Devine Machine has unveiled Cycler, a new audio application and plug-in designed to be the missing link between hardware loopers and modern audio applications for live music, and is collaboration oriented.
Performances in Cycler are different from any other live applications. Special features (scene recalls, 'one-knob-fx') have been set to ease the live manipulation of the 16 loopers and the huge number of effects, without loads of MIDI controllers.
Two users can use Cycler simultaneously on the same computer with 16 loopers each, or can also collaborate remotely and exchange project modifications across the net.
Cycler features a slice sequencer: record a sound, and Cycler will sequence it immediately. Depending on nature of the sound you will record, the project nature will change radically. Musical possibilities are endless.
Sequence editing is very simple, you have several edit modes, and you can record the sequence via MIDI. Editing can also be done live via specific functions.
Cycler can stream audio files: say you have some songs ready and want to perform some parts on the song on stage. Simply bounce your tracks, load them in Cycler, rout them to different outputs if needed, and set the BPM. Cycler is now synced to your song and you are ready to perform. You can also reload your song with MIDI controllers.
MIDI learn for all functions.
Quantized instant record modes.
First loop quantize (audio detection).
Multiply loop length.
Divide loop length.
Post FX instant stereo resample (tweak the loop and hit resample).
Mono/stereo loopers modes.
Any looper length from one 8th to 8 bars.
Free looping time (unsynced loopers).
Odd time signatures.
Slice Sequencer : record a sound and hear Cycler sequence it instantly.
One shot play of recorded slices.
Live and screen editing over pitch, level, slice length.
Sequencer MIDI live record.
960 per quarter note sequencer precision.
Expandable sequencer edit size.
Quantize grid (odd division available).
Effect multiple routing.
Audio files streaming synced with loopers.
Background saving via MIDI.
Software monitoring with effects.
Hardware monitoring (latency compensation).
Project manager with Name/BPM/Date and preview.
Project loading via MIDI.
Project export to another computer.
One-Knob-FX feature: control 250 effect knobs with only 5 controllers.
Variations recall : mixes/effects/sequences/mute scenes in one click.
CC, note, program change, pitch bend and typing keyboard support.
All functions accessible on screen.
Miniblocks (beat slicer)
Filter (low/band/high pass)
Pre/post FX switch.
Min/max value on FX MIDI learn.
16 loopers for each user.
Shareable/cross-platform (Win/Mac) format for collaboration work on the same project over network (Special versions with more loopers and users available on demand).
Cycler will be released for Windows and Mac OS X in stand-alone and syncable VST versions* with ReWire* and Receptor support*. VST plug-in hosting is planned.
Release date is expected to be some time during Spring 2010. Price to be announced.