Applied Acoustics Systems

Applied Acoustics Systems

Applied Acoustics Systems was founded in 1998 and is based in Montreal, Canada. They are the creators of the innovative Tassman and Lounge Lizard virtual instruments. Both instruments have been given high acclaim from many professional artists and some of Hollywood's A-List composers.

Tassman 4
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Tassman 4 Sound Synthesis Studio


AU, VST, RTAS (Mac/Win)

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download $349.00 Tassman 4

download $349.00 Tassman 4

MAC Format ChoiceMusic Tech RecommendedFuture Music Platinum AwardComputer Music Performance AwardEM Editor's Choice Award 2001
The Tassman is a modular instrument and sound design environment based on physical modeling. Whether you are new to the world of synths and sound design, or a seasoned industry professional, the Tassman offers virtually endless creative possibilities, in an intuitive, easy to use environment. From unrivaled recreations of analog and acoustic instruments, to wildly adventurous cinematic textures, the Tassman puts the shape of sound design in your hands. Far from being an emulation of any one vintage synthesizer, the Tassman is in fact an ever expanding collection of instruments and sound design tools, sure to provide inspiration for virtually any project.

Inspiration on Demand: Synths and Presets

The Tassman provides you with a collection of 50 pre-patched instruments, and over 1000 presets right out of the box. You' ll find all the classic analog and FM instrument emulations you'd expect in a modular synthesis solution, staggeringly realistic acoustic instruments including various drums and chromatic percussion, string instuments of all shapes and sizes, an electric piano, tonewheel and pipe based organs, and more, complete with the nuances and subtlties that would be simply unattainable with a sample based solution. Add to this instruments which allow you to import your own samples and utilize them as you would any of the other tone generators, and unique hybrid constructions which combine these various elements, and the possibilities are truely endless.

Standard Features

  • Core processing engine has been re-written from the ground up for greater performance and sound quality
  • Browser, Builder, and Player now integrated into a single window
  • Resizable window with horizontal and vertical scroll bars for easy navigation
  • Redesigned, colour coded Builder interface
  • 50 all new instruments covering the full range of analog, acoustic, and hybrid constructions, with over 1000 presets.
  • Integrated browser for drag and drop access to all neccessary tools including instruments, sub-patches, presets, modules, and MIDI maps
  • MIDI Learn / Forget for all on-screen controls
  • Save multiple MIDI maps for each instrument
  • Support for aftertouch from keyboards with this functionality
  • Import and Export Instruments with all associated presets and sub-patches as a single file for easy exchange with other users and archiving
  • Many new modules including new control elements, envelopes with modulation input for each stage, 3 new sequencers, filters, FX, and much more

New in Version 4

  • Output Stage The new Output Stage includes sync-to-host capability, tempo synced ping-pong delay, first-class reverbs, and an audio recorder. While providing instant control over the playback and recording of your performances, the Output Stage also adds depth, warmth and dimension to any synth.
  • Performance Mode Performances provide instant access to your sounds by combining a synth, a preset, effects and MIDI maps. For quick and easy access, you can organize performances by style, by type or even by venues.
  • Expanded Library A fantastic new collection of synthesizers and effects created by top sound designers from ILIO and AAS. Their focus has been on the creation of highly usable sounds for musicians and studio professionals that exploit the unique architecture of Tassman.
  • Audio Input Processing The Tassman can now be used as a real time audio effects processor! For instance, acoustic resonators can be used to add unique textures to your sound. Use it as an effect plugin with your favorite host application.
  • Improved Algorithms Improved acoustic objects and generators that sound better than ever.

