Applied Acoustics Systems has introduced Chromaphone, described as a ‘creative percussion synthesizer’ for Mac OS X and Windows.
Chromaphone combines ‘acoustic resonators’ to create drums, percussion, mallet, string, and synth-like instruments. Drum skins, bars, marimbas, plates, strings and tubes form pairs that are triggered by a configurable mallet and a flexible noise source.
At the heart of Chromaphone lies technology that models how vibrating objects interact and influence each other, capturing key acoustic behaviours of musical instruments.
“This new resonator coupling technology we are introducing in Chromaphone brings our physical modeling platform to a whole new level,” according to Philippe Derogis, CTO of AAS. “Musical instruments are made from combinations of interacting mechanical objects and coupling allows us to take into account this complex dynamics with great acoustic precision and sharpness.”
Chromaphone runs on both Mac OS X and Windows in host sequencers supporting the VST and Audio Units plug-in formats.
Chromaphone is available now for US $169 through December 5th, 2011. After that, the price goes up to $199.