Cumulus is a granular sampler which radically transforms sample content by breaking it into tiny slithers of audio called grains and reorganizing them to form new sounds. Cumulus is capable of a wide ranges of timbres: from evolving atmospheric soundscapes; to organic physical textures. Up to eight Scenes can be created; a Scene corresponding to a particular sample position and set of synthesis parameters. Scenes can be played in realtime via MIDI, or arranged internally using the built-in sequencer. True independent stereo processing means that Cumulus is capable of running in mono or stereo. With optimized audio algorithms that won’t overload your processor, rock-solid stability, and easy integration with any MIDI hardware controller, Cumulus is ideal for live work. With a simple and intuitive interface, flexible preset management, and total parameter automation, Cumulus fits right into your studio environment.
Plug-in vs Standalone
Depending upon your individual studio setup, Cumulus can either be used as a plug-in component of a host application, or as a standalone application requiring no other dependencies. Generally, by using the host application’s routing flexibility, running as a plug-in allows easier integration with existing plug-in effects and instruments. If this integration is not required, the standalone version, without the extra layer of complexity added by the host consuming resources, performs slightly better.