I have been a fan of Loopers hard and soft since the days of the original Lexicon JamMan and the Oberheim EchoPlex Digital Pro. I recently fired up Augustus Loop on an Apple laptop and used it in a live concert. Augustus Loop and it's tape machine paradigm is simply put a ton of sonic fun! I am excited to get deeper into the MIDI.Lua scripting...without a doubt this will really open up the creative live looping potential of AL! Once I started to get the hang of AL I found it to be really smooth and silky sounding or quite edgy and quirky as well.
Augustus Loop is one of those must-have sleeper plugins that if it's not in your arsenal of looping and delay tools you owe it to your looping endeavors to cop it. I have had it since before version 1.5 and it is only recently that I have started to really tap into the wonderful possibilities it presents. I have been working with Augustus Loop controlling it with an FCB1010 with the UNO firmware and the FCBUnOControlCenter editor for OS X and this Laptop Live Looper dream of mine is starting to work as intended (after about 14 years or so)! Thanks to os and Expert Sleepers for Augustus Loop and their complete line of excellent software and hardware tools.
Little Spacey by Expert Sleepers is a delay effect based on a vintage piece of analogue hardware called, "The Bucket Brigade." In truth, I never heard or saw that old piece of gear, but if it's anything like Little Spacey, it must be silky smooth and warm. The first thing I noticed about Little Spacey, besides the insanely affordable price, was clear, simple, and pleasing GUI — I love the color scheme. The second thing I noticed was how natural the signal repeats sounded. With each cycle, the delayed/repeated sound came back slightly degraded, which is what happens in natural environments. As a result, it's much easier to accomplish a dreamy, hypnotic, trippy, ambient sound. Unlike its digital counterparts, Little Spacey sounds REAL. Somewhere along the line I read a quote claiming this plugin to be "creamy." I think that's a perfect word to describe the sound of this effect. I find myself becoming addicted to Little Spacey — I want to use it on everything and anything. In addition to delay, it also does a nice chorus, vibrato, and quivering little tremolo effect. The mod depth control is fantastic for creating wobbling sound. I created a nice shimmering drone. Very sweet, indeed.
Little Spacey is a diamond in the virtual rough. I'm bewildered! :-0. Why isn't this thing more popular? What I see and hear is amazing.
• Fabulous GUI. I love the cool blue graphics
• Big knobs for easy tweaking
• Nice level meter
• AU and VST
• Fantastic developer support
• Great value
• Readable and usable manual.
MISSING FEATURES: 32-bit. I look forward to a 64-bit version.
I highly recommend Little Spacey to anyone making music electronically. If you need a little modulation warm — Little Spacey all the way! This is a great little plugin to have in your arsenal, and for the price it's hard to pass up. I pay twice as much to fill crappy car with gas. Tommy Zai gives Little Spacey two thumbs up. Thank you Expert Sleepers.Read Review
Crossfade Loop Synth by Expert Sleepers is a simple, yet powerful plugin that fills a HUGE void in electronic music production — basic sample playback! When I'm inspired, I like to work fast before my muse leaves me. Most of today's virtual samplers are so stuffed with features and menus that it's nearly impossible to load, tweak, and then play an audio file. Crossfade Loop Synth comes to the rescue. With this plugin, you can quickly load a WAV or AIFF, apply crossfade to the loop endpoints to smooth out the transitions, and then manipulate the sample with: overdrive, saturation, filtering, amplitude, filter, modulation, LFOs, reverse, etc.
• Re-sizable GUI — SWEET!
• Low CPU hit
• 64-bit operation
• Bundled with Crossfade Loop Synth Effect, which turns Crossfade Loop Synth into a live sampler and looper.
• 32 note polyphonic
• MIDI controllers can control all parameters
• Files can be saved as WAV or AIFF
• AU and VST
• Excellent support from developer
• Underpriced, and Im not complaining.
MISSING FEATURES: The main point of this plugin is to provide a straightforward alternative. So, adding too many features would complicate things and destroy the concept, i.e., time stretching, granular synthesis, etc. Yet, audio file drag n' drop would be nicer than the browser.
I still remember being able to write and record an electronic song in one day. With Crossfade Loop Synth, those days might be here again! Tommy Zai gives Crossfade Loop Synth two thumbs up. Thank you Expert Sleepers for creating such a cool plugin.Read Review