Output expands its ever-growing, playable online sound collection Arcade in version 2.0 with note kits instruments, AI kit generator, and more.
Arcade is a subscription service that is based around a multi-layer virtual instrument that gets constantly new ready-to-play content. Nice, the content is directly available in the plugin. You don’t have to download anything from your browser or so. Everything done so that you are not distracted. So musicians get almost weekly new sounds delivered to their DAW. Like an online sound box in the DAW.
They use nicely curated loops that can be fully adjusted and edited right in the plugin. Alternatively, you can load the engine with your own samples and benefit from the same creative features. With Arcade 2.0, the journey continues with some new neat additions.
Output Arcade 2
The new 2.0 version adds many inspiring sounds but also creative features to the engine. Starting with Note Kits which are a new series of instruments that are made for playing melodies and chords. Also, these give you full control over the sounds with different easy parameters including morphing and more. A complete subtractive synth engine is hidden under each instrument. You’ll find 3 sample layers with sample control, filters, envelopes, and effect routing.
In addition, the launch includes the full rollout of Kit Generator, an AI-powered preset generator for personal samples. Users can drag and drop any audio into Arcade to automatically generate a custom Kit. They consist of the original sound, are locked to tempo, and comes with numerous manipulated variations.
One of the key selling points of Arcade are the colorful, well-designed interfaces that are suitable for both beginners and experienced music producers. With just a few clicks, anyone can play inspiring sounds and turn them in a new direction. Here, too, the whole thing has been raised in version 2.0 to a new usability level. It comes with a re-designed sampler kit keyboard/ tweak page with better visual feedback and for easier navigation.
Output stays with its concept in Arcade 2.0. This is very good because it is very coherent and well throughout. I like the idea that it’s not just another ultimate pack of loops and samples. They are part of a very versatile sampler plugin with a built-in online browser, layering, slicing, and more. And now with the note kits, the whole thing is even more solid because they go beyond the rhythmic loops as a sound source.
Output Arcade 2 is a monthly ($10) or annual subscription service. It’s a free update to current users and runs as a VST, VST3, AU, and AAX plugin for macOS and Windows. You can try A2 for free for 30 days. A downer, you need to write down the credit card details, so don’t forget to cancel it.
More information here: Output