ANALOG EXP 1
DROP-Analog Exp 1 is our first Expansion Pack instrument in the DROP series of instruments that utilizes our simple and intuitive CRE8 Engine powered by Steinberg's FREE Halion Sonic SE platform.
Intuitive and flexible with the focus on quick and easy workflow is the concept behind our CRE8 Engine. DROP has a simple drag n drop synth engine that contains a sample layer and 2 granular layers. Presets have 3 Layers and you can load patches in up to 16 slots that can be used multi-timbral or layered by assigning patches to the same midi channel. The main concept behind its design is to provide you with a "Main Page" that provides all the functionality you would reach for during composing or performing. Of course there is an incredible amount of functionality and sound design capabilities contained in the additional pages we provide all with the same concept of being simple and intuitive.
There are 28 New Sample maps of samples taken from our POLY instrument available via the New Granular Layer 3 tab.. There are starter patches included to get your sound design going with templates for PADS, ARPS, and General Keys/Synths. Endless variations can be made by switching the all new content via the pull down menu on the Layer 3 Granular Page. Of course you can create layered sounds via your own "drag n drop" content on the Layer 1 Sample page and Layer 2 Granular page just like you can on the FREE version of DROP-CRE8.
*Requires HALion Sonic SE 3.1.15 FREE, HALion Sonic 3.1.15 or HALion 6.1.15 or higher. Mac OS 10.14/ Windows 10 or higher
HALion Sonic SE 3 is available for free as a plug-in for any VST3, VST2, AU and AAX compatible host and as a stand-alone application for macOS and Windows.
The MAIN Page
The Main Page is all about having instant access to all the parameters that you will use most of the time without the need to jump to other screens.
The Upper left section includes Oscillator level and Pan. Mod Wheel parameter destination and amount. ADSR controls for both Amplitude and Filter. Cutoff, Filter Type, Resonance, Envelope Amount, Distortion Level and Distortion Type. A Fixed Hi Pass and Lo Pass Filter. Amplitude and Filter Velocity settings.
The Lower section provides two fixed LFO's. One for Volume and one for Pan. Each LFO automatically syncs to the tempo and has amount, note division, shape and phase controls.
The 3rd section in the upper right has a Layer Bypass, Main Volume, Level Meter, Tuning for Octave, Coarse and Fine, Key Follow, Aftertouch controls, Midi Player enable, Arpeggiator enable and Octave Controls, Glide Controls, Mono/Poly Controls, and Unison Controls.
The MOTION Page
The Motion Page provides 1 LFO, 1 Step Modulator, User Envelope, and Pitch Envelope.
LFO A is identical in functionality and located in the upper part of the page. The LFO has a frequency rate or when set to sync will automatically lock to the tempo and also has amount, note division, shape and phase controls. The LFO also has a destination pull down menu that gives you many options like Cutoff, Resonance, Distortion, etc.
The lower part of the page is switchable via 4 buttons located to the right the LFO. These switch between the Step Modulator, User Envelope, and a Pitch Envelope. The Step Modulator and the User Envelope also have a destination menu with the same choices that are available for the LFO A.
The DROP Page - L1/L2/L3
The DROP Page offers the user a choice of either dropping a user sample on a SAMPLE layer or a GRANULAR layer. The user can stack both a SAMPLE and a GRANULAR layer or choose to use just one or the other.
The SAMPLER page on the L1 tab (Layer 1) also offers Steinberg's AUDIO WARP technology allowing you to time stretch a sample without changing the pitch if you choose. This is particularly useful for dropping loop samples into this page and locking it to tempo or beats and having the loop seamlessly follow your hosts tempo.
The GRANULAR layer on L2 tab (Layer 2) is a fantastic tool for sound design and allows for modern sonic possibilities. The user can control important parameters like duration, position and length. There is also the ability to choose up to 8 grains to create complex but smooth sounds.
The GRANULAR layer on L3 tab (Layer 3) has identical parameters that are contained in Layer 2. The big difference is this is not a "drag n drop" layer but rather this layer contains all the NEW Sample Content that makes up the ANALOG EXPANSION 1. There is a pull down menu that allows you to select one of the 28 New Sample maps of samples taken from our POLY instrument.
The FX Page
The FX Page provides you with 18 different insert effects to enable or disable. The different effects are:
Vintage Compressor which is at the end of the signal chain before the reverb to act like a "Mastering Compressor".
Distortion module with 4 distortion effect types.
Guitar Amplifier modeling effect. Control over amp heads and cabinets as well as microphone position.
Ring Mod FX
Main Synth Filter with VCF section that has 24 filter shapes and five distortion modes. There are also unique morphing filters that seamlessly blend between up to 4 out of 24 filter types via the XY Page.
4 Band Fully Parametric EQ
Morph Filter with 2 filter shapes that can be controlled via the automatable XY controller right on the Morph Filter FX module.
2 independent stereo Delays with 3 modes.
Efficient Algorithmic Reverb with many parameters to tailor its sound.
Convolution Reverb with many impulse choices.
* Additionally, there is a complete suite of 61 audio effect processors in total available via the AUX FX Sends in the mixer portion of HALion Sonic SE.
The ARP Page
This is an advanced 32-step Arpeggiator based on Yamaha’s legendary Motif Technology with extensive programming and modulation features. The Arpeggiator offers many parameters for programming phrases and altering tempo, groove and swing. Three additional controller lanes are available for quick and easy step modulation for oscillator and filter parameters.
The phrases of the arpeggiator can be recorded internally and exported to the DAW via drag and drop to make them accessible as editable MIDI events. Additionally, you can store and trigger 8 different phrases on the fly in real time without ever losing sync.
The entire Arpeggiator settings can be locked to keep phrases even when browsing the available presets.
The XY Page
The XY Page is a simple layout with 3 XY controller boxes. The first XY box controls the Main FX Filter when it is set to dual or quad Morphing modes. The second and third XY boxes are tied to the fixed Lo Pass and Hi Pass Filters that are found on the Main Page. This is a very fun and creative way to automate these filters.
The BROWSER Page
Browse through the patch library with ease and find what you need quickly thanks to the detailed tagging system and large viewing window that is part of the MediaBay sound management system.
The browser can also open "undocked" and be resized up to full screen size.
The Quick Controls
8 Pre-assigned controls at the bottom of the screen allow for quick access to the most commonly used parameters. These are assigned to both layers allowing you to control for example the cutoff filter offset for both layers at the same time with one knob.
The Motion knob can control all the motion and pulsing of a patch. It defaults to full motion but can dial the motion all the way down to no movement at all. A very creative way to control many LFO's, Step Filters, and User Envelopes all with one simple knob.
* PAN LFO is excluded from the Motion Quick control knob.
The Trigger Pads
8 Trigger pads are assigned to the Arpeggiater's 8 possible patterns. These can be triggered "on the fly" all without losing sync in real time. This allows you to perform pattern switches in real time creating almost endless pattern possibilities from the 8 available "live" patterns. Once you play around with this feature it becomes a very powerful creative tool.
The pads can also be assigned to the 8 patterns on the Midi Player page as well. Patterns are set via drag and drop from the number 1-8 buttons on the Arp or Midi Player page. All patches that utilize the Arp or Midi Player are pre-configured to trigger from these pads by default.
In the upper left corner of the trigger pad window is a pull-down that contains 2 presets. One configures the pads to trigger via the bottom 8 keys of an 88-key controller. The second will trigger notes below the keyboard range (C#-2 thru G#-2). The pre-configured Touchosc and Liine Lemur templates included will trigger these notes from the Tablet preset.