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Cormac Daly releases Thaw v0.1

Thaw v0.1 in Cubase

Cormac Daly has released Thaw, a VST plug-in for the creation and manipulation of static and drone sounds using the phase vocoder.

Thaw was created as part of a Masters in Music Technology academic project whose aim was to explore the use of the phase vocoder for the creation and manipulation of static and drone sounds.

Thaw can be used for creating a perceptual ‘snapshot’ of a sound and then creating drones using a number of effects including a low frequency oscillator and a pitch shifter.

The scientific and musical background of this project, as well as an explanation of the inner workings of the software, can be found in the accompanying thesis.

Check out “What Goes Around”, a musical piece which showcases Thaw.

Cormac Daly - What Goes Around Download size: 6.09 MB

On page 68 of Cormac’s thesis you will find a screenshot of the Cubase production environment in which What Goes Around was composed.

Download the Thaw effect plugin for Windows (VST) below.

Thaw v0.1 Download size: 1.32 MB

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10 years ago

I’ve been using Thaw since it’s release and didn’t realize it’s on rekkerd now. I love it.


I’ve attributed it’s use for each song on many webpages and in the mp3’s tags under “comments”

I found this by way of trying to find your email address, Mr. Daly

11 years ago

W00t for free vocoder plugins!

I wouldn’t call ‘What Comes Around’ music… just ambient noise.

12 years ago

Cormac here. Good question re. the OS X version. Unfortunately I’ve moved on to other (non-plugin related) things for the moment. I have plans to improve this though (eg tempo synced LFO, maybe even MIDI triggering for different resynthesised bands). If I ever get off my butt and do something with this again you’ll hear about it here. Thanks for the positive feedback!

12 years ago

when will the OS X version be ready?

12 years ago


Brandon Dai Cahal
Brandon Dai Cahal
13 years ago

this is an absolutely astounding plugin-
certainly will find a great place in the collection ov this experimental musician