Tassman 4 Highlights

  • Polyphonic modular synthesizer and sound design environment
  • Entirely based on physical modeling for outstanding sound quality
  • Huge synth and effect library - more than 50 synths and 1000 presets
  • Modules library for customizing or creating synths - effects, envelopes, filters, generators, inputs, outputs, MIDI, logic, mixers, resonators, selectors and sequencers.
  • Generators and resonators include acoustical objects - flute, mallets, organ, plectrum, beams, marimbas, membranes, plates, strings and tubes
  • User expandable module library - reuse, organize and simplify patch building
  • Unlimited modules per patch
  • Internal audio recorder to capture performances on the fly
  • Integrated browser, browser filters and locate function for easy navigation and organization of Tassman elements.
  • Triggered playback and record for perfect loops
  • Import/Export functions for easy sharing of synths and effects
  • Unlimited Undo/Redo capability
  • Drag and Drop capability between Tassman elements
  • Audio bit-depth and sample rates up to 24bit/192kHz
  • 32bit floating point internal processing
  • Real time calculation of sound - no samples
  • Simultaneous operation of multiple MIDI ports and user defined MIDI maps
  • MIDI automation and program change support
  • Supports all standard plugin formats
  • Full audio and MIDI hardware support
  • Standalone operation - no host application required

Mac minimum system requirements*

  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • Intel Core processor or later
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space
  • 1024 × 768 screen resolution
  • Built-in audio interface
  • Mac OS X-compatible MIDI interface/keyboard

Mac compatibility

  • VST 32-/64-bit, Audio Unit (see restrictions below), RTAS, and AAX Native (Pro Tools 11 or later) plug-in hosts
  • Mac OS X-compatible audio interface

Mac Audio Unit (32-/64‑bit) compatibility

  • Apple Garageband 1.1 or later
  • Apple Logic 7.1 or later
  • Ableton Live 8 or later
  • Audiofile Engineering Rax
  • MOTU Digital Performer 6 or later
  • Cockos Reaper 3.1 or later

PC minimum system requirements*

  • Windows XP SP3 32-bit or Vista, 7, or 8 32‑/64‑bit
  • Intel Core or equivalent processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 70 MB of free hard drive space
  • 1024 × 768 screen resolution
  • Windows-compatible audio interface
  • Windows-compatible MIDI interface/keyboard

PC compatibility

  • VST 32-/64-bit, RTAS, and AAX Native (Pro Tools 11 or later) plug‑in hosts
  • ASIO and DirectSound audio drivers

*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.)

Michael Herberger, Naidoo-Herberger Produktion
“I'm re-discovering Tassman and it's just great—the sound is so unique. I've used it on nearly every demos for our next album.”


MM Musikermagasinet
“It's very convenient to build a nice sounding instruments with the components of Tassman 4. But if you prefer to start off with a preset and adjust it to your own liking, Tassman will definitely do the job. The Physical Modeling at the basis of Tassman also helps making this software a synth that is out of the ordinary—sound wise, there's nothing quite like it on the market.”


Dennis Miller, Electronic Musician
“Tassman 4 retains its position as the top modeling program around.”
“There's no soft synth on the market today that has as many unique sonic building blocks as Tassman, and the range of possibilities it offers is awesome.”


Martin Walker, Sound On Sound
“Tassman v4.0 adds a rich layer of sophistication to its sounds, while its much larger library proves just how capable the AAS analogue- and physical-modelling modules really are.”


Cliff Douse, Mac Format
“Overall, Tassman 4 is an exceptional music software package offering the user a fantastic selection of instruments and effects, and the capability of making new ones. It's a synthesist's dream!”
“A really powerful music tool. Essential for any composer who wants to get the most out of software synthesis.”


Computer Music
“Tassman has always been one of the easiest modular synthesizers to use, and it loses none of its user friendliness with this update.”
“Tassman has always been one of the easiest modular synthesizers to use, and it loses none of its user friendliness with this update.”
“The results were terrific. Tassman's compliment of filters, resonant tubes and effects made for some serious loop mangling which will definitely find favour with fans of avant garde or IDM styles. If drums amazed, then guitars astounted. You'll find Tassman 4 to be an ideal tool for guitar treatments.”


