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Shortcircuit 2
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Shortcircuit 2 - Advanced sampler
Shortcircuit was created as a reaction against the ongoing trend where software samplers are being designed with the primary intent of library playback.

It is intended for people who, like us, consider a sampler to be a musical instrument in its own right, and not just a way to emulate other instruments. It has been a very high priority to make sure that adding and editing individual samples is as fast and logical as possible.

The sample hierarchy in shortcircuit allow you to place samples directly at the highest level of the multi, without having to deal with instrument hierarchies and patches. Want to add a sample to your song? Just drag & drop the sample into shortcircuit and you're ready to go. Samples can be put in groups for multi-sampling and kit-building, but the complexity is only there when you need it

Sound quality is of highest concern, and shortcircuit uses very high-quality interpolation to ensure that your samples sound as good as the source material, regardless of the pitch you play them at. All filters & effects are calculated at the precision required for them to sound the way intended and oversampling are used when required to prevent aliasing.

Shortcircuit was designed to sound great, all other concerns have been secondary. But don't take our word for it, download 'shortcircuit free' and find out for yourself.

Each voice in shortcircuit features two filter-slots, and the selection isn't limited to the traditional pick. In addition to the regular lowpass/highpass/bandpass/notch & peak-filters and variations thereof there is an array of filter algorithms (not strictly filters in the traditional sense, but called so because of their location in the audio path) including distortion, parametric/graphic/morphing equalizers,bit-reduction/decimation, gating, limiting, slew-rate distortion, ring-modulation, frequency shifting and phase-modulation (better known as FM). The selection even includes analog-style oscillators that you can mix with the sample.

User interface

  • Streamlined user interface for fast editing at the sample-zone level.
  • Fast editing of multiple zones.
  • "In context"-sample preview.
  • Extensive drag & drop support (onto the keyrange-view or the list-view).

Sample/Intrument import

  • RIFF wave-files (.wav) (8/16/24/32-bit & 32-bit float, mono/stereo at any sample rate)
  • AKAI S5000/S6000/Z4/Z8 .akp banks (partial)
  • NI battery kits (partial)
  • Soundfont 2.00 (partial)
  • Propellerhead Recycle 1 & 2

Sampler engine

  • High-quality sinc interpolation
  • Oversampling used when needed to prevent aliasing
  • Double-precision float math (64-bit) used where it matters (IIR-filters).
  • Single-precision float math (32-bit) used elsewhere.
  • Supports any sample-rate.
  • Max polyphony per instance: 256 voices
  • Multiple outputs. (max 16 mono AND 8 stereo-pairs per instance)
  • Nunerous supported sample-playback modes.
  • 2 filters / voice (28 types)
  • 3 stepLFOs / voice. Doubles as 32-step stepsequencer and wavetable LFO.
  • 2 AHDSR envelopes / voice
  • Powerful modulation system with the ability to modulate itself. Destinations include envelope-times, loop-points in addition to traditional destinations.
  • Group LFO
  • Group modulation routing.
  • Group effects. (2 effects / group) (7 fx types)

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Oct 03 2016
  5  / 5
Super eazy & totally Funky...
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Oct 22 2015
  ?  / 5
Is not detected in Studio One 3 of Presonus on Win 7 64 bit.
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Feb 27 2015
  ?  / 5
I can't load samples in cubase le ai elements 7... do any of you know a solution?
Mar 14 2015
I've tried, it can be import into el7. unzip/install it's done, open El7, a project, Device/update your plungin... and f11 (it has work by this way (as usual infact)
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Sept 23 2014
  ?  / 5
Are you able to save your Kits and if so how?
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Apr 19 2014
  5  / 5
What you can't see from the image is the pad mode which has 4x4 pads exactly like an Akai pad layout. I use an MPD18 which hooks up to this like it was made for it. Use the A/B/C selector on the MPD18 to switch between pad banks and who needs an MPC or Ableton.
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Dec 15 2013
  5  / 5
This one is great. Worked very well with win7-64bit.
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Apr 22 2013
  ?  / 5
Question: how's the compatibility with patches created with the previous version of Shortcircuit?
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Dec 06 2012
  5  / 5
Thank you for building this !!!!!! I totally agree that most samplers give you no creative freedom at all !
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Apr 04 2012
  5  / 5
The elder brother of one of the best virtual samplers ever created
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