Masters Volume 1:
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Iain McCurdy is the king of Playable Csound instruments, and this synth is an adaptation of one of our favorites. Using additive synthesis, 10 harmonic partials are created, and by simply turning a knob you can alter the spacing between them. This allows you to transition between perfectly tonal textures to wild effects that any sound designer will go crazy over.
Rory Walsh blew us away when he intoduced his TrackerSplice UDO (User Defined Opcode) on the Csound Mailing List and we had to adapt it for real time control. This plugin fills a buffer with your audio then will stutter it back to you with MIDI-mappable tempo synced control. If that wasn't enough, Walsh threw in the ability to play the buffer backwards for real time "reversal" of any Live stream.
Jacob Joaquin & Jean-Luc Cohen-Sinclair collaborated to make this incredible Csound instrument in 2010, and we've brought its power into Ableton Live. This uses randomness* to go stutter crazy with one of your audio files. Simply drag and drop the audio in, and adjust the limits to create anything from slight stutters to hyper glitches.
We've honored two more Csound greats with this incredibly easy to use sound file Granulator. Øyvind Brandtsegg was part of the team that created the "partikkel" opcode, and Joachim Heintz created some amazing QuteCsound examples with it. This is a streamlined version of their work that allows you drag, drop, and granulate any audio file. Attach MIDI controls to Grain Size, Grain Rate, and playback speed and you have the clarity of Csound granular with unprecedented ease.
We couldn't have a collection of Masters without including Victor Lazzarini, and to honor him and all he has contributed we realized one of his coolest opcodes into a real time soundfile processor. SpectralMincer allows you to drop in an audio file and have total independent control over the pitch and playback speed. If that wasn't enough power for one opcode, Lazzarini added the ability to "decimate" the file as well.
Joachim Heintz makes another appearance on this list because of his work with another of Victor Lazzarini's opcodes - an amazing form of spectral filtering. This plugin analyzes an audiostream and filters out all of the frequencies that fall below an aplitude level you control. Add to this stereo XY control and make everything MIDI mappable, and this becomes a plugin that will become a staple in the studio and on the dance floor.