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Artificial Audio releases Obelisk

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Artificial Audio Obelisk

Artificial Audio has released Obelisk, a spectral multi effect whose sound possibilities and graphic user interface raise the area of spectral sound processing to a completely new level.

OBELISK combines a SPECTRAL DELAY, a SPECTRAL FILTER and a SPECTRAL GATE to a multi effect that not only sounds excellent but also enables an extremely intuitive and musical operation, in spite of hundreds of effect parameters. With OBELISK you can draw your effect and with the aid of graphic lines control a multitude of effect parameters in a very simple and descriptive manner.

Obelisk features

  • Spectral Analysis / Synthesis
    • high quality spectral analysis and synthesis ( 256 or 512 frequency bands )
    • adjustable frame size and overlap
    • multiple window functions : rectangle, triangle, Hanning, Hamming, Blackman
    • arbitrary sample rates up to 192 KHz
  • Realtime Spectrum Analyzer
    • realtime spectrum analyzer with hold function
    • selectable analyzer sources : input signal / effect signal / output signal
  • Spectral Delay
    • individual delay with feedback for every single frequency band
    • 10 delay points to define the delay line
    • 10 feedback points to define the feedback line
    • different line styles : polygon / square
    • delay points can be quantized to sync the delay times to the song tempo
    • selectable sync tempo : external / internal
    • beat grid for quantize positions
    • RESCUE switch to clear the feedback buffer
  • Spectral Filter
    • individual gain parameter for every single frequency band
    • 10 filter points to define the filter line
    • different line styles : polygon / square
    • filter force parameter for smooth or hard filter action
  • Spectral Gate
    • individual noise gate for every single frequency band
    • 10 gate points to define the gate line to adjust the gate thresholds
    • different line styles : polygon / square
    • global attack time and release time parameters
    • mono / stereo switch to link the gate ( left / right ) in 2 channel mode
  • Spectral Shift
    • shift of frequency bands between analysis and synthesis ( +/- 64 bands )
  • 2-Dimensional LFOs
    • 3 LFOs to create 2-dimensional point movements
    • independent x- and y-axis parameters
    • snap function to lock the LFO start to a fixed song position
    • LFOs can be synchronized to the song tempo ( from 1/16 note up to 8 bars )
    • LEARN MODE for easy modulation target assignment
    • 5 modulation targets per LFO
  • Help Function
    • information display for every parameter control
  • Undo / Redo
    • 50 step undo / redo for all point line parameter changes
  • Parameter Automation
    • all parameters can be fully automated by the host sequencer

Obelisk is available for Mac (VST/AU) and costs 99 EUR. A demo version can be downloaded here.

Visit Artificial Audio for more information.

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