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One Small Clue Poise updated to v1.1.7

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One Small Clue Poise

One Small Clue has updated the Poise percussion sampler instrument for Windows to version 1.1.7.

Poise makes working with drum samples quick and effortless, allowing you to focus on creating music.

Changes in Poise v1.1.7

  • New: Added a “Save Drum Kit to Project Folder…” command for Reaper users.
  • Change: The location of the Poise data folder can be specified in an XML document in the VST plugin folder instead of in the registry.
  • Change: Poise now automatically searches for missing files in the drum kit and sample directories.
  • Change: FL Studio 10. The output configuration is now fixed to 16 stereo outputs.
  • Bug Fix: FL Studio 10. Projects using Poise with multiple outputs weren’t restored correctly.
  • Bug Fix: Cubase 5.5. Outputs weren’t configured properly.
  • Bug Fix: Configuration files were saved to the drive root if the Poise data directory couldn’t be found.

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

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One Small Clue Poise updated to v1.1.1

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One Small Clue Poise

One Small Clue has updated Poise, the percussion sampler instrument for Windows.

Poise makes working with drum samples quick and effortless, allowing you to focus on creating music.

Poise features 16 drum pads, which can each use 8 samples. Sample layers have parameters for pitch, volume and balance, as well as amplitude and pitch envelopes. There are several sample switching types including random, velocity and round-robin.

Changes in Poise v1.1.1

  • Bug Fix: In ProTools the GUI did not draw itself correctly when first opened.
  • Bug Fix: The “Velocity Split” and “Velocity Remove Overlap” commands did not work correctly. They were leaving small gaps in a pads velocity mapping. Pads would not trigger when the velocity fell in gaps between samples.
  • Bug Fix: Previewing 24 bit PCM wavefiles in the browser would hang Poise.
  • Active pads are now killed on sequencer stop.
  • Sending a MIDI panic message to Poise will now kill all active drum pads.
  • Hotkeys should now work in FL Studio 9.
  • Hotkeys might work in Renoise (some more testing needs to be done).
  • Improved how the hotkeys work. The improvements will make it easier and quicker to fix hotkey problems in future.

Poise is available as a VST plugin for Windows, priced at $49 USD.

More information: One Small Clue / Poise

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One Small Clue updates Poise to v1.0.78

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One Small Clue Poise

One Small Clue has released version 1.0.78 of Poise, a percussion sampler instrument plug-in for Windows.

Poise makes working with drum samples quick and effortless, allowing you to focus on creating music.

Changes in Poise v1.0.78

  • New: Drag & Drop Export Render feature. [Ctrl]+[Alt]+[Drag & Drop] Drum Pad will export an automatically rendered version of the drum pad.
  • New: Geist Kit format support added.
  • New: “Render Pad To Disk” and “Save Render Only” commands.
  • New: Load Previous / Next Sample hot keys. [B / N]
  • The parameter scaling for the ADSR amplitude envelope was very poor in the lower ranges. This has been improved.
  • When attempting to edit sample files that only existed in RAM, Poise would fail silently. Now Poise will give the option to save the sample file to disk, then open the sample editor.
  • Bug Fix: The ADSR amplitude envelope didn’t work correctly with very small decay times.
  • Bug Fix: Auto-select pads was temporairly disabled after selecting “edit sample with…” command
  • Bug Fix: Poise would occasionally crash when changing drum kits.
  • Bug Fix: Rendered sample volume levels are now consistent when “velocity to amplitude” modulation amounts are less then 100%.
  • Bug Fix: GUI resizing in Sonar should now work.
  • Bug Fix: GUI resizing in Cubase 5.5.3 now works correctly.
  • Bug fix: Hang-on-exit bug has been fixed. This bug would only show on some machines. It was related to improper thread handling when previewing samples in the browser.
  • Bug Fix: when loading more then 8 samples, an error dialog shows. This shouldn’t happen.
  • Bug Fix: Individual sample layers are now only selected by MIDI when the host sequencer is stopped. (Previously automatic drum pad selection was surpressed, but individual sample layers were still selected.

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

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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.

More information: One Small Clue / Lugosi

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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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