Shift is a real-time diatonic granular pitch shifting and delay effect. Shift has three independent true stereo delay lines with discrete time, feedback, pan, and volume controls. Each delay line can be set in one of three pitch shifting configurations (Chromatic, Recursive, or Diatonic) and transposed by as much as an octave up or down using both coarse semitone and finely grained cent controls.

In Diatonic mode the accurate and responsive pitch tracker follows any monophonic audio source and tunes the pitch of the delay line harmonies to remain in key and in scale.

Shift‘s echoes can either be synced to the host tempo (expressing delay times as musical subdivisions of a beat, with each echo exactly in time with the host) or in free-time mode (allowing fine tuning of the delay times, up to 2 seconds.)

Each delay line can be modulated using the straightforward Pitch and Time modulation controls, capable of generating a wide range of sounds from subtle detuning to extreme audio mangling.

True independent stereo processing means that left and right channel separation is preserved. Shift is also capable or running in mono, or even mono to stereo.

With optimized audio algorithms that won’t overload your processor, rock-solid stability, and easy integration with any MIDI hardware controller, Shift is ideal for live work. With a simple and intuitive interface, flexible Bank and Program management, and total parameter automation, Shift fits right into your studio environment.

Shift is available in Audio Unit, VST plugin, RTAS for Pro Tools 7 and above, and Standalone application formats. The Mac version requires OS X 10.4 or later, an Intel processor 1.0Ghz, or above, with SSE, or PPC based processor 1.0Ghz, or above, and 512 MB RAM.

This Harmonized Pad audio demo uses Shift to add chromatic harmonies to a monophonic pad. First we have the dry synth pad sound. Then the pad is routed through Shift which creates a Major chord by adding harmonies at 4, 7, and 12 semitones. Finally, we create Minor chords by adding chromatic harmonies at 3, 7, and 12 semitones.

An evaluation is available for free download, with the following limitations:

  • User created Program and Bank configurations can be saved, but not loaded.
  • Output will be periodically interrupted, approximately every minute, by a short moment of silence.
  • Audio output will stop after 30 minutes of continuous use. The only way to continue using Shift is to restart the application.

Purchasing a licence will remove these evaluation limitations. Shift is available as a direct download from Loomer for £35.00 (currently around $59 US).


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