The overall sound and general approach of Tattoo are clearly inspired by classic analogue drum machines. Pick one of the drum sounds from the conventional selection of kick, snares, toms, hats, cymbal, rimshot, clap and cowbell, and you won’t be overwhelmed with sound sculpting options. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of options, but there’s nothing here that’s likely to scare newcomers to the world of drum synthesis. It’s a setup that makes it easy to get to grips with creating your own kits and programming beats with them.
The programming element is where Tattoo really comes into its own. The step sequencer built into the plugin is similarly easy to get started with, but it packs a lot of clever features for creating and twisting beats. The randomisation features are particularly good; don’t think of them as completely random, they’re more of a quick way to add variations and movement to parameters.
The impressively feature-packed approach makes Tattoo something of a bargain. You’ll be hard pressed to find any drum plugins so well-equipped in this price range. If you want to dip your toe into the world of synthesised drum sounds and analogue-inspired programming, this is a great starting point at an affordable price tag.