iZotope has announced the release of Stutter Edit, a playable effect for live performance and the studio designed by pioneering producer BT.
Stutter Edit’s features revolve around an innovative live sampling engine that lets producers, laptop performers and other musicians manipulate audio in real-time. Stutter Edit slices audio into small fragments and sequences the pieces into razor-sharp rhythmic effects, recreating techniques that once took hours to perfect in the studio. Results can range from jarring to subtle: a melody can be disintegrated into a syncopated rhythmic roll, or a drum hit can be transformed into an arpeggiated scale of pitches. The complex set of tools in Stutter Edit is balanced by an elegant MIDI control scheme, which makes adding effects a completely intuitive process—much like playing an instrument.
In addition to these trademark stutter effects, performers and producers can juggle between a multitude of rhythmic effects including gate, pan, digital distortion, delays and filters. The Generator module creates custom noise sweeps that can be triggered along with stutter effects to build tension and create dynamics, both in live performances and studio arrangements.
“Stutter Edit exists because I wanted to step on stage with a laptop and improvise the complex and musical rhythmic effects that sometimes took me days of trial and error to create,” explains BT. “I’m elated to partner with iZotope and unveil Stutter Edit to the world, and I can’t wait to see what other producers, composers and sound designers will do with this insane new effect. I truly believe this will dramatically change the topography and scope of what is possible with live sound design and remixing.
On the stage, Stutter Edit makes it simple for laptop performers to create improvised remixes that include incredible stutters, fills and build-ups. Stutter Edit’s MIDI-controlled workflow is a perfect complement to performers using Ableton Live for DJ sets. In the studio, musicians can utilize Stutter Edit to add color and transitions to recordings, making arranging with effects all about intuition instead of trial and error.
iZotope and BT are showcasing Stutter Edit at the 2011 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. Visit iZotope’s NAMM Booth 6920 for a live demo with BT and Blake Lewis (“American Idol” Season 6 runner-up) at 2PM on Saturday, January 15.
Stutter Edit is available to purchase for an introductory price of $149 USD through February 14, 2011. Stutter Edit will have a $249 USD MSRP thereafter.
Audio Damage has released version 1.1.0c of the Windows version of Discord3, a multi-effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Discord3 is a comprehensive refresh of our popular Discord series of multi-effects. From subtle ADT effects to completely chaotic granular destruction, and everything in between, Discord3 is a capable and broad-reaching multi-effect plug-in.
Changes in Discord3 v.1.1.0c (Windows)
64-bit Version: The installer now allows the installation of a 64-bit Windows VST of Discord3.
Minor Bug Fixes: Several minor bugs in the installer and in the plug-in itself have been addressed, notably the “beep” bug that occurs occasionally in the Granular engine.
This update is recommended for all Discord3 users. The OS X 64-bit versions will be released in the near future.
Discord3 is available to purchase as an effect plug-in for PC and Mac (VST/AU), priced at $59 USD.
Sugar Bytes has released version 1.4 of Effectrix, an effect sequencer plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Effectrix is the perfect tool for sequenced sound manipulations. Tweak your beats, create new rhythms, reverse parts, stretch others, apply delaylines; even create melodies with atonal material. If you like, do it all at once! Have it your way with 14 Candy Effects of Sugar Bytes latest Bang Effectrix, each one providing its own stepsequencer and two modulation-sequencers.
Changes in Effectrix v1.4
Effectrix is now compatible to all 64 operating systems and sequencers, so it can now be used in all super modern production environments without problems.
Additionally there are new improvements like MidiLearn for Bypass, Chaos and Random.
Effectrix is available to purchase as an effect plug-in for Windows and Mac (VST/AU), priced at 99 EUR / $129 USD.
Pluggotic has released Footile, a free glitch effect plug-in for Windows.
Footile is the remix of a vst effect by Novuzeit, Motile. Motile and Footile share the same serial-multifx concept and sound architecture but with a different modulation sistem.
In Footile, the effects parameters can be tweaked on four different “scenes”. Each scene is shown (colour coded) as a corner of a xy pad in the middle of the interface, so moving the cursor will morph each scene into the others.
Furthermore, morphing can be modulated with independent & mixable lfos, sequencers, envelope followers, randomizers (s/h), operating on x or y axis or both at host-synchronized rates.
Inspired by a certain quest for failure, Footile can be pretty unsubtle. It will treat signals with the following fx chain: pitch shifter-bitrate crusher-psycho-grains-glitch-metal-filter-control. Every effect can be disactivated and mixed at will.
Footile comes with 32 unsuccessful presets.
Footile is available to download as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows PC.
Pluggotic has released Squosc, a free effect plug-in inspired by squareboxes.
When any material passes through it’s input the constantly running oscillators are modulated via an envelope follower. Unusual oscillators intermodulations and a series of “bend-buttons” offer a cheap and non-always-logic escape from traditional midi-note or pattern based composition. an example could be a drumloop turned into bleeping melodies, electric basslines, trashy drones, 8bit style sweeps and other less-stable oddities, Squosc comes with 33 horrible presets for quick non-sense.
When it’s input is silent, it doubles up as a tone generator.
Well know for the raw sound, squareboxes are usually processed with guitar amplifiers, filters, reverbs or whatever chain of fxs. they come unlabeled pretty often, too. Squosc makes no exception.
Squosc is available to download as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows PC.
Audio Damage has released Discord3, a comprehensive refresh of the popular Discord series of multi-effects.
From subtle ADT effects to completely chaotic granular destruction, and everything in between, Discord3 is a capable and broad-reaching multi-effect plug-in.
