Electronic Musician - May 2015 - (Page 60)
Cyclone Retwisted's user interface is easier to understand
and work with than version
1.0's GUI (which is visible at
the bottom of the displayed
By MaRty CUtleR
Cyclone sound library.
Step and FX animators.
interface is easy
to understand and
Some Multi patches
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The synth provides many ways
to animate and alter sounds. You
A fter developing the advanced arpeggiation and can tie volume to the FX Animator
to create intricate step-sequenced
sound design possibilities presented in Arpology
patterns. You can also use the Step
(reviewed in the October 2014 issue), the developers
Animator, a separate sequencing
at Sample Logic must have felt an irresistible urge to
component that provides rhythm
revisit their earlier products. For example, Cyclone
and pitch control over notes.
1.0 already had an impressive rhythmic component,
Between the two sequencers, the
judging by its original content; how much further
potential for creating complex
interplay between rhythm and
could the software company take it?
timbre is tremendous.
Like the original, Cyclone Retwisted is several
Multis combine patches into Construction Kits,
types of instruments rolled into one, breaking down Instrumental Stacks, and composite One-Noteinto instruments and multis. Instrument subfolders Glory aggregations. I generally think of these as loops
are titled Arpeggiator, Bass, Harmonic Soundscapes, mingling with playable instruments.
Kits, Leads, Pads, and new to Retwisted, Wave Synths.
The Instrumental Stacks section is populated with
Using Native Instruments Kontakt 5 as its engine, undulating, cinematic pads. Churches and Temples, for
Cyclone Retwisted's GUI borrows the clean look example, provides an unusually tasty layering of organ
of Arpology, while the original patch library from and choir-ordinarily a cliché, but subtly mysterious
Cyclone 1.0, which is included here, retains its here. Explorations, on the other hand, provides a
rhythmic interplay of step-animated and FX-animated
The new Waves section is emblematic of Cyclone filter sweeps that perfectly evoke of a sense of wonder.
Retwisted's enhanced feature set. According to the
I found inconsistencies in the presets for the
developer, the section derives from an "expanded, first couple of construction kits. Dubby Dog was not
dual-voice additive synthesis engine," but more likely a construction kit and contained multiple muted
the source waveforms are samples, created using an patches, while Rough Night Out was more of a split
additive synthesis process outside Kontakt. Other than a construction kit, albeit, a very sweet combination
than basic subtractive-synth features, the user has no of distorted synth bass and rock organ. Shapeshifting,
control over the additive component of the oscillators. on the other hand, is a real song-starter; a pulsating
Wave parameters include waveform selection, bass with throaty octaves moving in and out while the
transposition, a Hi-Cut filter with Frequency and upper ranges play sparkling, chimey arpeggios.
Resonance controls, and ADSR knobs that can link
Cyclone Retwisted is a multifaceted instrument
the filter's ADSR to the other oscillator (in addition to that you can shape to your own needs. It's brimmaster attack and release envelopes for amplitude). ming with possibilities for film and game scores,
You can also detune oscillators and set the sample's as well as composition of imaginative electronic
range over the keyboard.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Electronic Musician - May 2015
Electronic Musician - May 2015
Microphones for Muscians
Death Cab for Cutie
Steve Aoki and Benasis
Slate Digital Virtual Mix Rack
Arturia Matrix 12
iZotope Iris 2
Yamaha DBR Series
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