Applied Acoustics Systems has released Chromaphone 2 – a major update to its ‘acoustic object synthesizer’ for Mac OS X and Windows.
Chromaphone 2 uses virtual acoustic resonators to create drum, percussion, mallet, string, and other unique instruments. The update features a new streamlined interface, a new equalizer and compressor module, a new multi-effect processor, a new drumhead resonator and more.
Here’s the official demo video:
Here’s what’s new:
- 600 production-ready sounds
- Drumhead resonator – This new model reproduces precisely how a real drumhead vibrates resulting in super realistic and responsive drums and percussions.
- Envelope mode – The envelope generator for the noise source is now equipped with an AHD mode for carving precise one-shots.
- Noise filter bank – The noise source spectrum can now be tailored with a 10-band filter bank for fine control of the tone.
- Low-cut filter – Resonators have been complemented with a low-cut filter to control the clarity of an instrument response.
- Arpeggiator – Add motion and give a new perspective to sounds with the new built-in arpeggiator module.
- Source mixer – Fine control of the mallet and noise sources to shape the attack and sustain phase of sounds with precision.
- Compressor and equalizer – These new additions are designed to add punch and definition to your sound, letting you cut through any dense mix or stage.
- Limiter – The new output limiter protects your ears and monitors during experimentation with the synth’s parameters while providing a maximum of distortion-free dynamics.
- Streamlined interface – Redesigned from the ground up, the new interface now divides Chromaphone 2 into three panels: Play presents shortcuts to the performance and effect parameters including bypass switches for quick edits; Edit lets you tweak and create your sound; while FX supplies equalizer, compressor, multi-effect, and reverb processors for a final sheen.
- Microtonal tunings via Scala scale files – Chromaphone 2 now supports the Scala scale file format for microtonal music making.
- Overhauled effects – chorus, delay, phaser, flanger, distortion, notch filter, wah-wah, auto-wah, and reverb
- Backward compatible with Chromaphone 1 presets
Chromaphone 2 runs on both Mac OS X and Windows in 32- and 64-bit host sequencers supporting the VST, Audio Units, RTAS, and AAX Native plug-in formats.
Pricing and Availability
Chromaphone 2 is available now at a suggested retail price of US$199. Until April 11, 2016, it is offered at the introductory price of $149.A free demo version is also available. See the AAS site for details.