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Cableguys HalfTime Review at Beat Magazine

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Cableguys HalfTime in the Short Test: the Ideal tool for Trap and Dubstep?

Especially in genres like Trap and Dubstep, half-speed and slow-down effects are a good thing. HalfTime promises to simplify this process. With success?

Because the plug-in works in real time, it can be used to manipulate samples, loops, and virtual instruments, or even the audio input signal. At the centre of the tidy user interface is a switch for activating the effect, which can also be automated in the DAW. Unfortunately there is no MIDI learning function. The original and processed signal can be mixed as desired, and the fade-in and fade-out controls allow smooth transitions between them.

HalfTime offers three modes: 2x for classic half-speed effects, 4x for slowing down to a quarter of the original tempo, and 1.5 for the fifth-octave harmony and triplet grooves. Thanks to the multiband function, the plug-in can only act on the low or high signal components. With short loop lengths, the original tempo is preserved like a pitch shifter, with middle values the groove is cut and rearranged. Long loops slow down the entire groove like a sampler.


HalfTime excites as a clever and remarkably easy-to-use creative effect, with which in particular rhythmic audio material can be spiced up impressively. So the plug-in plays its strengths especially on drum loops or rhythmic instrument recordings, but also on complete mixes. Just a pity that no double time function is on board. But even without them, HalfTime is a real insider tip! 

Beat Magazine Rating

4.5 / 5 Stars - Very Good!

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