I try to avoid self-promotion here, but I’ve spent the majority of this year focused on this project. Today, we released SpecOps, our spectral processing plugin. It has over 30 spectral effects and a patchable modulation system. It’s available in AAX/VST/VST3/AU on Windows and Mac. I would be happy to answer any questions!
This plugin is so much fun. I started playing with the demo this afternoon and suddenly four hours had gone by. I had high hopes when I started to see beta tester posts on fb and now after playing with it I can see it is even better than I expected.
Zip is our new multi-mode compressor with different types of analysis algorithms (Brightness, Noisiness, Amplitude, etc.). Instead of only analyzing a signal’s amplitude like every other compressor, this can do things like ducking a signal when it gets too bright.
Spec Ops is great- i havent had time to fully get my head around all possible uses. I’m still looking for a tool that gets rid of the tonal character in a Sound and thought i’d try Spec ops. hmmm somehow it allows me me to add more tonal varieties than i thought were possible (awesome=) but not subtract them - there might be a direction within the bandstop algorithm, right? this is 1 of the tools that need lots of work to see the potentials for future uses-hence a classic in the making!
But it also includes a host of more experimental tools, and effects that can be applied to specific segments of the spectral bins the fft creates. (In practice, the workflow with these effects feels a little like working with multiband processing, but it works differently under the hood and the effects are very different.) I also really like the workflow of setting something up and messing with the fft window type to get surprising results.
It’s really powerful, and has a wide range of uses from experimental mangling to stretching to more bread and butter stuff. But it also has a bit of a learning curve if you’re not used to spectral effects. Tbh I don’t feel like I ever got to know it well enough to reach for it very often.