Morphing Filters & EQ
Filterscape is our filter-based sound mangling tool, the ultimate in versatility and control. It can be a parameteric EQ with morphable snapshots, a dual virtual analog filter, a sophisticated delay unit... you can use Filterscape to spice up your music in a myriad of ways. Best of all, Filterscape is a fun environment to work in – the GUI invites you to discover new and radical ways to sculpture your tracks. And it's highly addictive!
Filterscape comes bundled together with two sister plug-ins: the virtual analog synthesizer FilterscapeVA and the 6-band dynamic equalizer FilterscapeQ6...
That's three great plugins for only $129
Point your mouse at the stars and learn more about each feature
Step SequencersCreate your own filter / EQ / panning rhythms using the two pattern-based modulation sources, with up to 16 steps each.
The smoothing 'Blend' effect can start before the next step (negative values) or perform a normal lag (positive values).
LFOsTwo low frequency oscillators, synchronized to host tempo. Eight waveforms, including random.
Modulate EQ frequencies/gains, snapshot index (cyclic EQ morphing), SVF parameters – even individual pan positions of the four filter types!
Envelope FollowersMake Filterscape react to the dynamics of your track using the four envelope followers.
Each one has an input filter (LP, HP or BP) to follow just the bass or just the hi-hat etc.. There's also an Attack-Hold-Release option for regular envelopes.
State Variable Filters (SVF)Four different filter types (lowpass, bandpass, highpass and notch) at the same time.
The central disk here is a two-dimensional modulatable, animated control for the mixture.
Snapshot EQThe heart of Filterscape – a 4-band equaliser with up to 8 morphable snapshots.
For more EQ parameters, see the panel below. Then point at the star between the two 'Mod' tabs!
RoutingFive different routing algorithms. Change the signal flow for dramatically different effects!
EQ ModulationsFrequency and gain modulation of each EQ band is not only global – you can even define different modulation sources and amounts for each one of the 8 snapshots, then morph between them!
Filter ModulationsAdditional SVF controls: Gain, pan mode and pan modulation for each of the 4 filter types.
MixersTwo mixers (see Routing) control the levels and panning of processed signals.
DelaySynchronized stereo delay with direct and cross-feedback level controls.
Filterscape can do...
- crazy soundscapes from tame audio
- more lively, squelchy drum loops
- multiband compression, panning etc.
- mono to stereo effects
- rhythmic formant effects
- stereo pattern-driven gater effects
- EQ morphing/switching during a song
- ... and so much more!
FilterscapeVA is the virtual analogue synth member of the Filterscape family, and is included in the bundle. FilterscapeVA sound generation starts with a very familiar topology:
two oscillators + sub + noise >> filter
But then comes the fun part: Each voice in FilterscapeVA has its own instance of Filterscape's morphing snapshot EQ! That's the main reason why FilterscapeVA is capable of such amazingly vivid sounds, with enough morphing components to make things really interesting. Imagine having four peak/notch filters controlled by different envelopes or LFOs...
FilterscapeQ6 is the dynamic 6-band equaliser member of the family. Again, it features the same morphing snapshot EQ as in Filterscape, but with additional low and high shelving filters (hence the name Q6).
The four envelope followers can react to different frequencies within the track and modulate anything. You can seamlessly automate the EQ settings using just one parameter: snapshot index. Q6 is an engineer's dream come true in a simple but sophisticated interface.
Music made with Filterscape
Here are a few tracks that showcase what Filterscape sounds like:
A production by John 'Skippy' Lehmkuhl. Filterscape was used to create ambient delays and filter effects. FilterscapeVA was used for synth lines.
A piece reminiscent of old analogue modular synths by Swiss artist Smoo. All sounds except the drums were programmed in FilterscapeVA. Filterscape and FilterscapeQ6 were used for additional processing.
The Wretch used only Filterscape, FilterscapeVA and a Machinedrum in this track.