June 28, 2006

Audio Damage Pulse Modulator Now Available (sort of...)

by Chris Randall

The new issue of Computer Music, #102, is on newstands now, and as I've previously reported, contains a free full-featured Audio Damage effect, called Pulse Modulator. This plug is a triple-LFO tremolo/distortion effect, based on the ultra-rare Electro Harmonix pedal of the same name.

The plugin is for Universal Binary AU/VST on OSX, and VST on Windows, and has all the usual Audio Damage bells and whistles (MIDI learn, tempo sync, etc.).

Most Borders stores carry Computer Music, but you might have to wait a couple weeks, as they run quite a bit late on their copies. Alternately, you can order a copy straight from Futurenet.
Issue 102 isn't in their store yet, but it will be in a couple days. The cost is ten quid shipped, which ain't too bad, considering we'd normally charge $39 for a plug like this. Plus you get all the other Computer Music goodness.



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Jun.28.2006 @ 1:36 PM
Weren't you going to release a new plugin also on the audio damage website ? An oversized Pulse Modulator ? Or did i misread that somewhere. How's the progress on that ? cheers

Jun.28.2006 @ 1:42 PM
Chris Randall
It's coming.



Jun.28.2006 @ 5:04 PM
I am just curious about the buisness side of things... Is creating a plugin for Computer Music more a money making thing, or it is more a promotional thing to attract more people to your other plugins?

Jun.28.2006 @ 6:03 PM
Chris Randall
The latter. No money changed hands at all. It's a way of getting an AD product on to the computers of several tens of thousands of people.

Theoretically, the money making thing will follow. In practice, not so much. It's just a name recognition tool.



Jun.28.2006 @ 7:30 PM
Aenemone Carbuncler
But the one for sale will be different, no? I think you said it will be a filter? not sure, but will it include all the functions of this version?
Will we need both? is what I'm asking I guess.

Jun.28.2006 @ 8:18 PM
Chris Randall
The other one is Pulse Filter. Here's what's common between the two:

1) Three LFOs, each of which can be synced to host or run in free time.

2) Single LFO waveshape control, continuously variable. (Just like the one on the Ronin and Discord LFOs.)

Here's what's different:

Pulse Modulator: each LFO's "DEPTH" control drives a VCA. "BOOST AMT" controls amount of distortion (taken from FuzzPlus2 model.)

Pulse Filter: each LFO's "DEPTH" control drives filter frequency. There is a separate control for "RESONANCE."

So, long story short, Pulse Modulator is a tremolo/distortion pedal, while Pulse Filter is a filter with three LFOs. They basically have the same GUI, and the guts are more or less the same, as well, except PM has VCAs, while PF has the 2 pole LP modified Chamberlain filter from BigSeq.

Now, all that said, I was speaking to Adam at length about this subject today, and we've decided to release Pulse Filter for free as well. Since they're basically the same effect inside, we feel bad about giving one away and selling one. So, when Pulse Filter is done, it will go up on the AD site next to FuzzPlus2 as a free download.

Since we then don't have to spend a ridiculous amount of time on quality control, writing a manual, making installers, and marketing, we can concentrate more fully on our next product, which is currently in the planning stages.

Since I already know what the next question in this thread will be, I'll go ahead and answer it now: Pulse Filter will be up when we get it done. Could be two days, could be a week. Won't be long, in any case.



Jun.28.2006 @ 9:01 PM
dude the next question wasn't: when will pulse filter be ready...

it is:

what is the next product.



Jun.28.2006 @ 9:45 PM
Chris Randall
Can't tell you that yet. We have two possibilities, and right now Adam is reading white papers to see which one would be more likely to Increase Shareholder Value. Both are really cool; one is incredibly useful, one not so much but cooler.

I'll let you know once I have a working prototype, as always.



Jun.28.2006 @ 10:45 PM
I would like to see an inexpensive and easy to use additive resynthesis plugin! That is my suggestion! Maybe with a cool fourier display projected into 3D that can be manipulated, like those funky displays on old Fairlights.

Jun.29.2006 @ 9:00 AM
I have the magazine, looks nice. 3 pages explaining the plugin.
Alot of audio damage mentioning in the magazine, discord 2 ad. nice

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