While Cableguys HalfTime might be “the only plugin 100% dedicated to half-speed effects”, that is not all it can do.

The video below demonstrates how to use HalfTime’s octave-shifting capability to add defined thickness and body to claps, snares, kicks, and percussion.

Beginning with a dry snare beat, HalfTime is added, instantly dropping the pitch – but also altering the rhythm. The Loop parameter is lowered until the original rhythm is preserved. The Band control is then adjusted to focus the effect on a frequency range. From there, the balance between the dry and HalfTimed snare is easily set using the Mix knob.

This technique also works great on kick drums, claps, and even full percussive loops. Because HalfTime’s pitchshifting is synced to the beat, the results are often more solid, punchy and consistent than with general purpose pitchshifting plugins.

A bonus tip not found in the video: Use HalfTime’s Smooth control to shape your HalfTimed transients and tails!

HalfTime for Windows and Mac (VST/AU) costs 10 EUR/$12 USD. It is available from Cableguys and distributor Plugin Boutique.

Note that for a limited time only, a purchase of the TimeShaper plugin includes a free copy of HalfTime.