September 14, 2011

Meet Filterstation...

by Chris Randall

Here's a screenshot of our upcoming plug, Filterstation, running in Studio One on PC as a VST3. From the UI, you should be able to get a pretty good handle on what it's all about.

As you can see, it is a pair of filters that can be configured as serial, parallel stereo, and true stereo (one filter for each side). Each filter can be one of 12 types, including our usual 2P, 3P, and 4P models, the bandpass filter that 914 Fixed Filter Bank is made up of, the original 4P LP from FilterPod (our first product, and the first filter we coded), a monster face-melting MS20 LP and HP that Adam built a month or so ago, and a VCA type.

The latter is useful if you'd like to do a filter-vibrato thing like some amps and electric pianos do (notably the Fender Vibrolux, but many others as well). It can also be used for rhythm gating and rudimentary panning. (Nothing near as sophisticated as Panstation, of course.)

The LFO has the usual suspects, and four rhythm patterns, one of which you can hear in this demo:

Phosphor to Filterstation by Chris Randall

In that demo, you hear Phosphor dry for a measure, then three measures of the 914 types in true stereo, being modded by the LFO on Pattern 3. I am sweeping both filters via the link knob (the little box between the "1" and "2" boxes in the image above), which is what is causing the general sweep from high to low.

We've also taken the opportunity to (finally!) implement our own preset handling mechanism that is separate from the host. So presets can now be dealt with like any other file, and they are completely cross-DAW, cross-OS. Very excited about this.

EDIT: As Adam pointed out in the comments, I forgot what is maybe the most nifty part. We're utilizing the "one base plug, multiple iterations" feature of VST3; when you install Filterstation, in a VST3 host it'll actually show up as 2 plug-ins: Filterstation, and Filterstation Sidechain. The latter has a sidechain input to the envelope follower, so you can key the filter freq off the level of another track as a send. Very cool.

Anyhow, the Windows VST3 is pretty much done except for little stupid things. We're using Steinberg's provided VST2.4 and AU wrappers this time, and this is a first for us, so we're not sure how well everything is going to work out. You'll know when I do. So I don't have a time-frame for release, and we haven't settled on a price. But "soon" and "not much" are both perfectly acceptable answers for both those questions.


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Sep.14.2011 @ 12:18 PM
Looks pretty sweet !
Hey also ... What ever happened to that simple synth you were working on btw ?

Sep.14.2011 @ 12:20 PM
Computer Controlled
Looking FWD to this one.

Sep.14.2011 @ 1:13 PM
Wait a minute. Did you guys actually make a plugin without any delay based elements? Are you guys feeling okay?
I did a comment search to get an idea of when the idea of you guys doing a filter plugin in the Mutator style was first brought up on here. 2006. Five years we've been waiting for this thing, and it sounds fantastic in that sample, so I guess I better make sure I allocate some funds for this thing.

Sep.14.2011 @ 1:29 PM
Hey CR, just out of curiosity, have you ever tried running audio through every single plugin AD has ever made? I wonder what that would sound like, or, perhaps more appropriately, if a Large Hardon Collider doomsday scenario might come to pass.

Sep.14.2011 @ 1:40 PM

Sep.14.2011 @ 2:04 PM
I miss the attitude and playfulness of ADs older interfaces - the new ones look like clones to me.

But the new preset handing is something I've wanted since the first time I laid my dirty hands on Dubstation. Is there any chances of that code being included in your other plugs too?


Sep.14.2011 @ 2:04 PM
Intrigued... looking forward to it - you can never has enough filters, right?

Glad to hear about the new preset handling... dare I ask: any plans to update older plugins with this?

Sep.14.2011 @ 2:10 PM
Chris Randall
We'll add it as we do major upgrades (like D2->D3, that sort of thing). Adding it to existing products just for the hell of it would be... difficult.

@Carl: We'll do that again when it's appropriate. For these studio tools, it is not.


Sep.14.2011 @ 2:32 PM
I'm with boobs

Sep.14.2011 @ 2:54 PM
I'm very, very frightened right now. Very.

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