Alex Reynolds, Grooves
“Tassman 4 not only preserves but also expands upon the power and versatility of its predecessor, remaining an enjoyable sound design tool that amply rewards its user's experimentation and creativity. It's learning curve is still friendlier than Max/MSP while providing the same basic functionality, and its physical modeling features set it apart from the rest of the soft-synth crowd.”


Keith Gemmell, Music Tech
“Tassman 4 is a very powerful piece of kit—in the true sense of the word. Being able to choose and configure so many modules is an experienced synthesist's dream and if you follow the tutorials, it's an excellent way for beginners to learn the basics of the craft as well. What's more, with so many new Performance presets now included, you can produce rich and complex sounds very quickly. But the real pleasure of owning and using an instrument like Tassman is in the creative possibilities it offers.”


Muzyk FCM
“Tassman captivates by its sound. The included acoustic models are excellently worked out and so allow to get really faithful and dynamic sounds. The analog instruments also sound great, warm but selectively (maybe a little less "plush" than the competition, but thanks to that—different). Worth using are also all kinds of sound effects useful in electronic and film music. Aside from instruments with Tassman we get a wide set of effects and great creation possibilities. The way of creation instruments and sounds is very transparent and intuitive, so even beginners shouldn't have problems with it.”


John McJunkin, Remix
“There's a warmth and fullness here that some other products just don't have... If you have the need for a powerful yet simple way to create a huge diversity of sounds, musical or otherwise, I strongly recommend Tassman.”


Dennis Miller, Electronic Musician
“Tassman 3.02 is a unique program that can provide a huge range of unusual sounds. Any composer or sound designer would appreciate the high quality of its models and the extensive tweaking opportunities it provides, and if you're an instrumentalist, you might consider using it for your next gig. If you have any interest in physical modeling, Tassman is the place to start.”


Ian Waugh, Music Tech
“The sound quality of the software is nothing short of excellent.”
“The supplied instruments and presets are impressive and the Player interface is a delight to use.”


Jessy Terry, XLR8R
“The perfect Modular.”
“Tassman is a synth lover's wet dream: a physical modeling modular synthesizer.”
“Overall, a very cool plug-in for those in need of highly realistic sounds.”


Martin Walker, Sound On Sound
“(...) anyone considering buying a modular software synth would be well advised to investigate Tassman 3.0's unique combination of physical and analogue modelling, especially now it's available for Mac for the first time, since there's nothing else quite like it. It certainly gets a thumbs up from me!”


Future Music
“Tassman 3 works beautifully on a variety of levels. It's accessible enough to offer something to the beginner, yet has a degree of depth that will satiate the demands of the ardent fan!”


Alex Reynolds, Grooves
“In sum, this is one amazingly powerful and verstaile sound tool (...). Instant fun results from tying (the module controls) to modulation objects or controllers while a sound is being generated in real time. It is this sense of play-of immediately rewarding your experiments-that makes Tassman such a thrill to use, and such an inimitable piece of software.”


Computer Music
“Tassman can go just about as deep as you want it to go...its analogue timbres are staggeringly authentic, and it is easier to program than Reaktor.”
“VERDICT: Excellent sounds and lots of them.”


Computer Music, Virtual Instrument Special
“Tassman 2 is an exeptional instrument. It sounds great, it's surprisingly easy to use, and it's exceptionally vesatile.”


Scot Solida, Grooves
“(...) the Tassman is very nearly the be-all and end-all of soft synths.”


Bill Stunt, Recording
“Bottom line, this instrument is a lot of fun to play with. The multiple function nature—plug-in, standalone, or sequencer based soft-synth—really extends its value as a useable and useful tool.”


Jim Aikin, Keyboard
“Physical modeling algorithms have been around for a few years, but Tassman is the first program that I know of that puts physical modeling, in a design-it-yourself modular synth environment.”
“Tassman performs well. It's best modules are in the physical modeling area: They can produce some evocative, detailed sounds, and there's nothing else on the market quite like them.”


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