United Plugins Transmutator lets you get creative with crossfades

United Plugins TransmutatorUnited Plugins and JMG Sound have released Transmutator. The plug-in lets you crossfade between two audio signals in a variety of ways. Do you need a plug-in just for crossfades? Check out the creative possibilities, and you may well find that you do.

United Plugins Transmutator

A plug-in that does nothing but crossfades may seem like a small utility not worth mentioning. But United Plugins and JMG Sound have packed 16 different crossfade modes into Transmutator, which open up a wide range of creative possibilities. Who knew that you could fade from one audio file or sample to another in so many different ways?

In addition to regular crossfades, the 16 modes include things like mid/side or multi-band crossfading, dynamics, filtering, spectral freezing/blurring, pitch/frequency shifting, and more. There’s also an invert switch that changes the behavior of the modes.

United Plugins says that Transmutator lets you blend two audio signals in many creative ways, which is something that’ll appeal to electronic producers and DJs alike. They also suggest using the plug-in to create interesting audio transitions for video editing.

To crossfade between two audio signals, you need to insert Transmutator in one channel and then route the second channel to it through the sidechain input. In addition to the big crossfade knob in the center, the plug-in offers input level controls for both channels, an output trim control and a dry/wet mix slider.

Turning something like the humble crossfade into an area for creative experimentation is an intriguing idea. At the low introductory price, Transmutator seems like a solid addition to any plug-in folder.

Price and compatibility

United Plugins Transmutator is now available from Plugin Boutique* for USD 22 / GBP 16.93 / EUR 18.63. This offer lasts until October 2, 2020. A free 15-day trial version is available from the developer’s site.

The plug-in runs on macOS 10.10 or higher (64 bit) and Windows 8 or higher (32/64 bit) in VST, VST3, AU and AAX formats.

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Newfangled Audio Generate: Chaos unleashed in Buchla inspired animated synthesizer

Newfangled Audio GenerateYou tried a bit of free chaos with Pendulate but now embrace the animated unpredictability of 5 types of chaotic oscillator in the fully fleshed out Generate by Newfangled Audio.

Generate

Like an evil genius, Newfangled Audio whets your appetite with the fascinating machinations of Pendulate for free only to hit you with so much more of that special chaotic sauce with 5 times the oscillators in Generate. You’re going to have to have it.

Along with the Double Pendulum oscillator found in Pendulate we now have Vortex, Pulsar, Discharge and Turbine. Each one spews out chaotic oscillations in different flavours which are beautifully animated in the background of the GUI. Everything about Generate is different and slightly disorientating. The squareness of the knobs, or are they sliders? The waveforms sitting behind the controls upsetting the order of the layout and the strands of modulation making the place look untidy. It’s unruly and uncouth and completely mesmerising – love it!

Newfangled Audio Generate

Newfangled Audio Generate

Once you’ve shaped, animated and pumped chaos into your waveform you can then thread it through the Wavefolder section modelled on the Buchla 259 Complex Waveform Generator. Or for something more wild switch to the Fractal or Animated Equation setting. From there the LowPassGate based o the Buchla 292 adds controls for Poles and Resonance.

The bottom half is devoted to effects and modulation. You can choose from a pair of envelopes, two LFOs, Sample&Hold and a Sequence-based modulator and drag them onto the parameter you want to control in the top half. All of them have multiple outputs so things can quickly get moving as the square knobs start to glow in response to their modulators. In terms of effects you have EQ, Chorus, Delay, Reverb and a Limiter on the output just to keep things from destroying themselves.

Pendulate immediately became my favourite little synth of the other week and Generate builds on that and then blows it all away with exciting sounds and innovative possibilities. This is a seriously fun and intriguing synthesizer that’s brilliantly visualised and gives you a new respect for software synths.

Generate is available now for MacOS and Windows on AAX, AU and VST formats for an introductory price of $99 and requires an iLok account.

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