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v5.3.1 Soundtoys Crystallizer

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Soundtoys Crystallizer
Soundtoys Crystallizer

Inspired by the Crystal Echoes preset in the Eventide H3000, Crystallizer combines granular reverse echo slicing and retro pitch processing to create a huge range of radical sonic manipulations and classics with a twist.


Highlights

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Use it to create synth-like textures from simple acoustic guitar rhythms, lush detuned echos, or completely psychedelic pitch-shifted reverse echo effects. Great for drums, guitar, bass, sound design, electronic music, and just about anything else – Crystallizer is a truly unique and creative effects processor.

Crystal Method

If you listened to the radio in the late 80s, you’ve heard the original Crystal Echoes effect. It’s sound was absolutely unmistakable, and was often used on an intro or at the end of a song to create a synth-like pad from simple guitar chords. With our new Crystallizer algorithm, we couldn’t help but add a few improvements. Like MIDI sync. Yep, midi sync’d reverse delays. Now that’s cool. How about a built-in Gate/Duck control, and high-cut and low-cut filters to help tame this sometimes unruly effect. Of course, automation is also supported. It’s a classic sound with modern control.

Retro Shifter

Old school pitch-shifting just like, uh, the old school. Modern pitch-shifters use sophisticated mathematical algorithms to transform music and vocals as naturally as possible (like our PurePitch and SPEED products). The original old school devices (like Eventide’s classic H910 Harmonizer) used a resample and cross-fade technique that introduced audible ‘glitches’ in the pitch-shifted audio. Glitch is good. Well, in this case it is. That’s a big part of the sound. A sound we’ve all heard countless times, on tons of hit songs. So dig into the past and enjoy the true retro sound.

What’s on the Menu?

The best place to start with this creature is in the preset menu. We’ve served up a wide range of flavors from subtle to over-the-top. We stuck them in categories to make your selection easier, but you don’t have to listen to us. Experiment. Listen. If one preset is way off, the next may be the one that hits the spot. It really is that diverse. Don’t let the outrageous stuff fool you into missing the subtly different. There’s gold in them there hills.

Plug-in formats (both 32 and 64-bit):

  • AAX Native
  • AAX AudioSuite
  • VST
  • Audio Units (AU)

Supported sample rates:

  • Minimum: 44.1 kHz
  • Maximum: 192 kHz

System requirements:

  • Operating system: Mac OS X 10.8 or later, Windows 7 or later
  • An internet connection is required at the time of activation.

All version 5 Soundtoys products come with 32-bit and 64-bit VST, AU, and AAX Native plug-in formats.

Here is a list of all of the DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) that we currently support:

  • Pro Tools 10.3.5 – 2018 (Mac & PC: AAX Native and AudioSuite)*
  • Logic Pro 9 & X (​Mac: AudioUnits)
  • Digital Performer 8 – 9 (​Mac: AudioUnits & VST; Windows: VST)
  • Cubase 7 – 9  (Mac & PC: VST)
  • ​Nuendo 6 – 7 (​Mac & PC: VST)
  • Sonar X3 & Platinum (​PC: VST)
  • Ableton Live 9.2.2 – 10 (Mac: AudioUnits & VST; Windows: VST)**

*Our 32-bit AAX Native plug-ins will only load properly in Pro Tools 10.3.5 or later. If you are using Pro Tools 10.0.0 – 10.3.4 and wish to use Soundtoys 5 on your system, you will need to upgrade to Pro Tools 10.3.5 or later in order to do so. Our Native V4 products include RTAS, which will work in any version of Pro Tools 10.

**Using Live 9.2.1 or earlier can result in a nasty audio glitch when switching sampling rates during playback, or during offline bounce. We recommend using the latest version of Ableton Live.

Click here to view our full list of compatible host applications.

Other requirements:

iLok.com account (An iLok USB dongle is not required. Create a free account here)

Soundtoys 5.3.1: Our Final 32-bit Release

We’re happy to announce that Soundtoys 5.3.1 is now available. This update includes an important improvement to Little AlterBoy and PrimalTap and a number of other bug fixes.

Soundtoys 5.3.1 will be our final patch before we add support for MacOS Catalina, which will require us to drop 32-bit plug-in support. This will be our final 32-bit compatible release for both MacOS and Windows. Visit our Download Page to get the latest installers.

Little AlterBoy and PrimalTap Sync Fix

When using Little AlterBoy on a mono track with a stereo output, sometimes it was possible for the left and right channels to shift out of sync. This could add an unwanted “phasey” sound to the vocal, or create a slight difference in the sound of the left and right channels. This bug could also affect PrimalTap’s Freeze mode. Soundtoys 5.3.1 fixes this issue.

NOTE: this fix may change the sound of some audio tracks that use Little AlterBoy and PrimalTap (in freeze mode). We think this change is for the better! However, if you think the out-of-sync sound is an important part of some of your tracks, we recommend you bounce or freeze those tracks to preserve the exact sound they have today.

