ace - Any Cable Everywhere

Any Cable Everywhere

69€


ACE: Any cable everywhere

ACE is a gateway into the world of modular synthesizers. Compact, clear, a careful selection of modules and semi-modular architecture makes ACE easy to learn. Simple but not simplistic. Compact but not limited. Clear but definitely not underpowered. With the ability to connect any output into any input (any cable everywhere), ACE is a powerful synth with tools and features ready for beginners or seasoned users.


ACE in the spotlight…

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ACE UI

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  • Semi-modular architecture (with default routing)
  • 2 VCOs with a frequency range of 0Hz to 20kHz (can be used as LFOs)
  • VCO1 includes sub-oscillator with 3 modes
  • Oscillators include pulse width modulation (PWM), sync, internal ring and cross modulation (FM)
  • Polyphonic (up to 16 voices), duophonic or monophonic (retriggered or legato)
  • Up to 8 voice unison (stack) with +/−2 octave individual detuning
  • Pitch transpose, drift
  • Powerful glide options: constant rate or constant time, percentage range control, per-oscillator offset
  • 2 multimode analogue-style filters (VCF): 1, 2, 3 or 4-pole lowpass plus highpass, bandpass or bandreject
  • 2 ADSR envelopes with fall/rise, snap, “singing” option for authentic analogue-style voice triggering
  • 1 mapping generator with up to 128 values, comprehensive drawing tools
  • 2 LFOs with 0Hz to 20kHz frequency range (can be used as VCOs)
  • LFO2 can adopt the mapping generator’s waveform (tap map)
  • 1 syncable and loopable ramp generator
  • 2 VCAs with pan controls and envelope selection (includes Gate)
  • Mixer with modulation inputs
  • 2 multiplex modules for signal mixing / crossfading, ring modulation, amplitude modulation etc.
  • White and pink noise generators
  • MIDI modulation and performance: wheels, velocity, pressure, key follow, gate, 2 user-definable MIDI CC
  • Circuit bending options: slop, crosstalk, oscillator cap failure
  • Built-in oscilloscope
  • 3 effects: chorus/phaser (4 types), delay (7 fixed options), bass and treble controls
  • 4 quality options: draft, standard, good, accurate
  • Multichannel MIDI support
  • Microtuning support (.tun files)
  • Scalable UI from 70% to 200%
  • Skinnable UI
  • MIDI learn page and editable list
  • Global preferences page
  • Over 920 factory presets

ACE has been updated with our latest hotfix for the APFS file sorting issue. Learn more here.
The hotfix includes a new sorting algorithm which allows the preset browser to show presets in the correct, alphabetical order.

Click here to download ACE for macOS 10.13 and 10.14 (64-bit, AU and VST2 only)

Sights and sounds

Full deck

The “boxes and cables” philosophy of modular synthesizers gives you the freedom to create your own custom instruments. Once you start connecting the sixteen modules in ACE—exploring new combinations, cross-pollinating ideas—the vast potential of modular soon becomes clear.

Sounds

The two VCOs act as the main sound generators, but as ACE does not differentiate between audio and control (modulation) signals, the full-range LFOs can also be used to generate audio frequencies.

ACE’s oscillators are modelled on analogue circuits, including instabilities and various non-linear characteristics. You can push these characteristics further using the Circuit Bending options.

If the bottom end needs beefing up, try adding the sub-oscillator. For more intense, complex sounds, try VCO2’s ring modulation, sync and cross modulation.

The LFOs can be co-opted for sound generation. They are similar to the VCOs but have a different feature set, including the possibility of phase modulation (commonly referred to as FM synthesis) and custom waveforms (LFO2 only). Wild experimentation is welcome here—draw any waveform or use the Spectralize function to create additive waves.

Mapping Generator

Not typically found in analogue synthesizers, ACE’s Mapping Generator is a useful addition with a variety of uses. The Mapping Generator is a list of up to 128 values. You can use the drawing tools to edit the values and create your own patterns, or choose pre-built shapes. This map can be stepped through for each played note, it can create per-note offsets, it can transform any modulation source or be used as the LFO2 waveform.


ACE mapping generator

ACE’ Mapping Generator

Filter

Like the oscillators, the two filters are modelled on analogue hardware and deliver satisfyingly analogue results. You can overdrive the filters without introducing any harsh distortion, and the resonance remains intact. Or you can take advantage of the self-oscillation feature for chaotic timbres and more experimental sound design.

For an extra aggressive sound, route your signal through both filters and crank the resonance on the second filter. Both filters are cascade type multimode circuits with two parallel outputs each.

