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$199 Chromaphone 2
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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."
—Dave Stewart, Sound On Sound
Chromaphone 2 is a must have for musicians and producers. At the turn of a few knobs you can become an instrument builder—shaping metal, carving wood, and stretching skins. Create and perform expressive, responsive instruments that have a real-life presence.
Mix and match
Chromaphone 2 uses acoustic resonators to create drums, percussion, mallet instruments, strings, and other unique sounds. Drum skins, bars, marimbas, plates, strings, and tubes are combined into pairs and played by a configurable mallet and a flexible noise source. A proprietary coupling technology that models precisely how vibrating objects interact and influence each other captures key acoustic behaviors of musical instruments resulting in a library of truly expressive instruments in a vast range of sonic colors.
The resonators' material, tuning, and coupling parameters allow the creation of a wide range of instruments and sonic colors. Whether real, imaginary, or somewhere in between, Chromaphone 2’s rich, organic tones will help bring your music to life.
Melodies, beats, and unique soundscapes
Chromaphone 2’s sound library includes an amazing range of expressive and responsive instruments. The instruments span from melodic pitched percussion to punchy one-shots and kits for rhythm tracks.
With Chromaphone 2 one-shots are no longer limited to the key velocity. Chromaphone 2 uses the entire keyboard range to modulate volume, mallet noise and stiffness, noise filter frequency, density, hit position, and coupling to open a whole world of expressive sounds.
Creative drum kits
Chromaphone 2 ships with ready-made creative kits 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.
The perfect stroke
In Chrompahone 2 you can shape the attack with the Mallet Module which provides the initial attack. 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.
The Flexible Noise Source in Chromaphone 2 provides the sustain to your sound while the envelope generator and filters provide tailored excitation to complement impacts from the mallet. The density parameter controls the rate at which noise samples interact with the resonators from individual hits to a fully continuous flow. Loud or quiet, bursting or evolving, this noise source is the key to unusual and creative effects you can create with Chromaphone 2.
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.
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.
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!
Backward compatible with Chromaphone 1 presets
Simply copy your banks from Chromaphone 1 in Chromaphone 2‘s bank folder to convert them.
Chromaphone 2 delivers a wide range of timbres, from shimmering glass to earthy wood, and will inspire the instrument builder in you to design the most unusual organic sounds and textures you can imagine.
AAS Sound Bank collections add tremendous value to Chromaphone 2. Load them into the program, or use them standalone with the included AAS Player. Created by renowned sound designers, they can be used as they are or as jumping off points to create your own sounds.
Long time Chromaphone user Christian Laffitte sends us his first contribution to the Sound Bank Series with the high impact Cinematix. Whether it’s epic scenes or fast-paced pursuits, with its strong emphasis on monumental hits and percussions, Cinematix is sure to fuel your next score. Cinematix gathers 100 presets grouped into percussions, snares, toms, cymbals, chimes and bells, hits, strings and pads, effects, and arpeggiators.
$39 Cinematix Sound Bank
Following up his Microsound Textures collection, Richard Devine revisits Chromaphone in its second incarnation and presents an unsettling, opaque, yet unpretentious collection of new sounds. The 111 Epicycles presets adventurously delve into enigmatic and uncertain territory, while exploring all the beauty and richness the Chromaphone engine has to offer. Nine categories structure the series of patterns and textures: Soundscapes, Basses, Plucked Strings, Keys, Synths, Strings and Pads, Percussions, Arps, and Effects.
$39 Epicycles Sound Bank
Cardinals is sound designer and composer Simon Stockhausen's presentation of dualism in various realms. You'll find dark and light, tonal and atonal, serenity and anxiety, and Eastern and Western influences scattered across its Achromatic and Chromatic Percussion. Other categories include "Danger Zone", Keys, Synths, Strings, Pads, Textures, and Soundscapes. Each of the 109 presets creates its own enclosed universe, inviting many hours of exploration.
$39 Cardinals Sound Bank
KitNetix is a macrophonic sound bank that zooms down into an intricate new world. The 128-preset collection crafted by renowned sound designer Martin Walker features drum kits made from exotic materials, percussion unleashed from reality, soundscapes from dark beginnings and glittering futures, hyper-detailed generative textures, and fantasy hybrid instruments that have never been heard before, including bells, chimes, keys, strings, and pads. Moods cover a huge range, from epic soundtrack projects via weird electronica to gentle ambient minimalism.
$39 KitNetix Sound Bank
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.).
Chromaphone 2: Percussions Preview
This video will take you through a quick tour of the sonic, percussive pallet available to you in the new Chromaphone 2.
Craig Anderton, Electronic Musician
"...A novel, clever instrument that makes sounds your other virtual instruments don't make"
Jim Aikin, Keyboard Magazine
"Great for chimes, mallets, and pipes. Expressive velocity response. Detailed tone colors with unusual types of control."
Dave Stewart, Sound On Sound
"Chromaphone means 'colourful sound', and this instrument lives up to its name. 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; inevitably, it handles some areas better than others, but given the large number of sonic and musical bases it covers, I have to say that its success rate is high. Chromaphone is a fun outing for percussion fans, with an inspiring set of sounds which will widen your sonic (and hopefully, musical) horizons. "