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Intelligent Devices is having a SALE

That’s right, Intelligent Devices is having a SALE!

For the month of October, buy Slip-N-Slide, our glitchy spectral interpolator and get MegaDelayMass, our 100 tap delay, for FREE. more

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Artificial Artificial Intelligence and FREE MAX/MSP Patches at Intelligent Devices

It’s Chris Mandra from Intelligent Devices.

I wanted to let you know that we put up a new blog posting about Artificial Artificial Intelligence over at the ID website called
Artificial Artificial Intelligence OR There’s Something about Randomness (acting on things with inherent structure)

(You may have heard of Intelligent Devices – we put out the critically acclaimed plug-ins MegaDelayMass, the 100 tap Delay, Slip-N-Slide: the Spectral Interpolator, and The Marshall Time Modulator now in a convenient, plug-in size)

The blog posting is about how applying random processes to linear, human involved events, in essence discretely serializing and presenting them, makes the processing seem “intelligent” – much in the same way that people feel that the “shuffle” function on the iPod isn’t actually random. Kind of about anthropomorphizing the inanimate.

I also wanted to let you know that related to that more

Free Stuff from Intelligent Devices!

Intelligent Devices – makers of such cross-platform plug-ins as MegaDelayMassthe 100 tap delay, Slip-N-Slide - the spectral interpolator and The Marshall Time Modulator  – a classic effects processor, now in a convenient cross-platform plug-in size have a FREE!” section of the Intelligent Devices website that offers up a free, new patch  bank for each of the plug-ins, a MAX/MSP patch that allows MAX (or the free MAX5 Runtime) users to “play” the delay time of MegaDelayMass from a USB or MIDI keyboard (exploiting the resonant abilities of 100 taps…) and further, Intelligent Devices would like you to know about their “Plug-in Scholarship…thing” where if you can convince us to GIVE you our plug-ins for FREE, they’re yours!
So, stop by and see what’s what at http://proaudio.intdevices.com

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Intelligent Devices Releases Slip-N-Slide: The Spectral interpolator

Intelligent Devices Releases Slip-N-Slide: The Spectral Interpolator
June 26, 2009

SLIP-N-SLIDE: SOMETIMES PRETTY IS NOT THE ANSWER.

At Intelligent Devices, we make tools for audio manipulation that we would want to use. So we like to make audio tools that simply don’t exist elsewhere. Slip-N-Slide is a case in point. It exists for one reason: to mangle audio in the frequency domain. It is so unique it is hard to describe, you just have to go listen (so go listen! Samples at our web site).

Slip-N-Slide is actually several different frequency domain effects, each with a significant amount of control over the affected as well as unaffected portions of the sound and each affording either a little or a lot of “randomness.�

With Slip-N-Slide you can create almost anything from shimmering, temporally rigid, spectral tremolos to slurred speech, to quirky, reverse-gate sounding effects, to new ambiances to continuously new rhythmic and sonic artifact riddled accents. The combination of spectral processing with controllable randomization is very powerful.

Slip-N-Slide: It’s not pretty, but it was never meant to be. It’s a window into the melting world of frequency domain mangling.

We could listen to this thing for hours. We hope you’ll feel the same way.

Here are some condensed points of interest:

  • Slip-N-Slide comes in two “flavorsâ€? all bundled in one download, giving users their choice of processing:
    • Slip-N-SlideMM: mono input, mono output: Useful for single-point sources that you’d like discretely processed and placed.
    • Slip-N-SlideSS: stereo input, stereo output: Nice for effecting things “in-place” or     messing with the stereo image.
  • Unique frequency domain audio morpher/mangler.
  • Modify existing sounds or to create whole new sounds from existing material.
  • Create patterned or random slides of the spectral content.
  • Create a spectral sample and hold.
  • Pluck out individual components from complex sounds.
  • Mix and match linearity and randomness with processed and unprocessed sounds.
  • Destroy almost any sound in existence, and like it!

