Analog Saturation Modeler
Analog saturation has long been the magic mojo that engineers have used as their swiss army knife of mixing. It's used on drums, bass, vocals guitars, everything. It can be used to beef things up, thin things out, give them some edge, fry them up nice, add a bit of warmth, pull things out of the mix, or even create a signature sound. Subtle to extreme, analog saturation is the golden child of great mixes. That's why we took our time, bought and listened to all the great analog classics, and painstakingly created that magic for you in Decapitator.
Decapitator is more than just an emulation of the analog sound. It has the analog feel. You can hear the subtle changes reacting to the track, following the dynamics of the instrument. That's what analog is all about. Not a static snapshot (no convolution here) but a changing responsive model of all those tubes and wires (and careful notes), and transistors. The sound of real gear, but with the flexibility of software. Our modeled tone control lets you shape and contour, and our mix control lets you mix back in the dry signal without the need for routing and submixes. The best of both worlds.
In our lab we gathered so much cool analog gear. From preamps to compressors. From tape machines to EQ's. Vintage gear and modern gear. All of it so we could listen to how the sound changed and moved and created its special vibe. We picked some of the models that had the most distinct sounds, the models that had a flavor both subtle and extreme, and made them instantly accessible on the front panel. By adding analog modeled tone control we increased the sonic possibilities far beyond many of the originals and give you a remarkably flexible "analog" palette to create with.
Because we know that audio is not always nice, we've included a convenient way to make sure it's not nice. Our "Punish" button kicks in another chuck of gain to push it over the edge. This tool let's you drive hard and responds just like its analog counterpart. It screams in pain. Not your standard stomp-box distortion, Decapitator gives you those unique qualities that only come from driving high end studio gear. Listen to how each model has its own sound of beautiful agony when you hit the "Punish" button and crank it up. more info
Since its release, EchoBoy has quickly become one of those 'must-have' plug-ins for Pro Tools, and has become a permanent fixture on the aux faders of hundreds of top mixers and engineers.
Find an echo tone that fits your mix by choosing one of the 30 built-in echo styles modeled after our personal collection of vintage echos. Our favorite is the warm sound of "Studio Tape", modeled after our ATR-102 half-inch two-track machine. You'll also get instant access to a whole range of classics, including EchoPlex, Space Echo, Memory Man, DM-2, and the TelRay oilcan delay. EchoBoy's chorus even emulates the CE-2 chorus, considered a holy-grail of guitar chorus pedals. And yes, turn it up! EchoBoy is designed to be abused, just like real analog gear.
No math needed to figure out delay times! Just dial in a musical note value and lock it to your song's tempo with the flip of a switch. Fine-tune the echo rhythm with the Groove, Accent, and Feel controls. With these simple controls, dial in a musical sound that fits your style. EchoBoy is the only echo processor with true musical groove control.
Even though EchoBoy is easy to use, it's also incredibly versatile. Switch to Dual Echo or Ping-Pong modes for powerful stereo echo effects. Or use Rhythm mode's remarkably easy-to-use 16-tap rhythmic delay. Under the Style Tweak button you'll find a 3-band parametric EQ with separate control over echo decay and tone. Choose the amount and type of analog saturation, dial in the amount of tape wobble, and even reverb-style diffusion control. There's nothing anywhere that gives you this sort of control.
From funky envelope followers like Mutron, to classic synth style reshaping with ADSR, to big resonant LFO sweeps like the Sherman Filterbank, as well as the classic sound of the old Morley WahWah pedals. Even two flavors of the great old Sci-Fi sample and hold sound. But a plug-in needs to be more. So, we added a unique Rhythm Mode that lets you create cool custom patterns that lock to MIDI. A ll the fat and the flexibility of a whole closet full of filters and beyond.
