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Applied Acoustics Systems Monster Splash Summer Deal for Tassman 4

Applied Acoustics Systems Tassman 4

Applied Acoustics Systems has announced a Monster Splash Summer Deal for its flagship synthesizer Tassman 4, offering it for $99 USD.

Tassman is an extremly rich modular sound synthesis environment based on physical modeling.

It is both an impressive collection of unique synths and effect processors, and a tightly integrated synthesis studio which lets you customize instruments in any way you wish or even create your own from scratch.

Tassman 4 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone) is available to purchase for $99 USD until the end of July 2012 (regular $349 USD).

Review: Applied Acoustics Systems Chromaphone

Applied Acoustics Systems’ latest effort in physical modeled software instruments is Chromaphone, a “creative percussion synthesizer”.

It is based on the combination of acoustic resonators to create drums, percussion, string and hybrid synth-like instruments. Membranes, bars, marimbas, plates, strings, and tubes form pairs that are excited by a mallet and a flexible noise source.

Access to different parameters such as the material of the resonators, their tuning and hit position allow for the creation of a vast range of realistic and creative instruments and sonic colors. Whether real, innovative, or with an ethnic touch, Chromaphone will fill your music with rich and organic tones.

Applied Acoustics Systems Chromaphone
Chromaphone has an easy layout with exciter sources and resonator modules in the middle.

Sound is generated with mallet and noise modules which excite the two resonators. The mallet has controls for volume, stiffness, noise and noise color; the noise module uses a white noise generator + multi-mode filter, with dedicated envelope. Both sources can be mixed.

Various resonator types are available: string, open and closed tube, plate, membrane, bar, and a marimba bar. A manual mode lets you adjust the frequency of up to four different partials.

The output of both resonators is mixed proportionally with the balance slider, with the “parallel mode” basically simply mixing the two outputs, and a “coupled mode” which features “bidirectional transfer of energy between the objects”. In simple terms this means that both resonators influence each other, which according to AAS results in tones and timbres that reproduce the richness of sounds from real acoustic instruments.

Chromaphone presets manager

Chromaphone includes a dedicated vibrato effect (pitch modulating LFO), a LFO unit for modulating the Noise module, and a multi-fx section in which you can pick two effects (in series) from a selection of delays, chorus, flanger, phaser, (auto) wah wah, notch filter, 3-band equalizer, distortion, tremolo and reverbs.

The presets library includes over 300 sounds categorized in mallets, percussions, kits, chimes and bells, plucked strings, basses, keys, strings and pads, synths, organs and pipes, soundscapes and textures, and effects sections.

Check the audio demos below to get an impression of what Chromaphone is capable of.

So what do I think?

Product: Chromaphone by Applied Acoustics Systems
Format: VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone
Price: $199 USD
Like: Incredibly versatile, unique sounds, superb quality
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

If nothing else, Chromaphone is incredibly versatile. So much even, I feel like its tagline “creative percussion synthesizer” is kind of selling it short.

While it does an amazing job with percussion sounds – both the traditional and more creative variety – the types of sound you can get from this instrument are way beyond “creative percussion” to me. The pads, soundscapes, textures, effects etc. in the factory bank show that Chromaphone can do a lot more than percussion, and for even more adventurous sounds I can also highly recommend the expansion libraries by sound designers Martin Walker and Simon Stockhausen.

With its physical modeling, Chromaphone produces wonderfully dynamic, expressive sounds. Experimenting pays off, as just the turn of a knob or two can yield completely different, unique sounds.

Needless to say, Chromaphone is a fantastic synthesizer for cinematic, soundtrack type works. It will likely suit many electronic music producers as well, especially in the area of ambient, minimal, and idm genres.

I am truly excited about this synthesizer and I can’t wait to use it in some of my projects. Go check it out!

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Applied Acoustics Systems releases Cardinals for Chromaphone

Applied Acoustics Systems Cardinals

Applied Acoustics Systems has announced Cardinals, a new soundset for the Chromaphone software synthesizer.

Cardinals is sound designer and composer Simon Stockhausen’s presentation of dualism in all sort of realms.

You’ll find dark and light, tonal and atonal, serenity and anxiety, and eastern and western scattered across the Achromatic and Chromatic Percussion, Danger Zone, Keys, Synths, Strings, Pads, Textures, and Scapes categories.

