October 13, 2004
Digidesign announced that it is shipping Synchronic, a new plug-in for Pro Tools that can modify looped audio on the fly. Designed with spontaneous composition and improvisation in mind, Synchronic offers performing electronic musicians and DJs the ability to sculpt loops and create tempo-based effects in a live setting in real time. Synchronic enables musicians to easily create rhythmic modifications and in-tempo effects with individual beats and beat subdivisions within a loop.
When combined with a MIDI controller, all of its parameters can be manipulated in real time, and individual presets within Synchronic's modules can be recalled simply by triggering a MIDI key. In addition to its ability to run multiple instances within the same Pro Tools LE or TDM session, Synchronic can work alongside other music software products such as Ableton Live and Propellerhead Reason.
Synchronic features five main sections or modules, each of which can be edited, stored, and recalled through presets accessible via the plug-in's interface:
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. It is fully capable of performing complex beat manipulations, effects, and cross-modulations while remaining tightly synced to the 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 musicians to create complex soundscapes that are still tied to anunderlying pulse from the MIDI Beat Clock.
200 MB of royalty-free loops contributed by Digidesign Development Partners ship with Synchronic (boxed version only). 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, and Digi 001 systems running on Windows XP or Mac OS X. An iLok USB Smart Key and iLok.com account are required for authorization.
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