Umpf Retro Beats

Fast, easy, authentic old-school beats.

Umpf Retro Beats is an innovative drum machine packed with everything you need to make bangin’ old-school beats in Reason. Quickly create 80s, Retro Pop and Synthwave style beats using samples from the dopest drum machines of the 80s and 90s. Loaded with fresh sounds, legit effects and radical editing tools, Retro Beats is the illest beat creation device ever.

Create throwback bangers with Retro Beat’s massive library of 750 sounds sampled from classic drum machines—or load your own samples and tweak them to perfection using the intuitive dynamic waveform display. Chop and screw beats using the powerful Modulation Matrix, packed with filters, LFOs and envelopes to transform your tracks. Retro Beats combines an intuitive interface with powerful editing tools to make creating old-school beats faster, easier and more fun than ever.

Get your beats sounding extra-fly with Retro Beat’s authentic analog effects processors—including old-school tape, echo and gated reverb effects.

For instant inspiration, try pairing Retro Beats with the complimentary Drum Sequencer and select from dozens of pre-made rhythms and patterns. This powerful 16-step sequencer features velocity, repeat and probability controls for keeping things fresh.

In addition to traditional purchasing options, Umpf Retro Beats is available through the new Reason Studios Rent-to-Own Program, which offers an affordable, flexible way to expand your Reason Rack.

Packed with everything you need to get jiggy with it, Umpf Retro Beats is the next generation of old-school drums.


  • Choose from 750 vintage drum sounds or load your own samples
  • Create custom envelopes for samples in the dynamic waveform display
  • Lay down old-school rhythms and grooves using the intuitive interface
  • Bring beats to life with classic analog tape, echo and gated reverb effects
  • Chop and screw beats using the powerful LFO and Mod Matrix
  • Pair with Reason’s bundled Drum Sequencer for instant inspiration
  • Purchase via the Rent-to-Own program for just $9.99 per month
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Propellerhead Umpf Retro Beats Demo Sounds

Rack Extension Features:

Drum Channel section
Select, mute, solo or change volumes of the drum channels.

Patch Selector (for browsing, loading and saving patches)
Loading and saving patches is done in the same way as with any other internal Reason / Reason Intro device.

Sample Playback section (for the currently selected Drum Channel)
Contains all sample related controls and parameters for the currently selected Drum Channel. Parameters include Attack, Hold, Release, Pitch, Key, Velocity, Reverse and Group options.

Send Effects and Tape Master section (global for all eight Drum Channels)
The three global effects - Echo, Gate Reverb and Reverb - work as Send Effects for the respective Drum Channels. All Send Effects can be used by all Drum Channels simultaneously, and all effects are active simultaneously. The global Tape Master effect works as a master insert effect for the entire Drum Channels 'mix'.

Insert Effects and EQ (up to three simultaneous effects plus EQ for the currently selected Drum Channel)
Effects include: Flanger, Lo-Fi, Transient Shaper and EQ.

Send Effect, Pan and Volume controls
To the right of the Sample Playback and Insert FX sections is a vertical “channel strip” with controls for the currently selected Drum Channel.

Mixer section
In the Mixer section you can set the return levels of the send effects, as well as the Tape Master mix and the Master Volume. The controls in the Mixer section are global for all Drum Channels.

Modulation Matrix section
The Modulation Matrix section can be used for routing the global LFO1 and LFO2, plus three selectable modulation Sources, to selectable modulation destinations.

Propellerhead Umpf Retro Beats Operation Manual

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