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Chromaphone 2NEW

ACOUSTIC OBJECT SYNTHESIZER

Chromaphone 2

Resounding hits

Chromaphone strikes in full dynamics with acoustic sharpness and precision.



Amazing variety of timbres

It creates an amazing variety of timbres: anything from the tiny plink of a short, taut string to the massive roar of a giant detuned gong, and all points in between. It's hard to think of another software instrument which is quite so versatile.



§ What’s new? §

We have brought Chromaphone to a whole new level—it is now an incredibly versatile instrument.

  • NEW Factory library

    The completely renewed factory library has well over 600 production-ready sounds classified for fast and intuitive exploration.

  • NEW Drumhead resonator

    This new model reproduces precisely how a real drumhead vibrates resulting in super realistic and responsive drums and percussions.

  • NEW Envelope mode

    The envelope generator for the noise source is now equipped with an AHD mode for carving precise one-shots.

  • NEW Noise filter bank

    The noise source spectrum can now be tailored with a 10-band filter bank for fine control of the tone.

  • NEW Low-cut filter

    Resonators have been complemented with a low-cut filter to control the clarity of an instrument response.

  • NEW Arpeggiator

    Add motion and give a new perspective to sounds with the new built-in arpeggiator module.

  • NEW Source mixer

    Fine control of the mallet and noise sources to shape the attack and sustain phase of sounds with precision.

  • NEW Compressor and equalizer

    These new additions are perfect to add punch and definition to your sound, letting you cut through any dense mix or stage.

  • NEW Limiter

    The new output limiter protects your ears and monitors during experimentation with the synth’s parameters while providing a maximum of distortion-free dynamics.

  • NEW Streamlined interface

    Redesigned from the ground up, the new interface now divides Chromaphone 2 into three panels: Play presents shortcuts to the performance and effect parameters including bypass switches for quick edits; Edit lets you tweak and create your sound; while FX supplies equalizer, compressor, multi-effect, and reverb processors for a final sheen.

  • NEW Microtonal tunings via Scala scale files

    Chromaphone 2 now supports the Scala scale file format for microtonal music making.

  • UPDATED Overhauled effects

    Reinvigorated and polished, Chromaphone 2’s multi-effect processor features our best sounding chorus, delay, phaser, flanger, distortion, notch filter, wah-wah, auto-wah, and reverb to date!

  • NEAT Backward compatible with Chromaphone 1 presets

    Simply copy your banks from Chromaphone 1 in Chromaphone 2‘s bank folder to convert them.


§ Try Chromaphone 2 now for free §

Fully functional. Less than 28.0 MB to download. Seconds to install.


§ Melodies, beats, and crazy soundscapes §

Chromaphone uses acoustic resonators to create drums, percussion, mallet, string, and other unique instruments. They get sparked into life by a mallet and a flexible noise generator.

Library

Chromaphone 2 is packed with more than 650 presets from the best sound designers. Instruments span from warm and mellow pitched percussions for melodies to punchy one-shots and kits for rhythm tracks. Twisted, they generate unique textures and soundscapes that will move any film score. Whether real, other-wordly, or with an ethnic touch, Chromaphone will fill your music with rich and organic tones. more…

Performance

Chromaphone 2 ships with premium performance features: unison, vibrato, and a complete set of MIDI features. And for even more action, Chromaphone provides a user programmable pattern arpeggiator and shortcuts to the high quality effects. more…

Edition

Modeling based synthesis gives you access to all source and resonator parameters. Customize instruments to perfectly fit your project or follow your inspiration and build entirely new ones for really creative and innovative sound design. more…

Effects

The Effects panel wraps up Chromaphone 2 as an all-inclusive package with awesome polishing tools. more…


§ Everything you need from start to finish §

With more than 650 presets spread into 19 categories, Chromaphone 2 packs everything you need to create all the parts of your productions.

One-shot revolution

One-shots are no longer limited to the velocity dimension. Chromaphone uses the entire keyboard range to modulate volume, mallet noise and stiffness, noise filter frequency and density, hit position, and coupling to open a whole world of expressive sounds—and that in a totally stepless fashion.

Creative drum kits

Chromaphone ships with ready-made creative kit patches where each note provides a new sound slightly different from the previous one. Over the entire keyboard range the sound morphs from bass drum to snare to hi-hat. Discover a mixture of electronic and acoustic qualities intertwined to form highly playable, addictive, and always fresh drum sounds.


§ Playful §

Direct access to FX shortcuts, performance settings, and the arpeggiator.

