Sugar Bytes has released Looperator, a new effect plug-in for Mac OS X and Windows that 'makes designing subtle rhythmic enhancements to spectacular effect pyrotechnics easy and fun: Its expressive potential quickly approaches the character of an "instrument"'.
Sugar Bytes say they developed Looperator with operational fluidity at the top of the agenda. The deep parameters allow for intense technical performances, while the casual user can enjoy instant DJ-like fun.
Build a looping effects sequence, with discrete settings for each of Looperator's engines, then bring everything to life using the comprehensive modulation system on a per-step basis.
Slice and stutter
Rearrange your groove. Chop the input signal into 16 slices and freely assign them to each step on the Slice track, then rhythmically stutter selected steps on the Loop track, and work in some funky volume modulation, bitcrushing and sample rate reduction using the Envelope track.
Looperator's Filter provides per-step frequency shaping of the left and right channels independently. The filters are based on all-new algorithms and feature low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and band-reject models at 12 and 24dB/octave slopes, as well as a comb filter and a powerful set of vowel formant filters that can be paired up and crossfaded for talkbox-style sounds.
Two User FX modules each deliver dynamic effects sequencing via a rich and varied line-up of high-quality processors. Scratch, brake and timestretch your loops with Vinyl; transform them tonally with Distortion, Grain, Comb Filter and Tonalizer; polish them up with studio staples like Reverb, Delay and Phaser; and layer in synthesized sounds with Chaos Synth.
Each sequencer track offers 20 ready-made step options – Loop patterns, Envelope shapes, Filter modes and slopes, FX presets, etc. – selected by simply clicking a step and making your choice from the panel that pops up. Much of the time, you won't need to go any further than that, but when you do, the four user-defined steps also available to each track give you full and precise control of five parameters per effect.
Motion and modulation
Every User step configuration features five adjustable parameters: each automated using a simple knob, a Randomizer, an Envelope Follower or one of 20 modulation curves with adjustable start and end points.
Fast, fluid workflow
Keyboard shortcuts, extensive MIDI integration and efficient mouse handling support productivity across the device. From creating tied steps by Shift+clicking, to reordering the signal path by simply dragging sequencer tracks up and down, Looperator's snappy workflow keeps up. The consistent and unobtrusive UI elements across all modules put the spotlight on the task at hand and directly respond to every user action with visual feedback.
The feature list continues: Six track and one global mix control; intelligent randomization options throughout; super-smooth step transitions; limitless undo/redo; standalone functionality and more.
Price: 119€ / 119$.