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Review: One Small Clue Lugosi – FSU delay effect plugin

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One Small Clue is probably most known for the simple yet powerful MPC-style percussion sampler Poise.

One Small Clue Lugosi

While Poise has been the flagship product since its release in 2008, two additional plug-ins were added to the One Small Clue product catalog this year. The gate/expander & ducker effect Preston Gate, and for those who like to “Loop, Glitch and Stutter” there’s Lugosi, a FSU delay effect.

If you are not familiar with the term, FSU basically means messing the sound up real good. I think you can figure out what the acronym stands for.

Lugosi records audio into a static two second buffer. Loop point markers control exactly where in the buffer the audio is recorded to. At the same time there are separate loop point markers to control the playback position.

It is possible to be record audio into one section of the buffer while simultaneously playing back the audio in a different unrelated section. When the loop point markers are reversed the audio will also play/record in reverse.

So just to be clear, Lugosi is NOT your traditional delay effect. It is more of a 2 second sampler that allows you to mess with recorded audio in various ways.

Two sets of controls set the buffer loop points for play and record. Start and end of the loop can be set individually, anywhere in the buffer. When the “fixed” button is active the start control moves a fixed loop size in the buffer, while the end control changes its size. A “slave” button lets you sync the record loop to the one for playback.

Four more controls are located in the bottom of the interface. Input and feedback set the recording input level and the amount of audio that is fed back into the record input. Rate changes the speed at which the loop moves through the buffer. Finally, a mix control determines the amount of wet and dry signal output.

In the short demo video below I assigned Lugosi’s parameters to a MIDI controller, allowing me to play it like a sampler instrument.

So what do I think?

Product: Lugosi by One Small Clue
Format: VST for Windows PC
Price: $49 USD
Like: Unique type of effect, high fun factor
Don’t like: –
Verdict: 9/10

There are quite a lot of plug-ins available for slicing, stuttering, glitching, and otherwise mangling audio, but One Small Clue’s effect is quite unique really.

Even though it has only few controls, Lugosi is not necessarily easy to tame. The effect is not synced to your host/external clock, so things can get crazy wild pretty fast when using Lugosi alongside other sounds and sequences. It’s FSU alright!

For more controlled results, parameters can be automated in your host. However, to me it is the experimenting and guiding of (often unexpected) sounds which inspires and excites. Lugosi instantly becomes part of the creation process of your music. It’s not just slapping on an effect and dialing in a nice preset. This effect requires you to create, direct, and let the sound sort of find itself.

I reckon Lugosi is a welcome addition to the FSU toolbox of live performers and adventurous producers.

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One Small Clue releases Preston Gate effect plugin

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One Small Clue Preston Gate

One Small Clue has announced Preston Gate, a high quality gate, expander and ducker effect plug-in for Windows.

It is ideal for adding punch to drums, dynamics shaping and noise removal.

Preston Gate features a clearly designed interface that balances flexibility and immediacy. Attack, Hold and Release parameters offer precise control over the gate envelope behaviour. While the Ratio and Range parameters allow just the right effect strength to be dialed in.

Preston Gate can be triggered with an external input, either audio or MIDI. The key signal can be further processed with low and high cut filters to improve gating accuracy.

Preston Gate for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $49 USD.

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One Small Clue updates Poise to v1.0.71

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One Small Clue Poise (Gem skin)

One Small Clue has released version 1.0.71 of Poise, a percussion sampler instrument for Windows.

Direct, straightforward, no frills and no bloat! Poise makes working with drum samples quick and effortless, allowing you to focus on creating music.

Changes in Poise v1.0.71

  • Added “Export Cell + Samples In Folder” command.
  • All .txt files whould show in the browser and drum kit menu as valid drum kits. Now only LM4 format .txt files show as kits. Regular .txt files are filtered out and hidden.
  • Bug Fix: Version 1.0.69 had issues with multi-threaded processing (FL Studio, Buzz etc).

Poise is available to purchase as a VST instrument plugin for Windows for $49 USD.

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One Small Clue updates Poise to v1.0.69

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One Small Clue Poise

One Small Clue has released version 1.0.69 of Poise, a virtual percussion instrument for Windows.

Direct, straightforward, no frills and no bloat! Poise makes working with drum samples quick and effortless, allowing you to focus on creating music.

Changes in Poise v1.0.69

  • Bug Fix: Poise would leak memory when loading older binary format kits with embedded sample data.
  • Bug Fix: MIDI input was incorrectly processed and could cause a crash if multiple MIDI events were received with identical deltaframe values.
  • Bug Fix: The sample display was not updated after the “New Drum Kit” command. This could lead to a crash.
  • Bug Fix: Poise would crash during the initialization stage if unable to find the windows application data folder. (Due to an unhandled exception.)
  • Ubuntu & Wine: Browser and drum kit menu items should now be ordered alphabetically.
  • Drum pads could click when triggered with the mouse. (Amplitude envelope release time was too short.)
  • Exported drum pads now reference sample files instead of storing sample data in the drum pad file. (Monolithic drum pad files are problematic when saving modified drum kits.)
  • Exported drum pad data is now saved using XML instead of a custom binary format.
  • Improved relative path support when saving drum kits and drum pads. Previously samples could only be saved with a relative path if they were in a directory below the location of the drum kit file. Now drum kits can be saved using fully relative paths for sample files. This will help with drum kit creation for 3rd party sample libraries.

Poise for Windows is available to purchase for $49 USD.

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One Small Clue updates Poise Percussion Sampler to v1.0.65

One Small Clue Poise (Limeflavor Light Skin)

One Small Clue has released version 1.0.65 of Poise, a percussion sampler instrument for Windows.

