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Digidesign launches Synchronic RTAS plug-in, an Audio Manipulation Tool

Wednesday October 13, 2004. 09:58 AM, by Francois Déchery Music Software > Digidesign
Music Software : Digidesign launches Synchronic RTAS plug-in, an Audio Manipulation Tool - macmusicSynchronic is a new RTAS plug-in that enables you to easily manipulate audio. With Synchronic, you can easily create rhythmic modifications and in-tempo effects with individual beats and beat subdivisions within a loop. Synchronic's modular configuration forms the foundation through which you work; each module combination can be edited, stored, and recalled through presets accessible via the plug-in:

Sound Module : The Sound Module can load up to twelve different 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 Playback 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 the A 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 your to assign and 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 control surface such as Command|8, and/or Pro Tools plug-in automation.

Synchronic synchronizes to the Pro Tools MIDI Beat Clock directly. This relationship causes Synchronic playback to lock to the Pro Tools session tempo (including tempo changes) even while the operator creates 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 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 the user to create complex soundscapes that are still tied to an underlying pulse from the MIDI Beat Clock.

Synchronic ships with over 200 MB of royalty-free loops contributed by Digidesign's Development Partners; SD II, WAV, and AIFF files are fully supported and can be easily imported. The plug-in supports sample rates up to 96 kHz.

The only bad point we hoppe that they will fix as soon as possible: Synchronic cannot load REX files. However, Synchronic can load audio files using the Acid wave file format (Excellent!!!). Acid wave files loaded into Synchronic will utilize the preexisting Acid slice point data saved with that file.

Synchronic features include:

- An innovative sound design and beat creation tool for the Pro Tools environment
- Performance-inspired design, user interface, and functionality: ideal for DJs, live electronic musicians, etc.
- Modular configuration with presets allows for endless combinations as well as instant recall
- MIDI-synchronized in-tempo effects with real-time control
- Controllable directly through its own graphic user interface, MIDI, plug-in automation, or Digidesign-qualified Pro Tools control surface
- Graphical slice point editor for automatic and manual loop-slicing
- RTAS plug-in support for both Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools TDM systems
- Support for up to 96 kHz Pro Tools sessions
- Over 200 MBs of free audio loops from Digidesign Development Partners
- iLok-protected for portability

Synchronic costs 360 euros.
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