Sinevibes tells us that Fraction is an effect plug-in for deep real-time manipulation and re-engineering of sound. It features 8 slicers which record and repeat small portions of the input audio at defined points in time, slightly or radically changing the rhythmical arrangement. Each slice has three dedicated effect processors with a wide range of algorithms, and their parameters can be animated in perfect sync with the slice repeater. Sinevibes says that rolls, stutters, fills, breaks and transitions can be done with unprecedented ease – but Fraction has enough power to create whole musical pieces out of almost anything.
Like every Sinevibes product, Fraction has a clean, carefully crafted user interface with animated and color-coded controls. Its live audio waveform display lets you visually place slice markers on particular sounds, and custom graphics for each effect type respond to effect parameters.
Real-time audio waveform preview for visual slice marker placement.
Eight audio slicers with individual size, repeat count, forward/reverse playback, duck and gate settings.
Variable slice trigger probability, realtime randomization for slice size and repeat count.
Eight slice sets each holding slice positions and on/off switches.
Three separate effect units per slice with 15 algorithm types each: low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and band-reject filters, phaser, barber-pole phaser, positive and negative flangers, chorus, bit depth and sample rate reducers, analog drive, circuit-bent filter, frequency shifter and pitch shifter.
Four parameter animation generators per slice, hardwired to slice repeat rate.
Advanced transport sync algorithm with support for tempo and time signature automation.
Pricing and Availability: Fraction is available as an Audio Unit plugin for $69. It comes in 32/64 bit format for Intel Macs running OS X 10.6 or later, and supports Retina screen resolution. The full collection of Sinevibes plugins with a total of 20 effects and instruments can also be purchased for $299.