SLOO (Shed Loads Of Oscillators) is the latest instrument from Tim Exile, one that uses an unorthodox type of synthesis to create lightning fast transitions between completely different types of sounds…
Tim Exile tells us that, “SLOO breaks the traditional paradigm of mono/poly synths by using a technique called Voice Swarming which allows lightning fast transitions between huge basses, complex pads, fractal sound FX and mutated polyrhythms.”
Thanks to performance features such as Live Quantise, Scale Maps and Adaptive key mode the applications aren’t restricted to a studio environment and SLOO is more than capable in a live setting.
So what is voice swarming?
“Voice swarming works by generating a swarm of variations for each parameter,” says Exile. “This swarm is controlled by the centre, pattern and amount controls. Close swarms behave more like a monosynth, distant swarms more like a polysynth. Individual parameters can swarm in different densities. For example the pitches could be very close while the filter cutoffs are far apart.
“The relative positions of each voice to each other is called a swarm pattern. Swarm patterns can be randomised individually or all at once using the Randomise buttons. The last 16 randomisations are automatically stored and recalled using the History Wheel.”
Standalone or plugin operation through Native Instruments’ Reaktor 6.1.1
103 original presets
Support for Komplete Kontrol S-series keyboards
48 parametric voices with multi-shape oscillator, FM, multimode filter and tempo-synced parametric LFO
Swarm pattern randomising with history and automation
Scales and scale automation
MacOS 10.10 onwards, Intel Core 2 Duo or higher
Windows 7, 8, 9 and 10, Intel Core 2 Duo/AMD Athlon 64 X2 or higher
Installation of Native Instruments Reaktor 6.1.1 with full licence
Native Instruments Reaktor Player is not supported
Pricing and availability
SLOO is available now and can be purchased here for £39/€45/$48, where you can find further details.
See the voice swarming effect in action below.