ACE filters

Filter

 

Cables anywhere and everywhere

ACE takes after hardware modular synthesizers, although it is not a truly modular design, more correctly it is semi-modular. ACE has a default fixed architecture (like for instance the ARP 2600), which means you can start making noise immediately ‘out-of-the-box’. Any default routing can be overridden by patching cables, which means that the options are practically limitless.

ACE does not differentiate between audio signals and control signals. Any of the outputs can be plugged into any of the signal inputs. Hook things up, explore new ideas and crazy combinations. Try LFOs as audio oscillators or a VCO as LFO. Plug an LFO into a filter, then use the filter as an FM source for an oscillator.

Sound experimentation awaits, limited only by your imagination… and dinner time.


Signal sources

An array of output sockets provide signals from a variety of different sources: noise, MIDI controls (modwheel, velocity etc.), mapping generator and more…

Use these to add organic life-like dynamics, modulation and refinments your sounds.

Effects

Add final touches using the global effects. Pick from a classic stereo chorus with four modes (including phaser) to add richness, a stereo delay with seven immediately selectable modes to add movement, and finally a pair of controls to boost treble and bass.

Ramp generator

If the two ADSRs and two LFOs are not enough, try the host-syncable Ramp Generator (essentially a trapezoid, which combines elements of both).

Multiples

Common to most modular setups, multiples are mix/split devices. Signals are merged and sent onward, or split and sent to different inputs. In ACE the multiples do act as a simple mixer, or can be enlisted for much more interesting possibilities. That is why we renamed them Multiplex. Using the modulation input and some clever cable arrangements, the Multiplex modules can do ring modulation (RM), amplitude modulation (AM) or both at the same time. Or crossfading or inversion…

Envelopes

Without envelopes, your patches would just turn on and off with each note, organ style. Envelopes add dynamics over the length of the note. ACE has classic ADSR envelopes, but with a few extras directly available for more interesting results: Snap, fall/rise, level modulation, rate modulation, velocity. The envelopes can be further with modified in the Envelope Tweaks section. Switch on the singing envelopes for classic analogue retriggering behaviour, or adjust the fall/rise limits.

Configuration

  • Scalable UI from 70% to 200%
  • MIDI learn page and editable list
  • Global preferences page

LFOs

  • 2 LFOs with a frequency range of 0Hz-20kHz
  • LFOs can be used as VCOs (and vice versa)
  • LFO2 can adopt the mapping generator’s waveform (tap map)

Effects

3 effects: chorus/phaser (4 types), delay (7 fixed options), bass and treble controls

Multiples

2 multiplex modules for signal mixing / crossfading, ring modulation, amplitude modulation etc.

Oscillators

  • 2 VCOs with a frequency range of 0Hz-20kHz
  • VCO1 has linked sub-oscillator

Oscilloscope

Envelopes

2 ADSR envelopes with fall/rise, snap, “singing” option for authentic analogue-style voice triggering

Global

  • Polyphonic (up to 16 voices), duophonic, monophonic, or legato mode
  • Up to 8 voice unison (stack) with +/−2 octave individual detuning
  • Pitch transpose, drift and glide control
  • Quality setting: draft, standard, good, accurate

Filters

  • 2 analogue style filters (VCF) with self-oscillation
  • Filters are multimode with lowpass (×4), highpass,
    bandpass and bandreject modes
  • Two parallel outputs per filter

Generators

White and pink noise generators

Tweak

  • 1 mapping generator with up to 128 values, comprehensive drawing tools
  • 1 syncable and loopable ramp generator
  • Extra envelope options: snap, singing envelopes, ramp clock
  • Circuit bending options: slop, crosstalk, oscillator cap failure

69€

Download the demo and enter your serial number to unlock the full version. The demo version emits crackling sound at irregular intervals.

ACE 1.4 (revision 3898)
Released October 7, 2015
Release notes

info Linux beta note : Before purchasing, please be aware the Linux versions of our plug-ins are still considered beta. While the plug-ins are stable, we are not able to provide the same level of support for these products as we do for the macOS and Windows versions. Support is provided via the Linux and u-he communities on our forum Link.   CLOSE

Requirements

Apple logo Mac OS X 10.5 or newer
or
Windows logo Windows XP/Vista or newer
or
Linux logo Linux


  • 1GB RAM, more recommended
  • 50MB free disk space
  • 1000 × 600 or larger display
  • Modern CPU (Sandy Bridge or newer recommended)
  • Host software

Formats

ACE is not a standalone product, it requires host software. ACE is compatible with nearly all DAWs.

Available as Audio Units (AU), VST2, AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.7 or later) plug-ins with 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

User Guides


ACE user guide

Downloads for ACE

Try the latest builds of ACE, which include improvements and bug fixes. Note: these are stable, but still beta versions.

Older ACE installers are in our release archive (for legacy systems).

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