Pro Tools Transfuser: An Intro to Beat Slicing and Stuttering

The "In" effect is still glitch and beat-sliced vocals. That's right all you electronica aficionados, we're talking stuttering. And Pro Tools' Transfuser does it all. Mike Watkinson demonstrates.  

Transfuser is an RTAS-format virtual instrument for Pro Tools that can be purchased as a standalone product, or as part of the Instrument Expansion Pack, which contains all five of the instruments developed by Digidesign's A.I.R team. It has been around for a few years now but is such a powerful instrument in its own right that I thought it a good time to remind you of its existence and its abilities!


What does it do?

Transfuser allows you to create and manipulate grooves in real time by beat-syncing, auto slicing and resampling. It also lets you create MIDI patterns from audio loops on the fly, slice and randomize drum patterns, and is the go to plug-in in Pro Tools for creating stutter and other vocal effects that are so in demand at the moment. With its own built-in sequencer, Transfuser would make an excellent standalone instrument in its own right, and in this quick look I intend to run briefly over a few of its key functions.


Drum Sequencer, Synthesizer, Slicer

Transfuser comes with 2 GB of content, consisting of '

Mike has been obsessed with music software since he first saw Fairlight's Page-R, and has tracked its development through his work as a performer, composer and producer. As a writer he has contributed articles to Sound On Sound since 1999, and currently writes their Apple Notes column. As well as being a certified Logic Pro and Pro Too... Read More

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