Channel Robot has announced the release of Slice v4 for Kontakt 5.5+, a massive enhancement of the interface and functionality in Slice. Always a powerful loop manipulation tool, Slice V4 is now extended to include new settings and functions. Every beat/step now has additional and 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.
Add to these the loop-swapping and pattern changing (loop-juggling) from Slice 2, 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 hundreds 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 a completely playable loop-manipulation and play-back tool.
As ever you can play loop patterns (sequences) forwards, backwards, forwards and backwards (ping-pong) and at different tempos, all synced to divisions of DAW tempo, so you can drift and change tempo in songs as much as you like and Slice will stay with you. You can Latch play-back and resync your loop to get back on the original timeline at any point.
Just as important is the all new "direct-play" feature, allowing users to play each pad independently, so you can play Slice live, or record your performance and playback using your DAW. Each triggered pad plays its attached sound and its assigned controls.
Paired to these loop and playback capabilities is the all-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 you can select from any of 6 send effects.
In this initial launch two separate re-mastered libraries are available:
The list prices are £24.95 each but they are currently available at ChannelRobot.com for the launch offer of £19.95.