The RM III is 24-voice polyphonic (CPU-dependent) and features 18 velocity-sensitive Instrument Pads, each capable of storing up to 32 samples. Both WAV and AIFF formats (up to 32 bit/96kHz) are supported and can be loaded directly from the instrument's easy-to-use Sample Display. Samples can be arranged in up to 32 layers, split into 32 velocity zones or combined into highly complex and expressive layer/split arrangements. Velocity crossfades are supported. In total, up to 576 samples can be loaded and individually triggered.
The volume, pan position and tuning of each Instrument Pad are adjustable with all Instrument Pads having a tuning range of +/- 2 octaves. Each Instrument Pad has mute and solo switches, as well as direct access to a variety of user-definable choke options. All Instrument Pad parameters can be controlled with an external hardware controller.
The RM III's effects section contains four separate, simultaneously usable effects processors: Distortion, Compressor, Crusher and Vel-Sim, the latter being a unique simulation of velocity multi-sampling using low pass filtering. The Distortion and Crusher are great for creating hard-edged electronic sounds.
The RM III can import and export complete drum kits in its own format. In addition, it can import drum kits in RM2, Steinberg LM-4 and LM-9 formats. The RM III comes with more than 30 ready-to-use drum kits to get you started.
All these features make the RM III the tool for producing anything from high-energy breakbeats to chill out grooves on a PC.