Shortcircuit has an average user rating of 4.50 from 6 reviews
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 more
Latest 6 reviews from a total of 6
Is there a way to change patches/presets via program change in Shortcircuit ?
ANY info would be greatly appreciated.
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Is it a joke???
Just before the beginning of the specifications the text says "...phase-modulation (better known as FM)..."
Are you really serious!? Don't you know that there is absolutely not any relation between phase modulation (exactly the term is "phase distortion") and frequency modulation ???
Absolutely nothing to do between the techniques of phase modulation and frequency modulation!!.
With such a confusion I really doubt that you know exactly the synthesis techniques you employ in this VST apart the use of samples!!! It is probably a good (even excellent) sampler... but doing a so obvious confusion between phase modulation and frequency modulation is very, very, very strange for users who master one (or both) of these two techniques!!.
BlackWinny, with all due respect, you are the one who is confused. For sine wave carriers and modulators, PM and FM are essentially the same -- Yamaha used PM in the DX-7 but called it FM, for example. You can find many references on this subject. Here is one example:
"Phase distortion" is just Casio's marketing name for Phase Modulation BTW.
"It has a beat slicer for drum loop"
for pity's sake, can someone tell me where this 'slicing' function is??
i am about to give up on this entirely it's so frustrating...
Set the button saying "forward" to sliced and add slices with Ctrl + Left Mouse.
ok, that's a great help. however i am now stuck on how to assign the slices into zones?
at the moment, even though the slices are mapped to a key each, i cannot seem to select a single slice to edit. all i have is the whole loop, i cannot isolate each individual slice... if i COULD i think i would be a very happy shopper indeed : /.
( here is a screengrab of what i have at the moment: https://www.dropbox.com/s/m04v5u98ktoftks/shortcircuit_grab.jpg)
It's easy, each slice is a zone but all shar the same settings the base sampler has.
Anyway, you can use the "convert slices to zones command" available in the right click context menu (or someway similar).
If you look here:
You will find a downloadable Shortcircuit knowledge base ;-) Many answers to yet unasked questions :)
Dear Developer, please put out a x64 Version of it, so is for EVERYONE ACCESSABLE.
Thank you for understanding.
Very cool software! I would like to know how can I make slices on ShortCircuit2. On ShortCircuit1, all I had to do was Ctrl+Left click, which would then create a new slice, or Right click and then select one of the option for slicing, like in this image :
But on ShortCircuit2, I can't do neither of those things, I can only move an "H" cursor.
Dear Vember Audio, please consider also open sourcing Short Circuit so that it can be updated! Thanks.
I did email Claes about this (he of bitwig) to ask if he'd consider making it open source, but I'm sure he's too busy to do anything about it, alas. I'd think there's probably either code in shortcircuit that he doesn't want people to see or use.
It's a pity as shortcircuit is the only sampler I use, and the only VST that I use via jBridge, which - while it works - isn't ideal for a number of reasons. I'd love to get just an x64 version, and one with a scalable UI would be perfect.
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It seems that the developer's website is offline... for those looking for the plugin download, you can get it at vstplanet.com or search it in the internet archive.
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Getting Started with Shortcircuit,
a Freeware Software-Sampler (Windows VSTi)
There's strictly no warranty for the correctness of this text.
You use any of the information provided here at your own risk
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, like us, consider a sampler to be a musical instrument in its own right, and not just a way to emulate other instruments. It has been a very high priority to make sure 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.
Shortcircuit was designed to sound great, all other concerns have been secondary. But don't take our word for it, download 'shortcircuit free' and find out for yourself.
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.
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Loading a Sample
Setting the Zone Range. Defining Keyboard-Splits
Setting Values in the Entry-Fields
Setting the Pitch of a Sample with the Entry-Field "root key"
Setting the Volume of a Sample in the "output"-section
Panning the Samples
Soloing a Sample
Looping a Sample
Saving the Sampler's Data. File-Format: XML.
1. About Shortcircuit
Shortcircuit is a software sampler, a VSTi for Windows 32, by the Swedish company Vember Audio. As it has has been discontinued, it can now be downloaded for free. The version to use is Shortcircuit, version 1.1.2.
There has also been a version 2.x, but it hasn't been fully developed, so it shouldn't be used.
Usually, you run VST-instruments (such as Shortcircuit) from inside a DAW ("Digital Audio Workstation"), a music-application such as Cubase, Ableton or Reaper.
Here's a screenshot of the VST. In the following, I'll often refer to it from now on:
The screenshot makes Shortciruit look rather uninviting. But remember: When you first saw an Emulator II, the word "beautiful" probably wasn't the first thing that came to your mind. Maybe samplers just look kind of prosaic at first glance. Maybe that's normal. Maybe that's a good sign.
