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Analog Modulation Plugin by Waves
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Kaleidoscopes by Waves is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS and Windows. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin, a VST 3 Plugin and an AAX Plugin.
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Meet your new musical FX partner: Super-suite of inspiring Phaser, Flanger, Chorus and Tremolo sounds, crafted from the best analog modulation studio classics. Dual Cascade engines allow you to 'cascade' any two effects for magical textures. Intelligent triggers respond dynamically to your playing in real time.

Kaleidoscopes is a secret weapon to make drums, vocals, synths and guitars move and breathe—perfect to give your mixes depth, color and feel; inspirational during recording and performance.

Crafted from the Classics

Kaleidoscopes is the cumulative result of over half a century of recorded music. We handpicked all-time favorite analog effects from legendary eras—'60s phasing and tape flanging, '70s stadium tremolo-guitar vibes, '80s chorus—instilling the truest analog tones into Kaleidoscopes' DNA.

Dual Cascade Magic

But we weren't satisfied with just serving Class A effects. Kaleidoscopes' Dual Cascade architecture gives you two FX engines which you can "cascade" serially into one another for unique effects, or run in parallel for super-wide soundscapes.

On each of the two engines, you can choose a selection of waveshapes or any sidechain signal from your DAW session to be the modulation input. You can even select your performance as the input, allowing your live playing to control the sound in real time and drive the pulsing of the effect.

You have control over the Speed, Resonance, Width and Depth of the modulation, plus filter settings and mix knobs for extreme versatility. You can also choose from 5 different effect "characters" for different analog flavors, and tempo-sync the modulation effect to your DAW session to keep things consistent every time you re-open your song.

Imagine a chorus being fed into a tremolo, modulated by an external input signal. Or try a randomly modulated slow flanger running in parallel with an aggressive tempo-synced phaser. Let Kaleidoscopes' effects dance with each other, and you'll hear sounds refract into surprising colors and shapes you would hardly imagine.

Because we built this for musicians as well as producers and engineers, we added the THRU mode for that much-loved stompbox sound with the dry signal on one channel and the wet signal on the other. Guitarists, enjoy;).

Intelligent Triggering: Trigger Textures with Your Touch

With its innovative Trigger section, Kaleidoscopes becomes an extension of your musical thoughts—a real creative partner. By setting input-sensitive envelopes and adjusting intelligent triggers, you enable the two effects to "listen" to your playing and respond dynamically, expressing nuances of emotion and feel.

With this section activated, Kaleidoscopes becomes a personalized musical instrument, modifying its character in real time. Just imagine the effects' precise pitch or time delay ripple and glitch based on how intensely or lightly, fast or slow you sing or play.

That's just the beginning. Plug in to see what Kaleidoscopes is capable of.


  • Phaser, Flanger, Chorus & Tremolo super-suite.
  • Best-of palette of analog modulation sounds based on studio classics.
  • Secret weapon to make drums, vocals, synths & guitars move & breathe.
  • Unique Dual Cascade architecture: 'cascade' any two effects in series or run them in parallel for deeper soundscapes.
  • Intelligent Triggering responds dynamically to your playing in real time.
  • Selectable modulation sources: input, sidechain & diverse waveshapes.
  • Speed, Resonance, Width, Depth & Mix controls per modulation engine.
  • 5 different effect characters for diverse analog flavors.
  • THRU mode for the musician-favorite 'Wet/Dry' rig effect.

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