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LiveSlice [read all reviews]
Reviewed By kejkz [read all by] on 11th March 2006
Version reviewed: 1.35 on Windows.
Last edited by kejkz on 11th March 2006.
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This instrument is one of the secret weapons in the world of VST. I don't want to write some in deep review of this sampler capabilities. I think previous reviews were more than constructive and enough in that approach. This review will be focused on everyday work with liveslice, so my review will be quite subjective.
I'm working with various types of music and I am using many different approaches when it comes to composing. One of basic weapons in my music are loops. This tool let me explore loops and samples in in a way not possible ever before with any other host or instrument. Before this tool I have tried many loop oriented instruments. Although they were fine and professional tools, none of them was so easy and fast in getting the results like Liveslice. You load a loop and you instantly have a result. It's creative approach is just fascinating. You can rearrange slices or crate a new loop in no time. You can combine sounds from different loops to create new layered loops.
Using liveslice's internal effects gives you the ability for creating a new dimension with dull, bad produced or standard loops. You can even control external effects (hardware or software) with Liveslice midi send commands. Liveslice have up to 8 stereo outputs for maximum flexibility of routing and processing. Creating stereo loops is just too easy with this tool: his arranger can hold many instances of same loop, and with little shuffling and panning you can make perfect stereo field in your music.
I am using Liveslice to record sessions directly in his wave table. That way rearranging or just playing some parts that were sometimes just accidents is easy.
I am using Liveslice to chop a vocal and play with him. Pitch shifting, reversing, fast chopping for delight of creation. Doubling vocal to make it fatter and live.
Drums are in many cases the foundation of today's music. With this tool you can make drum loops that have both: the precision and human feel.
This tool is created for on stage live performance in mind. I think it is useful for wide variety of applications and sounds. Midi control is great, any parameter in liveslice can be controlled with external midi controller. It can sync to host clock for perfect loop reproduction.
Customer support is perfect, all bugs are maintained in a day or two. Anybody can talk about Liveslice and his capabilities, and of course how can he become even more powerful.

This just scratches the surface of this instrument. I can use its capabilities in so many ways. For me this is the ultimate tool for loops. Words can't describe all, give it a try and you will find yourself playing with it and enjoying creation for a long period of time. This kind of approach is great refreshment in the world of VST.