What is the Diachronic instrument?

It's a new instrument that allows users to change pitch in real time to tune sounds and break rhythms always staying on the beat at the end of the measure, using loops as a liquid sonic matter, no more as frozen blocks.
Diachronic exists at the moment as a virtual instrument for Ableton Live (Windows and Mac). Thus it currently requires Ableton Live version 8.2 (or later) and the tool kit "Max for Live".

Which are the requirements to be able to use it?

Diachronic is easy to use: if you have a good feeling with sounds, grooves, breaks, experimentation, research, you will immediately enjoy it with any particular requirements, being able to play it in few minutes.
About technical requirements you just need Ableton Live version 8.2(or later) and the tool kit “Max for Live”, then you will be able to open it in a while...
Get Ableton Live here: http://www.ableton.com/products
Get Max for live here: http://www.ableton.com/pages/faq/max_for_live

Which kind of loops I could use?

You can load and work just the loops you prefer: musical loops from house to techno, dub, hip hop, soul, funk, noise, rock, jazz... to every kind of concrete sound.

Are there limitations on size of audio files loaded in Diachronic?

Properly it depends on the power of your computer. Anyway the use of very long audio files is not recommended because Diachronic gives its best playing short loops.

Can I open more than one Diachronic instrument in a session?

Yes. You can open many of them in different channels of Ableton Live, playing variations on different loops or even different variations on the same loop.
Warning: because a native limitation of Max for Live -not properly of Diachronic- when you just turn ON the SLICES in a patch, they will be automatically turned ON also in the other ones even if you haven't chosen this option. Anyway, in order to set up every patch as you prefer, you could just proceed manually turning each slice from purple into black to report it to a flat playing condition.

Can I process the loops of Ableton tracks directly with Diachronic?

No, it is not an effect. To use loops with Diachronic, you have to drag a loop directly into the slide area of the Diachronic instrument.

Can I record my variations through presets?

Yes. The changing of Diachronic controls can be memorized as scenes and recalled on the fly as Ableton sessions. You can also save the instant speed function designed in the slider using buttons on the left. Every session, including presets, can be recalled to have a professional blowing live performance.

Can I scratch with it?

Yes, drawing high pitches of the speed function and pumping the amount level you could feel a scratch effect on the so fast played audio file.
Otherwise moving the red needle on the dial, you could control the offset in real time, producing a kind of scratch while the loop is running.

Can Diachronic be used by a MIDI controller?

Yes, it can, like other Ableton functions.

Does Diachronic provide MIDI controls to remote devices?

It's not possible yet, but you can now control other Live parameters using Diachronic OUTS.

How do I get The Diachronic instrument?

Just go to the download page at www.diachronicmusic.com where you can buy the last version or getting the older one for free.

How does Diachronic change the time signature and the tuning of a loop?

Diachronic allows pitch and time changes just playing a loop by positive and negative speed variations. The preservation of the measure, the same of the original loop duration, is guaranteed by Diachronic algorithm through a speed balancing. The algorithm is patent pending.

Is Diachronic a randomizer?

Absolutely it's NOT a randomizer: instant speed variations are chosen by the user who designs the function and are balanced on the fly by the machine.

Is Diachronic a varispeed?

Not exactly, it is more complex: it gives a space for improvisation always staying closer to the beat. Differently from varispeed, Diachronic allows playing loops both by positive and negative speed variations preserving the measure of the loop duration.

Will I have access to assistance?

Diachronic is used and tested by professionals. Any possible bug will be corrected and provided as a free update to our clients except in case of eventual native Max for Live bugs that are not our responsibility.

How could I use Diachronic?t?

Diachronic could be used as a loop editor, changing and saving modified loops;
as an essential sample based synth, manipulating the speed of a single sound;
as a free jazzy instrument, to improvise on sound pitches and beats;
as a new kind of phaser, to apply slow subliminal variations on the same beat;
as a glitch generator, using it to its extreme;
as a shuffle or breakbeat generator, to create loops for saving or live experiments;
as a new substitute of the delay to drop the beats emphasizing a particular moment in a mixed dance session;
as a "syncopator" machine to a new dynamic Chicago house style;
to move the beats in a dub session, getting outside the fixed limits of the delay time;
to work a voice sample in a new rhythmical way,
or something else you're gonna to discover...

What can I do with a Diachronic license?

You can use the instrument for private and public performances and recordings, you cannot distribute it for free or by payment.
Warning: Every copy is identified by a marking system that associates it to its owner, whether client or tester.

Licensing and perspectives.

We are interested in skills, in partnerships, and we are open also in licensing our algorithm that could improve machines that already exist.
Contact us at [email protected]
Warning: the Diachronic algorithm is patent pending, any imitation will be persecuted by law.

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