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EchoMelt

Reviewed By neurononeuro [all]
July 9th, 2022
Version reviewed: 3 on Mac

Not one to usually chip in here, but as a tape plugin fanatic (it's always a part of my sound), I'd like to recommend Echomelt by Psychic Modulations. Yes, it labeled as a delay; for me, its strength(s) are in signal modification. It has a really nice tape sound, which can be brutal/low fidelity, or very high-fidelity.

Echomelt offers a ton of options AND provides that 70s/80s/90s sound. I just turn off the delay; I'm using it for the master channel. "Toneshaper", "Melt", and options at the bottom of the plugin (dry/wet/Mondo/noise/volume) take the effects and give me all the option I could want. It's 'the sound'.

I love it. I place it first in the mastering chain, sculpt what I'm looking for, then I follow it with whatever else is necessary. Echomelt gives me the memories my ears brought to me/my brain remembers from those years. It has that warmth that I'm looking for.

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Phonec

Reviewed By SampleScience [all]
September 28th, 2012
Version reviewed: 7 on Windows

I bought Phonec because I like the vintage sound of old electronics that is used in the music of Boards of Canada. There is many patches that comes with the synth that are spot on that kind of washed out, detuned "VHS" lofi sound that I love so much! It's also quite easy to come up with your own patches, there is a lot under the hood but it's easy to use because everything is logically laidout and you understand the signal flow right away. The special features are the melt and drift parameters that emulate the sound of VHS. The emulation is as close as you'd expect from a software, and it's quite fun to load a patche and play with the melt function hearing how it morph the sound into a more organic tone.

There is a lot of filters available and the routing options are simple but efficient. I'm not a synthesizer expert when it comes to programming patches, but with Phonec I feel I could make some worthwhile preset banks without it taking too much time. Some of the tones can be hear piercing, so it's important to put a limiter to prevent hear damage as with all instruments). The way the synth is programmed, you really feel that it's open to experimentations, as the parameters covers a wide range of tones.

Even if the price is a bit high for what it is, I feel that it's a must for anyone seeking that particular vintage tone. In a effect chain with tape delays and stereo flangers it sounds terrific!!!

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Phonec

Reviewed By quayquay17 [all]
September 22nd, 2012
Version reviewed: 7 on Windows

Don't let the SynthEdit tag make you shy away.

This is the best synth I've found in my hunt for quirky, warbling, and unusual "analog" sounding synths.

It doesn't work like any other VST I've used, mainly because it doesn't have the same features. But everything is very familiar in terms of usability.

Features:

Two audible OSC's, one sub OSC, one OSC dedicated to FM or high frequency modulation, 3 LFO's, 3 envelopes (with a dedicated amp and filter envelope, and one assignable), a simple arpeggiator, a simple assignable step sequencer, a funky glitchy delay section, and the wonderful "melt" knob.

There's everything you would want for pads, basses and leads. I haven't gotten many percussive sounds out of it, but mainly because I have spent all my time so far exploring wide slow sounds with it, but with the extensive modulation and FM capabilities, plucks and scrapes are quite possible.

The filters are quite peculiar. There are 4 different lowpass filters, the first sounds very normal, thick, full, but usual. The second adds more "phatness", If I'm not decieved it sounds like a tiny bit of chorus mixed into a "thicker" sounding filter (definitely fun!). The two others cover the "thinner" sounding lowpasses, possibly modeled off of -6db designs.

Sound:

Awesome! Warbling, digital, analog, buttery, classic, space-age, lo-fi, lots of adjectives to use!

The oscillators come out well, with the sub half way turned up it's already thick. Use an OSC on soft ramp an octave down for the perfect warm mid-layer, this is all with no effects or mods! Now add some subtle filter modulation from a slow LFO and a fast step sequencer, bring in some FM for the attack, and boom! Fat, warping inspiring sounds!

Made something too boring? Just turn up "melt" (a somewhat random lfo that affects pitch and filter that makes it sound like you're using a budget soviet synth while your neighbor switches his heavy appliances on and off).

The delay is very peculiar. You couldn't replace it with a simple pingpong. It suits the synth perfectly.

Ariston pointed out something I left out, which is when the gain is turned up it begins to warm the sound up, and then distort for extra character!!

UI:

Not photo realistic (ahh fresh air!). Everything you need to see is on the main page. Different routings for LFO's and envelopes are one click away.

The color scheme is nice, and it's immediately attractive.

Presets:

They sound great and do a good job showing the synth's "designed" sound. Classic "analogue" sounding arpeggiations and pads, as well as some basses and plucks. A decent amount of ground is covered, from vangelis style sweeps to video game chirps. So much more is possible by making your own sounds, and thankfully the presets touch on a lot of the possibilities, making it easy to learn. There is also the praised "default" patch!

Downsides:

No built in aliasing effects

Can't load your own waveforms

For me the only big downside is the waveform restriction. Maybe we could see this in a future version?

Overall:

I bought it at the intro price of $34 but I could see it being much much more despite its synthedit heritage.

For a lover of lo-fi, this is "my synth", so glad I found it!

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Phonec updated to v2.4 (Now with MPE support)
by greenmind72 at 18 May 2024, 16:08
VectoMelt2 is now available!
by jack [psychicmodulation] at 11 Jan 2024, 08:33
MondoMelt and VectoMelt 2 coming soon
by jack [psychicmodulation] at 11 Jan 2024, 08:11
M1/M2/M3 compatibility for Pulsecode?
by grimepoch at 8 Jan 2024, 19:41
Black Friday Sale - 40% Off Everything
by jack [psychicmodulation] at 24 Nov 2023, 10:50
MondoMelt is Now Available!
by jack [psychicmodulation] at 9 Nov 2023, 07:34
Spring Sale is here - 25% off
by jack [psychicmodulation] at 19 Apr 2023, 08:54
EchoMelt3 Update (v3.2)
by jack [psychicmodulation] at 23 Feb 2023, 16:01
Pulsecode—how to convert pattern to MIDI?
by stikygum at 7 Jan 2023, 18:19
PulseCode Drum Machine - Workflow Tips & Tricks
by jack [psychicmodulation] at 26 Nov 2022, 08:39
BendoBox is now available!
by jack [psychicmodulation] at 4 Nov 2022, 07:35
EchoMelt3 Updates (1-1-22)
by PsychicVST at 23 Oct 2022, 09:09
ARM Support??
by jack [psychicmodulation] at 12 Sep 2022, 22:09
EchoMelt3 is now available!
by MCMorrise at 13 Jul 2022, 20:49
Phonec CC modulation problems
by Tj Shredder at 26 May 2022, 21:15
EchoMelt2 not loading?
by Vindicare007 at 11 Mar 2022, 16:12
Black Friday Sale is here!
by Etienne1973 at 30 Nov 2021, 15:14