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Crossfade Loop Synth

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Sample Looper Plugin by Expert Sleepers
Crossfade Loop Synth
Crossfade Loop Synth
Crossfade Loop Synth by Expert Sleepers is a Virtual Instrument and a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
Product
Version
3.3.1
Product
Version
3.3.0
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Effect
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Sample Formats
Loads and/or Saves
AIFF, SDII, WAV
Copy Protection
None
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Crossfade Loop Synth is actually two plug-ins: Crossfade Loop Synth and Crossfade Loop Synth Effect. The effect version takes the power of Crossfade Loop Synth and turns it into a live sampler, a looper and a very unusual and powerful delay effect.

Crossfade Loop Synth
Crossfade Loop Synth is, at heart, a simple sample playback synth plug-in. It plays samples in the classic sampler manner - by simply altering the playback speed according to the desired note. No fancy timestretching or pitchshifting is applied.

You can control how the sample is looped as it is played. An adjustable amount of crossfade can be applied to the loop endpoints to smooth the transitions. This makes it extremely easy to produce glitch-free pad sounds. The loops can also be played backwards and alternately forwards and backwards (pendulum-style).

Further sound processing can be applied in the form of overdrive/saturation, filtering, envelopes (for amplitude and filter), pulse-width modulation, oscillator sync and LFOs (one each for filter, pitch, PWM and sync).

The synth is 32 note polyphonic, and all parameters can be controlled by MIDI controllers.

Crossfade Loop Synth Effect
Crossfade Loop Synth Effect is the same as Crossfade Loop Synth except you can record live audio to use as the sample, rather than just loading it from disk.

You can record continuously, even while playing back. This allows you to use the plugin as an extremely unusual and creative delay effect. For example you can have the delays played back at double the pitch/speed you played them. Or at double the pitch and backwards. Or as a chord. Or repeat the first beat of every bar... the possibilities are legion.

You can save the recorded sample to disk as an AIFF file for later use.

Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 5.00 from 2 reviews

Reviewed By tommyzai
April 23, 2013

Crossfade Loop Synth by Expert Sleepers is a simple, yet powerful plugin that fills a HUGE void in electronic music production — basic sample playback! When I'm inspired, I like to work fast before my muse leaves me. Most of today's virtual samplers are so stuffed with features and menus that it's nearly impossible to load, tweak, and then play an audio file. Crossfade Loop Synth comes to the rescue. With this plugin, you can quickly load a WAV or AIFF, apply crossfade to the loop endpoints to smooth out the transitions, and then manipulate the sample with: overdrive, saturation, filtering, amplitude, filter, modulation, LFOs, reverse, etc.

• Re-sizable GUI — SWEET!
• Low CPU hit
• 64-bit operation
• Bundled with Crossfade Loop Synth Effect, which turns Crossfade Loop Synth into a live sampler and looper.
• 32 note polyphonic
• MIDI controllers can control all parameters
• Files can be saved as WAV or AIFF
• AU and VST
• Excellent support from developer
• Underpriced, and Im not complaining.

MISSING FEATURES: The main point of this plugin is to provide a straightforward alternative. So, adding too many features would complicate things and destroy the concept, i.e., time stretching, granular synthesis, etc. Yet, audio file drag n' drop would be nicer than the browser.

I still remember being able to write and record an electronic song in one day. With Crossfade Loop Synth, those days might be here again! Tommy Zai gives Crossfade Loop Synth two thumbs up. Thank you Expert Sleepers for creating such a cool plugin.

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Reviewed By Bonteburg
February 22, 2006

Crossfade Loopsynth is a clever little vsti/AU that will let you load a single .wav or .aiff into its interface so you can play it like a pitched instrument, making it the ONLY Mac synth I know of that handles samples in such a straightforward/simple manner – a lifesaver if bloated, library playing juggernauts are not your thing.

it's equipped with a fully automatable loop point/sample start system with a customizable amount of crossfade (hence the name) and comes with a multimode filter, full envelope functionality, overdrive, coarse/fine pitch control, pwm modulation, LFOs, complete ADSR envelopes for amp and filter etc.

The possibilites of mangling a sample are endless. Basically, you can do everything from fake beat chopping to the most glitchy and scary effects by using extreme settings and automation.

Its more recent incarnations come bundled with an effect plugin by the same name that basically records the audio generated by Crossfade Loopsynth (or any other source!) applying Crossfade Loopsynth's whole range of loop effects, pitching and filter modulations to the signal.

At just about 50 Euros it's basically a steal and highly recommended for anyone interested in making music on a Mac.

Marco :)

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