Yowstar has released a new product, simply titled “G,” based on a combination of ideas from former products Girl and Cosmetic.
With an emphasis on instant, interactive control over sound and video playback, G unifies diverse digital sound sources and controls. Separate sources can be treated as one, or as a collection of sounds. Sound designers will love the meticulous control over each source and the ability to pan effect treatments in the stereo field. Live performers will find the incredibly easy MIDI assignments, the immediacy of control, the infusion of random elements, and integrated video sampling inspiring. Studio musicians will be love the ability to sculpt sound musically. Installation artists will be intrigued by the ability to mix sound on up to 24 speakers. DJ’s will be inspired by the possibility of attaching multiple turntables equipped with MsPinky vinyl, discovering the most impressive audio/visual virtual turntable application ever.
With up to 16 modules, each created from a mix of up to five stereo sources fed into a variety of effects. Drag individual elements, such as small segments of sound or VST instrument notes, to the probability-based sequencer for organizing melodies and grooves.
The vast array of effects for each module include pitch, volume, granulator, ringmod, distortion, downsample, delay, two multi-mode filters, and up to four VST effects. These are easily configured to be controlled with MIDI or one of eight multi-mode LFO’s synchronized to a central tempo. Extensive computer keyboard mappings provide an incredible control surface for the mobile musician.
G even plays video. A simple video sampler provides a bin of 30 readily-available Quicktime movies for high-quality playback and looping. It can even play movies over FireWire!
A free demo is available for download from the Yowstar site. The commercial version is available for US$111, or bundled with four platters of MsPinky vinyl for US$170.