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Postby skells » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:00 pm

I got bored with the filters i do have so i downloaded all the free ones on kvr
All filters tested on a Massive bass patch in live 7

First up 2 rule filter http://www.grupvega.net/tugrul/
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This plugin wins the award for worst front panel design. All the controls are difficult to read and the layout is shite. But this filter does one thing well and that is distorted glitchy bass and lead lines. Its like supertrigger. With an internal buffer that spits out audio randomly. This plug is just for filthy glitchyness its not somethign you would use for everyday filter work

Aeiou Vowel Filter http://azertopia.free.fr/
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Another specialist filter. Splitting lead lines and bass lines then processing the layers separately is something alot of us do and this is where Aeiou comes in handy. Im holding on to this vst

Beta Bugs Crayon Filter http://www.betabugsaudio.com/plugs.php
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No lfo no Env follower and a sound that is to transparent this filter would be good for corrective work. I just dont like the sound of it. It has no character.

Cableguys Filtershaper http://www.cableguys.de/
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OH fuck yes this is exactly what i have been looking for a great filter with a great interface and lots of modulation options.

"FilterShaper enables you to bring life to your sounds and loops. You can draw any curve, assign it to its 4 LFOs and use them to modulate filter cutoff and filter resonance of its great sounding filters. Or just modulate the volume.

Its drawing possibilities are ultra-flexible, yet easy to use. You can draw any curves you like shaping hard-synced or analogue-sounding rhythms. Create interesting rhythmic strings, shape a bass sound, destroy vocal recordings, create vivid shaker rhythms out of white noise, etc. You can go from subtle changes to extreme modulations, from little sound corrections to nicely filtered rhythmic loops. Its various filters can be set to drastic values from zero resonance up to self-oscillation.

You can change all parameters via automation (if your host sequencer can handle it). Everything. Even the shape of the modulating wave can be automated. Choose which wave is in use at any position in your song, change the loop length, record and play back any wave point movements and assign any hardware controller to any parameter in FilterShaper. Even with heavy modulations, with tempo changes in the host or jumping at different positions of a song, the modulation always stays in sync."

This plug is free to use but if you want to run more then one instance you will have to pay. For all the wibble artists out there this is well worth a look. Ten banks of wibbles which can be up to 32 bars of constantly evolving filter sweeps hooked up to two great filters. Plus full automation.

Kjaerhus Audio Auto filter http://www.kjaerhusaudio.com/
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Lfo, Env follower, Sync, but it just does not sound great. It has the worst bandpass i have heard so far.

Glow http://www.gvst.co.uk/
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Simple vst with just cutoff res and gain. Low pass only. Nothing special about this little vst the sound is ok

Hypervst http://www.rocksonics.com/

Cutoff, Filter slope select, Low pass only. Very transparent sounding.

And thats it for now more reviews coming when i get a chance to check out the rest of the filters.
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Postby futures_untold » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:08 pm

Golden!

You've found two filters I'd completely missed! (Aeiou Vowel Filter & Cableguys Filtershaper)

Also worth checking out is Ohmforce Ohmygod comb filter.

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Not only is the comb filter excellent, but so are the lp/hp/bp/peaking filters in the second filter section.

Download it from here ---> http://dubstepforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=73393

Another filter well worth owning is Ohmforce Frohmage (included in the download link above)

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I fail to describe the sounds its capable of, but they're certainly different from those of standard filter types! ;)

For even more free filters, check out ---> http://gersic.com/plugins/index.php?daCat=9
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Postby FSTZ1 » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:14 pm

awesome!

getting sick of filterVST and I'm broke as well!
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Postby dank » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:16 pm

siiiiiiiick
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Postby aftee » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:18 pm

that cableguys filter looks reaally nice, thanks for those links bro
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Postby FSTZ1 » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:20 pm

I have a question...

*and I'm at work so I just cant dload and figure it out for myself

does the Cableguys filter have a MIDI learn function???
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Postby skells » Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:31 pm

FSTZ wrote:I have a question...

*and I'm at work so I just cant dload and figure it out for myself

does the Cableguys filter have a MIDI learn function???


