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Chromaphone

Synth by Applied Acoustics Systems

Mix and Match

Chromaphone combines acoustic resonators to create drums, percussion, string, and synth-like instruments. Membranes, bars, marimbas, plates, strings, and tubes form pairs that get sparked into life by a mallet and a flexible noise source. The resonators' material, tuning, and coupling parameters allow the creation of a wide range of instruments and sonic colors. Whether real, innovative, or with an ethnic touch, Chromaphone will fill your music with rich and organic tones.

 

Melodies and Beats

Chromaphone's sound library includes a wide range of expressive and responsive instruments that span from warm and mellow pitched percussions for melodies to punchy one-shots and kits for rhythm tracks. A wooden bar makes a xylophone, turned metallic it becomes a glockenspiel. Adding a tube transforms it into a vibraphone or marimba. Plates shape up in bells and cymbals. Membranes are used for drum skins, combined with a tube they make bass drums, snares, congas and bongos.

 

One-shot Revolution

One-shots are no longer limited to the velocity dimension. Chromaphone uses the entire keyboard range to modulate volume, mallet noise and stiffness, noise filter frequency and density, hit position, and coupling to open a whole world of expressive sounds—and that in a totally stepless fashion.

 

Creative Drum Kits

Chromaphone ships with ready-made creative kit patches where each note provides a new sound slightly different from the previous one. Over the entire keyboard range the sound morphs from bass drum to snare to hi-hat. Discover a mixture of electronic and acoustic qualities intertwined to form highly playable, addictive, and always fresh drum sounds.

 

Together Ensemble

A key feature of Chromaphone is a brand-new coupling technology. The coupling refers to the exchange of acoustic energy which occurs in real life between interacting objects. Consider a string bridged to a wooden soundboard, both have their own behavior and characteristics, but when assembled together, they merge into a complex string instrument. In a similar way, a metal bar interacts with the air column from a tube in a vibraphone. Chromaphone is the first and only plug-in to provide control over the coupling of resonators. The result is vivid instruments with unmatched acoustic precision, sharpness and realism.

 

Neat features

  • Real-time control over any parameters via host automation
  • Host tempo synchronization for effects and modulations
  • Relaxed editing with unlimited undo/redo capability

 

The benefits of physical modeling

  • Sound manipulation at the source core
  • Presets load in a flash
  • Super smooth dynamics—no velocity layers!
  • Small memory footprint
  • Installs in less than a minute

 

System Requirements

Mac minimum system requirements*

  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • Intel Core processor or later
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution
  • Built-in audio interface
  • Mac OS X-compatible MIDI interface/keyboard

Mac compatibility

  • VST 32-bit/64-bit, Audio Units (see restrictions below), RTAS, and AAX Native plug-in hosts
  • Mac OS X-compatible audio interface
  • Mac Audio Units (32- and 64-bit) compatibilty
  • Apple Garageband 1.1 or later
  • Apple Logic 7.1 or later
  • Ableton Live 8 or later
  • Audiofile Engineering Rax
  • MOTU Digital Performer 6 or later
  • Cockos Reaper 3.1 or later

Mac Audio Units (32- and 64-bit) compatibilty

  • Apple Garageband 1.1 or later
  • Apple Logic 7.1 or later
  • Ableton Live 8 or later
  • Audiofile Engineering Rax
  • MOTU Digital Performer 6 or later
  • Cockos Reaper 3.1 or later

PC minimum system requirements*

  • Windows XP SP2 32-bit or Windows Vista, 7, or 8 32-bit/64-bit
  • Intel Core or equivalent processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution
  • Windows-compatible audio interface
  • Windows-compatible MIDI interface/keyboard

PC compatibility

  • VST 32-bit/64-bit, RTAS, and AAX Native plug-in hosts
  • ASIO and DirectSound audio drivers

 

*The minimum system requirements mentioned above are for standalone usage. For plug-in usage, please refer to your DAW software requirements (Sonar, Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, etc.).

Features

  • Real-time control over any parameters via host automation.
  • Host tempo synchronization for effects and modulations.
  • Relaxed editing with unlimited undo/redo capability.

 

The Benefits of Physical Modelling

  • Sound manipulation at the source core.
  • Presets load in a flash.
  • Super smooth dynamics—no velocity layers!
  • Small memory footprint.
  • Installs in less than a minute.

 

Requires

  • Windows XP SP2 32-bit or Windows Vista/7 32-bit/64-bit.
  • Intel Core or equivalent processor.
  • 512 MB of RAM.
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space.
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution.
  • Windows-compatible audio interface.
  • Windows-compatible MIDI interface/keyboard.

 

  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later.
  • Intel Core processor or later.
  • 512 MB of RAM.
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space.
  • 1024 x 768 screen resolution.
  • Built-in audio interface.
  • Mac OS X-compatible MIDI interface/keyboard

 

The minimum system requirements mentioned above are for standalone usage. For plug-in usage, please refer to your DAW software requirements (Sonar, Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, etc.).
 

 

Product Reviews

  • Gearwire Review: AAS Chromaphone

    Applied Acoustics Systems released Chromaphone, a percussion synthesizer instrument for Mac and Windows. What's new from Applied Acousti...

  • Future Music Review: Chromaphone by AAS

    Applied Acoustics System morph Ableton's Collision synth into their latest physical modelling instrument, Chromaphone. JoE Silva is on the l...

  • AAS Chromaphone Review At Music Radar

    Originally produced as Ableton's Collision synth, the Canadian software wizards at Applied Acoustics Systems have now refined their initial ...

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