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News - February 2011

 

Aciddose releases Xhip effects R2                    28th February 2011

Aciddose has released R2 of the freebie Xhip effects collection. This release includes several small changes.

Changes include:

  • mDelay parameters are smoothed.
  • Limiter has activity/clipping LEDs added.
  • Small graphical changes, bg color adjusted, shaded slider.
  • Several small bugs fixed.

The Xhip Effects plug-ins were originally created for use with the Xhip synthesizer plug-in. Xhip was to have embedded effects, but it was decided that external plug-ins would be more versatile and easier to manage when used for other tasks.

clipper
The clipper is even more generic than the other effects. It just hard-clips the input signal at the defined threshold and then applies a gain afterwards.

compressor
The compressor is designed to loosely model a circuit Aciddose designed himself. It's a very simple guitar-pedal insert compressor, or what you might find in a channel-strip. It isn't a limiter, so it isn't designed to have instant response, look-ahead, low distortion or any of that stuff - but that is exactly what makes it useful.

gate
The gate is a typical effect, although unlike a lot of implementations which lack one or two things it has pretty much every feature you need. It can be used to selectively output different sections of audio based upon dynamic content. The most obvious use is to remove noise when no other signal is present. It shows its full potential when applied to rhythmic content.

limiter
Counterpart to the compressor; this one is designed for maximal sustain and minimal distortion. It aims to be as transparent as possible in terms of timbre.

mdelay
mdelay stands for "modulated delay". This effect is a dual-delay configured as stereo with a cross-delay switch. It has a shapeable LFO and can be used to create anything from flangers and chorus to ordinary delays and strange detuned echoes all the way up to weird pitch modulation effects.

phaser
Another standard effect with a catch. This phaser doubles as a chorus effect because it allows you to use up to 128 stages. For chorus, set the "min" and "max" parameters at around 75%. It can even be used as a frequency-dependent delay with times around 50ms for 50hz with the "min" parameter set at 5% and "max" at 0%.

quantizer
A combination of a time axis and amplitude axis quantization, with dither applied to both axes. The time axis dither is called "jitter", although this isn't completely accurate. It's actually similar to if you modulated the clock signal for an analog sample & hold by noise.

reverb
The fourth generation of the Aciddose reverb. In this version both modes are implemented - so you can get sounds similar to the first and second generation using mode one, and the third generation using mode two. There are a lot of controls. It is not very tweakable if you don't know what you're doing - but if you stick to the obvious controls (mix, size, feedback, lowpass, highpass) you should be safe with the defaults. Don't be afraid to experiment freely.

ringmod
Just a standard ringmod, this is pretty much like the tremolo, but it has 2x oversample and ring modulates if you use a depth greater than 50%. Less than 50% is amplitude modulation.

tremolo
This is a standard tremolo with the addition of two features. One is that it has phase adjustment for the LFO, allowing it to work as an auto-panner. Second is that the waveform is shapeable between pulse-like, linear and saturated which produce different characters mimicking various old tremolo effects.

Adding a donation will have a major effect on how much effort I invest in free xhip and the free effects.

 

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