No but it does have all functions open to ableton so u can use ableton to assign midi. And you can record into the sequencer any changes you make to the wave form this plug is insane. Plus the timing is tight i have noticed a lot of other plugs lfos are shit at holding sync and give you differant results depending on when you stop and start your daw
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Postby Disco Nutter » Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:03 pm

skells wrote:a lot of other plugs lfos are shit at holding sync and give you differant results depending on when you stop and start your daw


That has probably have to do with "restart on note"?
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Postby skells » Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:17 pm

im talking about filter vsts not synths
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Postby futures_untold » Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:26 pm

skells wrote:im talking about filter vsts not synths


Some LFO's freecycle, as in they're not linked to the sequencer host in anyway. Others do, and will reset if you stop/start the sequencer.

As Johnny Beat pointed out others can be triggered per note. Synths like Massive allow the user to even change the cycle start position of the LFO! :)
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Postby lowpass » Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:27 pm

I've been looking for some filters to mess my sound up, gonna be downloadin a few of these tomorrow cheers
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Postby skells » Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:39 pm

some lfos that lock to the daw time line dont hold that sync very well
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Postby futures_untold » Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:47 pm

skells wrote:some lfos that lock to the daw time line dont hold that sync very well


The bastards! (They're out to get you :P)
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Postby skells » Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:02 am

Lizzaudio Bandpass http://www.geocities.com/lizzaudio/
This actually sounds alright. Instead of having a normal bandpass setup this plug has a hi pass and lo pass in series. I really liked how the hi pass sounds when sweeped over the bass patch. Its feature light with only gain, hi pass, and lo pass controls.

Tal Multi filter http://kunz.corrupt.ch/
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Multi mode band hi lo. Midi learn. Cutoff and resonance.
A cut above the rest but not great

QB Filter http://www.studio-qb.com/
Another decent filter this time fully tricked out with lfo sync, distortion before and after the filter, hi pass lo pass dual hi lo pass, no band pass, lfo shape lfo phase. The sound is fairly good and you can automate lfo sync.


Qwarp Filter http://dsp.mutagene.net/?pid=projects
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I have a vague idea what this plugin is supposed to do and as it crashed im not gonna bother with it.
"This plugin allows the user to perform a warped LP analysis of the input signal for each of four independent filter banks, whereafter the user can warp between all four filters using the XY touchpad control or use the 'filter warp' slider to change the warping in the filtering stage. The results tend towards bellish sounds or weird sleeping sounds reminiscent of the EMU Morpheus' filters. Only available as a Windows VST."

Sanford Auto Filter http://www.lesliesanford.com/
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Oh ya another nice find. This plug may not have the slickest gui but that does not matter when the filter sounds this good. This plug is well worth checking out.
Lo pass hi pass band pass. Lfo sync lfo spread. A few odd lfo shapes and midi can be assigned to lfo and filter cutoff.
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Postby futures_untold » Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:54 am

This little fella is well worth checking out. 4 banks of filters (there's plenty of types to choose from) and a saturation/distortion module.

There are three LFO's and user definable two multi stage envelopes. What's cool is the possiblity to mix the two cv sources together, so it's possible to have an lfo wobble follow a multi stage envelope path! :D

It has host sync and midi learn functions as well for those of you that worry about these things. ;)

It even has a reroutable modular architecture!

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More info @ http://jeremyevers.com or download it here ---> http://dubstepforum.com/viewtopic.php?t ... highlight=
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Postby thetaco » Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:00 am

Frohmage is awesome! Can't say enough good things about it. :D

I'm currently eyeing Runciter though.
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Postby q_steppa » Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:35 am

Rendr wrote:I have a lazy eye :cry:
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Postby skells » Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:40 am

Sub filter http://www.rocksonics.com/
Another transparent sounding filter this time its hi pass only. Not what im looking for but it would come in handy for mixing situations.

Beta Bugs svf2 http://www.betabugsaudio.com/plugs.php
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Another simple plug from beta bugs this time with morphable filters. While checking out this filter i loaded up crayon filter and i realised i had dismissed it to quickly. Both beta bugs filters are worth a look

Rubber filter http://www.savioursofsoul.de/Christian/?page_id=64
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Crashed.

Northpole http://www.prosoniq.com/faq/northpole-where-faq/
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Originally released in 97 this free plug is still great. Lo pass band pass Env follower, delay and distortion. This filter sounds good and the env follower is excellent. This plug is worth a look. Out of all the plugs so far this is the one i would reach for if i needed an env follower.
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Postby magma » Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:05 pm

Great thread, nice one!
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Postby r » Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:07 pm

buy the WOW by sugarbytes
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