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 Shortcircuit by Vember Audio is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin.
Product Shortcircuit
Developer Vember Audio
Price (MSRP) Free
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
Download Released
 1.1.2  Downloads Released
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
Akai, Battery, RCY, REX, REX2, SF2 (SoundFont), sfz, WAV
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Shortcircuit was created as a reaction against the ongoing trend where software samplers are being designed with the primary intent of library playback. It is intended for people who consider a sampler to be a musical instrument in its own right, and not just a way to emulate other instruments. High priority was given to ensuring that adding and editing individual samples is as fast and logical as possible.

The sample hierarchy in shortcircuit allow you to place samples directly at the highest level of the multi, without having to deal with instrument hierarchies and patches. Want to add a sample to your song? Just drag & drop the sample into shortcircuit and you're ready to go. Samples can be put in groups for multi-sampling and kit-building, but the complexity is only there when you need it.

Sound quality is of highest concern, and shortcircuit uses very high-quality interpolation to ensure that your samples sound as good as the source material, regardless of the pitch you play them at. All filters & effects are calculated at the precision required for them to sound the way intended and oversampling are used when required to prevent aliasing.

Each voice in shortcircuit features two filter-slots, and the selection isn't limited to the traditional pick. In addition to the regular lowpass / highpass / bandpass / notch & peak-filters and variations thereof there is an array of filter algorithms (not strictly filters in the traditional sense, but called so because of their location in the audio path) including distortion, parametric / graphic / morphing equalizers, bit-reduction / decimation, gating, limiting, slew-rate distortion, ring-modulation, frequency shifting and phase-modulation (better known as FM). The selection even includes analog-style oscillators that you can mix with the sample.


User interface:

  • Streamlined user interface for fast editing at the sample-zone level.
  • Fast editing of multiple zones.
  • "In context"-sample preview.
  • Extensive drag & drop support (onto the keyrange-view or the list-view).
Sample/Instrument import:
  • RIFF wave-files (.wav) (8/16/24/32-bit & 32-bit float, mono/stereo at any sample rate).
  • AKAI S5000/S6000/Z4/Z8 .akp banks (partial).
  • NI battery kits (partial).
  • Soundfont 2.00 (partial).
  • Propellerheads Recycle 1 & 2.
Sampler engine:
  • High-quality sinc interpolation.
  • Oversampling used when needed to prevent aliasing.
  • Double-precision float math (64-bit) used where it matters (IIR-filters).
  • Single-precision float math (32-bit) used elsewhere.
  • Supports any sample-rate.
  • Max polyphony per instance: 256 voices
  • Multiple outputs (max 16 mono AND 8 stereo-pairs per instance).
  • Supported sample-playback modes:
    • Forward
    • Forward loop
    • Forward loop with crossfading
    • Forward loop until release
    • Forward loop bidirectional
    • Forward shot
    • Sliced (maps slices across the keyboard)
    • On release
    • Reverse
    • Reverse shot
  • 2 filters / voice. Filter algorithms:
    • Lowpass 2-pole (2 types)
    • Lowpass 1/2/3/4-pole ladder-filter
    • Lowpass 1/2/3/4-pole ladder-filter with saturation
    • Highpass 2-pole
    • Bandpass
    • Peak
    • Notch
    • Dual bandpass
    • Dual peak
    • Comb filter
    • 2-band parametric EQ (2 types)
    • Graphic EQ
    • MorphEQ
    • Mörder OD (overdrive)
    • Bitf*cker
    • Distortion
    • Clipper
    • Gate
    • Limiter
    • Slewer
    • Microgate (does glitch/loop style effects when the gate is open)
    • Ring modulation
    • Phase modulation (equivalent to FM)
    • Frequency shifting
    • Pulse oscillator
    • Pulse oscillator (with sync)
    • Sawtooth oscillator (with 1-16 voices in unison)
    • Sinus oscillator
  • 3 step LFOs / voice. Doubles as 32-step step-sequencer and wavetable LFO.
  • 2 AHDSR envelopes / voice
  • Powerful modulation system with the ability to modulate itself. Destinations include envelope-times, loop-points in addition to traditional destinations.
  • Group LFO
  • Group modulation routing.
  • Group effects (2 effects / group). Effect types:
    • Digidelay (feedback, filtering & optional MIDI-sync)
    • Freqshift delay
    • Chorus
    • Freqshift flange
    • Digidist
    • Stereo width
    • MS decoder
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17 July 2012 at 2:32amcapn slugo
Short-circuits 1.1.2 is simple, sounds awesome and is the only software sampler I want to use to replace my old hardware samplers. I use Kontakt 5 and battery for their libraries but I find them to a huge drag to setting up custom instruments. SC1 not only sounds better and everything is right where it should be. ..... until you want to change patches/kits/programs. I'm having difficulty getting any info on how to do it or whether it's even possible.

Is there a way to change patches/presets via program change in Shortcircuit ?


ANY info would be greatly appreciated.


6 November 2013 at 2:05pmBlackWinny

Is it a joke???

Just before the beginning of the specifications the text says "...phase-modulation (better known as FM)..."

Are you really serious!? Don't you know that there is absolutely not any relation between phase modulation (exactly the term is "phase distortion") and frequency modulation ???

Absolutely nothing to do between the techniques of phase modulation and frequency modulation!!.

With such a confusion I really doubt that you know exactly the synthesis techniques you employ in this VST apart the use of samples!!! It is probably a good (even excellent) sampler... but doing a so obvious confusion between phase modulation and frequency modulation is very, very, very strange for users who master one (or both) of these two techniques!!.

6 October 2014 at 6:12amadagiocm

BlackWinny, with all due respect, you are the one who is confused. For sine wave carriers and modulators, PM and FM are essentially the same -- Yamaha used PM in the DX-7 but called it FM, for example. You can find many references on this subject. Here is one example:


"Phase distortion" is just Casio's marketing name for Phase Modulation BTW.

9 February 2014 at 2:18aminkwarp

"It has a beat slicer for drum loop"

for pity's sake, can someone tell me where this 'slicing' function is??

i am about to give up on this entirely it's so frustrating...

help please?


9 February 2014 at 5:25pmoneshotdeal

Set the button saying "forward" to sliced and add slices with Ctrl + Left Mouse.

10 February 2014 at 9:28pminkwarp

ok, that's a great help. however i am now stuck on how to assign the slices into zones?

at the moment, even though the slices are mapped to a key each, i cannot seem to select a single slice to edit. all i have is the whole loop, i cannot isolate each individual slice... if i COULD i think i would be a very happy shopper indeed : /.

( here is a screengrab of what i have at the moment: https://www.dropbox.com/s/m04v5u98ktoftks/shortcircuit_grab.jpg)


19 August 2014 at 6:29pmMc UB

If you look here:

http://forum.vemberaudio.se/index.php/topic, 1238.0.html.

You will find a downloadable Shortcircuit knowledge base ;-) Many answers to yet unasked questions :)

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