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. Loom is an entirely new modular additive synthesizer. Both instruments provide an array of sound-sculpting tools ranging from rapid, efficient sound creation to zeroing in on most intricate of sound design tasks.
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 provides a modern, idealized vision of the versatility and potential of analog synthesis, rather than attempting to isolate and recreate just one particular moment from history. The smart knob model used in Vacuum Pro provides anyone— from novice to pro—the ability to create unique instrument sounds.
"Vacuum Pro is the dirtiest, hottest, and most revolutionary soft synth we've ever created." says Mario Reinsch, Senior Engineer at AIR. "We designed Vacuum Pro to sound like the analog synth we always wanted; it isn't a copy or reproduction of a known, classic analog synth; you're getting something that is truly unique and wonderful."
As an additive instrument, Loom can create sounds that extend far beyond the scope of subtractive synths. Loom provides a vast array of unique sounds while providing total control over every aspect of the instrument. Sound creation begins with 30 sound modules, each with a distinct function—moving filter, octaver, repeater, second tone, etc. These modules can be freely combined in up to 10 cells. Spectral modulation, extensive envelope shaping, and multiple LFOs deliver deep control.
Vacuum Pro and Loom each contain over 350 ready-to-play presets. With the majority of these sound created by the AIR team, AIR has also enlisted the services of electronic musician and sound designer Richard Devine. Richard has used his skills and talents to contribute 100 custom-created patches for each instrument.
"I was really fascinated by the structure and UI design of Loom," says sound designer Richard Devine. "I knew it would be capable of creating some interesting timbres. I loved the modular structure and its additive harmonic synthesis engine—which is what initially sparked my interests with Loom. The sounds and control features of Loom are just stunning. I have never come across another software synthesizer that offers both unique synthesis and such wonderful controllability. For sound design applications, this synth is simply a must have."