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AdrenaLinn Sync
AdrenaLinn Sync by Roger Linn Design / Way Out Ware is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
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AdrenaLinn Sync provides a variety of creative beat-synced filter modulation and sequencing effects, achieved by routing an LFO and 2-bar looped sequencer to control filter frequency, volume and pan. Version 2, completely rewritten in collaboration with plug-in developer Way Out Ware, greatly enhances filter quality, adds a new 3D-rendered UI, removes version 1's dependence on Pluggo technology and adds all new presets that spotlight the new sounds.

Noteworthy features include:

  • Lowpass, bandpass, highpass, phaser and flanger filter types.
  • Filter frequency calibrated in musical notes.
  • Tube-modeled distortion with separate pre & post filtering.
  • Peak limiter.
  • Beat-synced 8-bar stereo delay.
  • Sharp filter modulations without clicks or pops.
  • Snap To Scale, which quantizes the LFO or Sequencer signals to one of 14 musical scales for tuned resonant filtering.

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Average user rating of 5.00 from 2 reviews
AdrenaLinn Sync

Reviewed By tommyzai [all]
April 22nd, 2013
Version reviewed: 10.7.5 on Mac

Adrenalinn Sync by Roger Linn is a unique and inspiring beat-synced (gate type) filter groove modulator, perfect for any music that has rhythm (what music doesn't have rhythm?). I searched for a plugin that could help create the guitar effect in the Smith's song, "How Soon Is Now." I was pleasantly surprised to discover how much more AdrenaLinn Sync can do! It accomplishes the near impossible by blending fantastic control and a lack of control (randomness) to help users generate original rhythmic patterns. It was clearly designed to pulsate droning lead and strummed guitar sounds, but I had a lot of success running vocals and pads through it. This plugin was not on top of my wish list; however, now that I've experienced it. .. I can't imagine creating music without it.

Adrenalinn Sync has many cool features: control, randomness, filter mod, LFO Amplitude, effects (flanger, phaser, delay, swing, tube distortion, etc.), self-gen noise for surprising percussive sounds, stereo signal path, snap to scale (chromatic, major, minor, pentatonic, blues, whole tone, etc.). I read that Way Out Ware helped code smooth analogue filters for this plugin — they sound sweet. The GUI is as stated, "Clean & Simple." It's also big and easy to navigate. There are some great presets that immediately yield musical results and slots available for user presets. I was able to create many variations from ping pong to tremolo to wah-wah. The sound quality is wonderful and the CPU is efficient.

I highly recommend Adrenalinn to anyone making music electronically. It's especially exciting for any real players looking to join the 21st century. In short, this plugin is fun and inspirational. For $99 bucks it's hard to pass up. This is from the developer of Linn Drums. He knows a little about rhythm. :-). Tommy Zai gives Adrenalinn two thumbs up. Thank you Roger Linn for creating a wonderful, affordable plugin.

Cons: None. It's missing reverb, but I didn't miss it. I've also read reviews that claimed the preset browser was long and difficult to navigate, but I had no problem.

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AdrenaLinn Sync

Reviewed By kevvvvv [all]
December 27th, 2010
Version reviewed: 2.03 on Windows

Introduction (updated 10th Jan 2011)

My early impressions of Adrenalinn Sync are excellent.

It's overall category is a multi fx plug with it's main strengths as a filter/gate/delay box

At heart I'd call it a rhythm & filter pattern generating machine, though it does lots of other things too.

It was designed primarily for guitars, but you can use it for anything.

Feed it a riff and it'll go on for ever with new ideas.

Update: If you're using the sequencer it's quick & easy to experiment with variations on your own ideas, or existing presets, and still sound musical.

I find myself burning the midnight oil, discovering new stuff.

Sound & Presets

There are plenty of interesting & varied presets (100 of them), and all are usable as the demo video demonstrates.

It's v easy to make your own effects chains, with room to save 28 user presets.

I bought it because it looked quick to work with - and I wanted something that would be good for acoustic guitar as well as synths or loops.

So far I've made some very good guitar sounds. Some far out, some quite "normal".

Had friends round, and they liked it too. They thought the sound impressive.

I think other plugs may have a wider spec, but with Adrenalinn Sync the GUI is nice and big, and it's easy to see everything, and therefore so quick to tweak.

It's great for instrument players, and maybe not so much for loop manglers.

On that note: With other more complex plugs, with arguably a better spec, it's so easy to vanish into a world of machine programming and forget the music.

I'd suggest these plugs would more suit a different, more machine-focussed type of musical personality.

Under the Hood

Adrenalinn Sync has a 32 step sequencer and lfo to drive the 5 excellent effect blocks - filter, distortion, limiter, volume, and 32 second delay.

No reverb though. But this is a minor omission, and probably deliberate.

The only serious complaint is the browser, which is a long deep column - 128 deep, which is slow for getting to, say, Preset 75 (scroll, scroll, yawn).

Maybe this will be fixed in a later release.

But this is really a small thing compared to the great sounds and overall accessibility.

Update: The fx have grown on me. They look simple, but because of the quality of the algos that drive them, there is a lot of sound variation available, whether filter, distortion or limiter.

My only other complaint is I find the knobs hard to turn with the mouse to register precise values. Maybe a future fix?


Workflow and great sound. Yes.

Because it's so easy and big to follow on one screen - and avoids unnecessary, trivial complexities - you can find a new sound quickly without interrupting your song-writing flow.

IMO this is a major consideration with any plug I buy today.

I've abandoned too many songs because I became enmeshed in programming software, and "forgot the music".

Now, any plug I use has to have a high "kevvvv quotient", ie, it is workflow-friendly, and fast & obvious to use.


Inside minutes you'll be programming your own rhythm patterns.

Or just nicking the excellent presets to get instant new rhythms and sounds.

Feed it and it gives joy.

Update: You don't need to feed it complex twiddly riffs to get good results.

So if you're not an expert player (guitar or keys), then no problem.

Adrenalinn Sync will make you sound better than you really are, which imo is quite something.

It's a real musical all-rounder.

I'd recommend giving the demo a try as you get full functionality for 14 days, and no booby traps.

Plus the tutorial vids are very clear and thorough. Genial Roger Linn is good at explaining - and he has a user forum.

There are 4 useful vids here
www.rogerlinndesign.com/products/adrenalinnsync/in dex.html

Also there are a few interesting performance vids on youtube. I expect/hope this will grow.

For $99 you'll get a lot of new music for your money, as well as a tasty new plug.

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Comments & Discussion for Roger Linn Design AdrenaLinn Sync

Discussion: Active
Mister Natural
Mister Natural
26 April 2013 at 6:55am

yeah - it is the Molako Drencrom for guitars.

I had been reluctant to play with the distortion (as I usually like my Strat clean). .. but it's so excellent.

24 April 2015 at 7:05pm

This fine plugin has been discontinued. .. very sad situation.

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