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 HoRNet Spikes by HoRNet is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin, an RTAS Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
HoRNet Spikes
Product HoRNet Spikes
Developer HoRNet
Price (MSRP)
12,99 €
Type / Tags Transient ProcessorTransient DesignTransient DesignerTransient Processing
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Operating System Availability
Download Released
Downloads Released
System Requirements
Windows XP or later
Downloads Released
System Requirements
MacOS X 10.6 or later
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Spikes is a transient processor, thanks to it's intelligent auto settings you need just one knob to manipulate the sound, but if you want to tweak it every control is there at your fingertips.

Working with audio often happens that you need to manipulate peaks and body of the signal, sure you have compressors at your disposal but a compressor needs a fixed threshold to work, a plugin like HoRNet Spikes on the other hand uses a relative threshold so you don't have to worry about the level of the signal.

The fast peak of a snare or an acoustic guitar is detected using the difference of two envelopes, one with fast attack and the other with slow attack, the resulting signal represents the peak over time. The detected control signal is then applied to a gain stage that reduces or increases the audio level according to the setting of the "spike level" control.

With this simple logic you can change the intensity of every peak relatively to the body level and though increase them to make the sound more "snappy" or decrease them to make it more "full"

HoRNet Spikes allows you to control the length of the detected peak, make the plugin faster or slower using the release knob (that has handy auto button) and reduce the weight of low frequencies in the detection process thanks to its high pass filter.

To compensate for output changes you have the "out gain" control that also have an out setting that keeps the audio to a constant intensity level.

If the computed gain is too much you can limit it with the upper gain limit and lower gain limit sliders.


  • Relative threshold gain manipulation.
  • Adjustable amount of gain applied.
  • Adjustable output level.
  • Auto output level.
  • Upper and lower gain limiting.
  • High pass filter on the detector.
  • Adjustable detector attack and release.
  • Auto release time based on tempo song.
  • Gain meter.
  • Input and output peak meters.
  • Mac OS X (>=10.6 Intel only) and Windows support.
  • 64-bit compatibility both on Mac and Windows.
  • Audio Units VST2.4, VST3, RTAS and AAX format.

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