Slicing, remixing, looping, "live performance-oriented features" … this is Digidesign we’re talking about, right? Digi’s Advanced Instrument Research (A.I.R.) unit, the fruits of the acquisition of Wizoo, may have a pretentious name, but they’ve been doing some pretty great work on new instruments. The new project, Transfuser, will have to enter some crowded waters. Loop slicing and handling already works pretty nicely in Ableton Live (especially with Live 7’s drum racks), in instrument form in FL Studio 8’s awesome Edison and Slicex, and in tools like fxpansion’s GURU. (Superficially, at least, Transfuser bears more than a passing resemblance to the latter in its overall UI layout. And then there’s the fact that the knobs look like they were lifted directly from Live.)

Of course, Transfuser isn’t for FL Studio users. As with previous AIR releases, the Digi-owned Wizoo now make plug-ins for Pro Tools only. And if you are a Pro Tools user, you don’t have to listen to me or try to squint at the screenshots: you can take Transfuser for a test drive free. Download the plug-in for Pro Tools (LE/HD/M-Powered) before June 25, and it’ll operate for three months, no restrictions.

Transfuser Preview [Digidesign]

I can already see from these shots that this isn’t quite the way I’d want to work, personally, let alone enticing enough to make me deal with Pro Tools as a host. But "groove-making" is different for different people, so I’d be very eager to hear what someone else thinks. If you’d like to write up a mini-review for CDM, let us know.

  • Stefan

    Been using it all day..absolutely loving it so far..sounds extremely tight and punchy.Great for drum programming and quick ideas and certainly saved me from using otherwise buggy RTAS or Rewire instruments.I only hope they don't overprice this like they did their sampler "Structure" which I would have definately bought if not for the price.Their samples they make you pay for suck by the way…ah well at least i can enjoy it for 90 days 😉

  • Hey Stefan — thanks for the reports! I'll keep an eye out for the price. Bundling could make it easier if you do like all the instruments … and Wizoo really has been doing great work.

  • Don

    Can't wait to use it, using OS X 10.5.2 and still waiting on DigiD to get it together.

  • "I can already see from these shots that this isn’t quite the way I’d want to work,"

    Funny, because that was actually one of my first thoughts as well! For me it just looked a little "messy", the very same way I felt (and honestly still feel) about Structure, but after some work in transfuser I can really say it's very easy to work with.

    I posted my thoughts here if any of you are interested:

    A little too long to just copy and paste in your comments here.

  • Stefan, I believe street price will be $295.