Multipass + 17 Snapins
Let's go splitsies!
When adding effects to a sound, it's not uncommon to want to apply these effects to just a certain part of the sound. For example, you might not want a complex chorus to affect your bass too much, or a hard distortion to totally fry your high end. Either way, multiband processing adds a dimension to effect chains that really opens up a new world of options in sound design. Multipass helps you with this, allowing you to split the input sound into up to 5 easily tweakable frequency bands and applying unlimited number of effects to each band. Pitch shifted auto pan with a filtered chorus delay distortion? Coming right up!
Time to phase the music
Band splitting comes with a bit of a price. It's unavoidable (without adding latency) to mess a bit with the phase of the sound. Usually this is not a problem, but when chaining multiple multiband effects this can add up to a lot of phase distortion. In Multipass, the band splitting is only done once no matter how many effects you add, leaving the phase as minimally harmed as possible. It also sorts out dry/wet mixing of effect lanes properly without phasing where possible. Parallel multiband compression, here we come!
While adding four filters a frequency shifter and a stereo width modifier can be interesting in itself, adding four filters with sweeping cutoff retriggered by audio threshold, a frequency shifter bound to the MIDI note and stereo width scaled by the input RMS can be... Well, probably strange. But it may be amazing, and trying it out is just a couple of clicks away. Try it!
You have to focus, Trinity
When you're tweaking a specific frequency band, the other bands and effects involved can sometimes make it hard to properly hear what's going on. Mute or solo effect lanes to quickly home in on what you're doing. And if you automate it, it can even be an effect in itself!
Honey, I'm 4 ms late
Don't worry about latency. No matter how you route things or what effects you add, Multipass makes sure everything is as in sync as they can be to make sure all modulation aligns properly and to avoid phasing issues.
Snap Heap: Modular effects playground
The Kilohearts Snapin framework is the easiest, most creative, sound design workflow you have ever come across. This free bundle contains Snap Heap, a basic snapin host plugin, alongside 5 useful snapins.
Wha Wha What's it all about?
Managing effects is something that's possible in pretty much every digital audio workstation out there, but managing effect chains can be cumbersome and tedious. With Snap Heap managing complex effect systems is super simple and nothing stands between your creativity and the speaker cones.
What's a Snapin?
Well, snapins are regular old VST/AU plugins that you can use for a multitude of purposes. They come in a bunch of different flavors and we create more all the time. The thing is that they also work as modular effect pieces that you can combine in our snapin host plugins, as you can see above. Nifty!
To give you some feel for what you can do with snapins these first 5 are on the house!
You can buy as many, or as few, additional snapins as you like. But if you are looking to save some money, why don't you get one of our bundles?
Modular Madness Snapins
Bitcrush: Simulate Lo-Fi Sound Sources
When nostaliga hits, Bitcrush can bring you back to the digital hardware of times past. It simulates the audio being played back using a low quality sampler with limited sample rate and bit depth. Mm, crunchy.
Stereo: Enhanced Stereo Effect
The Chorus enhances the stereo effect and presence of a sound by mixing it with delayed versions of itself. It's like your own personal choir!
Comb Filter: Sort Out Frequiencies at Intervals
The Comb Filter hollows out the sound by carving out frequencies at each multiple of the base frequency, like the teeth of a comb.
It's also possible to process left and right differently in a way that not only gives a wide stereo effect, but also collapses right back to the original signal when mixed to mono. Nifty!
Compressor: Even Out Total Volume
Someone somewhere once said that there are 931 compressor plugins in the world. Well, now there's 932!
Compressors help shape the dynamics of the sound both at the initial attack and the sustain tail. Each compressor has their own flavor, and the kHs Compressor tastes sweet.
Delay: Echoing Effect
While large echoing cavernous chambers seldom are the first pick for a good acoustic space, Delay effects have been ubiquitous in sound processing for a long time.
The kHs Delay can be run both free running and tempo synced with various stereo and feedback options. Most notable however is the duck feature, which optionally only lets the echoed sound through when there is no dry input signal. This allows for long and heavy delay while still avoiding clutter over the original sound. Clever!
Distortion: Versatile Distortion Effect
Ever since mankind invented music, there has been a desire to make it heavier. Distortion can take your sound from zero to sword wielding hero in seconds.
5 different distortion shapes are available to add a tinge of edge or rip things apart. In stereo, if that's what you're into.
Filter: Common Filter Effects
Sometimes in life, sound comes with frequencies you don't like. So why not cut them out?
kHs Filter is a resonant filter with 7 modes, swiftly getting rid of frequencies you don't like or enhancing frequencies you do. And it's doing it and doing it and doing it good.
Formant Filter: Vocal Coloring
If your music doesn't get enough "Aahs" and "Oohs", maybe you should try putting them into the actual music? Formant filter shapes the sound in a similar way to how the vocal tract works, leading to vowel-esque sounds. So, channel your inner robo-Tarzan. Aaaaoooeoeeeoeeeee!
Frequency Shifter: Dissonant Shifting
Do you ever think to yourself: "Screw harmonics!"? Well, ok, probably not.
But let's do it anyway!
Frequency shifter shifts the frequencies of a sound linearly across the spectrum, destroying the original harmonic relationship between frequencies. Mmm... Dissonance...
Gain: Volume Control
Sound loud? Make softer. Sound quiet? Make louder.
Haas: Stereo Widening
Panning sound is key in mixing and sound placement, but amplitude is only part of how humans determine the direction of sound. The Haas effect targets another mechanism that detects small differences in time between left and right to position sound.
Bottom line, it brings stereo width to sounds where there previously was none. Simple as that.
Limiter: Volume Threshold
Whether you want to crank the last drops of gain out of your track or just want to control a few loud peaks, a Limiter can be the weapon of choice. By looking a little bit into the future, a limiter can make sure your signal never goes louder than you want it to without distorting or destroying transients. Even with the knob turned to 11.
Phaser: Pulsating Effect
Beam me up, Scotty! No matter if you set the knob to stun or kill, Phaser can spice up your life with twirly frequency sweeps.Pretty much all the bad things with signal phase issues, but turned into an effect and labeled "cool".
Pitch Shifter: Harmonic Shifting
Are you out of tune? Do you want to be? Either way, pitch shifter uses grain delay to bring the pitch where you want it to be. Or at least somewhere else from where it already is.
Resonator: Harmonic Resonance
Found a frequency that you really really like? Want it to hang in there for just a little bit longer? Let it ring in the new year with Resonator.
Specific frequency harmonics in the input sound are enhanced and propagated, giving you fine control over the sustain of a tone.
Stereo: Width and Panning
Width and panning.
Left speaker. Right speaker.
W i d e
That's what this plugin does. Questions?
Trance Gate: Programmable gate
What if ___ _____ easily chop up ____ __ the sound __ _ rhythmical pattern?
Well now you can! Trance gate is a gate sequencer which quickly adds a rhyth to a pad or lead, chops up a beat or adds more staccato to an arpeggio.
The world of anthem trance lies at your feet!
These are the minimum recommended system requirements for running snapins.
- 2 GHz or faster
- 1 GB or more
- Windows (7 or newer) or Mac OS X (10.7 or newer)
- A VST or Audio Unit compatible DAW
Please note: If you use a lot of snapins at the same time in your patch the CPU usage willincrease accordingly. Thus, we cannot guarantee that the snapins will work flawlessly in all use cases even if your system does meet the minimum recommended system requirements.