Slip-N-Slide: You haven’t really heard anything like it before, so it doesn’t matter how hard we try to explain it.

Look for Slip-N-Slide and more on the Intelligent Devices pro audio website:

http://proaudio.intdevices.com

AVAILABLE NOW @ $79 USD
Fully functional 8 day demo downloadable without registration.

Chris Mandra
Product Specialist
Intelligent Devices
W: 410 902 0091
proaudio@intdevices.com

http://proaudio.intdevices.com

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Intelligent Devices Releases MegaDelayMass: The 100 Tap Delay

Intelligent Devices Releases MegaDelayMass
June 26, 2009

FORGET THE SIMPLE SLAP BACK DELAY. NOW YOU CAN SLAP EVERYTHING! – with MegaDelayMass, the new 100 (that’s right, ONE HUNDRED) tap delay from Intelligent Devices.

Delay is one of the oldest electronic effects out there, and as an integral part of sound, nature and ambience, delay (aka echo) is something everyone has heard in the real-world since they were children.

We thought something so familiar could use a little sprucing up. So, we created
MegaDelayMass: The 100 Tap Delay you can actually control and use in ways nature never intended.

MegaDelayMass can be used to create complex stereo fields from mono or stereo sources or to create rich masses of sound from virtually any source. Use it to enhance existing sounds or to create entirely new ones.

Think about this: Up to 100 separate delay taps that either can be rigidly time synchronized OR completely randomized over a delay length of up to 2 seconds. Go from vocoder-like resonation to unusual, non-linear, reverby sounds. Independently control the volume of the head and tail of the delays. Randomize panning. Control the shape of delay timing, volume and panning using an exponential or logarithmic curve. Use MegaDelayMass as a non-linear room simulator (especially if you’re a fan of pre-delay). Randomize the polarity of the taps. Add a regenerative delay that plays back ONLY the sound of the taps and can be placed anywhere over 2000 ms to create repeating patterns, with control over its own feedback and phase.
Also, If you’re familiar with Pure Data, MAX/MSP or REAKTOR, you can easily create patches that allow you to “play” the resonation.  (Exceptionally lovely with stereo input.)

MegaDelayMass: changing the world one hundred taps at a time

Here are some condensed points of interest:

MegaDelayMass comes in three “flavors� all bundled in one download, giving users their choice of processing:

MegaDelayMassMM: mono input, mono output: Useful for single-point sources that you’d like discretely processed and placed.

MegaDelayMassMS: mono input, stereo output: Excellent for “stereofying” mono sources and adding shimmer and excitement.

MegaDelayMassSS: stereo input, stereo output: Nice for effecting things “in-place” or radically messing with the stereo image.

Quickly create and control an army of delay taps.

Use the innovative graphical display to clearly see distribution over time, position in the stereo field and phase of individual taps

Place taps apart equidistantly for resonant and tube like results.

Use pre-delay to offset all the taps up to 2000 ms.

Use randomization and logarithmic scaling to create dense and rich patterns.

Use density curves, clumping taps together or exponentially spreading them apart for a “rushing� or “pulling� effect.

Create sweeping patterns for stereo or or alternating panning for Ping Pong trails.

Control the probability of individual tap phase inversion.

• Enhance any existing source or create entirely new sounds.

Automate the parameters with your favorite host software to “play� a dynamic resonator.

Add a regenerative delay that replays the taps with control over its own feedback, time position and phase.

Look for MegaDelayMass and more on the Intelligent Devices pro audio website:

http://proaudio.intdevices.com

AVAILABLE NOW @ $49 USD
Fully functional 8 day demo downloadable without registration.

Chris Mandra
Product Specialist
Intelligent Devices
W: 410 902 0091
proaudio@intdevices.com

http://proaudio.intdevices.com

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Intelligent Devices Releases Marshall Time Modulator Digital Plug-in
June 15, 2009

CONTROL TIME ITSELF! – with The Marshall Time Modulator (now available in a convenient, cross-platform plug-in size).

