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Stylus
Vinyl Groove Module


Stylus is discontinued. Check out Stylus RMX Xpanded the next generation groove module.

About Stylus "Classic"
Breaking onto the scene in 2002, the original Stylus - Vinyl Groove Module (aka: Stylus Classic) was the world's first groove-based virtual instrument - integrating a large library of cutting-edge groove elements, loops and samples with a powerful, yet easy to understand user interface based on the UVI engine. Utilizing the proprietary "Groove ControlĀ®" method sync stereo audio loops with a song tempo, Stylus "Classic" became a must-have plug-in, eventually becoming the largest selling virtual instrument of its day. All the sounds and grooves from Stylus "Classic" are included in Spectrasonics' Stylus RMX Xpanded, which is based on our sophisticated S.A.G.E. engine technology.

Upgrades are available in the Techshop.


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This track starts off in an abstract way with the detuned and filtered Needle Scratch sample and then builds with more and more Stylus RMX elements coming in and out. Note how effective the subtle real-time filtering of the percussion works in shaping the dynamics of the mix. The keyboard sounds are the FM-7 and EVP-88, and the Bass is the Modern Pick sound from Trilogy.

(Oh....and the great keyboard solo is not virtual, Nick played that in one pass....he's a pretty ridiculous player!)

© Spectrasonics and Nick Manson

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Skippy shows off his mix mastery by using Groove Control loops in combination with automating the pitch of the Djembe slices. A lot of the FX builds come from automating the Tape Delay parameters in Logic....nice work John! The scratches and additional kicks and hi-hats were added manually to build the track. The funny thing about the track is the "Gekko" bird sound is actually one of the scratch vocal samples tuned up with reverb and delay added to it. Never would have thought of that one! Excellent demo of the capabilities of Stylus RMX. 100% Stylus RMXwith a plug-in modified Bass sound from the Emagic ES-1

© Spectrasonics and John Lehmkuhl

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Here Adrian is using Stylus RMX to filter bits of the Groove Control slices differently and treating them with delay plug ins. He's changed the vinyl loops into an almost "Metamorphosis" vibe, which demonstates how flexible Stylus RMX is when digging into what the interface can do. This track is all Stylus RMX except for the Bass, which comes from Plugsound vol.5 from USB. Defintely got a "Rockit goes to Berlin" vibe!

© Spectrasonics and Adrian Clarida

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This track is 100% Stylus RMX. The idea EP has here is show off how flexible Stylus RMX is for creating your own unique rhythms and sounds. None of these grooves come this way on the product....it is actually using the interface to create radical pitch, envelope and filter modulations of standard percussion loops! The metallic filter loop was a basic triangle pattern, the bubbles were originally a bongo loop, and the zaps were an african Djembe loop. The noise sweep effects were originally turntable needle scrapes! The possibilities of working with Groove Control and the interface are nearly infinite for mangling and coming up with wild sounds.

© Spectrasonics and Eric Persing

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This is a brief except of a laidback pop remix that Skippy was working on with a Brazilian vocalist. Good example of how Stylus RMX can fit into a more straight ahead track with percussion, etc. The Guitar is real and synths come from Absynth, ES1. Not a context you would normally think of using Stylus RMX, but it works equally well here too.

© Spectrasonics and John Lehmkuhl

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EP shows off some of the faster 120 vinyl breaks in the Groove Menus and performs a real-time scratch solo with the Stylus RMX and a generous two octave pitch bend range. (Almost makes you feel like a turntablist!). That bending Ride Cymbal loop towards the end is one of the fun possibilities that Groove Control opens up with utilizing the pitch envelope for slice bends. The breakdown section demos some of the Percussion Groove Control loops nicely. Vocals all come from Vocal Planet, synths come from Juno X2 and the EVP-88 electric piano. Interestingly, the giant Bass Dive in the breakdown is -believe it or not- Stylus RMX!

© Spectrasonics and Eric Persing

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Skippy takes us through his dreams with Stylus RMX showcasing some of the percussion section and doing some really interesting half time/double-time stuff with Stylus RMX and Logic. The synths and FX are mostly coming from Absynth. This is such a nice vibe!

© Spectrasonics and John Lehmkuhl

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An unusual one in 9/8 built around Nick's EVP-88 Rhodes motif. Features all percussion elements and odd filtered elements from Stylus RMX. All the rhythms are hand played and sequenced...no loops used. Nick also played the Groove Control patches manually, since there are no 9/8 grooves presented in Stylus RMX. A great example of a really original way to use Stylus RMX in a non-pop setting.

© Spectrasonics and Nick Manson

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Diego's fast and furious track shows tons on Stylus RMX playing in rapid succession. He's basically got it all happening at once here: Grooves, Scratching, Percussion samples, Effects, programmed add-on drums, reversed cymbal add-ons, a flurry of bending effects created with MIDI programming and automation....you name it. The Guitar Wah is from a Bizarre Guitar Groove Control loop and the Bass Guitar lick is from Bass Legends. Takes a couple of listens to really hear how much is happening in here....wild!

© Spectrasonics and Diego Stocco

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This is another one of those tracks that's amazing because every sound is coming from Stylus RMX! Really creative use of retuning the vinyl FX into musical sounds. Bob programmed the fills with the percussion sound menus in Stylus RMX... Cool one that really shows the possibilities of using Stylus as a musical sound source too!

© Spectrasonics and Bob Wilson

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This is a really wild tune that is 100% Stylus RMX. Not for the commercially minded, but definitely a lot of fun and highly creative. Alexei reveals the Russian mad scientist that he is. Shows how effective using Favorites can be, since most of this was created in real-time by simply jamming with the Favorites. EP did some crazy edits and reversing on the mix to spice it up. BTW, that horrendously bad sounding time stretching effect on the vinyl brass fall effect at the end is intentional for comic effect and was done in Bias Peak. The reason Peak was used is that the tempo changing with Groove Control sounded too GOOD!

© Spectrasonics and Alexei Kharlamov

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Bob shows off Stylus RMX in just about every way possible here. All the effects, scratching Guitars and vinyl horns are Stylus RMX. Bob added in programmed fills, and played percussion parts and claps from the Sound Menus library. Bass is from Bass Legends on the EXS24 sampler in Logic Platinum, and the EVP-88 is in there too....everything else is Stylus RMX. He's got it all going here!

© Spectrasonics and Bob Wilson

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This is a good example of how Stylus RMX can be used simply as a "drum module", since this track is entirely programmed from scratch using some of the massive core library of drum samples. Mixed and processed with Logic and Pro Tools. Bob is a real Renaissance man...he's the creator of the Hans Zimmer Guitars libraries, much of Hans Zimmers personal sample library (including the infamous LSO library), a video game composer, a session guitarist, Producer for Sammy Hagar, and a longtime Spectrasonics cornerstone....Thanks Bob!

© Spectrasonics and Bob Daspit

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LEGACY PRODUCT
Stylus is a discontinued product and gave birth to Stylus RMX Xpanded which has been developed totally in house at Spectrasonics.

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