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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

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

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

Loomer releases Sequent

Loomer Sequent

Loomer has released 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.

Sequent features

  • Effects — Sequent has seven individual effect blocks: a Beat Looper; two Filters, both switchable between lowpass, bandpass, and highpass modes and capable of self oscillation even without an audio input; an oversampled Distortion unit; a Gate with variable depth and slew; a Panner; and a Delay unit capable of sub millisecond delay times, great for creating everything for from dub, slapback, and bouncing ball style echoes, to metallic comb filters or flanger effects.
  • Modular Routing — Effect blocks can be connected in practically limitless ways by dragging virtual audio cables between them. Route effects in parallel, in series, or any other combination you can dream of.
  • Sequenced Parameters — Want variation? Each effect parameter has its own step sequencer, perfect for building interesting modulation motifs. Easily craft polyrhythmic sounds by individually setting the number of steps and speed for each effect.
  • Beat Slicing — Cut-up and rebuild audio in realtime. Use Sequent’s flexible Looper to create anything from subtle loop variations, to micro-programmed glitches.
  • Randomization — Creative block? Let Sequent do the work. Distinct random controls for each parameter allow everything from slight variations, to complete aleatoric composition.
  • Patterns — Combine sequencer and effect settings into patterns, which can be instantly between switched from the on-screen interface, or even using a MIDI controller.
  • MIDI Learn — Controls can be easily mapped to a hardware controller using the simplified MIDI Learn feature.

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

Loomer updates Aspect to v1.5

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Loomer Aspect

Loomer has released version 1.5 of Aspect, a semi-modular synthesizer for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Aspect is a 32-note polyphonic synthesizer with an open ended semi-modular architecture, streamlined interface, and analogue sounding synthesis engine.

Changes in Aspect v1.5

  • New oscillators with improved sound due to significantly reduced aliasing.
  • Backwards compatibility options (for Registered Users only) to enable the use of legacy oscillators for perfect compatibility with older patches.
  • Reduced CPU usage: generally around 10% reduction, but up to 20% in some cases.
  • Massively reduced memory usage.
  • Aspect oscillators are now tuned down an octave to bring them more into line with other synthesizers.
  • Older patches will still play at the tuning they were created with.
  • Fixed bug where very long release envelopes stop rather abruptly.
  • Fixed bug in Sonar where notes are left hanging when the Sonar Transport is stopped.
  • Factory presets are now categorized and sorted.
  • Rotary controls can now be tweaked to a finer degree with the mouse wheel by holding Shift.
  • Fixed bug where notes sustained over a sample rate change from 96KHz to 88KHz would play at the incorrect pitch.
  • Fixed bug that could cause a lock under some Linux VST hosts the first time Aspect is scanned.

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

More information: Loomer / Aspect

Loomer releases String

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Loomer String

Loomer has released String, a virtual instrument that emulates the sound of the polyphonic string synthesizer.

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

String features

  • Divide-Down Oscillators — String’s authentic tone comes from its accurate emulation of the divide-down oscillator technology behind the lush ensemble synths of the 70s.
  • Dual Layer — String has two individual sound generating Layers, each housing three phase-locked oscillator stops at 16′, 8′ and 4′ ranges for Layer 1, and 8′, 4′, and 2′ ranges for Layer 2. The relative volumes of each stop can be finely tuned to produce an enormous range of timbres. Both Layers have controllable note split points. Layers can be placed so that each is controlled by a specific range on the keyboard, or even overlapped and stacked together.
  • Five Voicing Modes — Each Layer has its own Voicing Mode from a choice of Monophonic with Last, Low, and High Note Priorities, Paraphonic, and Polyphonic. In Polyphonic mode each voice has its own Attack/Release amplitude modulation envelope. In Paraphonic mode all voices within a Layer share a single monophonic Attack/Release amplitude envelope. The Monophonic Modes produce a single voice, which can be either the Lowest, Highest, or Last note pressed.
  • Five Filter Types — Layers can be further shaped using the monophonic Filter section. This section has several Filter types; a Highpass / Lowpass pair of filters in series, an analogue resonant filter in either Lowpass, Bandpass, or Highpass modes with various modulation options (including Channel Aftertouch), and a 9-Band EQ. The Filter section can also be switched off altogether.
  • Flexible Routing — Both Layers can be individually routed into the Effects section. Layer 1 can also optionally be routed directly into Layer 2′s Filter to produce serial Filter tones.
  • Effects — String’s Chorus section is modeled on the bucket-brigade device that characterized the sound of the classic ensemble synths. Select from two different Chorus algorithms for either an authentic Ensemble timbre (Type 1), or a more modern, denser sound. (Type 2). A built-in stereo Phaser can be used to add movement, depth, and interest to String timbres. The Effects section is rounded off with two mono bucket-brigade device delay units with independent time and feedback settings, which can be tempo synced, and linked together into a single stereo delay.
  • Full MIDI Learn — All controls can be easily mapped to a hardware controller using the simplified MIDI Learn feature.

