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.
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.