XPression - the tool for the creative musician
DynaSample has been striving to build a bridge between acoustic and electronic sound generation. The goal was not only to create an instrument that would simply sound good. It was most important that playing it would have to be easy and intuitive. It had to work without keyswitches, lots of pedals or other external control items. Nevertheless it should be playable immediately in realtime without spending ages of practicing. On top of it it should have a comparable expressiveness and musical bandwith as only known from real instruments up until now.
Here is XPression - the next generation of electronic instruments!
T D B - True Dynamic Behavior
TDB - "true dynamic bevavior" takes care of the natural and intuitive way how XPression responds to incoming dynamic information.
TDB is even capable of creating sound components that were not even existing in the original sample if the musical context is asking for it.
To be able to handle such extensive manipulations in sound the samples have to be recorded and edited very carefully. Conventional samples do usually not meet these high standards.
XPression varies - in a controlled way - certain parameters so that no note sounds exactly like the last one - even when repeating the same note. It's not simply rotating between two or three samples that keep repeating again as others do. It's varying single components of the sound. This way you'll end up with a huge but subtle variety of sound elements. On top of this XPression always follows the intuition of the musician.
The Voice - the oldest and most natural musical instrument on earth. Everybody has it and can use it instinctivly to make music. So why not use this gift of nature to control electronic instruments?
Opposed to other methods of controlling dynamics - such as pedals, breath controllers, etc. - you don't have to spend a painful long time to learn how to use your voice. You've probably been using it all day long since your early childhood.
Now you might not be able to hit every note exactly like a professional singer would. You may like the sound of your voice or not. However, every musician is capable of getting his idea about musical phrasing across by the use of his voice.
XPression uses this natural ability by translating the phrasing of the voice into usable midi information - without the need of "perfect intonation" or a "beautiful" voice. Once the idea is caught TDB handles the information and sends it to the relevant parameters. That's all! No foot controller could ever send such fast and precise dynamic information.
Simple and effective!
The built in VOICE SYNTH is capable of analyzing incoming audio and translate it internally to midi pitch information. This way it is possible to use your voice as well as a brass or string instrument to play the internal monophonic synthesizer.
Sampled instruments can be played also, of course. However, due to the pitch analysis there is some slight inevitable latency introduced that adds up to the natural attack time of the sample. This could cause uncomfortable latencies at fast tempos.
With the built in CHORD MAPPER it is very easy to create up to 6 voice harmonies (with any combination of instruments). CHORD MAPPER assigns full chords to every incoming (monophonic) note on six different midi channels. The so created harmonies can then be stored and transposed to any key.
Now you can play an impressive 6 voice brass section with just one finger!
Keyboards and other MIDI Controllers
The following MIDI controllers work excellent with XPression:
IN / OUT
1x Headphones OUT (phone jack 3.5 mm)
1x Microphone IN (phone jack 3.5 mm - for throat mic or standard compter mic)
1x MIDI IN
1x MIDI OUT
3x Stereo LINE OUT (unbalanced - phone jack 1/4" -10 dB)
1x SPDIF OUT (RCA)
1x Stereo LINE IN (unbalanced - RCA -10 dB )
1x MIDI IN
1x MIDI OUT
1x HDMI + VGA OUT (there is no more VGA on the current models)
1x Remote IN / OUT
1x DC IN + Power Switch
2x Foot Pedal (phone jack 1/4")
2x Foot Switch (stereo phone jack 1/4")
4x Foot Switch ("MIDI" jack with breakout cable to 4x phone jack 1/4")