Direct, straightforward, no frills and no bloat! Poise makes working with drum samples quick and effortless, allowing you to focus on creating music.

Changes in Poise v1.0.65

  • New: Sample normalisation is now per sample and can be changed at any time. Sample normalisation used to be a global option.
  • New: Added support for pitch bend and modulation wheel MIDI input.
  • New: Added support for.gru files (GURU song format).
  • Improvement: Configuration files are now saved in the Windows application data directory instead of the VST plugin directory. This prevents problems when Poise is run with limited user access privileges under Windows Vista & Windows 7.
  • Improvement: Reaper x64: Added support for GUI resizing.
  • Improvement: Reaper x64: Added support for hotkeys.
  • Improvement: Hot keys now work in MultiTrackStudio.
  • Improvement: Poise now uses better quality re-sampling routines when loading and saving sample files.
  • Bug Fix: Poise was crashing Reaper when a project was loaded. Poise wasn’t handling MIDI input correctly.
  • Bug Fix: Sliced loops were saved without a filename extension.
  • Bug Fix: Sample preview sometimes stopped working on multi-core systems.
  • Bug Fix: Knob value pop up hints disappear and do not display correctly.
  • Bug Fix: Phase flipped samples weren’t drawn correctly.
  • Bug Fix: When importing loops, the sliced looped sections would later be reloaded with the wrong volume.
  • Bug Fix: When previewing samples in the browser, the sample preview player would click when changing to a new sample.
  • Bug Fix: MIDI key names now work in PreSonus Studio One.
  • Bug Fix: Maximum buffer size was not set correctly in all circumstances.

Poise for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $49 USD.

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One Small Clue releases Lugosi, FSU delay effect plugin

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One Small Clue Lugosi

One Small Clue has announced the release of Lugosi, a FSU delay effect plug-in for Windows.

Lugosi is an unusual delay effect. It creates out-of-sync echos and buffer repeat style effects.

Lugosi records audio into a static two second buffer. Loop point markers control exactly where in the buffer the audio is recorded. At the same time there are separate loop point markers to control the playback position. It is possible to record audio into one section of the buffer while simultaneously playing back the audio in a different unrelated section. When the loop point markers are reversed the audio will also play/record in reverse.

As an effect, Lugosi can be very lively and unpredictable. It reacts differently depending on the source material. Because of this it shines when used in conjunction with a MIDI controller. Hands on control allows the source material to be responded to in real-time and interesting areas can be homed in on. This lends a strong performative aspect to the effect.

Lugosi for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $25 USD.

More information: One Small Clue / Lugosi

One Small Clue Poise, pecussion sampler updated to v1.0.49

One Small Clue Poise (Carbon Ice skin)

One Small Clue has released version 1.0.49 of Poise, a percussion sampler instrument for Windows.

This is a significant release that includes many bug fixes and general improvements.

Changes in Poise v1.0.49

  • New Sample Content: Poise now ships with the Ammunition Drum Library by TeamDNR. Ammunition is a collection of 354 sampled drum sounds designed for producers of modern music styles. The collection features a selection of electronic and natural sounding hits.
  • New MIDI automation system. Optimised for real-time editing of drum kits.
  • New Trigger Map system with region information. Trigger map regions have settings for Low Note, High note, Root Note and MIDI Channel. This allows for custom pad arrangements not possible before.
  • Rudimentary import of Battery format drum kits.
  • Rudimentary import of Guru format drum kits.
  • Import of LM4 drum kits now more forgiving. (i.e. doesn’t throw errors when finding unexpected stuff in LM4 text files).
  • Improved compatibility with Ableton Live.
  • Many small changes to improve general work flow.
  • Bug Fix: CPU spikes when used on multi-core systems have been fixed.
  • Bug Fix: Poise could crash when changing it’s output configuration in Sonar.
  • Bug fix: Drum pad amplitude envelopes have been tweaked to reduce clicks when pads are either muted or retriggered.
  • Bug Fix: Changing output counts would crash Cubase 5. Poise now defaults to 16 outputs (unless renaming the dll file). Individual outputs can be activated/ignored within Cubase 5.
  • Bug Fix: Sometimes the sample display would trigger an access violation when being redrawn leading to a crash.

Poise for Windows (VST) is available to purchase for $49 USD.

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One Small Clue updates Poise to v1.0.11

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One Small Clue Poise (MPC2500 skin)

One Small Clue has released version 1.0.11 of Poise, a percussion sampler instrument for Windows.

Direct, straightforward, no frills and no bloat! Poise aims to make working with drum samples quick and painless, allowing you to focus on making music.

Changes in Poise v1.0.11

  • Added an ADSR envelope.
  • New: Added a Pad Link option. A drum pad will be trigged when it’s linked pad triggers.
  • New: Support added for midi note names. (Midi note will show the name of the drum pad.)
  • Improvement: Made changes to the Amplitude envelope drawing process to improve envelope visibility.
  • Improvement: Phase flipped samples are now drawn correctly. They were being drawn identically to non flipped samples.
  • Bug Fix: The Poise GUI was consuming excess CPU cycles when the browser was visible.
  • Bug Fix: Midi learn menu wasn’t responding to mouse clicks.
  • Bug Fix: Poise wasn’t opening files correctly. In some situations this could lead to a crash. (Files were being opened with share mode set for exclusive use.)
  • Bug Fix: The GUI was using excess CPU when covered by another window. (The Choke and Output numeric controls weren’t updated correctly).

Poise is available to purchase as a VST instrument plug-in for Windows PC, priced at $49 USD.

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