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KiloHearts - Modular Madness

FX Bundle by kiloHearts

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!

Modulation station

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

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.

Chorus

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

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

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  

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

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

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

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

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

Gain: Volume Control

Sound loud? Make softer. Sound quiet? Make louder.

Hass

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

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

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

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

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

Stereo: Width and Panning

Width and panning.

Left speaker.                                      Right speaker.

          W             i             d             e

                             Narrow

That's what this plugin does. Questions?

Trance Gate

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!

System Requirements

These are the minimum recommended system requirements for running snapins.

CPU:

  • 2 GHz or faster

Memory:

  • 1 GB or more

Operating System:

  • Windows (7 or newer) or Mac OS X (10.7 or newer)

Software:

  • A VST or Audio Unit compatible DAW

Supported formats:

  • VST2
  • AU
  • Snapin

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.

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