2. Loading a Sample
The first step to use Shortcircuit is loading a sample. In the upper left part of the user interface (see screenshot above) is a small button "load". When it is clicked, the open-file-dialog opens, where you can select a sample.
Shortcircuit can handle wav-files of different formats. Not just "44.1 kHz 16-bit mono", but also formats like "48 kHz, 32-bit float, stereo" for example.
You can use the key 'a' to listen to the loaded sample.
3. Setting the Zone Range. Defining Keyboard-Splits
In Shortcircuit, a sample is contained in a "zone" (all the samples loaded at the moment are called a "multi"). The term "zone" refers to the zone of the sample on a music-keyboard. Think about splits of your music-keyboard:
In the "zone range"-section of the user interface (in the upper part, more on the leftern side; see screenshot), the zones of the samples on the music-keyboard are defined.
On the leftern side, you see the entry-fields "low key", "root key" and "high key" there:
With "low key", you set, where the keyboard-zone of a sample starts. And with "high key" where it ends.
1.- Single ZONE: Play a single sound across the whole range of the keyboard, a piano-sample from C0 to C7 for example. Then there aren't any splits of the keyboard.
Load the piano sample, and then set
low key: C0
high key: C7
And you're done: You can play the piano-sample all across the keyboard. Because the zone of sample on the keyboard is then defined from C0 to C7, which should be the whole range of the keyboard.
2.- Split Zone: Play a bass-sound in the lower region of the keyboard, let's say from C0 to B1, and a piano-sound in the upper region, from C2 to C7. That means, there would be one split of the keybard.
In this case, you would set
low key: C0
high key: B1
low key: C2
high key: C7
3.- Multi Zone/Drumkit. Play a sample just on one key, a bassdrum on C1 and multiple other sounds on other keys, like a snaredrum-sample on D1, a closed hi-hat on F#1 and so on. Then there would be multiple splits of the keyboard.
For the drumkit, you would set
Bass Drum sample
low key: C1
high key: C1
Snare Drum sample
low key: D1
high key: D1
low key: D#1
(Generalmidi spec distributes drumkit sounds using a fixed scheme)
It's not that complicated, really. And it's extremely flexible. Do you remember, how cool it was, that you could realize just one keyboard-split on the Roland Jupiter 8? Or how Alan Wilder (of Depeche Mode) had several sample-zones on his E-Mu Emax in the movie "101"? Well, Shortcircuit gives you just that. In two tiny entry fields.
4. Setting Values in the Entry-Fields
There are several ways to enter values into the entry fields (like the entry field "low key").
1.- You can double-click on the entry field. Then you can enter a value with the computer-keyboard, then in the form of a number.
2.- You can click on the entry field and at the same time move the mouse to the left or to the right. This decreases, respectively increases the values in the entry-field.
3.- On the right of the entry fields of the "zone range"-section, there are little boxes named "L". When you click on them, you can define these values by pressing the corresponding key on an attached midi-keyboard.
You can define all values at once by pressing the small button "Learn all" below the entry fields and then by pressing a key on the midi-keyboard.
5. Setting the Pitch of a Sample with the Entry-Field "root key"
The entry field "root key" in the "zone range"-section defines the pitch of the sample relatively to the music-keyboard.
If you have a bass drum with "low key: C1, high key: C1" for example, setting "root key" to C1 too means, that the sound at C1 is played at the normal pitch (that you would also hear, when you open the sample in a sound-editor like Audacity).
When you increase the value for "root key", the pitch of the sound at C1 becomes lower.
When you decrease the value for "root key", the pitch of the sound at C1 becomes higher.
6. Setting the Volume of a Sample in the "output"-section
In the "output"-section on the right side of the user interface (see screenshot), the volume of the selected sample is defined.
This is especially useful, when you create a drumkit. The volumes of the drum-sounds can be set individually here.
7. Panning the Samples
In the "output"-section, the samples can be panned individually in the stereo-spectrum.
For mono-samples, there's an entry field "pan" with a range from "-100%" (left) to "+100%" (right).
For stereo-samples, there's an entry field "balance" instead of "pan" (like on the screenshot).
What happens, if the zone-ranges of two samples overlap or if two samples have the same zone-range, like both "low key: C1, high key: C1" for example? Then both samples get played at once. So this way, layers can be created.
9. Soloing a Sample
When you have loaded a drum-kit for example, and Shortcircuit receives the midi-data of a whole drum-pattern (for the whole kit), you can't hear a single sample well, that you may want to change. So you need a way to make Shortcircuit just play a certain sample, although it receives MIDI for many other samples too. This is done by soloing the sample. Press the button "solo" in the upper bar, right of the "load"-button:
10. Looping a Sample
In the middle of the upper part of the user interface, there is a graphical representation of the sample. Just below of it, there is a small field showing the word "forward". If you click on it, several options for looping the sample are shown. If you select "loop forward" for example, you can then set loop-points inside the sample-window.
