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Stacker

Virtual Instrument by Sample Magic

Le castle vania
"I'm loving Stacker. It's without a doubt the most complete and well rounded drum sculpting tool that i've used.’’
Le Castle Vania (Mau5trap, So Sweet Records). Le Castle Vania is an electronic dance music project created by Atlanta-based DJ Dylan Eiland.
Resound
"I am very impressed with the sound quality of the presets. Definitely recommended."
Resound (Metalheadz/Samurai Music).
Fehrplay
"I’m using it on every track now".
Fehrplay (Pryda Friends, Mau5trap). Fehrplay is the most recent Pryda Friends signee, releasing an unprecedented five records on the imprint, ranging from dark house tracks like "I Can't Stop It" and "Nightride", to his more recent techy tracks like "Monte" and "Talk to Me".

Evolve your drums: the ultimate drum layer and sound design tool.

Revolutionise your rhythms with Stacker, a uniquely powerful drum layering plugin that uses sampling and synthesis across multiple layers to create personalised drum sounds, from cutting-edge beats and finely honed vintage hits to cinematic-style SFX.

That's just for starters. Stacker can also be used to craft a near limitless range of tailor-made sounds, from lush chords and complex percussion to esoteric ambient FX. 

Stacker boasts three independent sample layers, a fully fledged analogue-style drum synthesiser, dynamic FX section, plus innovative tools like Scatter (intelligent time displacement) and Pump (delay and impulse sculpting).

Smart global editing, flexible modulation, freeform curve-enhanced envelopes, precise filters, dedicated stereo tools and macro assignments for instant tweaks combine in the world’s most compelling sound layering tool.

The only limit to Stacker's sonic palette is your imagination.

Features

1. Three Powerful Samplers: The Core of Stacker

  • Craft unique, custom sounds in seconds by importing up to three different audio samples. Carve samples to your exact requirements using assignable start, loop and end points, characterful filters, 8-point envelopes, insert FX and an exhaustive palette of phase correction and stereo width tools. Combine ambient live recordings for composite drum layers.

2. Desginer Drum Synth: Old-School Analogue Power

  • Layer four is Stacker's synth engine featuring a powerful modelled analogue oscillator with separate noise generator for constructing sonically rich kicks, snare, hats, percussion and FX. Tune the oscillator to your track for bulky sub kicks... Employ noise 'pump' to give a raw analogue edge to a stacked snare... Add transient energy to tired hits... Play melodic kick drums patterns using MIDI.

3. Quick to Master – Devil in the Detail

  • Get up and running in moments with an intuitive GUI, global overview of layers and quick access to filters, tuning, volume, amp length and more. Delve deeper for advanced sound design tools: automate every parameter; edit audition with on/off buttons for all effects, envelopes and layers plus much more.

4. Scatter: Intelligent Time Displacement

  • Set time displacement between layers by dragging their trigger blocks – offset in ms for subtle shifts or bpm for locked-in groove control, whether you want to imbue a lazy human feel to a huge clap stack or synchronise a powerful FX sequence.

5. Shape the Details: Multi-Stage Envelopes

  • Shape the all-important transients using Stacker's detailed envelopes. Load a preset ('bang', 'pump', 'suck') or program your own nuanced curves using ultra-flexible 8-point envelopes to control amplitude, pitch and modulation. Zoom in for fine tuning; Warp for added definition. Nothing gets you closer to the edit.

6. Fully Fledged FX: From MPC-Style Downsampling to Analogue Filters

  • Insert FX rack for each layer featuring 8 distortion presets (from warm saturation to 8-bit chip modelling), full suite of analogue-style filters, LFO-synced 'Zero-Flanger', mod shift, flexible 2-band EQ and more...

7. Macros & Mod Matrix: Supreme Tweakability

  • Mod envelopes and LFOs control everything from sample start points to FX parameters. Route mods in the matrix – featuring KAOSS source, bipolar and uni routings – or control multiple parameter ranges under a single user-named macro. On-the-fly tweaks have rarely been easier...

8. Delay & Ambience: Give Sounds Life

  • Fully customisable delay and reverb engine - from subtle chamber-style reverb to tempo-synced ping-pong delays to big fat 80s gated reverbs. Load your own impulse responses. Fine-tune complex ghost grooves and slapbacks with unique 'pump' LFO.

9. 1000'S of Presets & Xpansions: Inspiration Assured

  • Stacker ships with 1208 expertly crafted presets – including supreme drum sounds, raw samples, tried and tested envelope curves, IRs, macro assignments, FX racks and more... Browse and create, swap and tweak, or click the lightning bolt for intelligently randomised starting points. For more inspiration browse Stacker XPansions, from Sample Magic's world-leading sound designers.

