The Hollywood-based Output company is known for its high-quality Kontakt libraries that deliver production-ready, modern sounds without much effort. They presents us this summer a new product called Portal. However, it is not a studio door, as the name suggests, not an instrument or a module of their Arcade subscription series, but a complex VST effect audio plugin. It works with the smallest particles of our audio data such as drums, vocals, live guitars to create interesting soundscapes and sound effects. Sounds good – right?
Portal is based on granular synthesis, which means that the applied signal is split into small sample snippets called “grains” and can be played back in a different order, length and pitch being able to modify the sound in a predictive and musical way. The plugin has seven effects, a tempo-synchronous Graindelay, an intuitive modulation section and over 250 presets. The presets are divided into 13 categories. So you can find the right settings faster.
On the main screen is the generously arranged circular visualizer, which looks like a time portal. In fact, this is an X / Y field with which – typical for output – many parameters can be controlled simultaneously with just one controller.
Portal offers two effect slots, each loaded with one of the seven effects. Included are Bitcrusher, Chorus, Distortion, Filter, Phaser, Reverb, and Stereo-Delay. In addition, you get a synchronizable grain delay including hi-pass and low-pass filter. In a separate master section, Portal provides a compressor (including gain-reduction meters) as well as low and high-pass filters, which can be used to adjust the overall sound.
Price & Specifications
Output Portal is available at PluginBoutique site priced at 149 €. The plug-in runs on Mac OS 10.9 or higher and Windows 7 or higher as AAX, AU, VST and VST3 plugin in 32 or 64 bit.