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Loomer updates Shift for Mac OS X to v2.0.2

Loomer Shift

Loomer has released version 2.0.2 of Shift for Mac, a diatonic granular pitch shifting delay.

Shift combines an intuitive and beautiful user interface, with a great sounding granular synthesis engine. Shift’s flexibility allows a palette of timbres ranging from basic echo effects, through intelligent harmonies, to exotic evolving ambient soundscapes.

Changes in Shift v2.0.2 (Mac)

  • Fix for Dry Voice Volume and Synced Delay Time UI controls not responding correctly in Digital Performer.

Note: This issue did not affect either the Windows or Linux versions of Shift, which remain at 2.0.0.

Shift for Windows, Mac, and Linux is available to purchase for £45 GBP (+ VAT).

More information: Loomer / Shift

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Loomer releases Shift 2.0.0, granular pitch shifting delay

Loomer Shift

Loomer has announced version 2.0.0 of Shift, a diatonic granular pitch shifting delay effect for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.

Shift combines an intuitive and beautiful user interface, with a great sounding granular synthesis engine. Shift’s flexibility allows a palette of timbres ranging from basic echo effects, through intelligent harmonies, to exotic evolving ambient soundscapes.

Shift features

  • Five independent true stereo delay lines, with discrete delay, feedback, pitch shifting, filters, pan, and volume.
  • Pitch shifting comes courtesy of a powerful granular synthesis engine: with a few simple grain parameters, you can create the perfect granular sound, be it for guitar, synth, drums, loops, or anything else.
  • Fast and accurate monophonic audio analysis component extracts pitch information, in real-time, for intelligent in-scale pitch shifting and harmonies. Calibrate the tracker to your sound and style using the built-in tuner.
  • Perfect your preset design: use the XY grid to maneuver the seven main delay line parameters in real-time or to get at-a-glance feedback on the overall preset shape.
  • A comprehensive modulation matrix allows each delay voice parameter to be individual contoured. Modulation sources come in the form of four tempo-syncable LFOs, each producing five modulation shapes: sawtooth, sinus, triangle, square, or stepped random noise.
  • Over 100 presets included, from the simple to the exotic, each tagged ready for searching, and annotated with playing suggestions. Listen to a preset in context with ‘hot-swap previewing’. Create partial presets to build up a library of delay voices, grain engine, and diatonic tracker settings.

Shift is available to purchase for £45 GBP (+ VAT). Registered owners of Shift 1 are eligible for a free upgrade.

An evaluation is available for free download, with the following limitations:

  • User created Program and Bank configurations can be saved, but not loaded.
  • Output will be periodically interrupted, approximately every minute, by a short moment of silence.
  • Audio output will stop after 30 minutes of continuous use. The only way to continue using Shift is to restart the application.

More information: Loomer / Shift

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Loomer Sequent, multi effect updated to v1.1.2

Loomer Sequent

Loomer has released version 1.1.2 of Sequent, a semi-modular sequenced beat looper multi effect for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Sequent is a modular multi-effects unit, the ideal tool for mangling audio on stage or in the studio.

With optimised audio algorithms that won’t overload your processor, rock-solid stability, and easy integration with any MIDI hardware controller, Sequent is ideal for live work. With a simple and intuitive interface, flexible Bank and Program management, and total parameter automation, Sequent fits right into your studio environment.

Changes in Sequent v1.1.2

  • Native 64-bit plugin for Windows (VST) and Mac OS X (Audio Unit).
  • Integrated Preset Browser, with meta-data, tags, searching, and hot-swap support.
  • Component Level Preset Support: create partial presets for each Effect.
  • Effects in the Modular routing window now can be toggled on and off by double-clicking them.
  • Unused Effects can be removed from the Routing window.
  • Cables in the Routing window can be removed by right-clicking on them.
  • A cable can now be created by dragging from an Effect’s Input to another Effect’s Output.
  • Fixed: Gate Depth or Slew Time would jump to 0% when linking the Gate Depth or Gate Slew Time sequencer.
  • Fixed: Editing the Delay Time Sequencer would sometimes cause the current Delay Time to change.
  • Fixed: The same connection could be made multiple times from an Effect to an Output.
  • Fixed: Rare crash could occur when loading several presets in quick succession.
  • Fixed: Synced Delay time in the Sequencer window is now displayed correctly.
  • Fixed: Various host compatibility fixes.

