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|Zynaptiq Pitchmap 1.5 is unique in that it offers realtime polyphonic pitch processing
under MIDI control, even on full mixes.
The transfixing, hypnotic, and downright most
flexible pitch-correction plug-in is back for a
significant update. In case you didn’t already
know, Zynaptiq Pitchmap 1.5 is pretty much a
must-have plug-in for creative sound designers
and remixers, as well as an impeccable tool for
composers and producers of any ilk.
Polyphony is where Pitchmap 1.5 stands
out. It can transpose and correct pitches
within fully mixed, polyphonic audio signals
in real time (and under MIDI control). The
plug-in visually spreads out the audio material
coming from a host DAW track into separate
notes, each note having a Pitch Mapping
Slider, which you can manually drag to a new
note using the keyboard on the right-hand
side as a reference. It’s important to point out
that Pitchmap 1.5 cannot separate discrete
instruments and voices that are playing the
same note in the same octave at the same
time. However, it is extremely effective at the realtime manipulation of polyphonic (or
monophonic) pitch material.
Throwing the First Pitch The update
adds important improvements to Pitchmap’s
algorithms and automation system, but the most
noticeable and important enhancement comes
in the form of the preset manager and included
factory presets. Click the arrow in the upper
left-hand corner, and you can quickly name and
save your current settings as a preset, or access
one of the dozens of factory presets. Just want to
perform basic pitch correction to a mix? There’s
a preset for that. Need to remove entire notes
that were played incorrectly? There’s a preset
to get you started. Want to input notes through
MIDI? There are several presets for you.
Of course, Pitchmap 1.5 is far from a set-it-and-forget-it tool. The aforementioned
Pitch Mapping Sliders have several modes of
behavior, such as whether they round up or
down an octave to the target note. There are
lots of options for varying the nuance of the
pitch correction, like using algorithm modes
with different sound-isolating characteristics,
toggling Strict correction mode, or adjusting
resolution sliders. You can set the pitch
correction to any key/scale available, limit the
range of notes you want to correct, and fully
bypass or mute any unwanted notes.
Another helpful feature lets you take up
to eight Snapshots of settings and then use
automation to determine when they apply.
That works well if you need different types of
settings for certain segments of a song.
Five sound-shaping parameters make up
the Process section. Threshold determines
how off of the pitch a note has to be in order
to be processed. Set the Feel control high to
retain variations such as vibrato or Low for
a more synthetic sound. Purify reduces or
amplifies noisy components in the sound, while
Glide adjusts the portamento between notes.
And Electrify introduces a sort of synthesizer
coloration to sounds. Combinations of the latter
four controls can go a long way in determining
whether Pitchmap 1.5’s corrections retain
a more authentic sound or introduce some
surreal, other-worldly timbres.
MIDI Map Mode Because Pitchmap 1.5 is so
good at isolating individual notes and parts of
a mixed audio signal, it is a game-changer for
mash-up artists or remixers working without
a track’s stems or multitrack DAW session.
However, Pitchmap 1.5’s MIDI input takes
the plug-in to another level. Whether you use
a pre-existing MIDI file or play live through
a MIDI interface, you can re-play the input
audio’s melodies and harmonies in real time.
Take all the liberties you want with the source
audio; create a new arrangement or simply use
it as the sample oscillator for your own original
compositions. This capability makes Pitchmap
1.5 not only a top-notch pitch corrector, but
also a new type of virtual instrument.
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Strengths Realtime pitch correction
of polyphonic, mixed audio material.
Doesn’t require drums to be separated
from mix. Automatic and manual control.
Accepts realtime MIDI input. New presets
and preset manager.
Limitations Not compatible with
96kHz audio. Does not work on single
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