Kilohearts crosses the threshold of New Era Synthesis as snapin eco-system pinnacle Phase Plant pushes the creative sound design envelope.

Update: Phase Plant Review – an Enormous Hybrid Synthesizer and Sound Design Tool by Kilohearts

Kilohearts is proud to announce availability of Phase Plant — pushing the creative sound design envelope as a truly limitless hybrid synthesizer plugin, building on a modular system of GENERATORS, MODULATORS, and EFFECTS from the company’s acclaimed snapin range of small, single-purpose plugins that can be used either directly in a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) as VST (Virtual Studio Technology), AAX (Avid Audio eXtension) and AU (Audio Unit) audio plugins or as building blocks in a Phase Plant patch.

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Phase Plant represents the pinnacle of the snapin eco-system that Kilohearts has been busy developing since the 2015 release of its award-winning Multipass modular multi-band host. Combining the power of snapin effects with new modules for signal generation and modulation, Phase Plant is a hybrid synthesizer capable of what has previously only been possible in classic modular setups. Indeed, it empowers users with more options than they can shake a stick at, allowing anyone to make their thing as big or small as they need it to be. But better still, it does all this on a single screen and with surprising ease. Phase Plant provides a ‘blank page’ onto which users can add signal generators and snapin effects in a quick and creative manner until satisfied with the resultant sound. Grouping GENERATORS and setting output options make for speedy creation of advanced FM (Frequency Modulation) configurations in a matter of seconds. And at the bottom of the page perpetual possibilities abound, allowing adventurous users to speedily add any MODULATORS (modulation sources) they like — everything from an Envelope or multiple instances of an LFO (Low-Frequency Oscillator) to utility features such as a Random (randomizer) module or more mathematical operations. Everything is clicking and drag, so Snap Heap host plugin users or owners of the above-mentioned Multipass will feel right at home.

Having said that, the intuitive modulation system from Multipass has been improved with audio-rate modulations (marked in green) to allow for FM between all types of GENERATORS. Getting to frequency modulate the pitch of a Wavetable using a looped sample as a source, for instance, is a breeze. But how about then routing that modulation back the other way, which would create a circular modulation with radically random results? Get going! After all, every module in the GENERATORS area has an audio-rate modulation link on its right-hand side — even the filters and distortions. Duly shipping with hundreds of onboard presets by renowned sound designers such as Australian musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and DJ Rob Swire — best known as the founder and vocalist of electronic rockers Pendulum, and also co-founder of electro house duo Knife Party — and American producer, professor, journalist, and author Francis Prève, playing Phase Plant will surely result in falling for its demonstrable diversity. And anyone getting going with creating their own sounds will empathize with why it is already a favored tool for the likes of Belgian drum and bass producer and musician Netsky, Dutch electronic music trio Noisia, and English dubstep music producer, songwriter, and DJ Zomboy — before becoming available!

Also apparent, Kilohearts clearly wants everyone to understand how Phase Plant works. What better way to learn, then, than by assembling creations from scratch? Since Phase Plant loads with an empty patch its users are free to add any components they desire, as and when they need them. The lengthy list of fanciful features available to them include an Analog oscillator; Wavetable oscillator; Sampler; advanced noise generation; phase modulation, linear and exponential FM, and ring modulation between GENERATORS; application of multiple GENERATORS in any order; more LFOs, envelopes, and other modulations than anyone could possibly need; compatibility with all available snapin effects; 300 expertly-crafted factory presets; advanced onboard Wavetable editor; grouping, minimizing, and much more besides.

Bundling Phase Plant with Kilohearts Toolbox — chock-full of creative effects and available in various versions — is the best way to get the most out of this truly limitless hybrid synthesizer that really represents the pinnacle of Kilohearts’ snapin eco-system. “Endless possibilities and a very clever UI; the Wavetable editor is gonna change the game.” So says Netsky. As an early adopter, he should surely know, calling it his “…favourite new plugin.” Perhaps it is time to follow suit? Simply click and drag those GENERATORS, MODULATORS, and EFFECTS to suit. See and hear how Phase Plant pushes the creative sound design envelope. Experience in New Era Synthesis.

Phase Plant is a host plugin that is incredibly powerful on its own, but to get the most out of it you will want to use Kilohearts snapin effects. These effects can be bought individually, or you can go for one of the available bundles.

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