Sequent is available to purchase for for Mac, PC and Linux (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone), priced at £49 GBP excl. VAT.

More information: Loomer / Sequent

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Loomer Aspect, semi-modular analogue synth updated to v1.6.1

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Loomer Aspect

Loomer has released version 1.6.1 of Aspect, a virtual analogue synthesizer instrument plug-in for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Aspect is a 32-note polyphonic software instrument that combines a great-sounding, powerful synthesis engine, with a flexible semi-modular architecture and unparalleled ease of use. The core of Aspect’s superb sound are two analog modeled oscillators, each capable of producing a powerful selection of raw waveforms, and dual filters that can be routed in series, in parallel, or even blended into unique combinations.

Changes in Aspect v1.6.1

  • Native 64-bit versions for Mac OS X Audio Unit, and Windows VST.
  • New built-in Preset Browser with support for xml, fxp, and fxb preset files.
  • Presets can now have meta-data, such as author name, notes, and tags. Use meta-data to search your preset library.
  • Hot-swap preset browsing: quickly step through and preview presets in context.
  • Various host compatibility fixes.
  • Audio-rate pitch modulation of Oscillator 1 from Oscillator 2 now works.
  • Sample & Hold module’s latched value is now correctly reset when the the input source is removed.
  • Much faster GUI response.
  • Slight reduction in CPU usage on particularily complex presets.
  • Vastly reduced start-up time.
  • Clearer font rendering: a larger font is now used for menu items.
  • Additional and improved factory presets.

Aspect is available to purchase for £65 GBP (excl. VAT).

More information: Loomer / Aspect

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Loomer updates String to v1.1.2

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Loomer String

Loomer has released version 1.1.2 of String, a virtual string synthesizer plug-in for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

String is a virtual instrument that emulates the beautiful sound of the polyphonic string synthesizer.

String’s authentic tone comes from its accurate emulation of the divide-down oscillator technology behind the lush ensemble synths of the 70s.

Changes in String v1.1.2

  • Native 64-bit versions for Mac OS X Audio Unit, and Windows VST.
  • Separate “Effects Only” plugin: use String’s Effects as a general multi-fx unit.
  • Phaser and Chorus now automatically disable themselves (saving CPU) when the plugin is idle.
  • Each Layer now has an overall Volume control.
  • Increased polyphony.
  • Much faster GUI response.
  • Vastly reduced memory usage.
  • Various compatibility fixes for certain hosts.
  • Fixed bug where Delay Link status sometimes isn’t persisted.
  • Fixed minor audible click that could be heard when changing Chorus mode.
  • New preset bank for registered users with over 150 fantastic String sounds: HunterKiller String 1.1 Preset Bank.

String is available to purchase for PC, Mac and Linux (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone) for £50 GBP, excl. VAT.

More information: Loomer / String

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Loomer updates Manifold and Resound to v1.4.0

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Loomer Manifold

Loomer has released version 1.4.0 of Manifold and Resound, two effect plug-ins for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.

Manifold is a software audio effect processor that enhances an audio signal, producing a fuller, livelier, bigger sound.

Resound is a software audio delay effect processor that emulates the sound and operation of vintage magnetic-tape echo units.

Changes in Manifold / Resound v1.4.0

  • Native 64-bit versions for Windows (VST) and Mac OS X (Audio Unit).
  • Compatibility fixes for various hosts.
  • Mac OS X components are now packaged with an uninstaller.
  • Vastly reduced memory usage.
  • (Manifold) Fixed issue where audio clicks or cpu hikes could sometimes manifest when changing parameters in Reaper.
  • (Resound) Improved feedback algorithm. For 100% compatibility with legacy projects, the older algorithm can be enabled using the Backwards Compatibility options.

Manifold and Resound are available to purchase for £35 GBP each.

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Review: Loomer Sequent

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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.

Loomer Sequent
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.

Just do yourself a favor and check the demo version.

More information: Loomer / Sequent

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