Channel Robot has released Red House - Slice 4.1 for Kontakt 5.5+, a further collection of matched loops for the Slice loop engine, this time taking the House genre as inspiration.
Version 4.1 now adds an all new cleaner interface and includes new settings and functions. Every beat/step has independent settings for all controls:
- Unison mode (for extra punch).
- Up to 8 Repeats (for variable Stutter/drills).
- Reverse (play any beat backwards).
- Random Slice (no two repeats of your loop will be the same).
- Fade In (envelope attack).
- 4 independent Sends – pointing at the all new FX system.
- Volume Control.
- Pan Control.
- Tuning Control.
- Ability to select a single Loop Pad and play it chromatically (Pitched mode).
Add to these the loop-swapping and pattern changing (loop-juggling) from Slice 2 and 3, as well as re-triggering (restart) loops from any of the 32 slice pads whilst playing. Use the 4 independently settable sub-loops, load up to 12 different patterns for playback (and key-switch between them), load up to 12 different loops, from the 120 loops shipping with the product (and key-switch these too). Included is the all new 3-track probability sequencer to add an additional three sounds into the mix. New patterns are also included that add randomisation and "triplet-feel" to playback. Nearly everything is CC-controllable or key-switched making Slice V4.1 a powerful playable loop-manipulation and play-back tool.
A user can play loop patterns (sequences) forwards, backwards, forwards and backwards (ping-pong) and at different tempos, all synced to divisions of DAW tempo, so a user can drift and change tempo in songs as much as they like and Slice will stay in sync. A user can Latch play-back and resync their loop to get back on the original timeline at any point.
The "direct-play" feature, allows users to play each pad independently, so they can play Slice live, or record their performance and playback using a DAW. Each triggered pad plays its attached sound and its assigned controls.
New in this version is "Pitched Mode" play. Here a user can select any single pad and Slice will map this across 2 octaves to use the sound as a chromatic instrument.
Paired to these loop and playback capabilities is the new dynamically assignable FX system with 4 insert slots for each loop, where each slot can be filled with any one of over 20 different effects and 4 Send effect slots where the user can select from any of 5 send effects.
Price: £24.95. Channel Robot is offering the full IDM Slice V4.0 as a free download from their site.