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 Vertigo by discoDSP is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin. It functions as a VST Plugin, an Audio Units Plugin and a VST 3 Plugin.
Product Vertigo
Developer discoDSP
Price (MSRP)
Type / Tags Synth (Additive)MorphingMorphing SynthesizerResynthesiserSpectral ResynthesisSpectral SynthSynth (Spectral)
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
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Vertigo is an additive synthesizer featuring up to 256 oscillators, Bitmap / Wave (WAV/AIFF/OGG/FLAC) re-synthesis and morphing with very high sound quality and built-in effects.


  • Up to 16 voices polyphony.


  • 256 breakpoints parabolic envelopes with stage slope control.


  • Euler generated (Max: -120dB s/noise ratio) (no wavetables used).
  • Up to 256 per voice.
  • 2 Modulation sources with morphing.
  • Phase.
  • Amplitude.
  • Note pitchshift amount.
  • Frequency ratio.
  • Frq/amp envelope (see Envelope above).

Synthesis options:

  • Harmonize (Harmonic/Odd Harmonic vocoder).
  • Phase smearing.
  • Frequency smearing (ensemble).
  • Classic waveform generator assistant (saw/sqr/tri/2xsaw/...).


  • Low Pass/High Pass/Band Pass 12/Band Pass 24/Notch/Peak.
  • Cutoff envelope.
  • Wheel/Key/Velocity modulation amounts for cutoff.
  • Wheel/Velo modulation amounts for resonance.


  • Two resonant filters (serial/parallel mode).
  • Pitch envelope.
  • Amplitude envelope.
  • Pitchbend control.

Mono Effects:

  • Distortion (8 times oversampled overdrive with softclip).
  • Phaser (up to 128 taps).
  • Flanger.
  • Compressor.
  • Equalizer (6 bands).

Stereo Effects:

  • Chorus.
  • Delay.
  • Reverb.

Resynthesis and Sampling:

  • WAV PCM analysis. Bitmap import.
  • Method: Overlapped FFT windows/parabolic peak estimation.
  • Partial amp/frq tracking.
  • 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192 FFT framesizes.
  • 4 Windows: Bartlett, Hamming, Hanning, Blackman.
  • Peak level detection threshold control.
  • Peak desestimation using 'ATH' (Absolute Hearing Threshold) and 'Tone Masker' psycho acoustic models.
Latest User Reviews Average user rating of 5.00 from 1 review

Reviewed By rrtdj
November 7, 2003

I have been working with this synth for a few weeks and I must say I’m totally impressed with the sonic palette you can get of it.

The main engine offers 256 partials gives a very detailed resynthesis, however it is heavy on the CPU but you can avoid it by reducing the partial numbers or the polyphony.

The layout of the synth is pretty good designed and you can edit the envelopes and operators very easily.

Filter sections is terribly good, you can combine the filters to get some formant stuff to and adding the new envelope morphing capabilities, exponentially multiplies the possibilities.

The resynthesizer is really good and fast, the wave generation is really handy sometimes.

Effects section is top notch. The built in distortion is especially good, and the layout is easy to modify any parameters quickly.

However there is some cons documentation perfectly describes each part of the synth but it lacks a bit in the additive synthesis explanation. Once you follow the link you start to understand concepts better. Google helped a lot too.

And finally about customer service I must say it’s excellent, every question I had got answered by email in a couple of minutes by George, I’d say he’s trying to do his best.

For the price, this plugin is a must-buy, it features unique characteristics and the price makes it is a real bargain.Read more


Discussion: Active




Ian Craig
Ian Craig
7 May 2018 at 4:44am

I'm trying to get my head around why I cannot set the length parameter to more than 47.554 on a 2 minute 28 second track, meaning that the track will play back in 37 seconds. Is it possible to increase this number to say 2,000 so that tracks over 20 minutes could be loaded and play back at normal speed, whilst enabling the brilliant re-synthesis capabilities of vertigo to be used on them, because it would provide completely new ways of creating, re-creating, re-envisioning previous (otherwise finished) music ? I'm just curious to know if I was born 50 years too soon or not :)

7 May 2018 at 7:21am

It doesn't seem easy to do. I'd recommend using shorter clips instead.

28 July 2019 at 11:39pm

This is a great instrument. I am only starting to get the hang of it so much to work with. Also found a bunch of presets. Very happy with this new addition.

As a Linux user I am always grateful for developers like DiscoDSP that put out software for Linux. I've purchased Bliss and Vertigo and both are top notch. I have also purchased audio production software for Linux from Renoise, Reaper, Mixbus, Tracktion/Waveform and Bitwig (and will from u-he soon). Even though I use FOSS too, I like to be supportive of companies like DiscoDSP that put out and produce professional quality Synths for Linux and will continue to support them financially by buying their products (I would hope that other Linux audio users would also follow suit to increase our market share and compel other developers to follow the example set by these companies mentioned above).

Whenever the Linux version of Bliss upgrades to version 1.6 I'll definitely purchase the upgrade.

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