You can select emulations of different filter types to get a wide range of classic sounds. Crank up the resonance to make it squeal. Flip on the Analog Mode switch and hit it hard to add Dirt, Pump, Shred or Fat. Yep, you can hit it hard coming in and going out, kind of like that old piece of hardware, only no batteries or cables, just great analog sound. (Oh and simulated wood side panels)
The Rhythm Mode gets you moving with the music. Flip the MIDI switch, select 1/4 notes and a sine wave, instant auto wah. To get a little more creative, you can pop open the Rhythm Editor and create a custom pattern that fits your tune. (Save that pattern and use it in PhaseMistress, Tremolator, or EchoBoy). Grab the Groove knob and use swing or shuffle to drop it in the pocket. The only filter that lets you get to your sound and feel fast.
Need more power? Fire up FilterFreak2 (It's part of the package). That's two fat analog filters you can run serial or parallel for total filter dominance. Each can select from Low Pass, High Pass, Band Pass and Band Reject. As well as, 2, 4, 6, or 8 pole filters. Bass, guitar, drums, synths, vocals, anything you want to put through it and anyway you want it.
Classic phase-shifting is a widely diverse sound. From the Bi-Phase, Boss Super Phaser, Phase 90, to the Moogerfooger 12 stage, Small Stone, Trine and many more. All of which were stacked in our test room, stock room and lining the halls. We needed to be sure PhaseMistress nailed that rich, warm, silky analog sound. We put in tons of styles to emulate all the classics and do some things those old boxes couldn't do, like MIDI sync, and a large preset library. We think you'll agree, PhaseMistress has got it all.
With LFO, Envelope follower, Random, ADSR and our unique Rhythm Mode we're constantly amazed at all the places our users are putting PhaseMistress to work. It's on guitar, bass, drums, vocals (Queen, ELO, Pink Floyd anybody?), even whole mixes. We've heard crushed envelope phased drums and gritty phased out radio guitar. Turns out it's more powerful than even we thought. This is one phase you won't grow out of.
Even though PhaseMistress is deep, we wanted it to be easy to get your sound fast. Presets are great (and we included a bunch), but sometimes you just want to experiment, so we made the interface look and feel like a friendly piece of hardware. Switch between mod modes fast. Easily change styles and the whole sound of the phase. All the main controls are right there to tweak, turn and automate. Go ahead, you won't break it.
MIDI locked 4 bar sweeps, custom rhythmic patterns, freaky talk box random phase, wide stereo swirls, every phase you've ever heard all in a straight-forward interface with automation. OK, we think we got it all in there. But just in case, we threw in a Tweak Menu so you could dig into the guts of Phasemistress and create your own sound or fine tune one of ours.
Pulled from the classic Eventide H3000 and DSP4000 that our engineers created, this is an extremely versatile, professional, multi-effect processor. Already used by top audio engineers, guitarists, sound designers, and remixers, SoundBlender lets you have that pro sound for your mixes, too. Dual Delay, pitch-shifting, filters, chorus, flange, intelligent pitch-shifting and more. You can be sure that SoundBlender will fit the mix, and add that extra touch that makes your tracks stand out. We like to think of it as plug-in creativity.
When it comes to spicing up the mix we wanted to make sure you had the right tool with the variety to fit your creative mood. SoundBlender's preset library covers the subtle to the Sci-Fi. A nice thick chorus to an octave shifted spiraling panner delay. A classic ducked echo to "The Zipper Effect" (you gotta hear this one). Granular rhythms, resonant sweeps, auto-panners, vibratos, and doublers, it's all in there.
Guitarists seem to be drawn to SoundBlender. Perhaps it because all the classic effects that finish off a great guitar sound are built right in. Our Intelligent Pitch-shifter was designed for guitar. Steve Vai knows this very well. He's a big fan and he knows a little bit about guitar;-) Combine that with the filters, chorus, tremolo, and echoes, and you have all the icing you need for your guitar cake. All that, of course, with automation and recalled with your mix. We've even got presets designed specifically for guitar.
Sound design for movies, gaming, and music is where SoundBlender really stands out. Create alien soundscapes, colossal ambiences, and outrageous vocal transformations. Turn a simple drum hit into the perfect break down fill effect (Remember that Zipper Effect we mentioned?), hit beat loops with bubbling filtered octaves to shake up the bridge, or create that epic intro. SoundBlender has already been used on hit movies, award winning video games and countless remixes. Dig in, fire up some presets, and see where SoundBlender take you and your mixes.
