If there's one thing going for this effect, it's it's uniqueness. Geometer is my kind of plugin - it works on the raw geometry of the waveform in realtime, with a graphical and text based interface which gives you a very good idea what's going on.
The overall sound of Geometer is FSU style decimation, sample rate reduction, pitch scaling and distortion, but spend a while with it and you'll find some deliciously subtle flavours and blends of all of the above, and occasionally some fizzy crunchy procedures which are quite simply pure Braindance gold, the likes of which I've never heard before.
The sound is created by placing 'anchor points' on the waveform according to certain rules, and chosing from processes and thresholds a way to deconstruct and reconstruct the waveform, allowing you to create interesting sweeps by moving the parameters and thresholds while the audio is processed. This goes beyond sample rate and bit crushing sweeps, allowing more ways to change and degrade the sound.
Is this the effect for you? If you need gloss, easy and quick results, and instant inspiration, probably not. If you're a fan of grit, grain, bit crushing and lo-fi weirdness, and like to sit with a plugin and experiment thoroughly, you'll find this one of the most unique and fun lo-fi freewares out there. As I've said before, occasionally this spits out transformations that make the hour of twiddling entirely worthwhile - especially on drums!Read Review
Of all the “glitchy” effects this is my favourite. It is both fun to play with and useful. The GUI is excellent- built in help and clear delineation and arrangement of sections as well as good colours.
The presets are good, but you really need to work on them yourself. Just play. Nothing really subtle ever happens, although I find that the bottom left-hand corner of the rectangle gives the most useful effects. (And try tempo sync on the LFOs). Listen to the mp3 demos first to see if you like the idea, but they really only scratch the surface of what is possible.
It should probably be called something else , although I have no idea how you would describe it adequately. (One of the DestroyFX people describes it as “… nothing more than repeating parts of recent audio … and applying some cross-fade in some cases. … though what makes it interesting is the ways that you can control how that happens”).
Stable, always works, but can be hard on the ears.
Not sure what support you’d ever need and although it is free I expect you’ll find yourself donating something.
VitaminD’s review (below) really says it better than I can, but I’d encourage its use on any kind of material.Read Review
i already had this plugin for a long time on my harddisc but never used it. i can't remember why but some months ago i discovered it again and since then it's used in nearly all of my productions. it's very easy to use because there aren't many parameters(and a really nice gui). buffer override is great for all kinds of stutter effects(or pitch manipulation) used on drumloops(or any other source as well). it has it's very own sound, thats why one should be careful to use it in every production(there's the danger that every track sounds kind of similiar), but i'm addicted so some of my music sounds kind of similiar. on my ibook(osx) and my pc(win xp) i never had any problems with this plugin. there aren't many presets, but the few that are included are well programmed to show the potential of this fx. all in all i couldn't live(or at least work) without this plugin.Read Review
I'm giving my first '10' in UI to Buffer Override.. I find it has _THE_ best gui I've ever used. Breathtakingly done and easy to use. I especially enjoy the help 'box' at the bottom of the gui. Fabulous!
I must admit that while this is a ~2 year old plugin, I only found out about this recently. It was while surfing for effects plugins to use for the Smart Electronix music competition that I found this gem.
Really useful in glitch/stutter effects - just load it to a track (preferrably that has a drumloop) as an insert and be amazed.
Also a treat to use on vocals.. you can get a looping sound that morphs into more of a glitch effect. amazing!
Has yet to crash on me.. even through some pretty unusual manipulations of buffer override. Don't be afraid to experiment with using different sound sources with this plugin. All in all it seems very stable.
* Brilliant GUI * Easy to use * Powerful tool * Wonderful sound
* Few presets (however this isnt really a major issue since its so easy to use)
A very simple plugin that allows you to merge stereo channels to mono. You can "narrow" the stereo image as much or as little as you like. The result can also be panned by monomaker. Documentation is unnecessary because it's so simple. The interface is nice enough and it's perfectly clear what the controls do (there are only two). It's a very useful little utility that can come to the rescue in many situations, usually when virtual mixers refuse to route signals in the way you want. As far as I can tell, it is totally transparent sound-wise.Read Review
I've still got this one, but almost deleted it several times - the only reason I haven't really is because you just never know when you might need a weird FX when your inspiration runs out for programming patches in synths and FX.
VFM - free, so no excuse for not at least giving it a whirl.
Patches - there is a small handful that give some kind of idea what Geometer can do, but not many, and considering it's a funny FX to figure out, I could certainly do with more.
Stability - It's never crashed on me, but it can take a reasonable amount of CPU depending on the settings etc. It's not necessarily the type of FX that you would have to run live though, so rendering to audio would solve that - it's more the type of FX that you'd just throw onto the odd vocal sample or for a break on some drums etc.
Documentation - there are help screens that show up, which at least give some idea about the functions and features - I wouldn't have a clue without these. (in fact I don't have much of a clue with them either)
Features - it's not quite a one-trick pony - it will make some varied sounds, but it tends towards the degrade-and-destroy type FX - you really have to tweak the settings an awful lot to get away from noise blasts, but patience can occasionally be rewarded.
Sounds - as above. It will make some robotic/vocoder-ish type FX and is distinctively different from your usual run-of-the-mill robotic FX. If you were into the Underworld-y vocal FX, you might be able to do it with Geometer, but have your own angle. It can also (and regularly does) make a complete screaming distorted mush out of whatever you put into it. Probably right up your street if you're into industrial, I guess, but I wouldn't call Geometer musical most of the time, so it's not usually my cuppa tea. I can also see potential in it for ambient meandering type music though. It does some esoteric shenannigins with splitting up your audio at whatever points you dictate, then stretches/bit-reduces/extrapolates in some manner I have no idea about (nor do I want to!)
It's free - if you like noise, give it a try. It's also worth taking some time with to get unique sounds that occasionally you'll get (usually by pure luck) that I've never had on any other s/w FX.... so I haven't deleted it. It'll never become a classic, but it's distinctively different.Read Review