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Included plug-ins ► Instruments

Cakewalk Sound Center is a simple and intuitive playback synth that lets you quickly find, preview and play sound programs. You can browse programs by categories and subcategories, and even search for patches by name. Finding the right sounds for your songs has never been easier. You can also rate your favorite programs and sort programs by rating.
For more information, see the Cakewalk Sound Center online Help.
Figure 442. Cakewalk TTS-1
Cakewalk TTS-1 is a GM2 (General MIDI 2) compatible, multi-timbral, multi-output, software synthesizer featuring a newly developed software synthesis engine, with 256 sounds and 9 drum sets built in.
For more information, see the Cakewalk TTS-1 online Help.
Figure 443. Cyclone
The Cyclone DXi is a 16-part phrase sampler with beat-matching and extensive loop editing capabilities. With Cyclone you can trigger different loops of different tempos and Cyclone will automatically play them back at the same tempo, in sync with little or no signal degradation. Cyclone is similar to a software-based sampler in that you can trigger the pads from the mouse, a MIDI keyboard, or from MIDI data in a track; the difference is that is works with entire loops or phrases, similar to Dr. Rex, the AKAI MPC 4000 or many other Groove-station-like hardware products. Cyclone takes Phrase sampler a step further because it lets you edit individual loop slices or make other changes on the slice level.
For more information, see the Cyclone online Help.
Figure 444. Dimension LE
This special version of the Dimension Pro synth features over 400 sound programs, ranging from real bass, organ and electric piano samples to cutting-edge synth sounds and rhythmic grooves. It also includes the special edition of the Garritan Pocket Orchestra, which has been programmed specifically for Dimension LE and features orchestral instrument libraries of unrivaled quality that include strings, brass, woodwinds, keyboards, and percussion sounds.
Dimension LE is powered by Cakewalk's Expression Engine providing several types of synthesis capabilities including multi-sample rendering, wavetable synthesis, waveguide synthesis as well as REX playback and manipulation.
For more information, see the Dimension LE online Help.
Figure 445. Dimension Pro
At Dimension's core is a powerful sample-playback engine paired with advanced synthesis capabilities. It draws on a comprehensive library of sounds covering every aspect of contemporary music. Dimension is also expandable, meaning more sounds can be added to the instrument via expansion packs, or user multisamples based on standard PCM wave files.
Besides sample-playback, Dimension is capable of Wavetable synthesis, and Physical Modeling (Waveguide) synthesis. These two synthesis methods allow a broad sound palette, ranging from synthesized analog sounds, to plucked instruments, to precise reproductions of acoustic instruments.
For more information, see the Dimension Pro online Help.
Figure 446. DreamStation DXi2
DreamStation DXi2 is a fully automatable polyphonic analog synthesizer.
DreamStation DXi2’s features include:
For more information, see the DreamStation DXi2 online Help.
Figure 447. DropZone
There’s no easier way to add your own style to a track. Just drag and drop a sample into DropZone, and make it part of your beat. It is the ideal synth for creating remixes or for building the perfect hook for your song. DropZone includes real instrument sounds, drums, vocals, REX-format loops and more.
For more information, see the DropZone online Help.
Figure 448. Pentagon I
For more information, see the Pentagon I online Help.
Figure 449. PSYN II
Four oscillators with up to four waveforms each plus noise, a sub oscillator, several modulation capabilities, two filters, five envelope generators, three low frequency oscillators and a very flexible modulation array are the resources PSYN offers, combined with full automation and a powerful MIDI Learn mode.
For more information, see the PSYN II online Help.
Figure 450. Rapture
Combining power, elegance, control, and unbeatable sounds, Rapture is one of the most exciting synthesizers available. Capable of producing rich, hypnotic, and rhythmic basses, leads, and pads, Rapture is perfect for performing and designing the modern synthesized sounds igniting today’s pop, dance, and electronic music. Rapture is a wavetable synthesizer with advanced sound manipulation capabilities, well suited for electronica-related music styles. A comprehensive Modulation Matrix provides expressive control and a unique Step Generator provides an intuitive interface for the creation of rhythmic parameter changes.
For more information, see the Rapture online Help.
