|Type / Tags||Sampler (Loop Tool / Slicer)FSU|
KerrStinn is a slicer, glitcher and loop dissector. KerrStinn changes your loops randomly by moving slices of it around and/or applying effects to the slices according to rules that Shuriken call "generators". It is sort of an automatic controllable recallable loop slicer.
- Loads WAV files.
- "Random" knob to control what initial value the randomizing has.
- "Slices" knob to control how many slices you want to cut the loop in to.
- "Bisyness" parameter to control the weight of random to be applied; low values equals a small chance of change and larger values more.
- "Bars" parameter to set how many bars the loop originally is (up to 8).
- "Generator" parameter - these are rules on how to dissect your loops. Take "Freaky 4" for example, its rule is simply "if a slice is the 4th in a series perhaps play it backwards and/or apply the fftish effect on the slice".
- On/off switch.
Reviewed By geralds
August 23, 2007
(a) Kerrstinn sounds beautifully rough, dynamic and musical.
(b) It's a breeze to use.
(c) The presets (aka generators) are fantastic. Pick Freaky 4 or Circle Teller if you're in doubt, but each one of the presets does something unique and exciting.
(c) The author was incredibly helpful when I contacted him about Kerrstinn.
(d) You really need to hear it to believe how original and musical it is.
(e) There's a great youtube tutorial if you're in any doubt as to how it works.
Possible limitations: you need a sequencer/VSTi host that can send time info; the generators are hardcoded: you can't just generate your own (though Johan welcomes suggestions in pseudo-code).
Kerrstinn has been rock solid on my setup though I get an occasional (rare) feedback noise from Cubase before selecting a wave - never when a wave is loaded and you're ready to record.
How is it used? You begin by selecting a *.wav file. Then you state how many bars it contains and how many slices you'd like to see used (bars x 8 tends to yield good results, but other settings will work fine too). Next you can set a number for the random number generator, specify the intensity of processing that takes place (values in the 90s can be fairly extreme) and pick one of the preset generators. Finally press play on the sequencer and you're ready!
How does it stack up to the competition? It's simple: if you send all four bars of the Amen break to other loop glitchers, you get beautifully shaped drum & bass. With Kerrstinn, it's early jungle reflecting back from a metal ceiling in a claustrophobic London record shop.