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Sonicbytes Debuts Step Sequencing VSTi Duo

Sonicbytes Debuts Step Sequencing VSTi Duo


Sonicbytes Introduces ERA Step Sequencing VSTi Plug-Ins



March 26, 2004

The new ERA bundle consists of two independent PC VSTi plug-ins: ERAdrum for drum loops and ERAtone for melodies. The basic functionality is similar to the well-known analog step-sequencers, but with added functionality.

Both plugins are sample accurate synchronized with any host that supports VSTi plug-ins and also with any number of loaded instances.


  • Host synchronization for tempo, transport (play, pause, stop) and step-position

  • Global synchronization (mute, solo, play, record)

  • Relative tempo from 1/32. to 32/1t

  • Sample accurate timing

  • Live and Step recording (step size and velocity adjustable)

  • Global controllers for velocity, gate time, roll and delay

  • Real-time Shuffling of velocity, gate time, roll and delay

  • Selectable midi receive/send channel

  • Live pattern recall and arpeggiator transpose via note-on (keyboard)

  • Lightweight user-interface with customisable color schemes

  • Editing options (reset, cut/copy/paste, +/-, move left/right, random, mirror)

  • Quick drag/drop for copy/swap between programs, patterns, steps and rows

  • LED's for visual feedback and live triggering of steps

  • Play modes for shift, split and pattern-select

  • Memory for 256 patterns up to 16 steps

  • Patterns can be chained together to any length

  • Panic function

  • Voice limiter (adjustable intelligent note-cutting)

  • All controls can be used while playing, even program-change, without discontinuity

  • Online help system

  • Supports keys, right mouse button and wheel

  • Small file size (under 500 KB), no registry or other system modifications

Per step control:

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  • Control (mute/unmute, skip/hold, step-jump, dir-turn (both/left/right), tempo-change, sync-point, pattern-jump)

  • Pitch (any note, even note-off)

  • 12 percussion triggers (assignable)

  • Velocity (more dynamics than only accent!)

  • Chord (up/down 1-2 octaves, semitones, common chords)

  • Gate time (duration from 1/8 step to 16 steps)

  • Roll (note is triggered periodical up to 16 times, corresponding to chord/cut-up with adjustable length)

  • Fills (like roll but preferred for percussion, soften/louder, different fill patterns)

  • Delay (sample accurate delayed triggering to get the groove)

  • 3 free assignable (control-change, pitch-bend, program-change, channel-after touch)

A demo version is currently available for download. The final release will carry an introductory price of 50 Euro.

For more information, visit their web site at www.sonicbytes.com.

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