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Arpology is a virtual instrument and MIDI effect plug-in dedicated entirely to arpeggiated/sequenced instruments. Arpology goes far beyond, breaking the box of the everyday arpeggiator. It employs an entirely new approach to step sequencing. The core of Arpology has been designed around Sample Logic's newest invention, the powerful Step Animator – a step-sequencer and arpeggiator fused into a single engine for animating complex melodic and rhythmic patterns on a per-step basis, eliminating the limitations of traditional sequencing.
Arpology has an amazing sample library of 550+ instruments and multis spanning all musical genres, but is also a MIDI effect with the ability to transfer Step Animator patterns to any virtual instrument loaded in a DAW. This means you can drive all of your virtual instruments with the creative power of Arpology's Step Animator. It also comes preloaded with over 150 unique and inspiring Step Animator preset patterns that will dramatically change the sound of any loaded instrument and in real-time.
As if that wasn't enough, Arpology is the first Sample Logic product to come bundled with a fully integrated touch surface controller preset built in TouchOSC for tablets, achieving user control that Kontakt alone cannot. With this custom designed control surface, the power of Arpology is transformed into a hands-on, touchable, and creative experience ideal for both live performance and sequencing in a DAW.
The Step Animator engine is the driving force behind Arpology. Developed from the ground up, the Step Animator engine welcomes a new approach, animating sound over time. The dynamic controls of the Step Animator are strategically arranged to maximize power and creative control in an efficient interface. This kind of control is the first of its kind and is like no other Arpeggiator, providing the flexibility to quickly sequence complex rhythmic and melodic patterns with amazing results. It is mind blowing that such unique and inspiring sounds can be achieved all at the MIDI level. The Step Animator sets Arpology apart as not just another sample library, but also a complex sonic animation tool that can generate infinite creative results.
Thanks to Step Animator's integration at the MIDI level, Arpology is not only a powerful virtual instrument, it can also be used as a MIDI effect via Drag & Drop (see Feature Overview) with any virtual instrument in virtually any DAW. This function allows the Step Animator to control thousands of MIDI equipped instruments with up to 128 steps of sequencing power.
Since every step can be set to any note length and the sequence to any number of steps, it could be a real challenge to create sequences that are complete whole bars/measures aligned to the beat and meter. To make things super simple, set a desired meter, to 4/4 for example, then as steps are added to a sequence a read out is displayed in the parameter display box indicating what note lengths need to be added in order to complete a bar at the established meter. To expedite the process of devising perfect metronomics, there is a quantize button. When pressed, this feature will auto quantize the current sequence based on the established meter. This makes it very easy to craft custom presets that are perfectly in time. Skip the theory altogether and use the Preset Browser.
In the design of Arpology, Sample Logic felt that it was important to use a wide spectrum of instrument recordings spanning all genres and sound types such as: choirs, woodwinds, brass, strings, world instruments, sound effects, various field recordings, industrial tools, machinery, synths, and much more. Sample material was carefully and selectively hand picked from key sample sets from the entire Sample Logic vault of over 200 gigabytes of already recorded material used in SL's previous products. Once gathered and selected, this material was then used as the clay, which now has been morphed and animated into a series of never before heard instruments that will blow anyone away.
In addition to the Step Animator, every instrument comes stocked with a Main Effects tab.