The 109 presets encapsulate their own enclosed universe for many hours of exploration.

Cardinals is available as a preset bank for Chromaphone including the AAS Player plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS), priced at $39 USD.

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Applied Acoustics Systems Chromaphone updated to v1.0.3

Applied Acoustics Systems Chromaphone

Applied Acoustics Systems has updated its Chromaphone creative percussion synthesizer for Windows and Mac to version 1.0.3.

Chromaphone combines acoustic resonators to create drums, percussion, string, and synth-like instruments. Membranes, bars, marimbas, plates, strings, and tubes form pairs that get sparked into life by a mallet and a flexible noise source.

Changes in Chromaphone v1.0.3

  • Fixed initialization problem (VU meter in the red, no sound).
  • Fixed crash on Cubase 6 64-bit project change on Mac OS X.
  • Fixed slow preset changes in Studio One on Mac OS X.

Chromaphone for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $199 USD.

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Applied Acoustics Systems releases KitNetix for Chromaphone

Applied Acoustics Systems KitNetix

Applied Acoustics Systems has announced the release of KitNetix, a macrophonic sound bank for Chromaphone and the AAS Player plug-in.

KitNetix is a macrophonic sound bank that zooms into an intricate new world.

The 128-preset collection crafted by renowned sound designer Martin Walker features drum kits made from exotic materials, percussion unleashed from reality, soundscapes from dark beginnings to glittering futures, hyper-detailed generative textures, and fantasy hybrid instruments that have never been heard before, including bells, chimes, keys, strings, and pads.

Moods cover a huge range, from epic soundtrack projects via weird electronica to gentle ambient minimalism.

The KitNetix soundset is available to purchase for $39 USD. Includes both a Chromaphone preset file and the free AAS Player plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS).

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Aiyn Zahev Sounds releases Serenity for Ultra Analog VA-1

Aiyn Zahev Sounds Serenity

Aiyn Zahev Sounds has released Serenity, a soundset for the Ultra Analog VA-1 software synthesizer by Applied Acoustics Systems.

A very natural and at times acoustic sounding synth, perfect for serene melodies and intricate textures.

Serenity features

  • 180 Uplifting Trance presets for AAS Ultra Analog.
  • Includes 44 Arps, 22 Atmosphere, 24 Basses, 22 Leads, 38 Pads, 14 Drums, 16 Plucks.

The Serenity soundset is available to purchase for $20 USD.

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Applied Acoustics Systems announces Sound Bank Series titles for Chromaphone

Applied Acoustics Systems Chromaphone

Applied Acoustics Systems has announced the expansion of the Sound Bank Series with titles for Chromaphone, its latest creative percussion synthesizer.

Renowned sound designers Martin Walker, Simon Stockhausen, and Michel Drapeau have been commissioned to produce the first three collection of presets.

“These banks will cover a lot of sonic ground as each sound designer will bring his own influences and signature touch,” said Marc-Pierre Verge CEO of AAS, “Chromaphone is still very new so the sound design possibilities are wide open and we really liked what the sound designers have presented so far.”

The new sound banks will be available during the first quarter of 2012 for $39 USD each. The instant download delivery package will include both Chromaphone preset files as well as the free AAS Player plug-in for Windows and Mac (Standalone/VST/AU/RTAS).

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Applied Acoustics Systems updates Chromaphone to v1.0.2

Applied Acoustics Systems Chromaphone

Applied Acoustics Systems has updated the Chromaphone creative percussion synthesizer for Windows and Mac to version 1.0.2.

Chromaphone combines acoustic resonators to create drums, percussion, string, and synth-like instruments. Membranes, bars, marimbas, plates, strings, and tubes form pairs that get sparked into life by a mallet and a flexible noise source.

Changes in Chromaphone v1.0.2

  • Additions
    • Added RTAS plug-in.
  • Fixes
    • Fixed crash on quit with standalone application;
    • Fixed buffer size changes of ASIO drivers on Windows;
    • Enhanced snappiness to program changes on Windows;
    • Enhanced snappiness to undo/redo on Windows.

Chromaphone for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $199 USD.

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