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Archibald is a complete and powerful tool for creating grooves. Thanks to its flexible step-sequencer, you may edit drum parts of virtually any level of complexity.

Archibald is then able to add its own realistic interpretations of your patterns, putting a "human" touch to note, velocity, and attack information, according to your own taste. Archibald comes with its 260 mo sounds' bank, and may be extended with any third party sound.

Also includes a 'pattern creator' and a 'Live' module, to drive Archibald on the stage... It is an ideal companion for the musician and an indispensable tool for the composer.

What's New

Version 3.6.1:
  • ReWire: now able to be synchronized or not synchronized to the host.
  • incorporates a 'Jamming' window that allows to modulate Archibald's interpretation via audio input's analysis.
  • corrects many bugs relative to multiple screen usage.
  • now remembers MIDI input settings by name.
  • new big window dispays transport's information

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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gekimo Member IconComment+0
gekimo
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Love the software. It is pretty dam complex but I do enjoy messing around with it. You are doing an excellent job. I purchased this since the demo was so fun. I have a few questions though:

Is there a software that creates multiple velocity/attack files?
I purchased NDK, how do I set these up for the bank builder?

Thank you!

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Version 3.5.110
Polyrythmic
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Hi Gekimo,
and many thanks for your comment!

I don't know about any soft that creates multiple velocity/attack files... except Archibald itself, thanks to its 'SYNTH' function.
I you own some samples' banks, you can emulate the 'attack parameter' by applying filters or compression on the files.
(i.e.: a snare is more brilliant when hit in its middle)
Some high quality sounds banks offer multiple attacks (that is different from multiple velocities). NDK is probably the best choice for this.

To set up NDK for Archibald, main thing to do is:
select the samples you want to use and place them in a specific order into a folder. Name the folder, place it into 'PolySoundBank', then use 'BankBuilder to create the correct file for Archibald.
Archibald is limited to 100 samples per ordinary instrument, 300 samples for Hihat and Snare.
All this is detailed in the manual, chapter 'Bank Builder'.
I personnaly use NDK with Archibald, and it sounds great. Thanks to them you can get a top-level drum soft for less than $150...

Cheers,

jlennon314 Member IconComment+1
jlennon314
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Archibald 2.4 now uses Midi output. So what's so nifty? Garageband is now fully compatible. So all those Jam Packs work REALLY great with Archibald.

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Version 2.4
jlennon314 Member IconReview+1
jlennon314
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Wow...

Just...wow...that is all that I can say. This is possibly the best "drum machine" that I have ever used.

I am into this and Doggiebox. Now, Doggiebox I use because it is simple. I mean, totally simple. Start it up and go. Archibald is NOT simple. At least, not at first. It gets easier quickly, but you kinda have to relearn how to do things for the first few times. But once you've gotten everything down in your head, it's powerful.

The reason that it can be confusing and intimidating at first - it has 3 different properties with value ranges from 0% to 100% (2 for the bass drum). There is just so much variability and yet you have control over the chance occurances.

Your Controls are over - Probability of striking, Velocity range for the strike, and attack range for where the strike hits.

Kick drum - just the one
Hi-hat - Foot pedal, Open, and Closed
Snare - Snare hit, Rim shot
Cymbals - Ride, crash
Toms - Hi, low

Play one bar (the one you're working on) or play the entire set. You can loop or not loop up to 64 bars. You can also easily change the amount of beats per bar.

It works with ReWire, so if you have a ReWire compatible program, it works. However, it doesn't seem to work with Garageband's ReWire support (yes, Garageband does have ReWire support. Yayness!). Hopefully, that will be fixed sometime in the near future. Also, hopefully this will be made into a UBin.

I would have GLADLY paid the 36 USD that it was worth before had I known about it. This is just a brilliant piece of programming, and I highly recommend it to anyone.

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Version 2.2
gekimo
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I am having trouble communicating with the developer of this software. Is there any way you can help me?

Everytime I try to setup samples in a folder, archibald does not recognize them. Is there a special way to do this? The user documentations is also pretty difficult to read

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Fantastic! I registered my copy a couple days ago and all I can say is that this is the drum software I've been looking for for years. It's intuitive, deceptively powerful, and most of all (If you program it right) it sounds like real drummer! I'm a jazz musician and I've been wanting something that plays MY patterns, but can improvise on them like a real drummer, and this is the only software I have found that comes close. Everything else I've ever tried sounds too "canned" or if it's sampled, it's never quite the loop I'm looking for. It takes a little while to learn how to set the parameters properly to make it improvise convincingly (at least if you're not a drummer like me), but once you get the hang of it the workflow is really fast thanks to the nested sequencer design. There are definately a few features I would like to see such as some more instruments and some more editing features (I hope it continues to be developed) but overall it's a great value, and I'm simply glad to have it.

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Version 2.1
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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I have had a lot of fun working with the archibald demo in past few days and i particularly value the way in which you can mess around with each note to get it absolutely perfect.
I particularly enjoy the delay feature a lot. It makes the program that much more interesting to play to with guitar/bass.
Ryan

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Version 2.1
Matthew Culmore Member IconComment+3
Matthew Culmore
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While I personally have no need for this software, I commend the developer for his response to Anonymous. Hey, developers work hard on their products, and negativity is only a distraction, not a help. C'mon, give 'em a break, and lend a helping hand.

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Version 2.1
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Ahem.
Perhaps you should have contact me to get help...
Perhaps you simply forgot to turn audio on...
Perhaps if I asked for a simple mail with comments I would have received nothing, except few insults and news from some uselesses (roughly what happened with version 1.0). Archibald has actually 70 "registered" users, with a large majority of satisfaction. Their comments help me to perfect the software.
Be sure I'm really sorry for english is not my natural language...
So, see you later, and thank you for your bravoure, Anonymous.
Eric L.

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Version 1.1
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Wow.

I do not know what this was supposed to do but it did nothing once it opened. I should have emptied it into the trash sooner than I did once I saw the Demo only runs for a certain time unless you send the Dev your USER ID. What the F@#$ is that all about?

You might as well make it Beerware and require people to send you Beer for the use of it.

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Version 1.1
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Ahem.
Perhaps you should have contact me to get help...
Perhaps you simply forgot to turn audio on...
Perhaps if I asked for a simple mail with comments I would have received nothing, except few insults and news from some uselesses (roughly what happened with version 1.0). Archibald has actually 70 "registered" users, with a large majority of satisfaction. Their comments help me to perfect the software.
Be sure I'm really sorry for english is not my natural language...
So, see you later, and thank you for your bravoure, Anonymous.
Eric L.

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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You can download Archibald at this URL:
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/un-art/Archibald_1.0_OSX.dmg

The other is too busy since this morning.

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Version 1.0
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Was able to download fron site 2 however Archibald would not load the demo sessions when dragging and dropping or double clicking but would from the menu! Then immeadiatelt crashes on turning sound "on". Shame as it looks interesting.

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Version 1.0
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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I'm trying to solve all this. Thanks for your interest. The developer.

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Please try this: before turning sound on go to menubar>Archie>AudioSettings. Set "DRIVER" to "Core Audio Built In Audio".
Then turn Audio On.

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Mine does not crash and the demos run fine from the menu. However, were you able to locate advanced settings PDF anywhere?

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Downloads 16,048
Version Downloads 1,313
License Shareware
Date 30 Nov 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $48.00
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