Sonicbytes

SonicBytes have announced EST, a Sampling-Groovebox VSTi initially for Windows. EST should be released next week and the pre-order price is EUR 49, after which the introductory price will be increased to EUR 59. DXi and AU versions are also planned.

The heart of EST is a 12*Multi-timbral sampler. Each sampler can be controlled either by your host, MIDI-in or the internal step-sequencer. The step-sequencer contains 128 recallable patterns, which are clearly organized in banks, programs and variations. Each pattern contains complete sequences with triggers, notes and automation-data for the 12 samplers.

Sampler

  • Imports WAV and AIF with all known sub formats.
  • Uses its own 32-bit-float format for setting up slots (a sample with extensions) and kits.
  • Quick access via tree-menus and customizable sample-directory's.
  • One shot, forward, backward, ping pong.
  • Scalable root-key.
  • Multi-sample support by using multiple rows and key zones (from/to).
  • Keytrack-option.
  • Sample-offset controllable.
  • Up to 128 voices polyphony.
  • Modes: Poly, Legato and Mono.
  • Scalable Unison, Voice-Limit and Detune.
  • Chord-mode (combinable with unison).
  • Morph mode (channels are used as oscillators).
  • Volume, pan and morph with inertia.
  • Pitchbend (global and single) with scalable range.
  • Fine-tune.
  • Glide-mode (works even in poly mode) with adjustable glide-time.
  • Amplitude envelope ADSR with velocity sense.
  • Modulation envelope ADSR with velocity sense (can be modulated by LFO2).
  • Two syncable LFOs with sin, tri, pulse, saw, saw up/down and scalable phase.
  • Filter (lp, hp, bp, notch) with overdrive.
  • Modulation of pitch, filter, morph and mod-adsr itself.
  • Almost all parameters can be automated by the step-sequencer.
  • Loop-recorder for reuse of sequences as samples or usage in other applications.
  • Basic functions for mono/stereo-conversion, channel swap, normalize, gain and reverse.
  • Menu option to edit and reload sample in your preferred sample-editor.
GUI
  • Customizable color-schemes.
  • Visualization of used patterns.
  • Step-LED's for visual feedback.
  • Integrated Help system.
  • Support for right mouse button, wheel.
  • Almost all functions are available without control/shift keys.
  • Screenshots
Global settings and functions
  • Preset browser.
  • Scope and level display (with clip and sync indicator).
  • Gain slider.
  • Songinfo (opens linked web site or document).
  • Sync mode (internal, host, manual).
  • Key-select (auto-activation of rows regarding key-zone).
  • Grid-size (piano-roll and drum-grid).
  • Record velocity, delay-time and auto-step.
  • Audition (editing and sample-import, velocity and gate-time).
Synchronization
  • Host synchronization for tempo, transport.
  • Inter process synchronization (mute, solo, play, record).
  • Relative tempo from 1/32. to 32/1t.
  • Sample accurate timing.
  • 3 different Sync-modes (internal, host, manual).
Row Parameters
  • Output-port (EST can use up to 12 outputs).
  • Trigger channel (active, all and 1-16).
  • Route-row (trigger other rows, make custom chords, trigger multi-samples).
  • Relative transpose, velocity, gate-time and delay.
  • Swing affecting delay and velocity (scalable first step and interval).
  • Humanization for velocity, delay and gate-time.
  • Step-divide, which allows to play a row in a different tempo (adjustable divide and length).
Live situation (MIDI-in targets)
  • Bank, program and variation recall via MIDI-note.
  • Start/Stop, Start, Mute/Solo, Sync.
  • Row-mute.
  • Navigation and editing via controllers (every single step can be controlled).
  • MIDI-Learn function.
  • MIDI-Thru.
  • Panic.
  • Transpose via MIDI-note (global and single-row).
  • Free and Hold mode.
Recording
  • Step and Live recording.
  • Adjustable auto-step, velocity and delay.
  • Built-in Loop-Recorder, Wave-export.
  • Record loop to sample.
Pattern editing
  • Piano-roll and drum-grid.
  • Colors can assigned to rows.
  • All-rows-visible mode.
  • Easy pattern editing with left/right mouse buttons.
  • Cut, Copy and Paste for patterns, variations, rows and step-values.
  • Undo and snapshot.
  • Row rotate, reverse and random step shuffle.
  • Auto-trigger, inverse and trigger-random.
  • Note transpose, set to root/last note, note-random.
  • Chord-progressions.
  • Value increment, decrement, two value-random functions (absolute, relative).
  • All functions can optionally affect all or selected steps.
  • Pattern lock (run one pattern and edit another).
  • Mouse sweeping for quick value drawing.
  • Different random functions for notes, triggers and values.
  • Rotate, reverse, transpose etc.
  • Data-has-changed indicator.
  • Import/Export functions for banks and single patterns.
  • Tree-menus (quick access) for saved banks and patterns.
  • Quick step mute/unmute.
  • Magic function which produced sequences based on chords-progressions and random.
Pattern structure
  • 16 variations.
  • 12 trigger rows.
  • Default variation (optionally), which is automatically selected on pattern change.
  • Target-parameters of the 5 automation-rows.
Variation structure
  • Tempo (relative to host).
  • Mode (free/hold).
  • LFO and row-subdivide restart option (never, always, on variation or pattern change).
  • First/Last step (pattern length).
  • Step-row (every single step can be muted).
  • Order-row (defines the actual play-order).
  • Break-row (enables triggering other-patterns).
  • Mute/Solo states of the trigger rows.
Trigger-row structure
  • 16 triggers (on/off) and a note-value and chord-descriptor.
  • Velocity-row.
  • Gate-row (note duration).
  • Fill-row (re triggers notes automatically, different modes).
  • Hits-row (used to create sub-patterns and chord-progressions).
  • Delay-row.
  • 5 Automation rows.
Automation parameters
  • Offset, morph, morph-time, detune, pitch, fine-tune.
  • Gain, gain-time, pan, pan-time, hit-pan.
  • Cutoff, resonance, drive.
  • ADSR-settings of both envelopes.
  • Phase of both LFOs.
  • Almost all track-parameters.
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