If the loop-points include the whole sample, the sample is played again and again, as long as you press a key on the midi-keyboard.
If you set the starting loop-point more further into the sample and then press a key on the midi-keyboard, the sample is played from the beginning to the loop's end-point, then returns to the loop's start point and is then played again and again between the two loop-points.
This is especially useful, if the sample is taken from an instrument, that is usually played in longer notes, like a string-sound for example. If the sample isn't that long, but you want to play longer notes with it, without looping, the sample would cut out too early. With looping, you can to some extent simulate, that the sample is longer than it really is. Of course the result sounds a bit artificial then, but sometimes that even has its own character.
Looping samples is a typical use of a sampler.
11. Saving the Sampler's Data. File-Format: XML
In Shortcircuit, saving data is quite straight-forward .
When you right-click on the left side of the user interface (in the area below the list of the samples), a menu of options for saving appears.
If you select "Save Multi", after choosing a file-name, a file with the suffix ".scm" is saved. It contains all the settings of the "multi", that is of all the samples, that are loaded into Shortcircuit at the moment.
It saves just the settings of Shortcircuit, not the samples (".wav"-files") themselves. There is an option for saving them too, but I found, it doesn't work very well. So I just use "Save Multi" to get the ".scm"-file, and manage the ".wav"-files separately (with an external file-manager).
A really nice feature of the ".scm"-file is, that it just contains XML-code. XML is a format to represent complex data in a text-file.
So, the ".scm"-file is just a plain text-file (containing XML-code). That means, if necessary, you can also edit it by hand (if you know what you are doing: In XML every single character has to be in place, otherwise the whole file will not work as a data-source). Or it can be edited from a script (written in a programming-language such as Perl or Python). If you know, how to program in such a programming-language, having access to the sampler-data by script is a really cool and powerful feature of Shortcircuit.
Streamlined user interface for fast editing at the sample-zone level.
Fast editing of multiple zones.
"In context"-sample preview.
Extensive drag & drop support (onto the keyrange-view or the list-view).
RIFF wave-files (.wav) (8/16/24/32-bit & 32-bit float, mono/stereo at any sample rate)
AKAI S5000/S6000/Z4/Z8 .akp banks (partial)
NI battery kits (partial)
Soundfont 2.00 (partial)
Propellerhead Recycle 1 & 2
High-quality sinc interpolation
Oversampling used when needed to prevent aliasing
Double-precision float math (64-bit) used where it matters (IIR-filters).
Single-precision float math (32-bit) used elsewhere.
Supports any sample-rate.
Max polyphony per instance: 256 voices
Multiple outputs. (max 16 mono AND 8 stereo-pairs per instance)
Supported sample-playback modes:
forward loop with crossfading
forward loop until release
forward loop bidirectional
sliced (maps slices accross the keyboard)
2 filters / voice
Lowpass 2-pole (2 types)
Lowpass 1/2/3/4-pole ladder-filter
Lowpass 1/2/3/4-pole ladder-filter with saturation
2-band parameric EQ (2 types)
mörder OD (overdrive)
Microgate (does glitch/loop style effects when the gate is open)
Phase modulation (equivalent to FM)
Pulse oscillator (with sync)
Sawtooth oscillator (with 1-16 voices in unison)
3 stepLFOs / voice. Doubles as 32-step stepsequencer and wavetable LFO.
2 AHDSR envelopes / voice
Powerful modulation system with the ability to modulate itself.
Destinations include envelope-times, loop-points in addition to traditional destinations.
Group modulation routing.
Group effects. (2 effects / group)
digidelay (feedback, filtering & optional midi-sync)
Microsoft Windows 2000, XP or newer.
Processor with SSE-support (includes Intel Pentium 3 and newer, AMD Athlon XP and newer)
Software capable of hosting VST-instruments.
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Great to hear that fron Claes. It seem to be a very buggy source code, but it's a good start point.
I hope that Shortcircuit 1 functions to be kept working, as Shortcircuit 2 was more rompler like.
I 've tried to contact anyone on SC3 Github site, I'vwe created an account, but I don't know how to communicate/contribute. I've used Shortcircuit for 15+years and i was on the beta testing team with Claes, is there any way to coop with the development sithout being a programmer? Who can I contact to?
My thanks and appreciation to Claes Johanson!
Check This: https://github.com/surge-synthesizer/shortcircuit3.
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Do people still use this sampler? I have this problem where I load a project in the DAW and shortcircuit loads, but it immediately posts a pop up complaining that it can't find a sample. I either have to navigate all the way to where the sample is so shortcircuit can find it or reload the whole preset again. Does anybody know anything about that?
Yes, already using this piece of software.
You must set the folder where you store those samples for Shortcircuit to find them.
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