Digidesign has announced Synchronic (Mac/Win), a new plug-in for Pro Tools TDM and LE that can modify looped audio on the fly. Once audio loops are loaded into Synchronic, they can be controlled using the plug-in's user interface, MIDI tracks, an external MIDI controller, and plug-in automation. Synchronic synchronizes to the Pro Tools MIDI Beat Clock directly, and you can run multiple instances within the same Pro Tools LE or TDM session.
Synchronic has five sections, each of which can be edited, stored, and recalled through presets. The Sound module can load up to twelve different mono or stereo audio files of any bit depth and sampling rate. After importing a file, the loop can be sliced up to play in sync with the Pro Tools MIDI Beat Clock. Any two sounds (A and B sources) can be played back simultaneously.
The Playback module manipulates the output of the Sound module. Various aspects of sound playback -- such as speed, order, duration, and direction, as well as modes such as Stab, Spin, and Smear -- are synchronized with the Pro Tools MIDI Beat Clock.
The Effect module processes the output of the Playback module and can be synced to the Pro Tools MIDI Beat Clock to introduce any combination of four concurrent in-tempo effects: Gain, Noise, Filter, and Delay.
Synchronic's XFade module mixes the A and B sounds after they have been processed by the Sound, Playback, and Effect modules. The crossfade between the A and B sounds can be controlled by either a Synchronic preset or through a mixer's crossfader. The XFade module presets can also be synced to MIDI Beat Clock for in-tempo crossfading.
The MIDI module lets you assign and trigger combinations of sounds and module presets using MIDI. You can also freely map MIDI controllers to Synchronic controls.
Synchronic comes with 200 MB of royalty-free loops contributed by Digidesign Development Partners. The plug-in supports SD II, WAV, and AIFF files and sampling rates up to 96 kHz. Synchronic is compatible with Pro Tools|HD, HD Accel, MIX, Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, Mbox, and Digi 001 systems running on Windows XP or Mac OS X. An iLok USB Smart Key and iLok.com account are required for authorization. For more information, visit Digidesign's Web site.