Tech Spec

3 x Sample Layers:

  • Tune / Pan / Loop / Normalise / Reverse
  • Stereo Channel matrix : Normal / channel Swap / Mono Left / Mono Right : Phase Invert / L / R
  • Stereo Width (variable Mid / Side + mono pass)
  • Sample Delay (left / right 0-10,000 samples)
  • Amp Envelope : 8 stage programmable envelope with curve control, time resize and warp (change the time ratio for the start of the envelope only)
  • Pitch Envelope : 8 stage programmable envelope with curve control, time resize and warp (change the time ratio for the start of the envelope only)

1 x Synth Layer:

  • Variable Wavetable : Sine / Triangle / Square
  • Tune / Drive / Volume / Click (808 stye)
  • Noise : Colour / Width / Filter (LP/BP/HP) / Rez
  • Noise Envelope : 8 stage programmable envelope with curve control (selectable On/off : when off is selected, Noise is routed to main synth envelope)
  • Amp Envelope : 8 stage programmable envelope with curve control, time resize and warp (change the time ratio for the start of the envelope only). Save/ Load / Randomise Shape.
  • Pitch Envelope : 8 stage programmable envelope with curve control, time resize and warp (change the time ratio for the start of the envelope only)
  • Scale : Hz or Midi Note Pitch.
  • Save/ Load / Randomise Shape.

Insert FX (all layers):

  • Digitze,
  • Clip Filter (LP/BP/HP + 7 distortion types + Pre/Post)
  • Zero Flanger (3 types + LFOP BPM sync and Re-Trig)
  • Mod Shift (Ring Modulator / Frequency Shifter)
  • 2 Band EQ : Selectable Parametric / Hi-Shelf / Low-Shelf + Variable Q
  • Dual Filters : Hi and Lo cut (4 types : 12/24/48/Res)

Send FX: Delay

  • Delay : Mode : Echo / Repeats, Ms / BPM sync, Ping pong width, LPF, Mod rate + Depth. 
  • Pump Envelope : 8 Stage programable envelopes with curve control, BPM sync + Trig/Loop option. Targets : Amp / Low Filter / High Filter
  • 1 Band EQ : Selectable Parametric / Hi-Shelf / Low-Shelf + Variable Q
  • Dual Filters : Hi and Lo cut (4 types : 12/24/48/Res)

Send FX: Impulse

  • Impulse : Load any audio file for IR transformation (Reverb / Distortion etc)
  • Pump Envelope : 8 Stage programable envelopes with curve control, BPM sync + Trig/Loop option. Targets : Amp / Low Filter / High Filter
  • 1 Band EQ : Selectable Parametric / Hi-Shelf / Low-Shelf + Variable Q
  • Dual Filters : Hi and Lo cut (4 types : 12/24/48/Res)

Modulation / Routing

  • Modulation Matrix : 9 Modulation slots / 11 sources (4 Mod envelopes / 4 macros / Pitch Bend / Kaoss / Velocity)
  • Selectable Polarity Bi-Uni polar / Depth / On/off.
  • 4x Modulation Envelopes : 8 Stage programable envelopes with curve control, BPM sync + LFO Loop option. Save/ Load / Randomise Shape.
  • 4 Macro controls with Rename

Scatter:

  • Intelligent d-part sample offset

Global Controls:

  • Global Edit : Edit Amp env times, tuning and stereo width for each or all layers via a single fader.
  • Mixer : 6 Channels (4 layers + Delay + Impulse) Mute/Solo / Delay Send / Impulse Send. Master Volume.
  • Scope Output Visualiser and Trigger/Audition.
  • Midi Velocity / Keytrack : independently switchable for all layers
  • Trigger Modes : Envelope (plays sound till envelopes finish), Gate (plays sound only while MIDI note is ON)
  • Polyphony : 16 notes
  • Modes : Mono / Poly

Presets:

  • Core Library :  1208 presets covering Kicks, Snares, HiHats, Cymbals, Percussion, Sub Bass, FX, styles / genres created from over 750 audio files.
  • Preset Browser : Open/ Save /Save As layer, Prev/ Next/ Randomise layer file in folder, browse current folder. Reset Layer to defaults.
  • Randomise - Sample Layer : Load Audio file from Finder, Prev/ Next/ Randomise audio file in folder, browse current folder. Reset Layer to defaults.
  • Randomise - Synth Layer : Open/ Save /Save As layer, Prev/ Next/ Randomise layer file in folder, browse current folder. Reset Layer to defaults.

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows Vista or higher (tested up to Windows 10)
  • SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or later)
  • Minimum 2GB RAM.
  • Any VST / Audio Unit (32/64-bit) / AAX-compatible host software.

Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher (tested up to 10.10 El Capitan)
  • Intel processor Mac
  • Minimum 2GB RAM.
  • Any VST / Audio Unit (32/64-bit) / AAX-compatible host software.

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