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Cradle have announced the launch of State Machine, a new range of software instruments that each focus on a different range of core sounds whilst sharing a common set of tools and controls. At launch, there are three members of the new series: Low End, Slow Drift and Faded Keys, which each present a range of key parameters in their main window, whilst offering dedicated Synth, MIDI FX and Audio FX views for those who want to dig deeper into their settings.

Low End
As its name suggests, Low End is dedicated to bass, offering a versatile range of sounds that span from 808 kicks to analogue-inspired basses. The instrument comes kitted out with 190 presets, with an intuitive GUI that has been designed to provide keen sound designers with plenty of control without distracting them from the creative process. A patch can consist of two parts, which are placed in a (Leader) and B (Follower) slots in the GUI.

Opening the instrument’s Synth tab reveals LFO, Source, Filter and Amp sections, the controls of which offer independent settings for the patch’s a and B parts. The LFO section offers four waveshapes, Speed and Fade In controls — and also supports tempo-sync — along with sliders to assign it to the instrument’s pan and vibrato parameters, as well as the Amp and Filter sections. Source then offers a choice of Mono, Legato or Duo playing modes, as well as Noise, Glide, Transpose and Detune parameters. Finally, the Filter and Amp sections are each equipped with an ADSR envelope, with the former offering a choice of low- or high-pass modes.

MIDI FX houses Scale and Chord modes along with an Arpeggiator section. The latter features a drop-down menu with a range of different note divisions, Velocity and Legato parameters for each of its steps, and a set of parameters such as Direction, Octaves, Steps, Swing and Gate. Key parameters for each of the sections are also available from within the instrument’s main view.

Lastly, Audio FX allows users to adjust the parameters of five built-in effects processors. Some dynamic control is provided by Bass Comp, which benefits from Gain, Gain Reduction, Threshold, Attack and Ratio parameters, whilst a Mid Driver section offers six types of overdrive with adjustable Gain and Wet/Dry controls. There is also a Bitcrusher effect, along with Chorus and Reverb sections that each provide four different effects types and their own Wet/Dry blend. As with MIDI FX, each effect has a corresponding control in the main view, which allows its overall level and bypass state to be adjusted without opening the dedicated section.

Slow Drift
Slow Drift moves away from basses, concentrating instead on pad and lead sounds that draw their inspiration from a wide variety of analogue and digital synthesizers. Once again, there are 190 preset patches included, and it shares the same dual-layered approach as Low End. The same set of Synth and MIDI FX controls are present, but whilst there is still an Audio FX section loaded with five effects, they vary from the ones found in the previous instrument.

This time, the section provides users with a three-band EQ, followed by a Distortion module that offers six different modes along with a Gain control. There is then a Flanger with Frequency, Depth and Feedback parameters, and a Delay with tempo-sync, Time Feedback and High Cut options. Finally, there is a Reverb section with four different modes, along with Decay and Tone knobs. All of the effects are again equipped with their own Wet/Dry controls, with the exception of the EQ, which instead sports a Tilt function.

Faded Keys

The last of the three instruments moves the focus to keyboard and piano sounds, boasting a collection of sounds based on acoustic, analogue and digital instruments. It shares many of its siblings’ features, and brings with it a collection of 190 presets and the same MIDI FX and Synth windows. In terms of effects, the EQ, Bitcrusher, Delay and Reverb processors make a repeat appearance, but are joined by a Phaser section complete with Frequency, Feedback and Stereo Width controls.

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