and more making the vintage modern. I've been using it on all my new score projects. It's killer!

BT a k a Brian Transeau, American music producer, composer, technologist, audio technician, multi-instrumentalist

Click to show Christoffer Berg (photo: Fredrik Wik)

Heartbeat is deep, punchy and classic futuristic. It's a one stop-shop for a solid drum machine beat.

Christoffer Berg, Programmer, mixer and producer for Depeche Mode, The Knife and Fever Ray.

Click to show Ron Harris

I've been programming drums since way back with every drum machine that was on the market: Linn Drum, Roland 909, 808, Sp12 and others. None of them can do what this machine does - period!

Ron Harris, Producer (Christina Aguilera)

Click to show Alan Braxe.

What I particularly like is that Heartbeat is simple, no frills, no unnecessary showing off. There is just this big sound and the right ingredients to be able to focus on creating.

Alan Braxe, One of the pioneers behind the "French Touch" in electronic music. Worked with Daft Punk, Björk, Justice, Britney Spears and Beyoncé.

Click to show Andreas Tilliander (photo: Daniel Karlsson)

Heartbeat is dirty, daring and dangerous. It's a drum synthesizer where you can do so much more than imitate the sound of the eighties. You can create your own identity with Heartbeat.

Andreas Tilliander, Producer, DJ, remixer and artist.

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Definitely a must-have! The sound is huge, and you have endless possibilities even though the controls are few and simple.

Mixmag, The world's biggest dance music and club culture magazine.

Click to show Björn Åkesson

Heartbeat is a really cool drum synthesizer with a fresh look. The way it can be tweaked is amazing.

Björn Åkesson, Internationally acclaimed trance music artist.

Click to show John Tejada

Heartbeat makes it clear that dsp drum modeling has come a long way. There's a very strong satisfying harmonic hardware like character to these drums. These really work in the mix different to drum plug ins I've tried before. This is a great tool to have on the go or at home as I prefer a more limited set up these days.

John Tejada, Electronic music artist, music producer, DJ and record label owner

Click to show David Giese

One word for Heartbeat—alive. It sounds analog in every sense but the best thing about it is its randomness. It always gives me new ideas.

David Giese "Joxaren", Producer and artist.

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Heartbeat is powerful, endlessly entertaining, and sounds truly thunderous.

Computer Music, Magazine

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Whether beginner or expert: Heartbeat is an effective workhorse for daily production.

Recording.de, Leading pro audio magazine in Germany

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