AIR Music Technology has expanded their virtual instrument offerings with the Vacuum Pro Polyphonic Analog Tube Synthesizer and Loom Modular Additive Synthesizer. They tell us that Vacuum Pro is a polyphonic analog tube synthesizer that travels light-years beyond the original monophonic Vacuum, first developed by the AIR team as part of the Pro Tools Creative Collection from Avid, while Loom is an entirely new modular additive synthesizer.
AIR says that both Vacuum Pro and Loom are highly intuitive in design and place few technical demands on the user, delivering a more inspiring and creative experience. They say that each provides an array of sound-sculpting tools ranging from rapid, highly efficient sound creation to zeroing in on most intricate of sound design tasks - the unique and scalable workflow allowing the creative potential of Vacuum Pro and Loom to continue to meet the musician's needs as they evolve. Vacuum Pro and Loom will be available first in the VST and AU 64-bit formats, plus the RTAS 32-bit format. An AAX update is coming soon. Here's the details directly from AIR...
The "vacuum" part of the name Vacuum Pro relates to the six tube circuits that lend a particularly analog flavor to each of the main synthesis modules--oscillators, filters, mixer, etc. Vacuum Pro is totally unique; providing a modern, idealized vision of the versatility and potential of analog synthesis, rather than attempting to isolate and recreate just one particular moment from history. The smart knob model used in Vacuum Pro is possibly the best implementation ever in a complex VI, and provides anyone-- from novice to pro--the ability to create incredible and unique instrument sounds with lightening speed.
"Vacuum Pro is the dirtiest, hottest, and most revolutionary soft synth we've ever created." says Mario Reinsch, Senior Engineer at AIR. "We designed Vacuum Pro to sound like the analog synth we always wanted; it isn't a copy or reproduction of a known, classic analog synth; you're getting something that is truly unique and wonderful."
As an additive instrument, Loom can create sounds that extend far beyond the scope of subtractive synths. Loom provides a vast array of unique sounds while providing total control over every aspect of the instrument. Sound creation begins with 30 sound modules, each with a distinct function--moving filter, octaver, repeater, second tone, etc. These modules can be freely combined in up to 10 cells. Spectral modulation, extensive envelope shaping, and multiple LFOs deliver deep control. While the advantages of additive synthesis have long been understood, it is the powerful and effective Loom interface that finally places this potential in the hands of today's musicians and sound designers.
Vacuum Pro and Loom each contain over 350 ready-to-play presets. With the majority of these sound created by the AIR team, AIR has also enlisted the services of acclaimed electronic musician and sound designer Richard Devine, who saw the instruments at Winter NAMM and knew he just had to work on them. Richard has used his skills and talents to contribute 100 custom-created patches for each instrument.
"I was really fascinated by the structure and UI design of Loom," says sound designer Richard Devine. "I knew it would be capable of creating some interesting timbres. I loved the modular structure and its additive harmonic synthesis engine--which is what initially sparked my interests with Loom. The sounds and control features of Loom are just stunning. I have never come across another software synthesizer that offers both unique synthesis and such wonderful controllability. For sound design applications, this synth is simply a must have."
Pricing and Availability:
$199 each. Available now.
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