But that's only half the story. Twinkling all over Grit Kit's interface are little LEDs labeled 8, 12, 13.
These let you select which source waves are used to create your kick (or snare, or hats, or toms… you get the idea). Click on the 8
to get the sound of the 8-bit Ensoniq Mirage, one of the first readily available studio samplers, an little legend in its own right. Or click 12
and instantly you're rewarded with the presence and grunt of the 12-bit Akai S950, still revered as possibly Akai's best-sounding hardware sampler (the crown's contested between the S950, the S900 and the MPC-60 – but the S950's convertors may well have the edge). Or switch up to 13
for the full 13-bits of the Ensoniq EPS, a performance sampler with a real mellow warmth to its tone. With a couple of clicks you can have your kick sounding like it's been run through any of these classic pieces of studio kit.
This is because we sampled each and every Waveform, Transient and Noise sample into the real hardware machines, here in the Rhythmic Robot lab. Every sound Grit Kit produces has run though the circuitry of a classic hardware sampler, and come out the stronger for it.
So it's the work of a moment to dial up a snare that sounds like it's come from a Mirage, or a crash cymbal with the tonal character of an EPS. But you can go one step further, and have your attack Transient coming from the Akai, your body Waveform coming at you in raw and fuzzy 8-bit form, and a dash of pink Noise with the EPS's signature high-frequency warmth. Mix and match and tailor your drum sounds until they're exactly how you want them, playing to each sampler's strengths, digging into their hidden depths, in a way that would be an impossible pipe-dream if you had the real hardware in front of you.