String is available for Windows PC, Mac and Linux (VST/AU/RTAS/Standalone), priced at £50 GBP (+VAT).

More information: Loomer / String

Review: Loomer Aspect

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Early 2009, audio software developer Loomer released Aspect, a semi-modular software instrument for Windows, Mac 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.

Aspect features

  • Two analog modeled oscillators — sawtooth, pulse, triangle and sine waveforms.
  • Two multi-mode filters — Lowpass, Bandpass, or Highpass.
  • Selectable filter audio sources (e.g. Osc 1, Noise, Filter 1, Multiplier 1, etc.), filter mix and routing options.
  • Three ADSR envelopes (envelope 1 is hard-wired to the amplifier but can still be used to modulate other sources).
  • Three LFO’s with tempo sync and sine, triangle, pulse and sawtooth waveforms.
  • Patch section for complex modulation — includes Adder, Multiplier, Inverter and Sample and Hold components, and a Lag Generator.
  • Up to three modulation sources per parameter slot (or more by using the Adder component in the Patch section) — Note Pitch, Velocity, Osc 1 & 2, Noise, Envelope 1, 2 & 3, LFO 1, 2 & 3, S&H, Adder 1 & 2, Multiplier 1 & 2, Inverter 1 & 2, Lag Generator, Aftertouch, Channel Pressure, PitchBend, ModWheel, VoiceNumber, Random, and UnisonDepth.
  • Global section with Master Volume, Glissando, Polyphony and Unison controls.
  • Program A/B for comparing program edits.
  • MIDI Learn — change any parameter values using a MIDI keyboard or a control surface.

Aspect has a fairly basic GUI, no fancy stuff really.

Loomer Aspect
Aspect: a simple “no fuss” graphical user interface, which I find quite beautiful.

Although it isn’t the world’s most complicated synth, you can program some pretty complex sounds with Aspect so it is good to have this clear and intuitive interface.

The comprehensive modulation system features many modulation sources, including common ones like envelopes and LFO’s and less common ones like the Oscillators (modulate the pitch of Osc2 with Osc1 for some FM sounds), Sample & Hold, a Lag Generator and UnisonDepth. A Patch section allows you to further shape your sound by routing inputs through more modulation sources.

Modulation is where it’s at!

If your head is spinning from all these weird terms don’t worry. Aspect is as complex as it is easy to figure out and it comes with a well written manual (.pdf).

A free demo version is available for download from the Loomer website. It will let you experiment with it as long as you want — that is, for up to 30 minutes per session.

Loomer Aspect is available for Windows, Mac and Linux (VST/AU/Standalone) as a digital download for £65 GBP excl. VAT.

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So what do I think?

Aspect is a high quality synth with great sounding oscillators and filters. Its semi-modular structure allows for complex programming and versatility in sound, which really shows when browsing through the 160 factory patches.

From harsh digital leads to warm analog sounding pads, rhythmic percussion to supersaw, Aspect has it all. Some of the patches even made me wonder if there was an effect section I had overlooked (no, it really isn’t there).

When I first checked this synth I was immediately taken by some of the Boards of Canada type sounds found in the presets list. Not strange considering that Aspect apparently is an attempt to combine the sound of a Roland SH-101 with the flexibility of a Korg MS-20. The Loomer blog even has a step-by-step on how to create a Roygbiv Bassline.

In short, Aspect is a tweakers paradise. It is the type of synth I want to get to know better and better and I am finding myself firing it up in just about every new project I start. Each time I use it I find new and unique sounds. Two thumbs up!