] [Thread Prev
New software looper: Synchronic
For those of you with ProTools systems, here's another looper plug-in.
Software loopers are of minimal interest to me personally, so I can't
be bothered to summarise the chirpy marketing copy below, so here's the
link and all the text.
Discuss among yourselves:
Make way for a whole new approach to stirring up your mix: the
Synchronic™ plug-in for Pro Tools®. Whether in a studio environment or
onstage, Synchronic gives you the power to substantially modify looped
audio on the fly and, in the process, define your signature sound.
An ideal instrument for spontaneous composition and improvisation,
Synchronic offers performing electronic musicians and DJs the ability
to sculpt loops and create tempo-based effects in a live setting in
real time. With Synchronic, you can easily create rhythmic
modifications and in-tempo effects with individual beats and beat
subdivisions within a loop.
Synchronic invites you to interact with its control set. With its many
possibilities and ease-of-use, you can achieve virtually any desired
effect or something completely unexpected. When combined with a MIDI
controller, all of its parameters can be controlled in real time, and
individual presets within Synchronic’s modules can be recalled simply
by triggering a MIDI key. And multiple instances of Synchronic can run
within the same Pro Tools LE or TDM session to meet your creative
demands. Synchronic can even work alongside other music software
products such as Ableton Live and Propellerhead Reason to bring a new
breadth to your music.
Synchronic features five main sections or modules, each of which can
be edited, stored, and recalled through presets accessible via the
• Sound Module — The Sound module can load up to twelve
mono or stereo audio files of any bit depth and sample rate. After
importing a file, the loop can be sliced up to play in synchronization
with the Pro Tools MIDI Beat Clock. Any two sounds (A and B sources)
can be played back simultaneously.
• Playback Module — The Playback module manipulates the
output of the
Sound module. Various aspects of sound playback — such as speed, order,
duration and direction, as well as modes such as “Stab,” “Spin,” and
“Smear” — are synchronized with the Pro Tools MIDI Beat Clock.
• Effect Module — This module processes the output of the
module and can be synced to the Pro Tools MIDI Beat Clock to introduce
any combination of four concurrent in-tempo effects: Gain, Noise,
Filter, and Delay.
• XFade Module — Synchronic’s XFade (crossfade) module mixes
and B sounds after they have been processed by the Sound, Playback and
Effect modules. The crossfade between the A and B sounds can be
controlled by either a Synchronic preset or through a mixer’s
crossfader. The XFade module presets can also be synced to the Pro
Tools MIDI Beat Clock for in-tempo crossfading.
• MIDI Module — Synchronic’s MIDI Module enables you to
trigger combinations of sounds and module presets using MIDI. You can
also freely map MIDI controllers to Synchronic controls.
Once audio loops are loaded into Synchronic, they can be controlled
using Synchronic’s user interface, Pro Tools MIDI tracks, an external
MIDI controller, a qualified Digidesign® control surface such as
Command|8™, and/or Pro Tools plug-in automation.
Unlike other beat and looping software products, Synchronic
synchronizes to the Pro Tools MIDI Beat Clock directly. This
relationship results in Synchronic playback locking to the Pro Tools
session tempo (including tempo changes) even while you create
modifications in the playback order, speed, and volume of individual
beats and subdivisions of the beat (or “slices”) within a loop.
Synchronic is fully capable of performing complex beat manipulations,
effects, and cross-modulations while remaining tightly synced to the
Pro Tools MIDI Beat Clock. These effects are not limited to being
applied only to loops in their entirety but also to individual beats
within the loop, allowing you to create complex soundscapes that are
still tied to an underlying pulse from the MIDI Beat Clock.
200 MB of royalty-free loops contributed by Digidesign’s Development
Partners™ ship with Synchronic to get you going right out of the box.
In addition to sample-rate support up to 96 kHz, SD II, WAV, and AIFF
files are fully supported and can be easily imported.
Synchronic is compatible with Digidesign-approved Pro Tools|HD®, HD
Accel, MIX™ Digi 002®, Digi 002 Rack™, Mbox™, or Digi 001® systems
running on Windows XP or Mac OS X. An iLok USB Smart Key and iLok.com
account are required for authorization.