Rapture LE (Studio only)
Figure 451. Rapture LE
Combining power, elegance, control, and unbeatable sounds, Rapture is one of the most exciting synthesizers available. Capable of producing rich, hypnotic, and rhythmic basses, leads, and pads, Rapture is perfect for performing and designing the modern synthesized sounds igniting today’s pop, dance, and electronic music.
For more information, see the Rapture LE online Help.
Figure 452. Roland GrooveSynth
Roland GrooveSynth provides genuine Roland groove box and synth sounds.
For more information, see the Roland GrooveSynth online Help.
Figure 453. RXP
RXP DXi is a virtual instrument that plays REX files. The REX file format stipulates that audio slices play back individually, usually via MIDI. This allows arbitrary playback of slices and conformation of loops to the host tempo map.
Figure 454. Session Drummer 3
Session Drummer 3 is a professional drum sampler and pattern player. It features Cakewalk’s patented Expression Engine technology, an anti-aliased, real-time sound production system for multisample audio playback. Session Drummer 3 accurately replicates the sound of its real-world counterpart and features a highly-detailed user interface as well as simple but powerful controls. You can load single samples (Wave or AIFF files), or multisamples (SFZ files) which already contain key mapping and velocity switching assignments. You can load samples in any bit depth and sample rate, in mono or stereo, in looped or unlooped format. Wave and AIFF files can be loaded directly, or as a sample inside an SFZ definition file.
Samples can be of any bit depth (8 to 32-bit), any sample rate, and either mono or stereo. Each sample in a multisample can be a standard PCM Windows Wave file (.wav), an Apple audio format (.aiff) or a compressed file in the standard, high-quality, open and royalty-free ogg-vorbis format (.ogg).
Session Drummer 3 features include:
For more information, see the Session Drummer 3 online Help.
Figure 456. Square I
For more information, see the Square I online Help.
Bass Guitar accurately replicates the sound of a classic electric bass guitar sound and features a highly-detailed user interface as well as simple but powerful controls. It uses Cakewalk’s patented and acclaimed Expression Engine technology, an anti-aliased, real-time sound production system for multi-sample audio playback.
For more information, see the Studio Instruments Bass Guitar online Help.
Drum Kit accurately replicates the sound of its real-world counterpart and features a highly-detailed user interface as well as simple but powerful controls. It uses Cakewalk’s patented and acclaimed Expression Engine technology, an anti-aliased, real-time sound production system for multi-sample audio playback.
For more information, see the Studio Instruments Drum Kit online Help.
Electric Piano accurately recreates the classic Fender Rhodes electric piano sound and features a highly-detailed user interface as well as simple but powerful controls. It uses Cakewalk’s patented and acclaimed Expression Engine technology, an anti-aliased, real-time sound production system for multi-sample audio playback.
For more information, see the Studio Instruments Electric Piano online Help.
String Section offers three types of classical string instruments—Violins, Cellos and Basses—and features a highly-detailed user interface as well as simple but powerful controls. It uses Cakewalk’s patented and acclaimed Expression Engine technology, an anti-aliased, real-time sound production system for multi-sample audio playback.
For more information, see the Studio Instruments String Section online Help.
Figure 461. TruePianos VST
One of four modules that currently ship with the full version of 4Front Technologies’ TruePianos VSTi, the TruePianos Amber Module provides world-class, playable piano sounds through its combination sampling, modeling, and synthesis sound design. TruePianos sounds and feels great, just like a real acoustic piano, with all the important characteristics: sympathetic resonance, inter-string harmonics, repedalling and more.
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Designed to blend transparently with the musician's hands through its unique capabilities of matching to the players own playing style (and characteristics of his/her MIDI keyboard) with the help of intuitive controls.
For more information, see the TruePianos VST online Help.
Figure 462. Z3TA+
Z3TA+ is an award-winning analog-style synthesizer with incredible sound shaping capabilities. The exclusive bandlimited Waveshaping technology makes Z3TA+ one the best and most respected synths in the industry.
Whether you’re looking for lush, warm pads, slowly evolving atmospheres, searing leads or sparkling FM sounds, Z3TA+ delivers the goods, and includes hundreds of professional presets.

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