REX2 Drum Loops | Beta Monkey Music
Learn more about REX2 drum loops. This page gives a brief summary and historical background, compatible programs, opinions, and tips regarding using REX2 drum loops.
REX2 Drum Loops Primer | What do I need to know about drum loops in the REX, REX2 formats?
What are Beta Monkey REX2 drum loops? The REX loop format is a proprietary format from Propellerhead. Essentially, a REX file is a compressed audio file which has been sliced into individual audio regions. These sliced regions allow your host DAW software to manipulate the timing and pitch of the REX file. They are ideally suited for any percussion drum tracks.
Why are REX files ideal for drum loops and other percussion loops? Drum loops are easily sliced because of the easily detected transients present in most drum loops. These slices are then handled by a compatible host DAW to give users control over sequence and timing of the audio.
What programs support Beta Monkey as REX2 format?
REX format loops are fully supported by many major DAW programs,(list courtesy of Propellerheads REX info page):
- Ableton Live
- Steinberg Cubase
- MOTU Digital Performer
- Image-Line FL Studio
- Apple Logic
- Steinberg Nuendo
- Avid Pro Tools
- Cockos Reaper
- Propellerhead Reason
- Cakewalk Sonar
- Presonus Studio One
- Native Instruments Kontakt
- Native Instruments Maschine
- MOTU MachFive
- Steinberg HALion
- Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
- SonomaWireWorks RiffWorks
- SonomaWireWorks DrumCore
- Toontrack Beatstation
- Avid Transfuser
- fxpansion Geist
What do I need to make or edit REX2 drum loops?
We highly suggest you get your hands on the only software capable of creating or editing the RE fil format: Recycle.
Recycle is MAC and PC compatible, supporting 24-bit stereo as well as other audio formats. It’s primary function is to create and edit REX files. It also allows userscreative control to shape and manipulate audio loops in a number of other ways.
If you are using REX format loops in your music, we highly suggest you purchase Propellerhead’s ReCycle program (currently it is up to version 2.1). You’ll find it fairly intuitive and easy to use. And, what’s more, you will find it essential to controlling and harnessing the power of your REX2 loops in whatever software platform you are using.
Can I get REX2 format loops from Beta Monkey?
Of course. Beta Monkey Music offers nearly all of our drum loop collections in the REX file format. We’ve done all the conversion processing for you (it is a tedious and rigorous process when you’re working with thousands of audio files!).
So, save yourself time and money as all loop formats are included with your Beta Monkey purchase. If you are one of those musicians who switch between different recording setups and platforms, then having all loop formats will prove invaluable. That’s why we include all three, at no extra charge!
We hope we have addressed the usual questions and concerns about the REX and REX2 format for loops. So, dig in and enjoy!