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AIR Music Technology has expanded their virtual instrument offerings with the Vacuum Pro Polyphonic Analog Tube Synthesizer and Loom Modular Additive Synthesizer. Both programs are compatible with 32- or 64- bit Mac OS X or Windows systems, and both support the new AAX plug-in format, as well as traditional VST, AU, and RTAS formats.

Vacuum Pro is a polyphonic analog tube synthesizer that "travels light-years beyond" the original monophonic Vacuum, first developed by the AIR team as part of the Pro Tools Creative Collection from Avid. The new Vacuum Pro is polyphonic, offering up to 160 oscillators plus substantial improvements in both horsepower and features. Loom is an entirely new modular additive synthesizer. While both of these new synthesizers offer detailed control, each also provides programming aids and shortcuts to create custom user-created sounds quickly. Each contains 250 presets created by the AIR team. The Eco (economy) mode reduces the draw on the host processor, with minimal effect on the final sound.

"We offer the customer the best of both worlds," said Samara Winterfeld, Principal Product Manager, AIR Music Technology, "The organic sound of a vintage/analog synths, combined with the flexibility/capability of a virtual instrument."

Vacuum Pro - Polyphonic Analog Tube Synthesizer

The Vacuum part of the name Vacuum Pro relates to the six tube circuits that lend a particularly analog flavor to each of the main synthesis modules—oscillators, filters, mixer, etc. Vacuum Pro combines this vintage, organic sound with the versatility of up-to- date virtual instrument control. The interface is populated by single-function knobs, delivering a vintage feel that reflects the rich analog flavor of the instrument. Modulation effects, delay, and a classic arpeggiator add motion and depth to the sound.

Vacuum Pro sounds are created using one or two parts. When creating parts, the Smart Sound Randomizer allows new values to be created instantly for any or all selected modules. This makes it easy to keep an interesting oscillator sound, for example, while quickly trying out new filter settings. In addition, the Parts Lock feature allows the current settings of any modules (both parts) to be retained when changing sounds, providing a fast way to combine elements from different patches. Best of all, the Easy Sound Design Page reduces the dozens of front panel knobs down to eight, grouping related controls together for rapid results.

  • Super-wide, fat, and organic analog sound.
  • Two individual parts, expandable to four.
  • 250 presets.
  • Smart Sound Randomizer to quickly design unique sounds.
  • 11 Smart Knobs for macro control over parameters.
  • Economy mode reduces load on the host processor.
  • VST, AU, RTAS, and AAX.
  • 32- and 64-bit.

Loom - Modular Additive Synthesizer

Loom weaves together a unique sonic spectrum, offering between 128 and 512 individual additive harmonics. Using an innovative modular approach, Loom has made additive synthesis both powerful and easy to control. Loom provides 30 sound modules, each with a distinct function—moving filter, octaver, repeater, second tone, etc. Up to 10 of these modules can be connected in a string. Spectral modulation, extensive envelope control, and multiple LFOs deliver deep control. Onboard effects provide the finishing elements for each sound.

The Smart Morph Page is where Loom really comes to life. In addition to real-time knobs offering sound, dynamic, modulation, and effect control, this simplified editing page also opens up the extensive morphing capabilities of the Loom additive sound engine and effects. Four assignable quadrants on an X-Y display provide morphing control. Custom morphing paths can be plotted using points and segments. These morphing paths can then be automated, placed under MIDI control, and even synced to the tempo of the host program, creating a morphing pattern that takes 8 or 16 bars to complete, as one example. Intuitive color-coding makes the Loom graphical user interface easy to understand.

  • 30 distinct sound modules, freely combinable in 10 cells.
  • Point-and-click sound morphing with powerful control.
  • 250 presets.
  • Smart Sound Randomizer to quickly design unique sounds.
  • Economy mode reduces load on the host processor.
  • VST, AU, RTAS, and AAX.
  • 32- and 64-bit.

Pricing and release dates are to be announced.

Air Music Technology will be exhibiting at Booth 6700 at the 2013 Winter NAMM show, January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

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29 January 2013 at 5:03pmherbiewonder

AIR is great at hyping their products, but I have been very disappointed in them when I get them. You also have to use an iLok and you can't sell them so you're stuck with them. AVOID! There are plenty of other companies out there that make better plug-ins and have more respect their customers.

15 June 2014 at 2:31pmsbangs_air

Hello, no iLok is required with our current products, we are here to help all users.

30 July 2014 at 10:45pmjaesm

Excellent product. Definitely no iLok needed. I use their plugs in Cubase now. They do though need to get the word out that they aren't exclusively Pro-Tools any longer.

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