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 Numerology 4 Pro by Five12 is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin and an Audio Plugin Host and a Standalone Application. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and a Standalone Application. It can host Audio Units Plugins. It supports ReWire.
NumerologyPro 4
Product Numerology 4 Pro
Developer Five12
Price (MSRP)
$199 US
Type / Tags Sequencer
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Instrument(s)  
Can Host
Instruments
 
Can Host
Effects
 
ReWire Synth Application
UtilityStand-alone utility / application
Operating System Availability
Operating
System
Latest
Version
Download Released
 
4.2
 
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System Requirements
Numerology 4 requires an Apple Macintosh computer with an Intel CPU running Mac OS X version 10.6.8 or later, 4GB RAM, and a screen resolution of 1024x768 or better. The Numerology ReWire driver requires a 64-bit ReWire host. The Numerology 4 AU MIDI Effect requires LogicX and Mac OS 10.8.5 or later.
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
AIFF, MP3, SD2, WAV
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionSerial Number

Numerology is a music sequencer based on a modular approach to step sequencing. It comes with 5 primary note-based sequencing modules, including monophonic and polyphonic sequencers, dedicated sequencers for chords and drum parts, and a flexible matrix/arpeggiator sequencer combo. There are also three CV-based sequencers for use as modulation sources or for directly emulating analog sequencers.

Almost all of the compositional parameters (sequence direction, rate, gate length, etc) in Numerology can be modulated from a variety of sources, including other sequencers, external sources, LFO modules and Envelope modules.

There are also many other types of modules, for generating and processing MIDI data, internal CV (i.e. automation) data, and audio.

Users can organize the modules they use in Numerology's projects into separate groupings called Stacks. Each stack has some modules, a track in the arrangement timeline, and a channel in the mixer.

When running standalone or as a ReWire synth, Numerology is also a flexible Audio Unit plugin host that offers some unique features including direct modulation of AU parameters, and flexible audio signal routing.

Numerology can run standalone, as a ReWire synth, or as a VST, AU, or AU MIDI Effect plugin (with LogicX).

It comes in two versions: Numerology SE is the base version for users primarily using it within another host, Numerology Pro is for advanced users and includes these extra features:

  • Multi-output support for hosted AudioUnits.
  • Automatic plugin delay compensation.
  • Per track audio delays for customized delay compensation.
  • Monophonic audio routing support.
  • OSC (Open Sound Control) support.
  • A dedicated dialog for editing MIDI & OSC mappings.
  • Custom scale quantization (via the Custom Scale module).
  • Several advanced modules for working with CV signals.
  • More customization options for the Evolve function.
  • Unlimited Undo & Redo w/ Undo History.
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 4.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By tommyzai
May 18, 2016

Disclaimer: I am a Numerology Fanboy; therefore, my opinion is biased. I no longer have an objective opinion about this software because I've used it for over three years. I am writing this user review because I dig this thing and want to spread the word.

INTRO
Numerology by Five12 is a unique and powerful modern modular step sequencer workstation for Mac.

I can't figure out how to insert images, so please imagine a really cool GUI screenshot here!

FIRST IMPRESSIONS
The purchase, download, install, and authorization process is fairly straightforward. There is a copy protection by online activation. The pro version allows three concurrent installs, and the SE version allows two concurrent installs. There are no dongles or annoying protection devices of any kind. Upon the initial launch, users will be presented with a start page that provides a list of demos and other project options. The main interface is cleverly designed for fast, efficient, intuitive operation. It inspires creativity and a robust workflow. Controls are intelligently and logically arranged. Overall, the GUI is utilitarian and attractive.

SEQUENCER BLISS
I can no longer keep the secret. For years I have keep Numerology to myself and only shared its wonder with an elite group of fellow users. In a saturated audio software market, Numerology shines brightly. For one thing, it's so cool that over the years it has developed a cult following of dedicated users. There are many eMusicians using this application, and most of them are probably wondering when the rest of the eMusic world will finally discover the beast they have grown to love. I've been heavily involved in the eMusic scene since it all began and totally immersed in plugin-mania for nearly 10-years. I'm mystified! Why isn't Numerology being used by everyone creating music on a Mac. If you do an internet search — Best Sequencer for Mac, you'll mostly get a bunch of links for various DAWs. Occasionally, you'll find Numerology flying high on a well-informed Top 10 Sequencer list. But mostly, Numerology flies under the radar. This is the biggest reason I am writing this user review. I want to spread the word about this fascinating sequencer that I discovered a few years back. I can no longer be selfish and hide it under my pillow. I apologize to all my fellow underground users, who have enjoyed using their very own secret weapon. I'm truly sorry, but it's time to go public.

IN USE
N, my affectionate nickname for Numerology, is an extremely flexible application that can be used to suit your personal needs and fit your workflow. Users can select desired modules and create templates that serve as a framework for future projects. Inside the set of Factory Modules, lies seven powerful note sequencer modules.

*See discussion area below user reviews for more info about the modules. I ran out of room. Max = 10,000 characters.

Each of these modules have their own control signal generators. Users will find a grid for choosing notes along with other parameters like gate, groove, step length, repeat, divide, velocity, probability, random jump, CV1, CV2, CV3, ShPress, etc. Several of the sequencer modules have the auto-randomizing features Generate and Evolve, which can morph the entire pattern. All manual parameters can be adjusted in real time, which is very cool. Groups of modules can be assembled into Stacks, which provides the basic framework of a project. The hierarchy is modules into stacks and stacks into projects. "[It is] also a bit like a track in a DAW: it has a channel in the mixer, and a track in the arrangement timeline." A Stack includes one or more step sequencers, control generators, AU instruments, and AU effects. Users can combine countless Stacks. The arrangement of Stacks begins with the Clock Stack, which controls BPM, bar length, groove length, groove amount, etc. Although the Stacks are not linear, per se, they can be arranged on a timeline to create a song structure. Each Stack has its own track on the Timeline.