Tempo and Pitch Control
Change the tempo of drum loops. Shift the key of a bass line. SPEED is the utility that lets you take control of the tempo and the pitch with three different modes to make it easy to get what you need fast and without glitchy pitch artifacts.
In the Simple Mode, the first screen you see, you can easily speed up or slow down tempo or raise and lower pitch. Audition in real-time and see if it's the sound you want. You can even use your ear to tune a loop to your song. Or try slowing down the tempo while raising the pitch or visa-versa for interesting effects. By the way, SPEED also works with Avid's TCE (Time compression expansion) Tool to integrate right into Pro Tools. Simple, fast, and great sound.
The second mode is Graphic mode. Perhaps the most creative of the three, Graphic Mode lets you draw lines to slowly change pitch or tempo or both, independent of each other, over time. You can even see your waveform behind the graph to make it easy to do interesting effects, or subtle time shifting to fixing tempo errors in a file. You can even use it to make minor tempo shifts on overly quantized files to add a bit more humanity.
In the Calculator Mode there is no effort. Simply enter in the tempo of your beat and the new tempo you want and "voila". Same for the key, enter the current key, then the one you need and it's just that easy. Whatever suits your needs there's a mode that make's it easy.
Like it or not, tuning vocals has become a big part of producing music. When we created PitchDoctor, we wanted a pitch correction tool that was more "auto" than what was out. We also wanted it to be as natural as possible, not robotic (Not that anything's wrong with being a robot.) Our plug-in is a smooth correction with a natural sound thanks to our formant correction mode that keeps out the "chipmunks". We also built in "Score Control", a unique way to tweak the tuning that is much more intuitive. Smooth, natural and easy the way tuning should be.
In automatic mode PitchDoctor will correct your vocal based on the scale you choose. The keyboard display will read out the pitches it sees so you can get an idea (In case your singer didn't have one) of where the pitch is really falling. You can choose a new scale or customize one to fit the tune. If you need a bit more help, nudge the sensitivity and listen again. With Formant correction on, PitchDoctor is virtually invisible. Like the singer actually sang in tune.
Graphic editing can be daunting. We wanted to fix that. Enter Score Control. With Score Control you select the audio that needs to be tuned, and let PitchDoctor analyze it. PitchDoctor then writes the pitches into the automation of Pro Tools. Yep, all that info right there for you to edit with the same editing styles and tools you've been using. Need that C sharp to be a C? Just drag to down. Easy, and if you need to go back and adjust it again later, you don't have to dig up the original track and retune.
Formant is like the timbre or character of the voice. It's what makes a female voice be high in pitch without sounding like a munchkin or chipmunk. So why does it matter in a pitch corrector? In short, it makes sure that any pitch changes that happen stay in line with the timbre of the voice. Subtle? Maybe, but that's why it sounds more natural than other pitch correction tools. It's the kind of detail that has turned many professional engineers from auto tuners into pitch doctors.
Tremolo and Auto-Gate
Need tremolo? We got you covered. Tremolator emulates the tremolo effect of classic guitar amps such as the Fender, and even the great tremolo sound of the Wurlitzer electric piano. Add dynamic control of speed and depth that lets the tremolo respond to the music. Then toss in MIDI sync to lock to your tempo. Oh, yeah, then there's our programmable Rhythm Editor that let's you write custom patterns and turns this amazing tremolo into a outrageous rhythmic auto-gate. Vintage guitar effect and modern remix tool at your service.
Gear heads that we are, we broke out the test gear and analyzed the waveforms created by some of our favorite old gear. Then we used our custom LFO waveshape editor built into Tremolator to perfectly recreate them. It's very interesting to look at these shapes and see why each of these vintage pieces has a unique sound. Pass that through our Analog mode, which emulates going in and out of a piece of analog hardware, and you've got all the pieces of a great sounding tremolo..
