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"The release of Stylus RMX is a very exciting moment in Spectrasonics’ ten year history," said Eric Persing, Spectrasonics’ Founder and Creative Director. "Stylus RMX is the culmination of so many dreams we’ve had for a world-class groove machine. The new S.A.G.E. technology makes it simple to use and extremely powerful, all at the same time. The creative synergy of our sound design and software development teams has produced an instrument that has enormous musical potential and we think our customers will find it inspiring for many years to come."
Spectrasonics’ in-house development team created the new instrument from the ground up, with dozens of new features including the ground-breaking Chaos Designer™, a completely redesigned, multi-page user interface, a new core library of sounds, all with a focus on realtime groove creation and performance.
New Core library
The massive new 7.4 gigabyte core-library in Stylus RMX has thousands of cutting-edge grooves and sounds that were created by Spectrasonics’ international sound design team, and produced by Eric Persing. The new core library contains nearly triple the amount of sounds originally offered in the original Stylus, and contains all the original material as well. The new sounds and grooves in Stylus RMX offer a much wider range of modern musical genres than the original Stylus. Mixes of grooves are broken down into individual tracks called Elements for flexibility and infinite combinations.
Also new in Stylus RMX are thousands of new Kit modules, as well as user Kit construction. The new sound menus have over 10,000 new single hits, all arranged in organized categories. Users can create their own customized multitrack remix grooves and kits, save them into the plug-in, and even share them with other Stylus RMX users on different platforms and hosts. It’s the ultimate Remix-oriented sound module for building grooves.
Stylus RMX marks Spectrasonics’ first expandable virtual instrument, with a series of five new “S.A.G.E. Xpanders” for Stylus RMX at $99US retail each. Stylus RMX also can be expanded with existing Groove Control CD-ROM libraries and even REX files – which opens the door for musicians to utilize their own audio loops within the powerful S.A.G.E. Environment.
Of the many new capabilities in Stylus RMX, possibly the most innovative feature is the Chaos Designer™. With simple controls, the user can introduce musical Chaos into the groove, which allows it to have constantly evolving variations— giving the impression that the audio grooves are improvising. The results can be subtle or extreme by setting the simple to use controls. A Capture feature allows the spontaneous audio chaos patterns to be made into a MIDI file, dragged and dropped into the host sequencer, and played back again for further editing by the user.
On Chaos Designer Spectrasonics’ Persing notes, “Chaos Designer opens up a new world of possibilities compared to standard loop software. The one thing everyone likes about loops is that they are inspiring, but no one likes that the loop always sounds exactly the same every time it plays. Live musicians are always adding subtle variations in a performance to make it breathe. With Chaos Designer, you get an inspiring, improvising loop that changes — a little or a lot. It will never sound the same, unless you want it to. And now it’s easy to achieve in Stylus RMX.”
Stylus RMX Overview:
Stylus RMX is now shipping to all authorized Spectrasonics distributors and dealers. The US suggested retail price for Stylus RMX is $299, while the European price is set at 249 Euros.
Upgrades from the “classic” Stylus are $99US and are the same in all regions of the International market. Stylus customers who registered Stylus for the first time after January 1st, 2004, are automatically eligible for a FREE upgrade (excluding shipping) from the original Stylus to Stylus RMX. Upgrades can be ordered on-line directly from the Spectrasonics website at: http://techshop.spectrasonics.net/
Stylus RMX operates as a virtual instrument software plug-in for Macintosh and Windows in all major hosts including Apple Logic™, MOTU Digital Performer™, Digidesign Pro Tools™, Ableton Live™, Steinberg Cubase SX™, Nuendo™, V-Stack™, Apple Garage Band™, Fruity Loops™, Sony Acid Pro™, Cakewalk Sonar™, Project 5™ and many other VST and Audio Unit host applications.
Because the Stylus RMX plug-in is extremely versatile, we have listed two sets of System Recommendations: one for using a single part (which can have up to 60 grooves on a single channel), and another for using RMX as a multitimbral module which allows hundreds of grooves on multiple channels, multiple simultaneous effects, access to multi patches and the use of the special Kit Mode.
SINGLE-TIMBRAL (1 Part) System Recommendations 640mb RAM, 8GB free hard disc space for core library, DVD-ROM drive
OSX 10.2.6 or higher, 500mHz G3 or better CPU, Audio Unit, RTAS, or VST host
Windows 2000/XP, 600mHz Pentium III or better CPU, sound card, VST host
MULTI-TIMBRAL (8 Parts) System Recommendations 1GB RAM, 8GB free hard disc space for core library, DVD-ROM drive
OSX 10.2.6 or higher, 1gHz G4/G5 or better CPU, Audio Unit, RTAS, or VST host
Windows 2000/XP, 1ghz Pentium IV or better CPU, sound card, VST host