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Digidesign Ships Synchronic Loop Manipulation Tool

Plug-in for Pro Tools that can substantially modify looped audio on the fly (October 13, 2004)

Digidesign today announced that it is shipping Synchronic?a new plug-in for Pro Tools that can substantially modify looped audio on the fly and, in the process, define a signature sound. An ideal instrument for spontaneous composition and improvisation, Synchronic offers performing electronic musicians and DJs the ability to sculpt loops and create tempo-based effects in a live setting in real time. Synchronic enables musicians to easily create rhythmic modifications and in-tempo effects with individual beats and beat subdivisions within a loop.

With Synchronics many possibilities and its ease-of-use, virtually any desired effect or something completely unexpected can be achieved. When combined with a MIDI controller, all of its parameters can be manipulated in real time, and individual presets within Synchronics modules can be recalled simply by triggering a MIDI key. In addition to its ability to run multiple instances within the same Pro Tools LE or TDM session to meet creative demands, Synchronic can work alongside other music software products such as Ableton Live and Propellerhead Reason.

Synchronic features five main sections or modules, each of which can be edited, stored, and recalled through presets accessible via the plug-ins interface:

Sound module ? The Sound module can load up to twelve different mono or stereo audio files of any bit depth and sample rate. After importing a file, the loop can be sliced up to play in synchronization with the Pro Tools MIDI Beat Clock. Any two sounds (A and B sources) can be played back simultaneously.

Playback module ? The Playback module manipulates the output of the Sound module. Various aspects of sound playback ? such as speed, order, duration and direction, as well as modes such as ?Stab, ?Spin, and ?Smear ? are synchronized with the Pro Tools MIDI Beat Clock.

Effect module ? This module processes the output of the Playback module and can be synced to the Pro Tools MIDI Beat Clock to introduce any combination of four concurrent in-tempo effects: Gain, Noise, Filter, and Delay.

XFade module ? Synchronics XFade (crossfade) module mixes the A and B sounds after they have been processed by the Sound, Playback and Effect modules. The crossfade between the A and B sounds can be controlled by either a Synchronic preset or through a mixers crossfader. The XFade module presets can also be synced to the Pro Tools MIDI Beat Clock for in-tempo crossfading.

MIDI module ? Synchronics MIDI module enables users to assign and trigger combinations of sounds and module presets using MIDI. They can also freely map MIDI controllers to Synchronic controls.

Once audio loops are loaded into Synchronic, they can be controlled using Synchronics user interface, Pro Tools MIDI tracks, an external MIDI controller, a qualified Digidesign control surface such as Command|8, and/or Pro Tools plug-in automation.

Unlike other beat and looping software products, Synchronic synchronizes to the Pro Tools MIDI Beat Clock directly. It is fully capable of performing complex beat manipulations, effects, and cross-modulations while remaining tightly synced to the MIDI Beat Clock. These effects are not limited to being applied only to loops in their entirety but also to individual beats within the loop, allowing musicians to create complex soundscapes that are still tied to an underlying pulse from the MIDI Beat Clock.

200 MB of royalty-free loops contributed by Digidesign Development Partners ship with Synchronic.* In addition to sample-rate support up to 96 kHz, SD II, WAV, and AIFF files are fully supported and can be easily imported.

Synchronic is compatible with Digidesign-approved Pro Tools|HD, HD Accel, MIX, Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, Mbox, and Digi 001 systems running on Windows XP or Mac OS X. An iLok USB Smart Key and account are required for authorization.

* Available only with the boxed version of Synchronic.

To purchase Synchronic from the DigiStore, visit For more information, visit Digidesigns website at

About Digidesign
Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, Inc., is the worlds leading manufacturer of digital audio production systems, and the winner of the 2001 Technical Grammy Award and 2003 Academy Award of Merit (Oscar statuette) for the design, development and implementation of the Pro Tools digital audio workstation. The company is the exclusive distributor of the Focusrite hardware and software product lines in North and Latin America. Digidesign provides the professional music, film, video, multimedia, and radio broadcast industries with tools for digital recording, MIDI sequencing, editing, signal processing, and surround mixing. Digidesign products are marketed in over forty countries worldwide through a distribution network of value-added dealers, distributors, and OEM relationships. M-Audio, a leading provider of digital audio and MIDI solutions for electronic musicians and audio professionals, is a business unit of Digidesign. For more information, visit


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