|Type / Tags||ArrangerLoop ModuleLoop WorkstationLoop/Drum MachineLooperLoopstationMIDI ArpeggiatorMIDI ChorderMIDI Drum GroovesMIDI Loop Workstation|
|Utility||Stand-alone utility / application|
|Copy Protection||Key File|
Callisto is a virtual arranger organ that uses pre-made MIDI pharses as musical styles and by that, allows one man band performance, just like other known hardware arrangers. In this concept, Solo performance are played by right hand while The left hand is used for switching chords. Callsto is actually a MIDI tool that uses other instruments to make sound. It can connect itself to any other VST instrument that opened in the DAW and send the style's MIDI pharses to it by using MIDI channels. Callisto has total 10 variations that can be swithched by dedicated knobs, just like in the hardware virtual arrangers. it has it's own tempo knob (can be synced to the DAW), "variation hold" button, "play\stop" button, instruments muting abilities and keyboard splitter. It can play in both "arranger mode" or "piano mode" and can also play right hand instruments in "single mode" or "multi mode".
Callisto stand alone - stand-alone application that uses VSTi instruments that opened in your favorite DAW with virtual MIDI cables. Each Callisto's instrument slot sends it's MIDI sequence through a separate MIDI cable and controls the VSTi instruments that set to it.
Callisto VSTi - connects itself to VST instruments that opened in your DAW by using the THE DAW's internal MIDI channels mechanism. Each channel of the total 12 channels represents one instrument slot (Callisto has 12 instrument slots. 6 slots for style components and 6 for solos).
Callisto synth - A free demo stand alone version. Based on "plug&play" method and uses 7 built in wavetable synths to power both solos and style components (3 synths for style accompanyment and 4 synths for solo instruments) and a dedicated built in drum sampler to power the drums sequences. The sampler has total 30 drum-kits, based on standard wav. samples, arranged into categories (which can be substituted with your own samples easly).
For more information, please visit the offical site.
Reviewed By Danny Space
June 29, 2018
First, I must say its a very interesting ceature. The developers made a quite reasonable attemp to deliver the main philosophy behind the hardware arranger to the plug-ins universe. This thing detects the main 24 chords (majors and minors) and also enables me using my modest MIDI keyboard's knobs and buttons quite easily (midi learn on right mouse click) and that's the good part. The so-so part is the style creating section. Its very basic and a little outdated compared to modern DAW MIDI editors and lack some features you expect finding in a decent MIDI tool, like drag&drop, note darging, combo note editing, etc. but once you get use to it, things become fun. As an arranger performer (nowadays with korg pa-900) and a style programmer, I've already saw worse style programming methods so this one is far from perfection, but quite easy to use with a very gentle learning curve. I used 4
of the 6 instrument slots and started creating some styles and somehow forgot about
the oppressive limitations, ones the playing part started. FUN. So, why I rated it 5 stars? Because the innovation itself worth it. For the first time in my live I used a DAW and some A-class vstis as an arranger organ with
mixing abilities. The sound is unbeatable, even compared to 4000$ hardware arranger. and that's a staggering X-factor. Nevertheless, you'll need to find a MIDI keyboard with as many as possible MIDI cc buttons (which is rare, since MIDI buttons are not quite popular in the EDM market. manufacturers prefer pads and knob), So that might be a problem, since this plug-in is button hungry. But for most of the live tasks, 8-16 buttons will do the trick. Anyway, since its the very first attempt to bring the most complex format to the DAW (and considering the ridiculous price too), It does has it's extra value and it does deserve the compliments. I'm having some good time.