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Cheetahsoft Ltd
Utility: Music
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Mark Jenkins
Chris Bourne

Cheetah Marketing

These two units turn either your Spectrum or Amstrad into a drum sample player (which you can use to take your own samples if you buy an optional add-on) to arrange sampled sounds and play them back in long patterns.

Both packages come with large numbers of sounds on disk or tape and are available through Boots and other well-known computer stockists. The basic package comprises an interface which acts as a digital-to-analog convertor, to turn digits back into audible sounds. The packages can cope with two sounds simultaneously, which is all you need for very convincing and powerful drum patterns, and can play through your micro monitor or hi-fi.

In each case you can start by choosing the sounds you want, making up basic patterns, and storing them in memory. Patterns can be composed in 'step time' (where every beat is the same length) or "real time" (where you play in the beats 'live' and the computer shows up even the slightest mistake in your timing).

New kits of sounds for the SpecDrum and AmDrum are being released regularly, and there's even a Users' Club. You could try out the 'Latin Kit and Editor' or 'Electro Kit and Editor' which cost £3.99 and £4.99 respectively. The 'editor' section allows you to combine sounds from different kits to create your own distinctive combination of drums.

Playback quality is on a par with drum machines costing around £300, so the packages can be highly recommended.

Sampling: Optional
Editing: Pattern Editing
Ease of Use: Good
Price: £24.95

Not Rated

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Cheetah sampler for the Spectrum.