Rhythm Production Software with 19GB Sound Library, Drum Synth, Effects, Sampler, and Step Sequencer - Mac/PC AU, VST, RTAS, MAS
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The MOTU BPM 1.5 rhythm-production software instrument gives you the power to create while putting a great live performance instrument at your fingertips. Using the BPM is like being able to integrate your favorite rhythm-programming hardware with your go-to computer-based instruments - only better! You get an impressive 19GB-plus sound library; a built-in drum synthesizer; drag-and-drop simplicity; and the ability to build and combine drum kits, loops, sequenced patterns, and other instrument sounds. BPM 1.5 also offers universal plug-in capability as well as standalone operation. You won't find a better way to put your creativity into your grooves and performances than with the BPM 1.5!

BPM 1.5 unites drum-machine-style operation with advanced virtual instrument technology to give you the ultimate rhythm-programming experience. Combine drum kits, sequenced patterns, sliced loops, and instrument sounds to realize your rhythmic vision, mixing and matching any playing style with any drum kit. Or plug in your pad controller or MIDI keyboard to capture your live, groove-quantized performance directly in BPM 1.5. This amazing instrument even lets you control how it responds to your controller, so you get the feel you want.

Browse BPM 1.5's vast 19GB-plus sound library of expertly recorded and mastered 24-bit/96kHz rhythmic material for urban, R&B, hip-hop, techno, electro, big beat, dancehall, dub, hard trance, house, pop, rock or several other music styles. Sample your own drum sounds directly into BPM's drum pads, or simply drag-and-drop clips from your computer desktop to add infinite possibilities to your own unique sound. Add further punch with BPM's Drum Synthesizer. Combine unlimited sample layers per pad via programmable layer switching. Now add guitar, bass, and other multi-sample instrument sounds from BPM's included library, MachFive, or any other MOTU or UVI sample instrument library.

Trigger scenes during live performance from pads or MIDI notes. Drag-and-drop scenes into a song to build an entire track in seconds. Finalize your track using BPM 1.5's comprehensive graphic mixer and unlimited effects processing, which features dozens of world-class effects, including multiband EQ, filter, delay, drive, distortion, and convolution reverb. Advanced features include drag-and-drop audio import/export, multiple outputs, universal plug-in compatibility, and standalone operation. Choose any note-repeat value, from triplet 64ths to dotted quarters to 32nd notes. Assign the note-repeat button to any control item on your MIDI controller. Change the repeat value on the fly from your controller. Control the volume (velocity) of repeated notes with aftertouch pressure. You're going to love the feel you get from BPM 1.5.

MOTU BPM 1.5 Rhythm-production Software Features at a Glance:
  • Provides complete creative control, from recording and programming samples to building and arranging entire songs
  • Includes a comprehensive, expertly produced urban sound and loop library for urban, R&B, pop, rock and other music styles
  • Plug-and-play support for hands-on pad controllers such as the Akai Professional MPD32 controller
  • 19GB+ library of loops, samples, and beats; over 10,000 individual samples; over 1,000 new drum and percussion loops
  • 24-bit/96kHz audio quality
  • Arpeggiator with dozens of presets
  • Over 100 urban multi-sampled instruments, including piano, bass, guitars, synths, pads, and more
  • Built-in drum synthesizer for unlimited synthesized drum and percussion sounds (includes hundreds of preset sounds)
  • Comprehensive percussion samples, patterns, and loops
  • Slice-loop editing capability
  • FlexLoop technology for total control over every aspect of your loops
  • 80 classic "beatbox" sounds
  • Hundreds of patterns in many styles (hip-hop, R&B, house, electro, techno, funk, soul, pop, rock, and more)
  • Play any pattern, in any style, with any drum kit (included or programmed), for virtually infinite combinations
  • Note-repeat values can be changed on the fly
  • Load any MOTU instrument sound from MachFive, Ethno, Electric Keys, and others
  • Load any UVI instrument sound
  • Add new sounds with BPM Expander packs and UVI SoundCards from
  • Software operation
  • Runs as a standalone application on Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista
  • Runs as a plug-in with any Mac or Windows audio host (Audio Unit, VST, RTAS and MAS)
  • Drag-and-drop importing for MIDI data, audio data, and audio loops
  • Slice loops and patterns can be exported to the computer desktop or audio host software as audio clip or MIDI clip
  • Scenes and songs can be exported to the computer desktop as an audio clip
  • Records individual samples or loops from any external source via plug-in host software
  • Quick sampling feature lets you quickly record into the currently selected drum pad
  • Programmable drum and percussion synthesizer with hundreds of factory presets
  • Mix, match, and layer drum samples and drum synth sounds, even on the same pad
  • Independent step sequencer for each 16-pad bank
  • Record Undo function is mappable on your MIDI controller
  • One-click slice-loop mapping
  • One-shot programmability for any pad
  • Double-resolution capability
  • Use multiple banks to quickly layer basic drum kits with additional kits (percussion, etc.)
  • Independent synth programming for each sample layer (AHD/ADSR, filter, drive, aux sends, pitch envelope, etc.)
  • Waveform Editor with fade-in/fade-out, normalize, silence, gain, etc.
  • Two independent rack modules hold loops, audio phrases, and/or instrument sounds
  • Unlimited parts in each rack
  • Imports REX files, Apple Loops, AIFF, WAV, and all standard audio file formats
  • Automaps, plays, and grooves REX files in real time
  • Up to 64 MIDI channels
  • Unlimited FX slots per part and per rack
  • Comprehensive graphic mixer with independent channels for all 64 pads and instrument parts
  • Master mixer with master channel strips plus FX processing for entire banks, instrument racks, and aux channels
  • Stereo main outputs plus 16 or more stereo aux channel outputs (up to 99, depending on the host)
  • Unlimited effect slot architecture for pads, banks, instruments, racks, aux outputs and master ouput
  • CPU-efficient convolution reverb
  • Dozens of professional-quality effects, including EQ, compressor/gate, filter, delay, reverb, phaser, chorus, drive, distortion, and many more
  • Bank aux FX lets you program and save effects together with the bank itself
  • 64-bit Windows support
The MOTU BPM 1.5 puts major groove-production muscle into your computer!

