Tiptop Audio ONE Sample Player
ONE brings organic sound and super-low-latency sample playback to the modular world. It differs from other sample players in that it handles the digital audio bits as a continuously manipulated electrical flow, a feature inspired by our analog know-how. This unique core makes ONE truly integral to the Tiptop percussive modular ecosystem thanks to a lightweight and responsive digital circuit with a very analog feel.
ONE brings a world of colors to the modular right out of the package. We have invited some of the best sound designers in the industry to create professional sound libraries with content tailored to the unique sonic framework of the modular synthesizer and that fully take advantage of ONE’s unique qualities. To start with, ONE comes with a SD card loaded with a free set of 60 sounds designed by Glitchmachines. More cards are available to purchase separately, each containing carefully selected material with up to 256 sound files. Using your own sample libraries or recordings is easy too, just copy 16 or 24bit mono WAV files onto the SD card, pop the card into ONE and go.
ONE offers several modes of operation, with the primary being the super-low-latency Trigger mode that retrieves audio data without adding any artificial processing such as click removal, cross- fading, EQ, or gain normalization. In this mode, it’s a highly-transparent player capable of 24-bit 96kHz playback with no interpolation of the audio data: what you put in is what you get out. With a delay as low as 0.25ms from the moment the trigger hits, ONE offers harmonically dense, clear, and detailed audio with a great rhythmic feel.
ONE handles external CV through a user-selectable multi-function jack. Pitch is the main control with two modes available: Free Pitch allows for fine tuning of the playback rate, great for adding subtle vibrato or wild tape speed effects; Quantized Pitch maps CV to the standard 12-tone system over 3.5 octaves and is ideal for melodic content. CV can also be used to sequence through files off the SD card allowing far more varied sounds from a single source, almost like an entire percussion section behind the slim panel.
Although originally designed to play tightly with our analog drums and envelopes, ONE’s rich sound quality encouraged us to make it work in a variety of other applications that are less demanding of sub millisecond timing response. The extra headroom at the core of the ONE makes features such as Gated Playback, Looping, and Triggering with fades in and out possible, accommodating different types of sound sources from drum loops to polysynth chords to noise sources and other yet- imagined uses.
ONE offers another useful dimension since it can play CV signals too. Drop in a card with LFO signals, random CV, slopes and envelopes for a whole set of new control and modulation possibilities.
ONE is as simple to use as it is affordable and plays extremely well with it’s analog cousins – our vision for bringing samples into the modular world.