Performance

Chromaphone 2 will match your playing style or musical context with ease thanks to the tap tempo and sync to host clock options; up-to-4-voice unison; and the flexible vibrato.

Arpeggiator

Ready, willing, and able, Chromaphone 2’s arpeggiator offers various syncing resolutions, playing algorithms, and rhythmic patterns that will spruce up any chord progressions into percolating melodies or pulsing sequences.


§ Mix and match §

Chromaphone is an atelier for musicians and producers. At the turn of a few knobs, become an instrument maker, shaping metal, carving wood, and stretching skins. Craft and play expressive and responsive instruments that have a real-life presence.

Resonate

Instruments are created by combining acoustic resonators. A wooden bar makes a xylophone, turned metallic it becomes a glockenspiel. Adding a tube transforms it into a vibraphone or marimba. Plates shape up in bells and cymbals. A drumhead combined with a cylinder becomes a bass drum, snare, conga or bongo. Mix and match strings, plates, drumheads, membranes, beams, bars, and tubes to reproduce real-life instruments or create original ones.

Perfect couples

Chromaphone is the first synthesizer that takes into account the effect of coupling between resonators. Bringing together acoustic objects, for exemple the string and soundboard at the bridge of a guitar, changes the way each of them vibrates. A proprietary technology models precisely how objects interact and exchange energy thereby capturing key acoustic behaviours of musical instruments and resulting in sounds that have a real-life presence.

The perfect stroke

Shape the attack with the Mallet module which provides the triggering impact. Use the Amplitude and Stiffness controls to craft different type of sticks, mallets, and beaters, and the Noise parameter to bring texture to the hit. All can be modulated by keyboard velocity and pitch to provide great playing dynamics.

Get noisy

Sustain is provided by a flexible noise source. An envelope generator and filters provide tailored excitation to complement impacts from the mallet. A density parameter controls the rate at which noise samples interact with the resonators from random individual particule-like hits to a fully continuous flow. Loud or quiet, bursting or evolving, dense or porous, broadband or filtered, this noise source is the key to unusual and creative effects.


§ Bare naked—All suited up §

You’ll love the pure raw sound of Chromaphone 2, but the built-in effects will bring it to so many places that you’ll enjoy having them on hand.

And you have a chock-full of them to choose from: compressor, equalizer, delay, distortion, phaser, chorus, flanger, wah wah and notch filters, and reverb.


§ Buzzing Around §

The community has good things to say about Chromaphone…


§ Take it further §

With four Sound Bank Series titles adding up to more than 600 presets, Chromaphone 2 looks forward to spark your imagination—whenever you need it.

In need for even more sounds?

Here is list of third-party sound designers that have joined the Chromaphone synthesis wagon.


WINDOWS · MAC OS X · 32-/64-bit
§ VST · AU · RTAS · AAX Native · STANDALONE §

Chromaphone 2 is compatible with nearly all DAWs.

Mac minimum system requirements*

  • Mac OS X 10.7 or later
  • Intel Core processor or later
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

PC minimum system requirements*

  • Windows 7 32‑/64‑bit or later
  • Intel Core or equivalent processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space

*The minimum system requirements mentioned above are for standalone usage. For plug-in usage, please refer to your DAW software requirements (Sonar, Pro Tools, Cubase, Live, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, etc.).


Neat features


The benefits of physical modeling


§ Ready to buy? §

Select from among these options.

What type of copy protection does Chromaphone 2 use?

All AAS instruments use a proprietary copy protection based on a challenge/response mechanism.

Can I re-authorize Chromaphone 2 if I upgrade or change my computer, or have a computer crash?

The license agreement for Chromaphone 2 allows authorization on up to two computers which belong to you. You might need, however, more than two authorizations if for example, you get a new computer or change some piece of hardware such as the hard drive. In these situations, it won't be a problem to obtain additional authorizations.

With your product serial number, you will be able to generate two different authorizations every 90 days directly from our website. Beyond that threshold, you will have to provide an explanation of why you need an additionnal authorization.

Do you offer educational pricing?

We do offer educational discounts on our products to students and teachers. Site licenses, representing a substantial savings on the regular price of the products, are also available to educational institutions. For more information on educational pricing or to order please contact sales by email or phone.

What’s included with my purchase?

  • Links to the Windows and Mac OS X installers (less than 28.0 MB)
  • Serial number
  • License for two computer installations (e.g. a laptop and desktop)
  • Standalone application (runs without a plug-in host)
  • VST, RTAS, and AAX Native plug-ins for Windows
  • AU, VST, RTAS, and AAX Native plug-ins for Mac OS X
  • Manual (PDF)