PolyNote VS. ChordSeq: The PolyNote is free-form — any note at any time, but users must know which notes they intend to use. The Chord Sequencer limits itself to an array of pre-defined chords with a very flexible set of modifiers (inversion, spacing, octave, etc). For users proficient in music theory, it offers a very quick way to enter a chord progression and explore it a bit. For users with less music theory experience, it provides a way to experiment with chord progressions while not having to manually calculate which notes are in which chords.

INTEGRATION
It's easy to sync to an external hardware or link to a DAW via ReWire. It can also run as a VST with many DAWs, or as an AU MIDI Effect in Logic or MainStage. The latest GarageBand has AU sandboxing turned on — which N4 does not support; still, users can run N4 as an AU in any AU host. It's better to use the VST with VST hosts, and as an AU MIDI Effect in Logic & MainStage — the MIDI timing is (almost) always better with the VST or AU MIDI Effect. In standalone, the AudioUnit effects and instrument plugins are hosted, and they are very easy to use within N. I prefer launching this app to demo new plugins — it's provides faster and easier access than any DAW I've tried, including GarageBand. This helps make N a self-contained music creation environment. External controllers may also be used as a trigger device. I enjoyed using a Novation Launchpad for quite some time. In addition, the software can now be controlled with Ableton Push and Livid's OHM RGB line. Multiple pieces of hardware may also be linked together enabling Multiple grids to run simultaneously.

FAVORITE FEATURES
• Clean, modern GUI
• Plays nice with others (DAWs, hardware synths, AU plugins, external controllers, etc)
• Unlimited undo/redo, plug-in delay/latency compensation (Pro Edition only)
• Awesome creative environment
• Excellent routing system
• Extremely stable and CPU efficient
• The Five12 forum is a great resource
• Amazingly responsive developer — active on forum and users may sometimes receive personal responses to inquires.
• Frequent updates.

OTHER COOL FEATURES
• Numerology has the ability to capture audio files that can then be triggered in a sequence.
• The signal processing and routing is graphic and flexible.
• Users can route almost anything from modules.
• Users can modulate just about any parameter with an LFO, sequencer or envelope — just control click on the parameter and choose "Add Modulation."
• N has four CV sequencers that are capable of doing really powerful things, but I'm not able to give much info or spin on them as I haven't experimented much with them — yet! I consider CV my sequencing desert, and I'm postponing gratification by saving it for later.

FEATURE REQUESTS
• Dedicated external hardware controller specifically designed for Numerology
• Standard MIDI File player module, i.e., simple piano, bass, drums, etc.
• Simpler, smoother real-time recording
• Ability to store individual plug-in presets within each Stack.

WARNING!
On the surface, N looks simple, but there is a lot going on under the hood, and users are invited to grab a tool and go to work. Hence, there is a moderate learning curve, and it's well worth the effort! To help speed up the process, there are easy to follow video tutorials and an excellent forum that is filled with friendly users. My favorite thread is called General Questions where no question is too silly.

SUMMARY
Numerology is a deep and flexible note-making machine with a great work flow. It is actually many step sequencers (via its modular system). It can be used in a simple manner or be as complex as you need it to be. Inherently, step sequencers are limited, but that's not the case with Numerology. It's breaks barriers, knocks down doors, and is the Star Trek of step sequencing — Boldly going where no eMusician has gone before. Some words that come to mind are: Adventurous! Flexible! Fun! Interactive! Note: N is not DAW and doesn't want to be one. Yet, it is an amazing modular workstation. Generate! Evolve! Humanize! The development of this music app is clearly a brilliant developer's labor of love that we get to enjoy. If you have a Mac and want sequencing tools that go above and beyond piano roll and MIDI event editing, give Numerology a go. But be warned! It's addictive, and you may very well develop a lovely little habit. I personally enjoy having a little monkey muse on my back! I give Numerology my very highest recommendation. It's a fantastic tool for creating music, and it's unlike anything else on the market. Thank you, Five12, for developing such a cool thing.

Note: I'm rating this a 9/10 so readers take it seriously. It deserves higher! ;-)

*There is an SE version available for the budget minded.

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tommyzai
tommyzai
18 May 2016 at 11:49pm

I've been digging this things for years and finally wrote a user review. I hope my words are useful to potential buyers.

tommyzai
tommyzai
19 May 2016 at 5:05am

Continued from user review (I ran out of room)

Inside the set of Factory Modules, lies seven powerful note sequencer modules:

• MonoNote (1-128 steps): One note at a time — perfect for most bass and leads.
• PolyNote: Polyphonic — perfect for anything that requires multiple notes and/or overlapping notes. Can be used for chords, but there is a another module specifically designed for chords.
• ChordSeq: Chords! This module is cleverly crafted to provide an easy way for users to select intervals and arrange chord sequences. Unlike the PolyNote, the ChordSeq is limited to three or four-note chords on each step; however, with 11th & 13th chords, users can have up to 6 notes per chord, The chord type may be selected with the A traditional Roman numeral system may be selected as the chord type. ChordSeq will handle which type of chord to use (major vs. minor).
• DrumSeq-8: 8 tracks.
• DrumSeq-16: 16 tracks.
• MatrixSeq: The Matrix Seq is a polyphonic sequencer where users can easily re-assign the sequenced notes.
• MatrixArpeggiator: This is like the MatrixSeq with arpeggiation turned on by default. The module is loosely based on the programmable arpeggiator in the Korg Z1. The pattern of notes is fixed, but users determine which notes to play by sending MIDI in.

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