Grenoble, France (December 16, 2013)—Music software company XILS-lab has released R.A.M.S.E.S., a multi-effect plug-in that adds rhythm and motion to any audio signal.
Designed by French sound designer Laurent Bourgeon (Le Lotus Bleu), R.A.M.S.E.S. (Rhythm And Motion Stereo Engine System) reportedly adds or removes stereo depth and space, and creates hypnotic and robotic sequences to make digital synths sound analog.
R.A.M.S.E.S. takes the mask concept first introduced in XILS-lab’s Le Masque: Delay plug-in—whereby only masked parts of a time-based grid zone area are processed by the delay and associated controls to produce even more rhythmically flexible results—and magnifies it threefold, using dedicated grids based on masks for FILTER, PAN/LEV, and ADVANCED processing.
The R.I.T.A. (Realtime Interactive Transformation Area) performance module situated below the grid area(s) can control R.A.M.S.E.S. by playing live on a MIDI keyboard using M. Wheel (modulation wheel), Velocity, KB Track (keyboard tracking), AfterTCH (aftertouch), P. Bend (pitch bend), MIDI (note on, note pitch) data, and more besides.
Other dedicated controls include those found in the multimode FILTER main area, where users can select filter type from LP12 (two-pole lowpass), LP24 (four-pole lowpass), BP6 (two-pole bandpass), BP12 (four-pole bandpass), and HP12 (two-pole highpass), as well as set the FREQ. (cutoff frequency) of the filter, RES. (resonance)—from no resonance to self-oscillation, and DRIVE, increasing the internal non-linearity response to add analogue-sounding distortion to the incoming signal.