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Virtual Instrument Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Software Type Drum
Platform Mac, PC
Upgrade/Full Full
Download/Boxed Boxed
iLok Required Yes
Hardware Requirements - Mac G4 Processor, 1GB RAM
Hardware Requirements - PC P4, 1GB RAM
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.4.11
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7/Vista/XP
Manufacturer Part Number 7500

Customer Reviews

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the best!

I have used all the other drum plugins and this one is BY FAR the best. If there was a demo everyone else would be saying the same thing, but it's hard for people to just take the plunge without a demo. This IS the software MPC except it's updated for 2012 with every feature you could ever dream of. The included sounds are good ESPECIALLY the new beatbox anthology. It;s amazing. Just buy it right now.


Great easy to use!!!!!


I have been using BPM for over six months now and I am very impressed with the software and sound library. There are sooo many sounds including synths, strings, guitar, bass, drums, etc. I also have MSI (made by Motu) so I can import the sounds into BPM and use the sequencer to fit it perfectly into the song. It also comes with effects and it's own mix board so you can mix on your beat before you ever get it into a DAW. It is easy to use and will inspire your creativity.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Musician


First, here's what I'm using with BPM. I have an Akai MPD 32, Yamaha KX 61 controller, and a Macbook Pro. Now on to BPM. I originally had version 1.04 and upgraded to 1.5 with the courtesy upgrade. With 1.5 you get the beatbox anthology which costs $149 by itself. Value!! Now 1.5 allows me to use my MPD 32 to control tons of parameters like effects and filter automation. Almost everything can be midi mapped in the software even navigation of the sound browser. The sounds are very good. What's great though is that you can drag and drop sounds to the pads. I have tons of drum samples that i like to use to add a different feel to the preset patterns. I can even drop loops into an instrument rack and it slices it automatically to play on point at any tempo. I can take those slices and automap it to the pads as well. FLEXIBLE!! The effects can be assigned to a pad, track, bank, and master output. The effects are really nice! Definately really nice reverb! Then to add grit BPM has that SP-1200 emulation too. This is gonna be my go to software for drums and whole lot more since you can use any of the UVI soundcards (expansions) within BPM. I'm putting tracks together faster than ever before.
Music background: Producer, Singer

Great for Hip Hop!!

This thing is Stupid! I mean that in a Good Way! I had a problem with it loading at first.It said that libsndfile-1 was missing but i found it on the internet and wah-lah. Sounds are GRRREEAAT for hip hop. I used a mpc and this thing comes close. Thanx Motu. Finnally i can say money well spend for a software product besides for pro tools.
Music background: Fulltime Recording Engineer/Music Producer

Sweetwater Advice

Carson McClain

If you want to turn your laptop into an MPC or MV-8800, BPM is the plug-in to do it. Plain and simple this turns a laptop into a sampling workstation. You can even use it in stand-alone mode meaning you do not have to run it in software. It's a fully-featured workstation that can export audio and MIDI.

Scott DeMarko

BPM is MOTU's new amazing drum & groove production software. With incredible ease and power at your fingertips you can program and create awesome beats, instrumentals, drum layouts, and songs in no time at all. The included 15GB sound library is incredible and covers a little of something for all types of musicians from Urban to Hip Hop and more! **Please note that this is SOFTWARE ONLY and a drum pad controller would be a recommended add-on to get the most from this fantastic beat production tool. Give Sweetwater a call today for recommendations on the best controllers to use with BPM!
See also: Drum Software, MOTU, MOTU Virtual Instruments: Drum & Rhythm, MOTU Sequencers