Once in a while something is created that is so good, so unbelievably useful, it becomes “timeless.” The original Marshall Time Modulator is one of those creations.

Before there was much “digital” anything, before records were considered anachronistic and nostalgia evoking, back when “Dark Side of the Moon” was new and Hip-Hop was a distant dream, Stephen St. Croix had an idea: What would happen if you took the longest analog delay line possible, gave it the greatest signal to noise ratio in a piece of outboard gear, and then allowed modulation over such a wide range that it could effect sound in ways sublime AND outrageous. Something so utilitarian and necessary that it could fit in equally well on Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life,” or as the means of giving extra gravitas to the sound of a bad acid trip. Stephen called it: The Marshall Time Modulator. You’ll call it “indispensable”.

We’ll say this much: there is no flange like it, and hasn’t been for the past 35 years. Until now.

Two separate delay lines (Delay A and B), in a ratio of 1:2 or 1:4, each with their own volume, phase, pan and a joint feedback control are processed with analog modeling algorithms to capture the sound and quality of the original hardware.

Once modulation is added, the delay lines can be continuously swept over the range from minimum to maximum time over the LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) rate. This is a function of the interaction between the Time Delay, Preset, Time Modulation, LFO Shape and LFO Speed parameters working together.

The magic of the Time Modulator is in the unusual ways components were pushed beyond their limits and  used in manners never intended. The digital plug-in captures the unique sound of the hardware by modeling the behavior of the original. The results go way beyond the sound of a simple modulated delay line.

From subtle thickening, to reverb-loving “spin”, to the sound of vinyl left out on the hood of an ’84 Camaro in the Black Rock Desert in the last week of August, the Marshall Time Modulator plug-in has all the bases covered – and then some.

Here are some condensed points of interest:

Stephen St. Croix (aka Steve Marshall) and Edmund Pirali spent a great deal of time creating a digital model of how the Time Modulator works. Remember the original Time Modulator “misused” a lot of components in a manner never intended. This created some very “interesting” characteristics that only Steve knew about. Steve and Edmund then spent time modeling this behavior and testing it against the original hardware.

• The plug-in is modeled on the second generation Time Modulator Model 5402.

• Plug-in presets include recreations of patches from the original hardware.

• Although the original hardware was mono, the plug-in comes in three “flavors,” allowing the creation of complex stereo effects:

TimeModulatorMM: mono input, mono output: Useful for single-point sources that you’d like discretely processed and placed.

TimeModulatorMS : mono input, stereo output: Excellent for “stereofying” mono sources and adding shimmer and excitement.

TimeModulatorSS : stereo input, stereo output: Nice for effecting things “in-place” or radically messing with the stereo image.

The functionality and behavior of some of the parameters is different based upon which flavor is being used. As an example, the PAN/WIDTH control acts as a PAN control in TimeModulatorMS and acts as a stereo WIDTH control in TimeModulatorSS.

• There was no “MIX” control in the original hardware.

• In the hardware, Delay A’s output was ALWAYS out of phase w/ input. Now phase on each A and B output can be controlled independently.

• The plug-in takes the two original LFO shapes (Sine, Square) and adds four more: Triangle, Saw, SSC and Random. The SSC shape was designed by Steve as the shape he would have ideally liked for the time modulator LFO if the technology had existed at the time.

•  Delay A and B outputs are “panable” or “widthable” (again depending on the flavor used)

Look for the Marshall Time Modulator plug-in and more on the Intelligent Devices pro audio website:

http://proaudio.intdevices.com

AVAILABLE NOW @ $149 USD
Fully functional 8 day demo downloadable without registration.

Chris Mandra
Product Specialist
Intelligent Devices
W: 410 902 0091
proaudio@intdevices.com

http://proaudio.intdevices.com

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