Audio Damage has announced Bitcom, a bitcrusher effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Audio Damage Bitcom, a bit-bashing step sequencer with attitude.
There are subtle plug-ins you put on the two-buss to give a nice gentle vibe to a track. Bitcom is not one of those. There is no “analog modeling” in this effect. There is no warmth or tube saturation. It is utterly devoid of anything to which the word “vintage” can be applied. Bitcom is a modern bit-shredding digital banshee that beggars description and lives on the edge of instability.
In a nutshell, a step sequencer drives a custom-designed bitcrusher, with a synth sidechain. But that sentence doesn’t begin to describe the abuse that Bitcom is capable of. We pulled out every trick in the book to build a modern electronic music effect that can turn even the most sedate input in to a swinging, screaming pain-monkey, wreaking havoc on lesser sounds.
The Bitcom plugin will be available soon. Price TBA.
FXpansion has announced the release of its Maul multi-band distortion and tone-shaping plugin with advanced modulation.
Maul is suited to all music requiring powerful sound-sculpting abilities – everything from subtle warming and loudness generation to shredding distortion and experimental creative effects.
Maul features 3 separate drive stages, each of which can act on a different frequency range with any of 32 distortion types. The available algorithms include DCAM-modelled germanium diode, tube and transistor-based circuits, clippers, overdrives, waveshapers of various kinds and bit-crushing devices for digital distortion flavours. Each drive stage also features control over transient-shaping, saturation circuitry and additional post-process tone filtering.
The built-in TransMod modulation system allows you to animate Maul’s parameters with the internal LFOs, envelope follower and sample & hold devices as well as with external MIDI note input. This turns Maul into an extremely flexible device capable of dynamic filter patterns, rhythmic gating effects with extra bite, loudness and harmonic excitation effects and wild, dynamic distortion that can transform your audio.
FXpansion introduces its Maul multi-band distortion and tone-shaping plug-in.
3-band creative distortion and tone-shaping device.
DCAM-modelled circuits, clippers, waveshapers, overdrive, bitcrushing and more.
Additional per-band transient-shaping control.
Saturation circuitry modelling.
2x oversampling with 4x Hi Def mode for extremely high quality.
Advanced TransMod modulation and MIDI note control.
Built-in MIDI Learn for plugin controls.
32-bit and 64-bit support.
VST, AU and RTAS plugin formats on Windows 7 and Mac OSX 10.6.2 or later.
Maul is available as a download-only product priced at $99 USD / 79 EUR / £69 inc VAT where applicable.
An introductory price of $70 USD, 55 EUR, £48 GBP inc VAT is available for all registered owners of Geist, DCAM: Synth Squad, Tremor, Etch, DCAM Dynamics, BFD2 and BFD Eco (and customers purchasing Maul at the same time as any of these products) until 31 October 2012.
Sonic Charge has announced the release of Permut8, an effect plug-in for Windows and Mac that can modulate, manipulate and mangle your audio in countless ways through the combination of some basic but unique building blocks.
The Permut8 user-interface might seem a bit intimidating at first. Make no mistake, this is complex machinery at work, but it is also a product that is designed for experimentation and happy accidents.
Permut8 is an effect plug-in that embraces the sounds of primitive digital signal processing hardware. It is programmable to produce a wide range of effects from traditional delays and flangers to beat-repeaters, bit-crushers and yet unheard of circuit bent madness. At its core is a 12-bit digital delay with variable sample rate from 0 to 352 khz. The delay is controlled by a programmable processor with an assortment of operators, allowing you to create almost any type of effect you can imagine and many more that you can’t. The input and output stages offers virtual analog components for saturation, limiting and filtering. The output can be fed back into the input to create echoes, comb-filter effects and never-ending chaos.
With Permut8 we have made a serious effort to make a plug-in that feels and sounds like a piece of physical digital hardware and not like your typical software effect. Permut8 can make aliasing noises that would make any Commodore 64 green of envy, but its aliasing is different from what you normally encounter in software DSP. For example, it is unrelated to the host sample rate and you can tune it exactly with the “clock frequency” knob. Furthermore, the components that should not alias, e.g. the “analog” saturation, employ heavy-duty anti-aliasing and oversampling techniques to avoid doing so. Permut8 has got just the right dose of hiss, hum, distortion and unpredictability to make it come alive without sacrificing fidelity when you don’t want to.
Introduction to Sonic Charge’s Permut8 effect unit.
Permut8 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) is available to purchase for $66 USD (+ VAT if applicable).
2CAudio has released B2, a spatial processor effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
B2 is a modular dual-engine, non-linear spatial processor featuring built-in harmonic distortion and flexible dynamics.
It is our most advanced plug-in to date and is capable of both mind-bending creative effects that defy classification as well as stunningly lush reverbs. Its modular design enables an almost infinite variety of sonic possibilities.
B2′s dual engine design augments its modularity by allowing both engines to have completely independent settings and be configured in a vast number of possible structures.
Two identical and independent engines.
Pervasive non-linearity and controlled randomness providing unique character and excitement.
Non-linear distortion ranging from subtle saturation to extreme bit-crushing.
Parallel as well as serial and hybrid configurations via Cascade.
Modular design that gives limitless configurations and minimizes CPU usage.
Extreme range in density ranging from a single delay to full white noise as well as complex & clustered IRs.
Two dynamics modules providing Gating, Ducking, Auto Gain, and more.
Well-designed and ergonomic GUI which organizes deep complexity into a simple and enjoyable workflow.
Huge number of novel and unique Damping and EQ filter types.
Complex and Extreme Stereo Modes.
Advanced Conservation of Energy scheme that maintains RMS levels when editing presets.
Comprehensive Factory Presets and Preset Browser.
Engine Templates to facilitate preset design.
Ability to load Breeze presets as Engine Presets.
Dynamics sub-preset system that is distinct from engine presets to allow mix-and-match preset creation.
2x & 4x Oversampling.
Double Precision 64bit DSP.
Proprietary Spectral Modulation.
Variable Quality Modes.
Extreme Off-line Render Modes.
64bit Host/OS Support on Windows (forthcoming on OSX).
Optional global saturation and soft-limiting for added character and color.
The B2 plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for the introductory price of $199.95 USD until September 1st, 2012 (regular $249 USD).
Sonic Charge has announced it will be releasing its Permut8 effect plug-in this Monday.
Many of you have seen and solved the puzzle we put up earlier (524 to be precise) and you can listen to some examples on our home page right now. Now I think it is about time to do a little introduction.
Permut8 is an effect that can take on many forms. It is one of those products that is hard to describe in a couple of sentences. The kind that a marketing department would hate (luckily we have no marketing department at Sonic Charge). It excels in digital noises of all kinds, but can also sound warm and lush. It can do conventional delay effects and it can create circuit bent mayhem from hell. Perhaps more important than what it does is how it does it. Permut8 gives you a number of primitive operators that you combine in different ways to manipulate the playback position on a delay-line. This runs on an imaginary vintage digital processor with 12-bit A/D D/A conversion and variable clock frequency from 0 to 352kHz. On top of this you will find a number of “analog” components for filtering, limiting, saturation and more.
Did that sound complicated? Permut8 is complicated, but it is also a product that is designed for experimentation and happy accidents, and boy do they happen often. Bring your crash helmet.
Permut8 will be available for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) for $66 USD excl. VAT.