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v2.2.4 Propellerhead ReCycle

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Propellerhead ReCycle
Propellerhead ReCycle

Total sample and loop control.

ReCycle is a creative tool that helps you make the most of your grooves. In simple terms, ReCycle lets you do with sampled loops what you can do with beats programmed from individual drum sounds – like alter the tempo, or replace sounds and process them individually.


Highlights

A tool for quickly editing sampled parts, chopping up riffs, remixing and doing mash ups.

How is it done? ReCycle will analyze your groove and break it up into its rhythmic components. You are now in complete control and free to change the tempo or the pitch, without one affecting the other. And that's just scratching the surface.

Then what? Load the resulting REX2 file into your audio sequencer or software sampler and you can be the master of your grooves, once and for all.

What is ReCycle?

Imagine that you have a sample of a drum loop that you want to use in a track you are working on. The loop is 108 bpm and your track is 90 bpm. What do you do? You can of course pitch down the loop, but that will make the loop sound very different, and what if there are harmonies in the loop that you want to match to your song. You can also time stretch it. That will keep the pitch, but will make the loop sound different. Usually it means that you loose some “punch” in the loop.

Enter ReCycle and the smart way to make loops tempo independent. Instead of stretching the sample, ReCycle REX files are sliced into little pieces so that each drum hit (or whatever sound you are working with) gets its own slice. When you then change the tempo of the loop, the time between the slices is stretched, instead of the slices themselves.

When you load a sound into ReCycle, the program will “look” at the file, analyze it, and break it up into its rhythmic components. The process itself is fully automated, but the slices are yours to move, audition or delete, using the program’s on-screen tools and controls.  Other tools allow you to set the length, attack and decay of the slices, and to change your groove’s overall tempo or pitch, without one affecting the other. It’s not magic, but it’s probably as close as you can get.

Slicing a loop also gives you individual control over both the sound of the slices and the timing. You can rearrange the loop, change the feel of it, replace parts of the loop with other samples, pitch it, and much more.
ReCycle turns concrete-rigid loops into musical modeling clay, allowing you, the loopist, to do pretty much what you desire.

Go Beyond the Loop

ReCycle REXstair When you have processed a loop with ReCycle, the audio loop and the way its components are played back are completely independent of each other. The resulting REX file can be rearranged, pitched or have it’s tempo freely adjusted. You have full control over the individual slices and can alter the timing or even quantize the groove – or keep the feel of the loop, but replace the sounds with your own.

Use ReCycle as a problem solver for loops: Load a drum loop into ReCycle, set a new tempo or pitch, and save the results as a new file. Or load up any groove, and use ReCycle’s on-screen signal processors: Compressor, EQ and Transient Designer, to give it some punch and distinction. Anything you choose to do in ReCycle can be applied to your loop non-destructively, and saved as a new file.

AND THERE’S MORE…

ReCycle goes way beyond simply solving groove problems and cleaning up your loop act.

  • Don’t like the snare sound? Replace individual slices with your own samples!
  • Don’t like the mix? You can silence and move individual hits, and change volume and panning of slices.
  • When you have created the groove you want, create new variations and fills out of the single phrase.
  • Use ReCycle’s Envelope, Transient Shaper and EQ to energize your loop.
  • Automatically isolate and extract individual sounds from long samples.
  • Use the feel of the groove to quantize other MIDI recordings.

The REX File Format

Rex Logo REX is the native file format of ReCycle. A REX file contains the original audio of the loop, the slices you have applied in ReCycle, and any effects or processing you have added in ReCycle. REX files are also compressed, using a non-lossy compression technique to save some precious hard drive space.

The Dr. Octo Rex and REX Files in Reason

Dr. Octo Rex Recycle The Dr. Octo Rex Loop Player is a unique machine that has become one of the cornerstones in Reason’s intuitive musical workflow. It plays loops treated by Propellerhead Software’s ReCycle and its design enables some truly creative ways to use ReCycled loops.

When you open a new ReCycled loop in Dr. Octo Rex you can load up the corresponding MIDI data in a special REX editor in the sequencer where you can move the slices around to create the beats you want. This way you can take a drum loop and rearrange it any way you want.

REX files as audio

You can also use your REX files in as audio by importing them directly onto Audio Tracks in Reason’s sequencer. When you import a REX file as audio, it is automatically stretched to fit the tempo of your Record song.

All major music software titles support the REX format, including:

  • Ableton Live
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • MOTU Digital Performer
  • Image-Line FL Studio
  • Apple Logic
  • Steinberg Nuendo
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • Cockos Reaper
  • Propellerhead Reason
  • Renoise
  • Cakewalk Sonar
  • Presonus Studio One
  • Native Instruments Kontakt
  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • MOTU MachFive
  • Steinberg HALion
  • Spectrasonics Stylus RMX
  • SonomaWireWorks RiffWorks
  • SonomaWireWorks DrumCore
  • Toontrack Beatstation
  • Avid Transfuser
  • fxpansion Geist
  • …and more

Mac

  • Intel processor (or better)
  • 512 MB of RAM or more
  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • 800×600 display (or better)

Windows

  • Intel or AMD processor with dual cores
  • 4 GB RAM or more
  • 3 GB free hard disk space (program may use up to 20 GB scratch disk space)
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Monitor with at least 1024x768 resolution
  • Audio Interface with ASIO driver
  • MIDI interface and a MIDI keyboard recommended