Cycling '74 today announced the release of radiaL 1.0, a loop-based composition and performance tool designed for the Mac.
The program is based on loop channels represented by circular displays, each with its own performable multifilter and pitch-shifting/time scaling. Almost every aspect of the system can configured for live performance or studio recording and can be controlled from a variety of sources (control surfaces, MIDI, keyboard or mouse). radiaL features complete multichannel audio I/O support, audio and effects routing, and support for VST plug-ins; all major audio file formats and I/O standards are supported. Users will also receive a dozen VST plug-in effects from the Pluggo collection and a tempo-synched filter/delay.
Other features include: sample-accurate loops and synching; support for .AIFF, .WAV and MP3 files; dynamic interchange of loops and DSP effects; built-in library of external MIDI-controller templates and the ability to add your own; flexible audio routing and support for ASIO, ReWire, DirectConnect and VST on OS 9; and record direct to disk on-the-fly.
A fully functional radiaL demo can be downloaded and tried out for 15 days. At this time, radiaL is available for Mac OS 8.6 through 9.2. The OS X upgrade, available this summer, will be free to radiaL owners. radiaL is $249 (packaged) and $239 (downloadable).
For more, visit www.cycling74.com/products/radial.html.