The pitch-shifter consists of three separate algorithms: a “vintage” mode (the original Discord algorithm, modeled on the Eventide H910 and H949), a “clean” mode for more modern shifting sounds, and a “granular” mode for experimental effects. Each mode has its strengths, depending on the input material, and Discord3 has a broad palette of capabilities as a result. The P1 and P2 algorithms have full control over the buffer (window) size of the shift effect, for fine tuning the shift to the input signal, or for stranger sound effects. At the extremes of the six-octave shift range, some truly strange aliasing and artifacts can be had with this control.
Now, to be clear, if you’re looking for a nice, clean diatonic pitch shifter for fine surgery and re-pitching the full program, you need to look elsewhere. Discord3 is a tool for sound design, barberpole shifting delays, and special effects; think Eno, Visconti, Bowie, or Dirty Mind-era Prince and you’ll be on the right track.
Pitch Shifting: Discord3 contains a pair of shifters with three separate algorithms (Vintage, Clean, and Granular) for different styles of pitch shifting.
Buffer Size Control: The P1 (Vintage) and P2 (Clean) algorithms have a Buffer Size control, from 32 to 2048 samples, for fine-tuning the pitch shifting effect.
Delay: Tempo-synced or free-running delays with feedback, cross-feedback, and a sophisticated bandpass filter.
Modulation: Discord3 has a pair of LFOs that can modulate delay time, pitch shift amount, and filter center frequency.
True Stereo Operation: Discord3 has a true stereo signal path, with entirely independent control over each side.
All New GUI: Discord3 has a completely re-designed GUI, with animated displays and a unique “grab-the-digit” value adjustment method.
MIDI Note Control: Six octaves of pitch-shifting can be controlled with MIDI note input.
Full MIDI Learn: Discord3 features MIDI learn for every parameter, for full hardware control.
Discord3 is available to purchase as an effect plug-in for PC and Mac (AU/VST) for $59 USD. An upgrade is available to Discord v1, v1.5, and/or v2 users for $10 USD.
Loomer has recently released a new effect plug-in called Sequent.
I figured Sequent had something to do with sequences, but English is not my first language so I looked up what it means. According to my dictionary it is something that is in order or succession, or consecutive, following as a result. As an adjective it could be something in regular succession, without gaps.
Sequent — the plug-in, has step sequencers for each effect parameter so I think this is the perfect name for it.
Here’s what the product page says:
Sequent is a modular multi-effects unit, the perfect tool for mangling audio on stage or in the studio. The effects – including a flexible beat looper and a pair of filters capable of self oscillation – can be connected in practically limitless combinations by simply dragging virtual cables between them.
Audio mangling, beat looper, self oscillation… I don’t know about you but this kind of talk gets me all excited!
The signal flow is set up in the routing window in the top middle of the interface. It’s simply a matter of connecting virtual cables to the input, outputs and effect blocks. This provides a simple visual overview of what is going on.
Sequent has a lovely elegant interface, but don’t let that fool you. This thing goes wild!
Sequent has one input (stereo) and two outputs (both also stereo). The top and bottom output can be used to route two separate signals, e.g. a dry and wet output, or two completely different effect chains. The crossfade control sets the relative output of each output. Interesting thing about this is that you can use the crossfade to play one effect chain while you create/modify another one. Moving the crossfade values from 0% to 100% (and back to 0%) basically lets you switch between the two signal flows on the fly.
Selecting an effect block in the routing window will bring up a number of parameters related to that particular effect, including its step sequencer values. Each effect block and corresponding effect parameter’s step sequencer has a number of common controls like step sequencer length (division), random step selection, smooth value changes, etc., as well as effect specific controls.
Sequent multi-effects features
The Looper effect — a tempo-synced delay that triggers slices of the audio, has various parameters to control the way the looper slices and plays. It has basic functionality you would expect from a looper (trigger, repeat, slice length and offset, reverse, etc.) but also more advanced things like pitch and pitch decay, a fade parameter for getting rid of audible clicks in slices, and various processing modes (gate, mix, and duck).
Two identical multi-mode filter effects are available, featuring lowpass, highpass, and bandpass filter types, and cutoff and resonance controls.
For adding some overdrive to the sound a distort(ion) effect block is available. It has only one control, drive. It is more powerful than you might think.
Triggering the gate effect with its sequencer will mute the audio. Depth controls the amount (e.g. completely muted, or just lowering the audio input), and a slew parameter sets the speed of the gate.
If you would like to play with the stereo field you will want to add the pan effect.
Finally, a tempo-syncable delay effect is available to create time based effects. When not tempo-synced the delay time can be set to small values (ms) to create comb filter or flanger type effects.
Once you have set up everything you may want to store Sequent’s state into one of the 12 available patterns. You can copy & paste between patterns in order to create variations or completely new effect chains, accessible from the Sequent interface or by playing MIDI notes (1 octave = 12 patterns). Sequent has a simple MIDI Learn system so assigning parameters to your controller is a breeze.
To get a better idea of what Sequent can do I made a little video demonstration.
So what do I think?
Product: Sequent by Loomer Format: Standalone and effect plug-in for Windows, Mac, and Linux (VST/AU/RTAS) Price: £49 GBP + VAT
Sequent is seriously good stuff. If this was food I would eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. High quality effects, a flexible modular structure, various randomize options, easy-to-use sequencers… what’s not to like?
Suitable for both subtle manipulation as well as extensive FSU processing, Sequent is a versatile tool that will look good in any producer’s plug-in folder.