May 31, 2013
by Chris Randall
Hey, want a new plug-in? Why, yes. You do. And we happen to have one right here. Let me introduce you to Mangleverb. It's a reverb! It's a filter! It's a floor wax! It's a dessert topping!
In all seriousness, it's a VCF/VCA (with pretentions of analog-ness) with LFO and envelope mod sources, and it has the original Deverb reverb algorithm that can be placed either after the inputs or after the VCA. This is a surprisingly versatile combination, as it turns out. Ducking 'verb, ducking filter, "trance gate," heavy duty special FX reverb, tremolo, all kinds of stuff.
I will admit up front that we borrowed from the concept of the Vermona Retroverb Lancet, since eagle-eyed readers will point it out anyhow. We've never actually touched a Retroverb Lancet in real life, so this isn't a clone or a slavish copy or anything. We basically looked at pictures of the front panel and thought "well, that seems like a good idea."
One further note: this is our first VST2.4/AU plug-in to have a sidechain input. In all the major DAWs we tried that are capable of routing sidechains, it seems to work. A little dancing about is required in Cubase, and the manual talks about this. It works the best in Logic and Live, the two most sidechain-friendly DAWs.
Anyhow, Mangleverb is available now in the Audio Damage store. US$49.00 for VST and AudioUnit.