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 Applied Acoustics Systems Inc. Tassman At a Glance  
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arrowReleased: 1999  arrowVersion: 2.10
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arrowSoftware: Win 95/98, Win XP, OSX,
arrow Plugin formats: VST. DirectX. Audio Units. RTAS
David Kristian writes:
Tassman is a unique virtual instrument which combines the warmth of analogue synthesis and the realism of acoutic sounds and treatments.

It is perhaps one of the fattest sounding soft synths around, and allows for virtually unlimited modules to be interconnected, depending of course, of your CPU speed.

The user interface is well designed, and looks the part; virtual bakelite "chickenhead" knobs, circular VU meters, and analogue counters help make you forget you are tweaking software rather than hardware. A must for any skeptic reactionary with a love for huge m**g modulars and a modest budget.

Good Points
Authentic physical modeling of analogue and acoustic sounds, incredible versatility as both a synth, and a processor. Behaves like a real modular system, with the bonus possibility of using acoustic models as oscillators, such as plucked guitar strings, etc. Great as a processor too, especially since it has a wide variety of incredibly realistic filter models. I also really love the way you can make this soft synth scream, with extremely real sounding self-oscillating filters, and feedback that doesn't break up like what happens on most VA synths.
Bad Points
Mauin application doesn't expand to full screen,causing for much dragging of modules if you make a big patch. The output is quite loud, so you have to turn it down so the VU meter's needle is about half to avoid clipping when using the recorder module (which records the sound output as a .wav file) The sequencer modules do not sync to MIDI, but then again, you can create an entire track using Tassman...

 Applied Acoustics Systems Inc. Tassman Specifications:

Digital IOs:

Max tracks: n/a
Maximum Resolution:44.1khz@16bits
Filetypes supported:
Hardware supported:
any PC sound card

 Tassman Links

The Official David Kristian Website David has been using Tassman to create music and sound design for film projects, including Ascension, in which he used the Tassman's tube models to simulate apocalyptic room tones

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