How to Download and Use Poise VST for Free: A Complete Guide
If you are looking for a simple and powerful drum sampler plugin for your music production, you might want to check out Poise VST. Poise is a free percussion sampler that lets you load, edit, and play drum samples with ease. It comes with 16 drum pads, each with eight sample layers and various switching modes. You can also tweak the amplitude and pitch envelopes, apply effects, import SFZ patches, and drag and drop samples from your browser. Poise is designed to be fast and intuitive, so you can focus on making beats instead of wasting time on complicated settings.
In this article, we will show you how to download and use Poise VST for free. We will cover the following topics:
Where to download Poise VST and how to install it on your computer.
How to load Poise VST in your DAW and set up the audio and MIDI settings.
How to load drum samples into Poise VST and edit them.
How to use the different switching modes and effects in Poise VST.
How to import SFZ patches and create your own custom kits in Poise VST.
How to save and export your drum patterns from Poise VST.
By the end of this article, you will be able to use Poise VST as a versatile drum sampler for your music projects. Let's get started!
Where to download Poise VST and how to install it on your computer
Poise VST is developed by One Small Clue, a software company that also makes Grace, another free sampler plugin. You can download Poise VST from their official website: https://www.onesmallclue.com/poise.php
Poise VST is available as a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows VST plugin. It is compatible with most DAWs that support VST plugins, such as FL Studio, Ableton Live, Cubase, Reaper, etc. It does not work on Mac or Linux systems.
To install Poise VST on your computer, follow these steps:
Download the ZIP file that matches your system architecture (32-bit or 64-bit).
Extract the ZIP file to a folder of your choice.
Copy the Poise.dll file and the Samples folder to your VST plugins folder. This is usually located in C:\\Program Files\\VstPlugins or C:\\Program Files (x86)\\VstPlugins.
Launch your DAW and scan for new plugins. You should see Poise VST in your plugin list.
How to load Poise VST in your DAW and set up the audio and MIDI settings
To use Poise VST in your DAW, you need to load it as an instrument plugin on a MIDI track. The exact steps may vary depending on your DAW, but here is a general guide:
Create a new MIDI track in your DAW.
Browse for Poise VST in your plugin list and drag it onto the MIDI track.
A window with the Poise VST interface will pop up. You can resize it by dragging the corners or use the zoom buttons at the top right corner.
To hear sound from Poise VST, you need to connect it to an audio output. In most DAWs, this is done automatically when you load the plugin. If not, you may need to manually route the audio output of the MIDI track to an audio track or a master output.
To play notes from Poise VST, you need to send MIDI data to it. You can do this by using a MIDI keyboard, drawing notes in a piano roll editor, or using a MIDI sequencer. Make sure that the MIDI input of the MIDI track is set to receive data from your desired source.
Once you have loaded Poise VST in your DAW and set up the audio and MIDI settings, you are ready to load drum samples into it and start making beats.
How to load drum samples into Poise VST and edit them
Poise VST comes with 16 drum pads, each with eight sample layers. You can load any WAV, AIF, or SND file into any pad or layer by using the sample browser or drag and drop. You can also edit each sample's volume, pan, pitch, start/end points, loop points, filter cutoff/resonance/type, drive amount/type, send amount/type, output routing, mute/solo/group status, choke group number/type/mode/level/decay/time/curve/hold/release/attack/curve/sustain/release/curve/hold/release/attack/curve/sustain/release/curve/hold/release/attack/curve/sustain/release/curve/hold/release/attack/curve/sustain/release/curve/hold/release/attack/curve/sustain/release/curve/hold/release/attack/curve/sustain/release/curve
How to use the different switching modes and effects in Poise VST
One of the features that makes Poise VST stand out from other drum samplers is the ability to use different switching modes for each sample layer. Switching modes determine how the samples are triggered and played back. Poise VST offers four switching modes:
Round-robin: This mode cycles through the samples in order every time you hit the pad. This is useful for creating realistic variations and avoiding the machine-gun effect.
Random: This mode randomly selects a sample from the layer every time you hit the pad. This is useful for creating unpredictable and chaotic sounds.
Layered: This mode plays all the samples in the layer at the same time. This is useful for creating thick and powerful sounds.
Velocity split: This mode assigns different samples to different velocity ranges. This is useful for creating dynamic and expressive sounds.
To change the switching mode for a sample layer, click on the mode button at the bottom of the layer panel. You can also adjust the volume and balance of each sample using the sliders, or mute and solo each sample using the buttons.
Poise VST also comes with a few built-in effects that you can apply to each sample layer. These effects are:
Filter: This effect allows you to cut off or boost certain frequencies of the sound using different filter types (low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, comb, lo-fi, and ring modulation). You can also adjust the filter cutoff and resonance using the knobs or envelopes.
Drive: This effect allows you to add distortion or saturation to the sound using different drive types (tube, tape, bitcrush, foldback, clipper, and waveshaper). You can also adjust the drive amount using the knob or envelope.
Send: This effect allows you to send a portion of the sound to one of the four send buses. Each send bus has its own effect chain that you can customize using different effect types (reverb, delay, chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, vibrato, and auto-pan). You can also adjust the send amount using the knob or envelope.
To apply an effect to a sample layer, click on the effect button at the top of the layer panel. You can also turn on or off each effect using the buttons.
How to import SFZ patches and create your own custom kits in Poise VST
Poise VST supports importing SFZ patches, which are files that contain information about how to load and play multiple samples. SFZ patches are widely used by many sample libraries and can save you time and effort when loading complex drum kits.
To import an SFZ patch into Poise VST, follow these steps:
Click on the menu button at the top left corner of Poise VST and select Import SFZ Patch.
Browse for the SFZ file that you want to import and click Open.
Poise VST will load the samples and settings from the SFZ file into a new kit. You can edit or tweak them as you wish.
You can also create your own custom kits in Poise VST by loading and editing samples as described above. To save your custom kit as a Poise kit file, follow these steps:
Click on the menu button at the top left corner of Poise VST and select Save Kit As.
Browse for a folder where you want to save your kit file and enter a name for it.
If you want to include the sample files with your kit file, check the Include Samples option. This will make your kit file larger but more portable.
Click Save. Your kit file will be saved with a .poise extension.
You can load your custom kit file later by clicking on the menu button and selecting Load Kit.
How to save and export your drum patterns from Poise VST
Poise VST does not have a built-in sequencer or recorder. To create drum patterns with Poise VST, you need to use your DAW's MIDI editor or sequencer. You can draw notes in a piano roll editor or record them live using a MIDI keyboard or controller. Make sure that each note corresponds to a drum pad in Poise VST (C1 is pad 1, C#1 is pad 2, etc.).
To save your drum patterns from your DAW, follow these steps:
Select your MIDI track that contains your drum patterns.
Click on File > Export > MIDI File (or similar option depending on your DAW).
Browse for a folder where you want to save your MIDI file and enter a name for it.
Click Save. Your MIDI file will be saved with a .mid extension.
You can load your MIDI file later by clicking on File > Import > MIDI File (or similar option depending on your DAW).
To export your drum patterns as audio from your DAW, follow these steps:
Select your audio track that contains your drum patterns (or route your MIDI track's output to an audio track).
Click on File > Export > Audio File (or similar option depending on your DAW).
Browse for a folder where you want to save your audio file and enter a name for it.
Select an audio format (WAV, MP3, etc.) and quality settings (bit depth, sample rate, etc.).
Click Save. Your audio file will be saved with an appropriate extension.
You can load your audio file later by clicking on File > Import > Audio File (or similar option depending on your DAW).