Isotonik Studios Releases CHAOS CULTURE - Signal (Phase III)

Crossfade and Steps modules are just two of the big new changes in this update to Isotonik Studios' Chaos Culture - Signal processor. Here's what else you get.  

If you've been following along from the launch Signal, a MaxforLive Toolkit for creating infinite levels of modulation in Ableton Live, you'll be aware that with each passing month or so Isotonik releases a new updated version that includes new features.

Here's the full breakdown of those updates which are free to all existing subscribers and available for download within their account on the website.

Introducing the Steps Module

  • This module is basically a step sequencer. It allows the use of curves and all kind of shapes, but with the dials at the bottom it is designed to be used as a step sequencer.
  • With a rate control and a clock input, which is optional as it will generate its own clock if you don't have anything connected to the clock input, it will play back the displayed curve with the rate used as a duration for every step.
  • It takes a lot of features from the Function, LFO and Spread module such as lossless rendering in audio rate as well as copy and paste to exchange the curve with other modules of any type and even other Signal instances.
  • You can change the amount of steps the module uses. This will dynamically create the correct objects and ui elements needed in order to be as efficient as possible.
  • Just as with most modules that feature a graph drawing interface, you can choose between different curves or in this case sequences by automating the curve number or using an audio input. By extending the 16 available curves in the options you will have to use an audio input to be able to access them, but with that you can use as many curves as you want.

Introducing the Crossfade Module

  • With this module you can crossfade between two inputs in various ways.
  • The “Default” mode is a regular crossfade, where both signals get altered in volume depending on the fader position. As long as the curve value is set to 0 this will result in a perfectly linear fade.
  • The “Equal Power” mode however is designed to be used with audio signals. Fading between both inputs will result in a smooth fade that should in most cases not result in the overall volume dropping in the middle of the fade.
  • With the “Separated” and the “Mixed” modes, the fader is split into two ranges. So only one input gets scaled at a time.
  • “Separated” will ensure that the two inputs never actually mix. If the fader is right in the middle no input is being used. You could use this to create a fade out of one input and only after it faded out completely it will do a fade in of the other input.
  • And the “Mixed” mode is the exact opposite, where if the fader is positioned in the middle, both inputs are being added together without being altered at all. Together with a positive curve number this will result in a typical DJ mixer crossfader.

Other Changes

  • A lot of small bug-fixes and improvements.
  • Renamed certain module inputs for consistency.
  • Massive improvement of all UI elements for more efficient use.
  • Graphs (LFO, Function, Spread, Steps, Swing) will render faster and step sequencing has been improved in order to work as good as possible with the new Steps module.

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