Berkeley, CA-based Roger Linn Design has released AdrenaLinn Sync ($99), an AU/VST/RTAS-compatible plug-in for Mac OS X (a Windows version is coming) that offers the same type of beat-synced filter effects of its hardware sibling, but with many improvements.
Here are some of the highlights:
More Control—More parameters to fine-tune your filter modulation and filter sequencing effects.
More Randomness—Random sequence generation, random LFO amplitude, plus variable probability of randomly-generated notes or envelope firing.
More Swing—In additional to half or full swing timing for sequenced notes, you also get on randomly-generated notes.
Noise source for Self-Generated Noise Beats—Use noise with the sequencer to create synthesized drumbeats, or to excite resonant filters into self-oscillation.
2 Simultaneous Modulation Paths—Separately route LFO & Sequencer, or Sequencer Level & Sequencer Envelope, to individual levels of filter frequency, volume and pan modualtion.
Full Stereo Signal Path—Maintain full stereo from input to output.
Self-generating sequences—Increase resonance to full for self-oscillating filter or flanger, then use the Sequencer for random or looped self-generating note sequences.
Musical Scale Constraints—Snap the LFO or Sequencer modulation signals chromatic, major, minor, pentatonic, blues, whole tone, diminished or seven other musical scales.
Tube-Modeled Distortion—A very warm and smooth distortion with pre-hipass and post-lowpass filters.
Stereo phaser—A rich, 4-stage stereo phaser.
10 Second Stereo Delay with Ping Pong—Makes your beat-synced delays and delay loops more useful. Delay loops as long as 8 bars in length (up to 10 seconds).
Clean & Simple User Interface—Clearly shows signal flow and modulation routing.
128 Presets—Includes all of AdrenaLinn III sequenced, random and modulation presets, plus some new self-generating pitched sequences and noise drumbeats.
The AdrenaLinn sync doesn't offer the drumbeats, amp models, reverb or note-triggered filter-modulation features of the hardware pedal, but the company figures that most users will already have those capabilities in their existing plug-in collections.
For more information, go to www.rogerlinndesign.com.