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- Cyclone is a powerful 16-part, ACID-compatible, groove sampler, composition tool, and loop editor.
- Perform and record loop-based compositions in real-time using any MIDI device, MIDI tracks, a computer keyboard, or mouse.
- Assign SONAR Groove Clips and ACID-format WAV files to Cyclone’s 16 pads.
- Loaded samples match the tempo and pitch of your project.
- Rearrange, combine, slice, tweak, and customize samples to create new grooves.
- Control gain, pitch, and pan of individual loop slices.
- Full control over looping points: a great way to create polyrhythmic textures and work with loops in odd time signatures.
- Support for multiple outputs & key mapping.
- Export your loop creations to a new Groove clip that can be used in SONAR & other apps.
Reviewed By dburgan
February 7, 2004
Would I have bought Cyclone if it didn't come with SONAR free? Honestly, I don't know. I do know that if Cakewalk stopped bundling it, I'd be quite upset.
A few downsides - the UI took a LOT of getting used to for a novice looper like myself. I still get confused by certain things. Cakewalk could have done a better job, IMHO, at making this thing more intuitive. But, for the price, I guess I can't complain.
In summary - an essential tool for loopers, and a great tool for everyone else.Read more
Reviewed By Brando
June 12, 2002
Earlier versions of SONAR allowed one to paint, tempo match and pitch shift individual acidized loops onto audio tracks, which could previously be done only with ACID (et al). Now, Cyclone allows me to set up a single instance of 16 loop pads, and slice and re-sequence individual slices in any way I like, and trigger them accurately via MIDI (or live) in perfect sync with my SONAR project, without glitches, pops or crackles.
Any time I use loops now I automatically bring them into Cyclone.
I also like Cake's 'FxPAD' (DX, $19) as an excellent complement to Cyclone for adding morphing and modulating effects either in time with the project, or freeform. This combination somewhat matches (and in some ways surpasses) the effects advantage of PHat.
I don't look at the Cyclone versus Phat Pro decision as an either/or question. Both have their place in a certain type of project. Phat is better at mangling and twisting. Cyclone is better at slicing and arranging. I'm glad I own them both, and I can't wait for the DXi version of Phat
Reviewed By soupdevil
May 2, 2002
You can easily add Acidized loops and one-time hits, and then manipulate the hell out of them -- re-ordering the beat slices, or mixing and matching them from different beats. Then you can trigger them from a MIDI device or the virtual pads.
All the pads are independent from each other, and can be set up to follow or ignore project pitch, project tempo, whether they should loop or be one-time hits, and whether or not they should stop playing when you let up on the pad/MIDI key (this feature is called latch).
Since it's a DXi2, it has multiple outs, so you can route each pad to its own track for unique FX and automation.
It sounds really good, especially the v1.1 update, which auto-fades the beginnings and ends of slices to prevent pops and clicks.
There are no presets, but that doesn't bother me much, because I would rather just use it with whatever loops are appropriate for the project I'm working on.
There's a graphic event editor, sort of like a step sequencer, where you can manipulate loop slices and move them from one pad to the other. Each pad's events can be set to have a different loop length.
Bad News: Cyclone is only available with SONAR2
Good News: It's free with the SONAR2 purchaseRead more
Reviewed By David Abraham
April 7, 2002
Basically Cyclone allows you to assign individual loops to MIDI notes, the main advantage being that the loops automatically stretch to project tempo (and also pitch for pitched loops). Once the candidate loops (up to 16 per instance) are all loaded it's just a matter of arming the MIDI track and playing the various loops in real time. You can also mangle/rearrange/tweak indiviual slices, which is powerful, but was not immediately intuitive (to me)
The quality of the stretching is on par with SONAR and ACID, not bad at all.
My main complaint would be that there are two few pads for holding samples (limited to 16 per instance) 24 or 32 would be a better number. Also it's not possible to play loops using the built in virtual keyboard
On a positive note up to 16 stereo outputs are available (enabled by the Multi-output support in DXi 2.0)
Overall I think it's pretty useful instrument, especially if vendors provide pre-packaged loops. I look forward to ACIDizing and loading up high-end performance libraries like Spectrasonics BackBeat and GrooveMasters Drums and triggering these live.Read more
Reviewed By Scot Solida
April 7, 2002