Xpand!2 is considered to be one of the best virtual instruments to ever ship with Pro Tools.
Xpand!2 is a real meat and potatoes sound source, which can often be overlooked by those looking for more complex and seemingly more powerful tools. Many songwriters and composer reach for Xpand!2 when putting down ideas as it almost limitless palatte of sounds makes it an easy writing companion.
Xpand!2 is a multitimbral workstation offering four active sound slots, or parts, per patch. Each part is provided with its own MIDI channel, Note Range (Zone), Mix, Arpeggiation, Modulation, and Effects settings—an excellent method for creating individual parts. Harnessing the four parts together to build one amazing Patch is where Xpand!2 reveals its true power. The Voice Mode for each part can be set to polyphonic or monophonic. Polyphonic parts can have up to 64 voices; monophonic parts offer First, Last, Highest, or Lowest priority making it easy to designate a bass, lead, or solo instrument.
Using everything from wavetables and FM synthesis to sample playback, the expert sound design team at Air Music Tech has carefully created thousands of ready-to-play Xpand!2 patches. Creating your own is easy, too. Parts can be quickly browsed and are conveniently sorted into 29 categories, offering a simple path to find just what you’re looking for.
- Four-channel multitimbral operation
- Up to four stereo instrument parts per patch
- Up to 64 voices per part; Mono or Poly voice modes
- Smart Knobs provide intuitive sound editing
- Easy Edit Knobs control the entire patch at once
- Two digital effects processors; 50 editable effect types
- Individual arpeggiation control for each part
- Multiple sound generation engines: Subtractive Synthesis, FM Synthesis, Tonewheels, Sample Playback
- 2500+ total presets and parts in the following categories: Soft Pads, Bright Pads, Huge Pads, Action Pads, Ambience and FX, Polysynths, Synth Brass, Percussive, Simple Arpeggios, Multitrack Arpeggios, Soft Leads, Hard Leads, Acoustic Piano, E-Pianos and Clavinet, Organs, Strings, Vocals, Brass and Woodwinds, Mallets, Bells, Guitars, Ethnic, Hits, Synth Basses, Basses, Drums, Percussion, Loops, Multitimbral
Compatible with AU and VST only. (AAX version available in AIR Creative Collection)
- PC: Windows 10, 8 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1; Minimum Dual Core 2GHz (Intel Core i5 or i7 Recommended)
- Mac: Mac OS X 10.8.5-10.12; Core Duo Processor (Core i5 or i7 Recommended)
- Minimum RAM 1GB (2GB or more recommended)
- 1GB free hard drive space (Download and Installation)
- A 64-bit compatible host application
- Internet Access (Download and Authorization)
- iLok hardware dongle optional, iLok authorisation required
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