Pitch/frequency shifters

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dangayle
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993 posts since 30 Mar, 2014

Post Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:33 pm

I like to use pitch and frequency shifting as a creative effect, so I'm compiling a list of the notable pitch shifting plugins on the creative end of the spectrum:
  • zPlane Elastique Pitch
  • Unfiltered Audio Fault
  • Soundtoys Little Altar Boy
  • Freakshow Industries Dumpster Fire
  • Kilohearts Pitch Shifter
  • DMG Audio PitchFunk
  • Audio Damage Discord4
  • Zynaptiq Pitchmap
  • Melda MTransformer
  • IRCAMAX 1
I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of these, how you use them, what I'm missing, etc.

Fault is probably my most used out of these, simply because of the amount of options at hand, particularly the ability to switch it to mid/side mode.

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mixtur.se
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111 posts since 24 Aug, 2017

Re: Pitch/frequency shifters

Post Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:50 pm

Psp hertzrider http://www.pspaudioware.com/plugins/mul ... ertzrider/

I use it for pitch rises, vibratos and tuning of drum samples

mike_the_ranger
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165 posts since 16 Feb, 2017

Re: Pitch/frequency shifters

Post Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:28 pm

I'd like to add voice pitcher from toneboosters. High quality stuff. I use the soundtoys one very often and pitchmap from Zynaptiq for more experimental stuff and like them very much.

Digivolt
KVRian
527 posts since 21 Nov, 2018

Re: Pitch/frequency shifters

Post Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:30 pm

You've forgotten Waves Soundshifter too - https://www.waves.com/plugins/soundshifter

Don't use it myself but have seen Giuseppe Ottaviani use it quite often in his youtube production vids

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Tappistry
KVRAF
1508 posts since 3 Aug, 2017 from San Diego, CA

Re: Pitch/frequency shifters

Post Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:28 pm

Lesser known, small dev choice:

Aegean Music Pitchometry

https://aegeanmusic.com/pitchometry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZDANXg58Bs

Not the greatest overview of what the plugin can do, but there aren't a lot of videos about it.

-Polyphonic
-No voice limit
-Delay and equalizer per voice

One of coolest things is that it has little to no latency, even with many voices. I compared it to an EHX MicroPog pedal, doing similar settings for a blend of octave up & down on a guitar signal. In terms of perceivable latency for the ocatve effect, I couldn't tell a difference between the two while playing DI guitar into my interface.
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Tappistry
KVRAF
1508 posts since 3 Aug, 2017 from San Diego, CA

Re: Pitch/frequency shifters

Post Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:30 pm

Oh and Freakshow Dumpster Fire is such a ridiculous effect, in an evil genius sort of way. :hihi:

acYm
KVRian
1004 posts since 11 Sep, 2015

Re: Pitch/frequency shifters

Post Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:08 pm

Echobode?

collider
KVRist
97 posts since 14 Jun, 2018

Re: Pitch/frequency shifters

Post Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:15 am

Zynaptiq Wormhole

Smapti
KVRer
29 posts since 4 Jul, 2019

Re: Pitch/frequency shifters

Post Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:32 am

Unfiltered Audio Spec Ops

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Unaspected
KVRian
779 posts since 4 May, 2012

Re: Pitch/frequency shifters

Post Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:30 am

Smapti wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:32 am
Unfiltered Audio Spec Ops
I love this plugin. It has bugs (some of which I have reported) but it really does offer lots of inspiration for creativity. Sandman Pro (also buggy but yet to report) offers some pitch-twisting, atmosphere-generating functionality - though I would reach for SpecOps for smooth pitch glides and mangling pitch - or use my DAW for straight pitch-shifting.

I have Little Altar Boy but it's no where near as good/useful as the pitchshifter in iZotope's Nectar.

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dangayle
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993 posts since 30 Mar, 2014

Re: Pitch/frequency shifters

Post Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:48 am

Smapti wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:32 am
Unfiltered Audio Spec Ops
I've never used Spec Ops as a pitch shifter, I'll have to try that on something fun. I've used it more as a sound mangling device or for running hi hats through it for a different texture.

Neon Breath
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3328 posts since 15 Sep, 2010

Re: Pitch/frequency shifters

Post Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:09 am

collider wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:15 am
Zynaptiq Wormhole
+1. Crazy deep out of this world effect, couldn't named that plugin better!
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DawnInEden
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74 posts since 19 Oct, 2018

Re: Pitch/frequency shifters

Post Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:14 am

+1 for Little Alter Boy
Also nice is Melodyne, MHarmonizer, Waves Tune Live and Unfiltered Audio Noize

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thecontrolcentre
KVRAF
24333 posts since 27 Jul, 2005 from the wilds of wanny

Re: Pitch/frequency shifters

Post Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:33 am

DawnInEden wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:14 am
Unfiltered Audio Noize
Never heard of that one ... neither has google.

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donkey tugger
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5976 posts since 15 Mar, 2002 from the grimness of yorkshire

Re: Pitch/frequency shifters

Post Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:43 am

People often discount NI Guitar Rig these days, and whilst I don't often use it as an amp sim, it's still got some top notch effects in there.

Pitch wise, 'Pitch Pedal' is a creditable version of the classic Digitech Whammy. You can use it for loads of stuff, from extreme pitch bending a la Rage Against The Machine, to lovely melodic swooping and simultaneous detuning in the My Bloody Valentine stylee.

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