Two plug-ins in one
From version 3, Crossfade Loop Synth is actually two plug-ins: Crossfade Loop Synth and Crossfade Loop Synth Effect. The effect version takes the power of Crossfade Loop Synth and turns it into a live sampler, a looper and a very unusual and powerful delay effect.
Version 3 is a major upgrade from version 2, adding many powerful means of shaping your sound, whilst maintaining the simplicity and CPU efficiency that made version 2 so popular.
Crossfade Loop Synth
You can control how the sample is looped as it is played. An adjustable amount of crossfade can be applied to the loop endpoints to smooth the transitions. This makes it extremely easy to produce glitch-free pad sounds. The loops can also be played backwards and alternately forwards and backwards (pendulum-style).
Further sound processing can be applied in the form of overdrive/saturation, filtering, envelopes (for amplitude and filter), pulse-width modulation, oscillator sync and LFOs (one each for filter, pitch, PWM and sync).
The synth is 32 note polyphonic, and all parameters can be controlled by MIDI controllers.
Crossfade Loop Synth Effect
You can record continuously, even while playing back. This allows you to use the plugin as an extremely unusual and creative delay effect. For example you can have the delays played back at double the pitch/speed you played them. Or at double the pitch and backwards. Or as a chord. Or repeat the first beat of every bar... the possibilities are legion.
You can save the recorded sample to disk as an AIFF/WAV file for later use.
- For Crossfade Loop Synth v3.1.4 and earlier - Mac OS X 10.2.8 or higher (10.4.11 or higher recommended)
- For Crossfade Loop Synth v3.2.0 and later - Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher
- Audio Unit or VST host application
- Windows XP SP2
- VST 2.4 host application
PurchasingInitially the plug-in runs in demo mode, in which it is fully functional, except that it will time-out after 15 minutes of use. Simply reloading the plug-in resets the time-out.
To remove the time-out, you can purchase a registration. The price is $49 (US dollars, plus VAT if applicable). See here for upgrade information if you own v2.x.
A registration allows you to install the plug-in on up to three computers at once.
Previous VersionsThe previous version (2.1.x) is still available here.
The first version (1.3) is freeware, and still available here.