Described as a randomised sample explorer, the latest plug-in from SoundGhost aims to provide users with a simple way to discover new and interesting patterns and soundscapes. Jumble’s playhead shifts between random positions in each loaded sample, producing unpredictable results that can then be treated further with a collection of onboard modulation and effects processing.
The sampler is built around an internal gate which moves the playhead to random parts of the loaded sample, at a rate that is synchronised to the tempo of the host DAW. Incoming MIDI notes will trigger playback, and the playback behaviour can then be altered by assigning gate length and jumble rate parameters. There’s also an option to introduce octave jumps at random intervals to create melodic variations, and a Manual mode that deactivates the gate entirely, resulting in the playhead only moving when MIDI notes are received — SoundGhost recommend pairing the mode with arpeggiators and sequencers to trigger interesting playhead jumping patterns.
The patterns produced can be processed with a range of built-in effects, shaping tools and a modulation system. A state-variable filter section is followed by adjustable in and out fade times for the triggered sample, whilst some time-based effects are provided by dedicated delay and reverb sections. The bottom of the GUI then houses a pair of LFOs that make it possible to add some tempo-sync’able movement to the filter’s cutoff and amp section’s gain parameter.
A collection of over 40 presets are included to provide a starting point and demonstrate Jumble’s capabilities, and users are free to create, store and categorise their own patches.
Jumble is supported on PCs running Windows 8 or above, and Macs running macOS 10.12 and higher. 500MB of free disk space is required. VST3 and AU plug-in versions are available — there is no AAX version, so Pro Tools is not supported.
Pricing & Availability
Jumble is available now, and is currently (11 February 2024) being offered for an introductory price of £49, reduced from its full cost of £79 including VAT.