Switch the nice smooth tremolo waveforms over to a sharp squarewave and you turn this into a monster of an auto-gate. You can lock it to MIDI with the flip of a switch, then select 1/8th notes, 16th notes or whatever fits the rhythm you need. If straight note pulses isn't what you need, use the Rhythm Editor to write your own cool groove (You can even pull a groove from our library). More? Add some swing or shuffle, accents, and analog mode. You can even use the Waveshape Editor to tighten or loosen the gate time.
In the Tweak menu you'll find the Dynamics controls. These parameters let your playing control the speed and/or depth of the modulation. You can create cool speed ups or slow downs based on how loud or soft you play. You can create smooth increases in depth as your cords fade out, or heavy tremolo that fades away. Plus there are already some great presets in our Dynamics folder that you can "tweak" to fit your needs.
Pitch shifting can be a very useful tool. With PurePitch we built the first pitch-shifter that could shift vocal formants as well. What's a formant?? Think of it as timbre or voice quality. With control of both pitch and formant you can do more natural sounding vocal effects like harmony, unisons, and doubling. You can also turn men into women, and old into young. Starting to get what formant is? PurePitch give you tools to do all these things and more. A real vocal tool and voice toy all in one.
PurePitch has presets already set up for doing some common harmonies. You can automate pitch changes within the scale using our cool keyboard style layout. You can us PurePitch on each backing vocal to create even richer walls of sound, or totally new harmony lines. You can even use the formant control to add female harmonies to your all male backgrounds, or vise-versa (Yes, our gender switching goes both ways.)
For character voices and game voice effects, it's PurePitch all the way. Aliens, robots, computers, demons, cute and fuzzy bunnies and a whole lot more. This tool has been used on major Sci-Fi based TV shows such as the new Star Trek series, Babylon Five, and in major motion pictures like Polar Express, to create unique voices or classic characters.
PurePitch also has a unique pitch dynamics function that makes spicing up a boring voice-over a breeze. Simply call up one of our presets and PurePitch will add more highs and lows to give more life to monotonous voices. It can also go the other direction and tame a hyper sounding voice down to normal, or take a voice all the way to monotone. More control is what we are all about.
Reverse Echo Effect
Inspired by the Crystal Echoes preset in the Eventide H3000, Crystallizer combines granular reverse echo slicing and retro pitch processing to create a huge range of radical sonic manipulations and classics with a twist. Use it to create synth-like textures from simple acoustic guitar rhythms, lush detuned echos, or completely psychedelic pitch-shifted reverse echo effects. Great for drums, guitar, bass, sound design, electronic music, and just about anything else - Crystallizer is a truly unique and creative effects processor.
If you listened to the radio in the late 80s, you've heard the original Crystal Echoes effect. It's sound was absolutely unmistakable, and was often used on an intro or at the end of a song to create a synth-like pad from simple guitar chords. With our new Crystallizer algorithm, we couldn't help but add a few improvements. Like MIDI sync. Yep, midi sync'd reverse delays. Now that's cool. How about a built-in Gate/Duck control, and high-cut and low-cut filters to help tame this sometimes unruly effect. Of course, automation is also supported. It's a classic sound with modern control.
Old school pitch-shifting just like, uh, the old school. Modern pitch-shifters use sophisticated mathematical algorithms to transform music and vocals as naturally as possible (like our PurePitch and SPEED products). The original old school devices (like Eventide's classic H910 Harmonizer) used a resample and cross-fade technique that introduced audible 'glitches' in the pitch-shifted audio. Glitch is good. Well, in this case it is. That's a big part of the sound. A sound we've all heard countless times, on tons of hit songs. So dig into the past and enjoy the true retro sound.
The best place to start with this creature is in the preset menu. We've served up a wide range of flavors from subtle to over-the-top. We stuck them in categories to make your selection easier, but you don't have to listen to us. Experiment. Listen. If one preset is way off, the next may be the one that hits the spot. It really is that diverse. Don't let the outrageous stuff fool you into missing the subtly different. There's gold in them there hills.