Spongefork 3.1.3 review

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Spongefork is a complete softsynth, sampler, live improvisation instrument, and soundfile processing application.

License: Shareware
OS: Mac OS X
File size: 2987K
Developer: Spongefork
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Price: $65.00
Updated: 03 Jun 2006
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Spongefork is a complete softsynth, sampler, live improvisation instrument, and soundfile processing application. SF's oscillators and interface are controllable via a unique XY based modulation controller, your computer keyboard, by external pitch tracking, or by MIDI input.
Spongefork has a modular interface that makes it easyer to use and get your work done.

The original SF, released in April of 1999, was one of the first applications made specifically for gesturally controlled electronic improvisation.

This sense of surprise and unpredictability is one of the virtues and unique attributes of Spongefork. Whether you are searching for raw material for your compositions, improvising with live musicians, or looking for a simple way to organize and perform your live sets, SF is still one of the most interesting software based instruments available today.

Here are some key features of "Spongefork":
Wave/Sample table oscillators
sine, triangle, saw, square, pulse, noise, or samples. optional volume normalization. waves/samples can be played in forward or reverse. table can be "scrambled" (rearranged randomly).
FM synthesis
waveforms and samples can be modulated together. controls for frequency range, modulation depth, modulation rate, and frequency smoothing glide.
low pass, high pass, band pass, band stop, peaking eq, low shelf, and high shelf. frequency cutoff, smoothing glide, Q, slope, gain, and peak gain control
5 stage multitap delay processor
Full featured Mult-Tap delay module.
Loop Samplers
5 samplers that allow you to easily loop record SF output or capture audio from the input device
Pitch Tracking from input or soundfile
synth/sample pitches can be controlled by monitoring the frequency of live input or of other soundfiles.
Live Input Processing
process real-time input sources in the oscillator or as a modulator.
SoundFile Stream Processing
stream process soundfiles directly from the library bypassing the need to load the sample into ram. It is now possible to use very large soundfiles as an oscillator or modulator.
MIDI control
all components can be controlled by external MIDI events. supports any Core Midi enabled device or via the IAC application bus. Control # preference is easily assignable.
XY control
can be via mouse with this unique modulation/frequency controller. pitches can be locked to even temperment (in tune) or be free.
Keyboard control
play your computer keyboard like a synth.
ADSR envelope editors
amplitude envelope editors for the oscillator and the modulator.
Savable patches
interface settings can be saved as presets.
Output monitor
dynamic stereo waveform display monitor. VU meters. cpu usage.
Sound file management
WAVE or AIFF supported. play, loop, or load file into oscillator. unlimited length scrolling list of files. drag and drop from the finder. can load single files or entire directories of sound files. custom playlists can be saved.
Playlist Manager
organize and rapidly switch between different saved sample playlists
Capture output to disk
this control captures any output coming out of Spongefork to file.
Core Audio device support
supports any audio device with core audio drivers.
Centralized rollover help
All components immediately display a description.

60 day trial.
Capturing to disk, storing presets and saving playlists are disabled until you register.
What's New:
Now supports full channel count for audio devices with more than 8 channels
Fixed switching channels for the Loop Sampler inputs when changed in the preferences
Fixes a problem when a preference file has been corrupted
Fixes a potential startup problem
Changed MIDI device preferences to be stored by ID rather than name.

Minimum: Mac OS 10.2, G3 400, 192 ram
Recommended: Mac OS 10.3+, G4 500+, ram+.

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