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Reviewed By multree [read all by] on 21st December 2003
Version reviewed: 1.01 on Windows
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So you are mixing this song, using some dynamics and a reverb. But suddenly your CPU starts to scream at you and your computer reacts very slowly. Well some weeks ago this meant either: get a new computer or upgrade the old one. Now these times have changed. Sequencers like Tracktion and Logic already have a built in freeze function, which renders the used effects into the wave file. Now FX_MAX' fx-freeze offers this tool as a VST wrapper for all the other hosts, too. Even Tracktion users will benefit from this VST, for its approach differs from the built in freeze function.

But how does it work. Well you start a standalone program, browse thru your folders and search for all those VST plugins you'd like to wrap (since it doesn't effect the behaviour or CPU load of your VSTs you might as well wrap all of them). Fx-freeze now creates a new dll file [plugin name (z)] and places them into your plugin folder. Now make some music. If you start to run out of power, open some of your CPU Hogs and click on the little snowflake on the very left. Press play and let the magic begin. If you're using large sample libraries that store the content in your RAM, you should click on the right snowflake which cleans your RAM from the files that are no longer used.

Now the only thing that can stop you from using billions of effects is your hard drive space and speed. But since today’s HD’s are huge and fast this shouldn't be a problem for most of us. Only Laptop users should be careful, because every frozen plugin means another running audio track (in 32bit floating point quality). This is the only weakness of fx-freeze. The built-in freeze functions a la Emagic or RawMaterialSoftware don't increase the disk load or even reduce it (Tracktion merges all frozen tracks into one single audio file).

So if you have a sequencer like Logic you probably won't need this. If you have a freeze function similar to Tracktion's and want to freeze a track but still want to change the volume or position in the mix, this is the tool for you.

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Robshi
Robshi
20 July 2012 at 9:23am

Hi all

Been hanging on forum for a whole but first post here. Does anyone know if fx freeze is still being sold. I have fx teleport already but would like to use fx freeze ultra freeze option in cubase to avoid delay compensation issues I'm finding in fx teleport.

Cubase has built in freeze but if you freeze on an audio track it only off loads the CPU it doesn't unload the fx from RAM. The built in freeze unloads vsti from RAM but not insert fx so I am having RAM issues using amplitube on a number of tracks. (I'm still on 32 bit so RAM is an issue)

The ultra freeze i the fx freeze option plugin unloads from RAM so I thought this may still be a useful utility to have but when I email fx max I get no reply and their fxfreeze website is no longer active.

Rob

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