MacOS Catalina Support Coming Soon

If you’re a MacOS user, you’ve probably gotten word that many DAWs and plug-ins, including Soundtoys, do not yet support MacOS Catalina. Unlike previous releases of MacOS, Catalina introduces new security safeguards and ends support for 32-bit applications and plug-ins, creating a significant challenge for plug-in developers. We’re hard at work updating and testing our products, and we will have an update soon.


What’s new in v5.3

macOS and PC:

  • Plug-in activation window now includes support for Activation Codes, which will be distributed to customers who purchase a new product (not an upgrade) from our web store, and will allow those licenses to be activated without an iLok account (optional).
  • Little Plate is now included in the 5.3 license group for new Soundtoys 5 customers.

macOS-only:

  • macOS Mojave is now officially supported.
  • Graphics issue that was causing several components of the Soundtoys graphical user interfaces to display incorrectly on macOS Mojave has been resolved.

What’s New in v5.2.3

All Soundtoys Plugins updated June 4, 2018 (Maintenance Update 5.2.3.13619 (Mac) and 5.2.3.13636 (PC))

  • Little Plate now included in the Soundtoys 5 installer
  • Fixed rare audio dropout/glitches under certain circumstances
  • Fixed crash that could happen sometimes on session recall
  • Fixed sluggish animation of tweak drawers on high DPI monitors on Mac
  • Fixed rhythm editor to allow for creation of multi-bar rhythms
  • Fixed “update nesting too deep” alert
  • Added support for MIDI triggering to AAX versions of FilterFreak and PrimalTap
  • Fixed CPU spiking in certain instances
  • Fixed AudioSuite support for different stem formats (mono-mono, mono-stereo, stereo-stereo) for Tremolator, Decapitator, Devil-Loc Deluxe, FilterFreak 1 & 2, Little Radiator, Radiator, and Sie-Q
  • Fixed occasional crash when rendering in Reaper on Windows
  • Fixed preset sorting in macOS High Sierra
  • Audio Units plug-ins will now scan correctly without requiring a restart in macOS High Sierra
  • Locked knob titles will remain red when GUI is closed and reopened
  • Fixed Pro Tools automation hotkey support for Effect Rack, as well as compound parameters like Delay Notes/Time in EchoBoy
  • Fixed Pro Tools automation hotkey support for all plug-ins on Windows
  • Fixed session recall in AU Lab
  • Fixed balance offset in in PanMan Random & Triggered modes
  • Updated VST plug-in names to make them consistent with AU and AAX versions when displayed in DAWs. *This included Little Plate, Little AlterBoy, Little Radiator, Little PrimalTap, Little MicroShift, EchoBoy Jr., and Sie-Q.

What’s new in 5.2:

  • EchoBoy Jr. is now available in Soundtoys 5 and Effect Rack
  • EchoBoy Jr. is now included with individual EchoBoy 5 licenses and installers
  • Some Effect Rack presets now include EchoBoy Jr.
  • Fixed an issue where certain AAX plug-ins did not support multi-mono operation
  • The LFO rate parameter can now be automated in PhaseMistress and FilterFreak 1 & 2

What’s new in 5.1

Sie-Q was added to the lineup.

What’s new in 5.02

Features:

  • Plug-ins with the Analog Mode option now have a new “Op Amp” style to replace the Version 4 “Digital” style that was removed. In the previous version 5 release sessions using “Digital” defaulted to “Clean”. They now default to “Op Amp”. This will address the sound differences that some customers heard when recalling old sessions.
  • PrimalTap has a new Auto Gain switch added to the Tweak menu. When enabled, the output will automatically be lowered proportionally as the input gain is raised. This is the new default behavior for PrimalTap. Old sessions and user presets will open with Auto Gain set to “Off.”
  • Preset names, when edited, now display in italics to indicate an edited state

Fixes:

  • Preset names are now displayed correctly when sessions that were last saved with V4 are recalled (instead of reading “Default”).
  • Fixed an issue in PrimalTap where the Rolloff feature was not filtering the feedback loop as intended. (Note: this update will change the sound of some presets and sessions but is the correct and intended sound and behavior of PrimalTap).
  • Fixed an issue where Devil-Loc and Devil-Loc Deluxe knobs could jump to minimum or maximum when clicked in a certain area.
  • Fixed a problem where the delayed signal in EchoBoy might drop out under certain conditions.
  • PhaseMistress default settings will now sound identical to the default preset.
  • Preset names are now pre-populated when using the Save As… option.
  • Resolved a Windows problem where alerts could be hidden behind other windows.
  • Fixed issues that would cause the compare light to come on unnecessarily with certain plugins and presets.

New in Soundtoys 5:

  • Effect Rack, PrimalTap, and Little AlterBoy plug-ins
  • New authorization options
  • Workflow enhancements

Getting Rhythmic with SoundToys Plug-ins

SoundToys guru Mitch Thomas demonstrates the basics of using SoundToys plug-ins to create rhythmic effects, and then dives deeper with the powerful Rhythm Editor in part 2.

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