Vember Audio Shortcircuit now freeware

Vember Audio has released the software sampler instrument Shortcircuit as freeware.

Developer Claes Johanson explains why Shortcircuit is now freeware:

The core of the problem is that I have too little time, motivation and financial dependency on it to develop it much further. I don’t really need it myself either, the drum racks in Live7 suits most of my sampler usage brilliantly, and if I need to use a special feature in SC2 it’s still there whether it’s called alpha or not.
The only real reason for me to work on it is not to disappoint the existing users, and I’m afraid that’s not enough. A product like this needs a lot of love (and time), not only to finish it but to properly maintain and improve it.

Read this forum post for more details from Claes.

Shortcircuit was not intended to be a mere sample library playback engine, but rather to be a musical instrument in its own right.

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Version 1.1.1 of Shortcircuit has some great features, including:

  • A streamlined GUI for fast editing at the sample-zone level, in context sample preview and extensive drag & drop support
  • Sample/instrument import of wav (8/16/24/32 bit, mono/stereo at any sample rate), AKAI, NI Battery, SF2, Recycle 1 & 2.
  • Sampler engine: High quality sinc interpolation, oversampling, max polyphony of 256 voices, multiple outputs, 2 filters/voice with a host of filter algorithms, 3 step LFOs/voice, 2 AHDSR envelopes/voices, powerful modulation system, etc.

Shortcircuit 2 is also available, but since it’s only in alpha stage (v0.5) it will probably be less stable (it doesn’t look like it will be developed any further, so if it doesn’t work properly for you just move on…)

Visit Vember Audio for more information, and links to download Shortcircuit 1 and 2.

Free samples at Loopmasters
  • I tried v1 for a few mins and couldn’t see anything I can’t do with the plugs I already have (plus there are some horrible usability issues for me), so this news not really concerning me. However, what is really bad is that quite a few developers lately turned commercial plugs into free ones, obviously because they can’t earn any money with those plugs … It’s sad. And it’s sad for those people who recently bought shortcircuit and won’t get a refund. (But the same thing actually happened to me when I bought glitch and it became freeware later on.)

  • Ashley Pomeroy

    I’ve used Shortcircuit V1.1.2 for a while now, and I generally like it. It can do double-duty as a conventional sample playback device, and as a sample-based synth module, along the lines of the old Ensoniq Mirage, if you load in plain waveforms. There are several different filter types and a clever modulation / effects router, whereby you can for example route one of the LFOs to modulate the delay effect time, or the pitch of the pitched delay. The interface takes a while to get the hang of (it’s fiddly to enter key zones – you either have to do a lot of dragging and waggling with the mouse, or remember that e.g. you can’t type in F#2, you have to type 54. You also have to remember that 353ms is stored as 0.353 and not 353). It loads Akai programmes although the ones I have tried needed some tweaking. It’s £300 cheaper than Kontakt, and you’ll never have to be evasive when people ask you what software you use (if you catch my drift).

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