Unfiltered Audio releases Sandman delay & looper plugin

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Unfiltered Audio has launched Sandman, a delay and loop-mangler capable of creating beautiful, dreamlike ambient textures or busy, hyper-stuttered glitch beats.

Unfiltered Audio Sandman

Sandman blends many time-manipulation paradigms into one inviting interface, giving you the ability to use it as a traditional delay, a flanger, a granulator, a wavetable oscillator, or something completely different.

A feature-packed modulation system keeps everything animated, while a special de-clicking algorithm ensures that your loops are mix-ready.

Sandman features

  • “Sleep” mode freezes your delay buffer, creating locked loops. Loops can be further manipulated by changing the start and end points or manipulating the buffer size.
  • Variable Sample Rate expands your delay times (up to eight minutes!) while enabling amazing creative possibilities. Use it to repitch a frozen buffer, add a bit of grittiness and warmth to a delay line, or simply decimate everything.
  • Wide-ranging tempo-syncable delay times (down to 5 milliseconds). At its smallest settings, you can use Sandman as a flanger, a wavetable oscillator, a micro-delay, or to turn percussion into string tones.
  • Dual LFOs with bipolar modulation destinations. Keep your loops from going stagnant and explore some wild modulation opportunities.
  • Optional de-clicking algorithm makes your loops invisible. You can automate this algorithm’s state, giving you glitchy clicks and cuts when you want them.
  • Feedback filtering helps you control more intense patches or add a bit of murk to your loops.
  • Intelligent “Lock” modes keep your delay length and loop lengths intact, even with a modulated sampling rate.
  • “Dirt” switch adds some nastiness to the heart of the delay line for that extra-vintage feel.
  • Preset locks allow you to keep specific parameters frozen on preset change.
  • DRM Free. When you buy it, you own it. No serial numbers, dongles, or forced internet connections.
  • Steam Cloud Support means that if you use G8 Gate through Steam, all of your presets will be automatically backed up to the cloud and synced between your computers. Every purchase of G8 includes a Steam Key. If you are unfamiliar with Steam, please see Steam’s homepage.

Sandman for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available for purchase for the introductory price of $14.99 USD until November 21st, 2014 (regular $19.99 USD).

More information: Unfiltered Audio / Sandman

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Digitech releases JamMan Vocal XT stompbox looper

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Digitech has announced the release of the JamMan Vocal XT, a new stompbox looper that makes looping easier than ever before by giving vocalists the ability to create harmonies or rhythmic counterpoints with simple presses of a footswitch.

Digitech JamMan Vocal XT

A vocalist can connect their favorite mic directly to the JamMan Vocal XT and its built-in studio quality dbx® mic preamp with phantom power will retain true vocal tone ensuring original vocals and loops sound crystal clear.

The JamMan Vocal XT features up to 10 minutes of stereo looping and SilentClear™ technology, which clears the pedal’s loop memory without starting playback first. The pedal also provides the ability for a vocalist to link together multiple JamMan Vocal, Express or Solo XT’s through an innovative pedal-linking capability called JamSync.

JamMan Vocal XT features

  • 10 minutes of looping time.
  • Built-in dbx® Mic Preamp.
  • +48V Phantom Power.
  • XLR Input & Output.
  • JamSync™ – automatically synchronizes with other JamSync-enabled JamMan pedals.
  • Silent Clear™ – clears loop memory without starting playback first.
  • Separate LEDs for Record, Overdub, and Play Status.
  • Unlimited Overdubs with Undo and Redo.
  • Included 9VDC Power Supply.
  • Durable metal chassis and footswitch.
  • 24-bit 44.1kHz sample rate.

The JamMan Vocal XT is available for purchase for a suggested retail price of $229.95 USD.

More information: Digitech / JamMan Vocal XT

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BOSS intros RC-1 Loop Station

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BOSS has announced the RC-1 Loop Station, a new entry-level model in the company’s acclaimed lineup of dedicated loop recording devices.

BOSS RC-1 Loop Station

Battery-powered and affordable, the RC-1’s straightforward operation makes it easier than ever for guitarists, bassists, and other musicians to incorporate the fun of looping into their live performances and practice sessions.

For well over a decade, BOSS has led the industry in loop recording technology. Five current Loop Station products serve the needs of all types of musicians, and looping functions are integrated into many other BOSS products as well. Designed with guitarists and bassists in mind, the RC-1 sheds the more sophisticated features found in other Loop Stations, offering a streamlined approach that will appeal to both beginning players and advanced musicians who like to keep things simple.

Built to record loops and nothing else, the RC-1 is all about instant musical satisfaction and creative enjoyment. Housed in the famous, ultra-durable BOSS compact pedal case, the stripped-down RC-1 lets players experience the fun of spontaneous loop creation with no complicated controls or features to get in the way.

RC-1 features

  • Straightforward and easy to operate.
  • Newly designed loop indicator displays the current loop mode (Rec/Overdub/Play).
  • Runs on a single 9-volt alkaline battery (approximately 4.5 hours of battery life).
  • Can be used with an optional AC adaptor (PSA series: sold separately).
  • 12 minutes of stereo recording time.
  • Stereo inputs and outputs.
  • Flexible external footswitch options.
  • Recorded phrase is retained in memory even after the RC-1 is turned off.

More information: BOSS / RC-1 Loop Station

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Monocasual updates Giada Loop Machine to v0.9

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Monocasual has released version 0.9 of its Giada Loop Machine for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Monocasual Giada Loop Machine
Giada v0.9 includes a deep GUI redesign with full-screen support.

Giada is a free, minimal, hardcore audio tool for DJs, live performers and electronic musicians. How does it work? Just pick up your channel, fill it with samples or MIDI events and start the show by using this tiny piece of software as a loop machine, drum machine, sequencer, live sampler or yet as a plugin/effect host. Giada aims to be a compact and portable virtual device for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows for production use and live sets.

Changes in Giada v0.9

  • New full-screen GUI.
  • Multi-column support.
  • Advanced logging system.
  • Upgrade to RtAudio 4.1.1 and RtMidi 2.1.0.
  • Removed embedded RtAudio (thanks to Arty).
  • Fix wrong processing of VST MIDI events on 64 bit version.
  • Fix stretched buttons when resizing sample editor window.
  • ‘Clear all samples’ destroys channels (fixed).
  • ‘Free channel’ messes up loop / mute buttons (fixed).
  • Fix potential recordings with odd frames.

Giada is available to download at no charge (binaries and source code).

More information: Monocasual Giada

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ToneCarver releases Regen looper plugin

ToneCarver has released Regen, a free looper plugin developed for the KVR Developer Challenge 2014.

ToneCarver Regen

Regen is at its heart a looper plugin (a la Frippertronics) that is well suited for ambient/textural/soundscape type layering. It can be a simple looper but also offers deeper dive controls to modify playback of recorded material.

It features four independent loopers (“tracks”) that are built up from individually recorded audio segments (“layers”). Recorded material in the layers and tracks can be manipulated (playback rate, direction, blend, pan, level, start offset) post-recording for creative playback. Regen accepts stereo input and supports up to 4 stereo outputs. Regen allows Undo and Redo of recorded material and supports control via MIDI.

The plug-in is available to download for Windows (VST).

More information: ToneCarver / Regen

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