The second version of Output’s sample-based synth now lets users write notes and melodies, adding much more versatility to the software.
Note Kits feature velocity-sensitive, multi-sampled audio that can be performed polyphonically and with a range of 88-keys. These are organised under larger collections known as Lines, and each brings unique, pre-crafted sounds that can be easily implemented to productions.
Pre-existing Lines – such as Hooked, Drip, Memento and Modular Circuitry – now feature their own Note Kits. The UI gives you musical parameters that let you make broad adjustments to each sound, but if you need more control, there’s the Tweak page.
The Tweak page lets you delve into each Note Kit to make adjustments to the individual samples making it up. You can also create your own presets using the library of samples provided by Arcade.
It’s also possible to use your own samples, thanks to the AI-powered preset generator. Simply drag your audio into Arcade and it will generate a custom kit – with locked tempo and key – to get you going in no time.
Arcade works on a subscription model and costs $10 a month, with a 30-day free trial available. Users gain access to a large library of sounds that includes new kits and loops added “every single day.” When Output announced the service back in 2018, it dubbed it as a “Netflix” for music-makers.
You can learn more about Arcade 2.0 at output.com