Hey what’s good fam?
Today I’m reviewing a product from New Sonic Arts, a smaller developer making some pretty cool products.
The one I’m checking out today is VICE
Let’s dig in!
So what is VICE?
It’s a sampler/slicer plugin with a super clean interface and the ability to add up to 4 insert fx per slice, as well modulation, multi output, and host automation support.
I love the crisp and simple layout, but it’s a quick way to play with your samples and turn them into an instrument without having to worry about destructively altering your audio.
Of course everything can be triggered via MIDI, you can slice manually or using the multiple detection algorithms, and the interface makes it quick to add multiple fx to all slices or individual slices.
It’s a very flexible way to play with your loops, and though it’s powerful, the interface is just so clean!
- engine: 32 bit audio, unlimited slices, 8 stereo outpus, individual envelope, fx, and modulation per slice
- format: AU, VST, supports WAV and Aiff, native .vi format
- product page: https://www.newsonicarts.com/html/vice.php?ref=836548
- price: $89
So what’s the bottom line?
I love it when smaller developers take a chance and release things they’ve been thinking about. The developer behind New Sonic Arts has had his hand in some pretty popular tools over the years, to see his take on his own products is very refreshing.
What I dig about the design is how clean it is, how smoothly the visuals are when zooming in, and how powerful the tool is without being overly complex.
I give VICE 4 out of 5 subs, it’s a super quick and powerful way to mangle up your loops and breaks.
I look forward to the future development of the plugin. Things like multiple loop playback modes for slices (forward/rev, alternate, etc), some basic audio editing, slice export, and the ability to rearrange slices are at the top of my list.
I think that would make it even more powerful and flexible, but as it stands, it’s such a quick and efficient way to work with loops and breaks without worrying about actually editing the audio files themselves.
You can even save them as presets to load later, with all of your slices in tact.
Anyway, he has some really cool products over there, I suggest you go over and take a look at them all: https://www.newsonicarts.com/
Leave a comment below and let me know what you think