February 2nd, 2010 – I was looking for MPC-style plugins, when I stumbled across Poise. Poise is a Windows-only MPC-style VST that is super-intuitive. You drag sounds you want onto the drum pads, and you’re good to go. You can layer multiple samples onto each pad, and adjust parameters of each layer. No muss, no fuss. There’s also a very simple MIDI learn feature for mapping to your MIDI controllers.
What I like about it is that it doesn’t do too much, but does exactly what you want it to do. You can even route each pad to a separate output, meaning you can record each sound to a separate track in your DAW. I just wish it wasn’t only for Windows. I would love to have something like this on the Mac. You can download a free demo from indie developer One Small Clue. If you like it, the full version is $50.
Check out the SoundsAndGear review embedded below. His enthusiasm is infectious!