Applied Acoustics Systems Releases Chromaphone – Percussion Synthesizer For Mac & PC
Applied Acoustics Systems has released Chromaphone, a new creative percussion synthesizer for Mac OS X and Windows. At the heart of Chromaphone lies a novel coupling technology that precisely models how vibrating objects interact and influence each other capturing key acoustic behaviours of musical instruments. This, combined with access to the resonators’ physical properties, results in a library of truly expressive instruments as well as a vast range of sonic colors.
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 sparked to life by a configurable mallet and a flexible noise source. The new resonator coupling technology brings the AAS physical modeling platform to a whole new level claims Philippe Derogis, CTO of Applied Acoustics Systems. “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.”
» Based on physical modeling
» Top quality preset library
» Real time calculation of sound—no samples
» 32?bit floating point internal processing
» Sample rates up to 192?kHz
» Easy sharing of presets
» Unlimited undo/redo capability
» Standard plugin formats support
» MIDI program change support
» High quality integrated master effects: chorus, delay, and reverb
» Host tempo synchronization
» Dynamic voice allocation and CPU overhead protection
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.
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.
Chromaphone costs $199, but until December 5th, 2011, Chromaphone is available at the special introductory price of $169 in the VST and Audio Unit plug-in flavors for Mac and PC.