Applied Acoustics Chromaphone 3: Bitimbral acoustic object synthesizer
Applied Acoustics doubles the sound engine for two stacked or split independent timbres based on physically modelled acoustic resonators for a unique level of sound design.
Applied Acoustics continue to push the boundaries with their deeply modelled approach to sound generation. Combining multiple resonating objects in two layers of sound makes whole new worlds of pings, plucks, strikes and strokes possible.
The engine consists of eight acoustic resonators; beam, marimba, open tube, closed tube, string, drum head, plate and membrane and all of them are manipulable to within an inch of their lives. You can craft sounds radiation from one resonator into another to formulate ideas that twist realism and challenge the norms of how sound exists. They take into account the effect of coupling resonators and precisely how the energy flows between them.
However, all this physics and acoustics can get a little bit overwhelming and so with the new streamlined Home View interface they’ve brought in four Macro knobs for each layer. This gives you control over the most important parameters without having to know what you’re doing so you can enjoy the journey and explore the possibilities. They’ve also crafted over 1000 presets that will take you from the familiar to instruments no one has ever heard before.
“Adding depth and dimension was the name of the game for this next iteration of our favorite synthesizer,” says Eric
Thibeault, product designer at Applied Acoustics Systems.
Sounds like they nailed it to me.
While Chromaphone 3 can easily become a preset surfing machine, and there’s a whole range of sound packs you can add in, the depth is still all right in there for those who dare to investigate and tweak the parameters. The reworking of the interface is beautiful and this is definitely the most engaging version yet.
Chromaphone 3 is available for MacOS and Windows in all the usual plugin formats for an introductory price of $99 going back up to $199 on the 20th November.