Requires at least Windows Vista. Windows 7 or newer recommended. A Windows XP compatible alpha version is available.
The MacOS version is alpha and does not yet have a GUI. The VST plug-in is linked with AU libs and can be wrapped with Symbiosis to produce an AU plug-in.
These effect plugins were originally created for use with Xhip Synthesizer.
Instead of a downloadable manual, detailed documentation is maintained for each effect on the Xhip Effects page.
What are Xhip Effects?
The Xhip Effects bundle are simple, general purpose, rack-mount style effects designed to be flexible, easy to use and most importantly fun.
Many other effects plug-ins are designed with a more specialized focus or attempt to do what some might consider "too much", making them needlessly complex when used for a simple purpose like a stereo delay.
Each effect is designed to include only the most minimal parameters in a knob-strip format much like you'd expect on a rack-mount effect unit or a guitar pedal.
These effects provide every parameter via the plug-in interface for parameter automation and do not include menus, tabbed windows or other more complex UI features. Xhip Effects are intended to be used in a more plug-and-play, old-school, "analog" or "by ear" way rather than including pages of presets or hidden menus and back-panel switches.
The effects include:
- Fully resizable and partially skinnable GUIs (requires editing text configuration file).
- Reverb - A reverb effect designed to avoid an ultra-smooth fade-to-noise decay.
- Compressor - Insert compressor based upon a minimal electronic circuit.
- Gate - Gate effect including many additional features.
- Limiter - Counterpart to the compressor for limiting with the most simple design possible.
- Follower - Xhip synthesizer filter controlled by a HAR envelope follower.
- mDelay - Simple modulated delay effect with tone control and three modes.
- Phaser - Standard phaser effect with a variable number of stages.
- Tremolo - Standard tremolo effect with the bonus of a continuously variable LFO shape.
- Clipper - Generic hard clipper effect which includes oversampling.
- Multiplier - Unique type of non-linear "fold-back" distortion effect.
- Quantizer - Time (sample and hold) and amplitude (bit reduction) axis quantization.
- RC Filter - The most basic analog filter circuit configurable as low-pass or high-pass.
- Rectifier - A simple diode-like effect capable of half or full rectification.
- Ringmod - This is a simple ring-mod effect with a timbre control.
- Vocal - A simple vowel/phoneme synthesizing filter.
Xhip has an account at soundcloud with some example audio clips available.https://soundcloud.com/xhip/vocor2
The Xhip account on soundcloud includes demos of the effects as well as the tracks included there use almost exclusively Xhip Effects.
Reviewed By Zlelmefs
May 9, 2018
While doing research to set up a stack of plugins for livestreaming, I got a good tip, to make sure that a VST is never fed a clipped signal. You can always make up the gain at the end. So my next thought was, "what about the first plugin?" And I set out in search of a simple, zero-latency limiter to lead the way, protecting the whole pile from mic bumps, glass clinks, sharp curses and the like. Xhip's Limiter does the job, even if I talk directly into the mic or flick the housing, everything stays clean. 1ms attack, 10ms hold, 30ms release, -2db threshhold, 100% ratio, 0% lookahead, and Reaper reports zero on both latency and CPU usage on it.Read more
Reviewed By The Noodlist
February 12, 2018
A great set of effects, the Xhip Limiter and Compressor stood out for me, with me being in search of an easy to use, effective compressor, I tried the two mentioned, I really like the added flexibility of the Xhip Limiter. It can be used as a compressor and yields satisfying results, highly tweak-able. When using slower attack times it seemed better to reduce the look ahead %. From smashing drum loops to moderate compression, this thing is just great. It needs more love.
Thanks to the developer.Read more
Reviewed By mekkanix
October 29, 2017
I just tried the mac alpha version of Xhip effects. These fx are great for unique lofi mangling fsu experiments, as well as making things sound better. Such character and ear-pleasing, useful results. Neat stuff. I look forward to these plugins being guied, along with the xhip synth, which is also very cool-sounding and full of character. I'll be using these a lot. I'm rarely moved to review things, but this collection stood out so much that I wanted to make sure it got the attention it deserved.
Clipper: gives absolutely flat peak to clipped sound, except when OS (oversampling?) turned on, which includes peaks in a somewhat simplified version.
Follower: Filter cutoff follows input very nicely, easy to get settings that produce something cool, like dj scratching fx or transient shaping.
Gate: I was able to get a crispy staccatto sound on a hihat loop, which I was unable to duplicate using ableton's gate without losing some of the hits.
Compressor: Very clean sounding, was not able to get any of the horrible artifacts I can get with a lot of compressors when pushed to their extremes.
Limiter. Sounds cleaner, warmer and more musical than the 20 or so other dynamics plugins I compared it to. I can get some cool volume modulation with the attack and hold controls. I was able to bring out the reverb in a drum loop in a way that sounded smooth and pleasing, as if I had put reverb on a dry drum loop. Not able to duplicate this with other plugins. Amazing.
mDelay: Millisecond delay, up to 1 second. Just about anything you do with the parameters gives really fun results.
Multiplier: Not sure what this does, sounds a little like a cross between frequency modulation and distorting something through a small speaker. The mod control can make it sound a bit like a rotary speaker too.
Phaser: Easy to get sounds that don't hurt your ears with this one, unlike a lot of phasers. You can even create a pleasing pitch warbling effect with it set to 128 stages, rate to about 7hz, and frequency and depth fairly high.
Quantizer: This provides many more possible usable interesting bitcrush/sample redux results than I can get from ableton's redux.
RC filter: LP and HP Multimode filter with different slopes, no resonance. Clean.
Rectifier: Brings amplitude of negative or positive polarity of audio closer to 0. Anything over 50% starts to make the sound thinner, leaving you with harmonics an octave above. At mid settings, I found it helps tame midrange resonances in serum dubstep basses and gives them a flatter sound as if they were somehow produced by another type of synthesis, and they sit in the mix better with noisy drums.
Reverb: Plenty of options, includes delay, rate mod for swirling nightmarish fx, and can also put things in nice spaces from small rooms to the universe.
Ringmod: The depth and sidechain options and ease of use give this an edge over the ringmod in ableton's frequency shifter, although ableton's ringmod has some additional interesting options.
Tremolo: Includes width for autopanning. Very simple. No tempo sync.
Vocal: vocal filter. Sweeping the frequency sounds like a phaser, and sweeping the phoneme around creates some very sweet ohyeahaiyu kinds of sounds.Read more
Reviewed By ccowkey
February 17, 2015
These effects are tight, effective and their common UI is just perfect.
The only downside is the complete lack of included presets that would serve to demonstrate their power, and assist a simpleton like me to applying them effectively.
This source is very talented and I look forward to any new products they release.Read more