Chromaphone 2 from Applied Acoustic Systems is a plug-in that combines software models of various acoustic resonators to create drum, percussion, string, and synthesizer-like instruments. The resonators' material, tuning, and coupling parameters allow the creation of a wide range of instruments and sonic colors, with results varying from real to innovative.
A wooden bar makes a xylophone; turned metallic it becomes a glockenspiel. Adding a tube transforms it into a vibraphone or marimba. Plates shape up in bells and cymbals. Membranes are used for drum skins, and when combined with a tube, they create bass drums, snares, congas and bongos. For musicians and producers the plug-in provides the ability to essentially become instrument makers.
The software takes into account the effect of coupling between resonators. Bringing together acoustic objects, for example the string and soundboard at the bridge of a guitar, changes the way each of them vibrates. A proprietary technology models precisely how the objects interact and exchange energy thereby capturing key acoustic behaviors of musical instruments.
One-shot sounds are no longer limited to just velocity changes. The plug-in utilizes the entire keyboard range to modulate volume, mallet noise and stiffness, noise-filter frequency and density, hit position, and coupling to open a whole world of expressive sounds, and in a totally step-less fashion. And built-in effects include compressor, EQ, delay, distortion, phaser, chorus, flanger, wah wah, notch filters, and reverb.
Performance features include the ability for the software to match the user's playing style or musical context thanks to the tap tempo and sync to host clock options, up-to-4-voice unison, and flexible vibrato. An arpeggiator offers various syncing resolutions, playing algorithms, and rhythmic patterns that will spruce up any chord progressions.