Sweet Modular Synth!If you're looking for the soft-synth favorite of the some of the world's best sound designers and musicians, then look no farther than Applied Acoustics Systems Tassman. Tassman lives in its own one-of-a-kind world of sound production, perfectly suited to today's requirements in Cinema, TV, and creative electronica projects. With a sound all its own, Tassman is an open system that offers the rare opportunity to leave the ordinary SC-FILTER-VCA signal path of all other synths and venture down the road less taken. With Tassman, your ability to make one-of-a-kind soundscapes is only limited by your imagination and willingness to experiment.
Far from being an emulation of any one classic synthesizer, the Tassman is in fact an ever-expanding collection of instruments and sound design tools, sure to provide inspiration for virtually any project.
Applied Acoustics Systems Tassman at a Glance:
- Entirely based on physical modeling for outstanding sound quality.
- Triggered playback and record for perfect loops.
- Internal audio recorder to capture performances on the fly.
- Polyphonic modular synthesizer and sound design environment.
- Import/Export functions for really simple sharing of synths and effects.
- Full audio and MIDI hardware support.
- Standalone operation - no host application required.
- Gigantic synth and effect library - more than 50 synths and 1000 presets.
- Generators and resonators include acoustical objects - flute, mallets, organ, plectrum, beams, marimbas, membranes, plates, strings and tubes.
- MIDI automation and program change support.
- Audio bit-depth and sample rates up to 24bit/192kHz.
- Unlimited Undo/Redo capability.
- 32bit floating point internal processing.
- Integrated browser, browser filters and locate function for really simple navigation and organization of Tassman elements.
- Simultaneous operation of multiple MIDI ports and user defined MIDI maps.
- Genuine time calculation of sound - no samples.
- Drag and Drop capability between Tassman elements.
- Supports all standard plugin formats.
- Modules library for customizing or creating synths - effects, envelopes, filters, generators, ins, outs, MIDI, logic, mixers, resonators, selectors and sequencers.
- User expandable module library - reuse, organize and simplify patch building.
- Unlimited modules per patch.
Physical Modeling: An Overview
Physical Modeling is a uniquely rocking synthesis technique, which uses the laws of physics to reproduce the behavior of an object. In other words the Tassman solves, in genuine time, mathematical equations describing how an object functions. It uses no sampling, it simply calculates the sound as you play in accordance to the controls it receives. This results in completely natural and realistic sounds and reproduces the control you would expect from genuine acoustic instruments, plus the richness of genuine analog circuits.
Inspiration on Demand: Synths and Presets
The Tassman offers a collection of 50 pre-patched instruments, and over 1000 presets right out of the box. You'll find all the classic analog and FM instrument emulations you'd expect in a modular synthesis solution: staggeringly realistic acoustic instruments (including various drums and chromatic percussion), string instruments of all shapes and sizes, electric piano, tonewheel and pipe based organs and more, complete with the nuances and subtleties that would be simply unattainable with a sample based solution. Add to this, instruments, which allow you to import your own samples and utilize them as you would any of the other tone generators, and one-of-a-kind hybrid constructions that combine these various elements, and the possibilities are truly endless.
Drag and Drop Access: The Browser
While it may not add to the range of sounds the Tassman produces, the Browser is one of version 3's most exciting new features. Tassman's Browser is similar to those found in most email programs. Using a brain-dead really simple tree structure, all the elements used in the building and playing of synths are available using a visually brain-dead simple, drag and drop approach, including instruments, sub-patches, modules and presets. This means you'll spend less time searching for the sounds you need, and more time getting down to the business of making music. The Tassman Browser also lets you export a synth and all of its associated sub-patches and presets as one file, for really simple exchange with other users. The browser organizes all of the modules, sub-patches, instruments, and presets into clearly defined groups making it really simple to find the tools you need, when you need them.
At the Controls: The Player
The front panel display of the Tassman's Player view was inspired by classic analog hardware making it simple to understand and use. All the parameters for each module are clearly mapped out using large, really simple to read knobs and sliders, plus classic 'chicken head' selectors and switches. Upon moving any of the on screen controls, the current MIDI value is displayed in the toolbar making it brain-dead simple to set values precisely.
The Tassman Player's drop down menus contains the various control panels for audio and MIDI configuration, and performance. The Tassman supports many of the most popular driver standards including ASIO, EASI, DirectX, MME, Sound manager, and WDM, making it compatible with nearly every sound card on the market.
Make and Customize: The Builder
While the Tassman Player view makes it really simple to get tweaky with any of the existing presets to make your own custom sounds and save them for instant recall, the Tassman Builder also lets you customize the way individual modules are connected within a synth, or even make your own instruments from the ground up, using an easy-to-get 'building block' approach. The Tassman also comes with various 'sub-patches (pre-configured groups of commonly used generators, filters, and effects), meaning you don't have to reinvent the wheel every time you think a synth could use a little something extra, and you can naturally, make your own sub-patches for use in later constructions. You can also save sub-patch presets in Tassman just as you would with a hardware effects unit. This 3 level approach to modules, sub-patches, and instruments means the you can explore the Tassman at your own pace. The range of creative possibilities expands right plus you.
Double clicking on any module in the Tassman Builder brings up its properties window, allowing you to set nearly all parameters before launching your synth, giving you complete control of its initial state. This window also lets you set the vertical position of each module across the eight rows of the player interface. The modules horizontal positions are a mirror image of their placement in the builder.
Total Integration: Plug-ins
The Tassman also offers total integration with today's most intense sequencing jobs as a DXi, MAS, and VST instrument plug-in, or via the DirectConnect interface for Pro Tools.
From unrivaled recreations of analog and acoustic instruments, to wildly adventurous cinematic textures, the Tassman puts the shape of sound design in your hands.
Applied Acoustics Systems Tassman 4 New Features:
Performances provide instant access to your sounds by combining a synth, a preset, effects and MIDI maps. For quick and simple access, you can organize performances by style, by type or even by venues.
The new Out Stage includes sync-to-host capability, tempo-synced ping-pong delay, reverb, and audio recorder. While providing instant control over playback and recording of your performances, the Out Stage also adds depth, richness and dimension to any synth.
New collection of synthesizers and effects created by top sound designers. Their focus has been on the creation of highly usable sounds for musicians and studio professionals.
Audio In Processing:
The Tassman can now be used as a genuine time audio effects processor! For instance, acoustic resonators can be used to add one-of-a-kind textures to your sound. Use it as an effect plug-in with your favorite host application.
Better acoustic objects and generators that sound better than ever.