Multitude

The problem with most delays is that they’re a bit like dumping water on your whole project, rather than a precise shade of watercolor. They delay everything at once.

So, then there are multi-tap delays, and more precise delays. And then there’s Multitude, a kind of delay studio that allows you to produce rhythmic delay effects with pinpoint accuracy, producing elaborate patterns via a gorgeous, clear interface. You can delay as little as a single note, routing through shifters and filters and LFOs. It’s the sort of plug-in you could use to build entire songs.

You may not know Sinevibes, but the Ukrainian company has been quietly (or, rather, loudly) injecting sounds into tools you know, creating algorithms and presets for the likes of NI, Spectrasonics, and Roland, on hardware, apps, and mobile.

And then there are … these –
http://www.sinevibes.com/plugins/
– a monster collection of brilliant plug-ins, novel in both sound and interface.

And, at a time when developers are visibly targeting Apple’s mobile OS, Sinevibes here is richly integrated with the desktop Apple tools, with OS X Core Animation and Accelerate frameworks used to produce a unique but native, immersive experience. (Oh, and they say you’ll be able to see it by indoor or outdoor light without trouble.)

The specs:

  • Four independent delay units with forward and reverse playback modes.
  • Five gate sequencer tracks for dry input signal and four delay sends, eight separate sequences storable per preset.
  • Eight simultaneous effect processors per delay unit: frequency shifter, sample rate and bit depth reducers, circuit bender, noise, multi-mode filter, saturation, and flanger. Effects can be placed before, after, or inside each delay’s feedback loop.
  • Two separate low-frequency oscillators per delay unit, each with 16 modulation destinations, multiple waveforms, and adjustable chaos feature.

US$59 as a 32-bit or 64-bit Audio Unit plug-in. OS X 10.6 or later required.

http://www.sinevibes.com/multitude/

I’ve started playing with it, but won’t have sound samples for another couple of weeks – taking this one back with me into the studio. But this looks set to take its place alongside sophisticated delays like Audio Damage’s Ronin – with an angle, architecture, and experience all its own. In the meantime, have a listen to their various examples for a sense of the range of patterns this can produce:

  • Chase Dobson

    no brainer. sold.

  • Graham Thorne

    This looks superb! And nice to see a simple GUI. Very ISO7! lol

  • jeffk

    Anyone else having resource problems with this? One instance spikes my CPU usage a good 20% and live starts getting pretty laggy.

    • http://pkirn.com/ Peter Kirn

      1.0.2, released just after we posted this, appears to fix issues with Ableton Live.

    • jeffk

      I must have missed 1.0.2 by minutes—just re-downloaded, and the CPU load is still (understandably) on the high side but the lag is gone. Really loving the plugin now.

    • Artemiy Pavlov

      Technically there are 40+ separate effects running at the same time… So there will be some proper stress on the processor despite us using Accelerate for hardware-level optimisation. But for 1.1 we will look into more places to stick faster code in!

    • Matt

      Accelerate?

    • Artemiy Pavlov

      “Accelerate” is a hardware-level optimised math library that Apple supplies for both OS X and iOS.

    • Artemiy Pavlov

      We have version 1.0.3 due to be released soon, it turns off idle delay units, so if you use just one delay the other three are off and processor load is down by 75%. There are a few other optimizations here and there too.

  • Lloyd Barrett

    I’m wondering if this will be added to the Sinevibes Complete Audio Unit pack that I bought from Plugin Boutique. Looks like exactly what i’m after right now.

    • Artemiy Pavlov

      Lloyd, the Complete Collection doesn’t mean you get new plugins automatically – as the price changes every time a new product is added. However, owning this collection, you are eligible for a 50% discount on every product added, Multitude included.

    • Lloyd Barrett

      Nice! How do I get the discount?

    • Artemiy Pavlov

      You can e-mail them, they have our instructions :-) Or if you wouldn’t want to wait until Monday, contact us :-)

  • adam cote

    sinevibe has some decent shiite

  • Johan

    Speaking of delays, any word on when the new MeeBlip will be released?

  • LovingModernDesign

    Very nice to see a new piece of software that doesn’t look like a piece of gear from the ’80s or 90s. Software developers – more like this! Make your designs modern!!

    • Artemiy Pavlov

      Thank you, I am glad you dig what we do! We certainly do not understand why people would reuse the 50-year-old designs, while computers allow us to create ANYTHING we please. We’re all for exploiting the design and workflow improvements that this allows.

    • Axel Rigaud

      Because the past feels safer I guess…

    • Artemiy Pavlov

      People should switch to steam-powered DAWs then, I guess :-)

  • p8guitar

    I’d like to have some presets to start with, and a real manual, not just 3 pages which tell me the features of the plug-in. I’ll never understand why software developers put so much work into a product but refuse to explain how to use it.

    • Artemiy Pavlov

      Multitude does include 20+ presets, more to be added in the next update. They are accessed via the host’s preset manager – it’s in the plugin window in Logic, and in the drop-down menu of the plugin list in Live. And yes, we will be improving the user manual in the future – however, if you try Multitude, you will find that it barely needs a manual at all – this is always our design goal.

    • p8guitar

      ups… :-) Sorry, I missed the drop-down menu, I only looked for internal presets in the plugin.

      You are right, after some trying out it is kind of self-explanatory. I like Multitude a lot, this plug-in will change my music I suppose!

      But nevertheless a more detailed manual would be appreciated… ;-)

      Some minor problem: I tried to make some parameters visible in the Ableton Live panel with Live’s “configure” mode. This works for most of the normal parameters, even the “sequence” parameter can be shown in the Live GUI. But a lot of the “exotic” parameters like sequencer swing or LFO modulation amount have the same parameter name “NAME” in Live, so you cannot distinguish them.

      The sequencer rate cannot be configured to be shown in the Live panel at all.

    • Artemiy Pavlov

      Very glad you liked it! I told you, it’s very easy to use :-)
      There are 1500+ parameters in this plugin, so we only allowed under 50 or so to be automated – those you’ll need the most. Actually Live should not be showing you any parameters named “NAME” as these are supposed to be hidden by an according parameter flag. We’ll ask Ableton about this. Regarding the sequencer rate specifically… we omitted it as everything in the plugin happens in sync and automating the gate sequencer rate will often cause unwanted issues in correlation to delay time and LFO rate (such as when changing from even steps to triplet steps).

  • Kobamoto.rin

    Is there an ipad version coming?

    • Artemiy Pavlov

      We are working on our first iPad app at the moment, eventually many of our developments will be reborn on this platform.

  • vstme

    Why there are still no Windows versions of these highly interesting tools?

    • http://www.dangayle.com/ Dan Gayle

      Now you know what it feels like to be a Mac user.

  • bucky

    No VSTs? Are you serious?

  • thoughtswondersandthelike

    I feel like I’m going to do a lot of experimenting with this.