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Shortcircuit was created as a reaction against the ongoing trend where software samplers are being designed with the primary intent of library playback. It is intended for people who consider a sampler to be a musical instrument in its own right, and not just a way to emulate other instruments. High priority was given to ensuring that adding and editing individual samples is as fast and logical as possible.
The sample hierarchy in shortcircuit allow you to place samples directly at the highest level of the multi, without having to deal with instrument hierarchies and patches. Want to add a sample to your song? Just drag & drop the sample into shortcircuit and you're ready to go. Samples can be put in groups for multi-sampling and kit-building, but the complexity is only there when you need it.
Sound quality is of highest concern, and shortcircuit uses very high-quality interpolation to ensure that your samples sound as good as the source material, regardless of the pitch you play them at. All filters & effects are calculated at the precision required for them to sound the way intended and oversampling are used when required to prevent aliasing.
Each voice in shortcircuit features two filter-slots, and the selection isn't limited to the traditional pick. In addition to the regular lowpass / highpass / bandpass / notch & peak-filters and variations thereof there is an array of filter algorithms (not strictly filters in the traditional sense, but called so because of their location in the audio path) including distortion, parametric / graphic / morphing equalizers, bit-reduction / decimation, gating, limiting, slew-rate distortion, ring-modulation, frequency shifting and phase-modulation (better known as FM). The selection even includes analog-style oscillators that you can mix with the sample.
I started playing with this piece of software while it was still on beta stage. I ran the full beta sending suggestions and bugs to Claes and it ended up being a really fast to use. I tried to add my experience with hardware samplers from Akai, E-mu, Yamaha and software trackers like FT, IT, MPT & Buzz.
I also suggested, and I wasn't the only one nor the first in beta team, those VA oscillators to add some texture.
I was really happy when v1.01 was released and Claes prized our work with a free license. Since then, I used for everything: baselines, stabs, pads, drums...
I've been using it with a bridge since my jump to x64 for drums, mixing samples & virtual analogue oscillators to get enhanced shape/timbre.
Sometimes I throw in a long sample containing a full kit of sounds, I chop, split keyzones with the split function and get a full multi output kit in just 2 or 3 minutes.
It's been my way to do things in sampling for years. I own Kontakt & Air Music sampler but never used them far from testing purposes (can't remember the Air sampler name as I never downloaded the 60GB libraries, same for Kontakt purchased with Maschine).
Just buy a jbridge license (or stick to VST32) and enjoy this fast & able geared towards sampling must be. Maybe some day it'll be released as freeware to get a full update as Surge had. Anyway, I think I should start uploading some kits for this jewel.
You can find it in the Wayback machine.
And remember that Claes is one of the brains after Bitwig Studio.Read Review