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Xhip Effects

Effect Pack Plugin by aciddose
Xhip Effects
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Xhip Effects by aciddose is a Virtual Effect Audio Plugin for macOS, Windows and Linux. It functions as a VST Plugin and an Audio Units Plugin.
Requires at least Windows Vista. Windows 7 or newer recommended. A Windows XP compatible alpha version is available.
ALPHA r1037
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.
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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 effects designed to be flexible, easy to use and most importantly fun. They are intended to be used in a more plug-and-play, old school, analog or by ear way. Each effect includes only the essential parameters in a format expected from a rack-mount or pedal.

Other effect plug-ins have more specialized designs that attempt to do what some might consider too much. This can overcomplicate their application as simple effects like a stereo delay.

The Xhip Effects provide every parameter via the plug-in interface for parameter automation and do not include presets, menus or other complicated UI features.

The effects include:

  • Fully resizable and partially skinnable GUIs (by editing configuration file).
  • Reverb - Designed to avoid an ultra-smooth fade-to-noise decay.
  • Compressor - Insert based upon a minimal electronic circuit.
  • Gate - Standard with additional features including side-chain input.
  • Limiter - Counterpart to the compressor for limiting with a simple design.
  • Vocal - A phoneme filter made from formant filters.
  • Follower - The Xhip synthesizer filter controlled by a HAR envelope follower.
  • mDelay - A modulated stereo delay with a feedback filter.
  • Phaser - Standard with a variable number of stages.
  • Tremolo - Standard with the bonus of a continuously variable LFO shape.
  • Clipper - Generic hard clipper with oversampling.
  • Multiplier - Unique type of fold-back distortion.
  • Quantizer - Time (sample and hold) and amplitude (bit reduction) axis quantization.
  • RC Filter - The most basic analog filter configurable as low-pass or high-pass.
  • Rectifier - Simple diode-like effect capable of half or full rectification.
  • Ringmod - Simple with a timbre control.

Xhip has an account at soundcloud with some example audio clips available.




The Xhip account on soundcloud includes demos of the effects as well as the tracks included there use almost exclusively Xhip Effects.


Latest User Reviews

Average user rating of 4.60 from 5 reviews
Xhip Effects

Reviewed By phreaque [all]
January 27th, 2021
Version reviewed: 6.7 on Windows

Very impressive package of FX plugins, they sound good, the phaser is tight & juicy, the reverb can sound really nice.

For a freeware package, this is extremely good. Highly recommended.

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Xhip Effects

Reviewed By Zlelmefs [all]
May 9th, 2018
Version reviewed: 6.7 on Windows

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.

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Xhip Effects

Reviewed By The Noodlist [all]
February 12th, 2018
Version reviewed: 6.7 on Windows

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.

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Xhip Effects

Reviewed By mekkanix [all]
October 29th, 2017
Version reviewed: alpha on Mac

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.

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Xhip Effects

Reviewed By ccowkey [all]
February 17th, 2015
Version reviewed: 7 on Windows

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.

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Comments & Discussion for aciddose Xhip Effects

Discussion: Active


The Noodlist
The Noodlist
25 December 2017 at 1:57am


The Noodlist
The Noodlist
12 February 2018 at 8:41pm

Just a big shout out to Xhip. I tried the Limiter as a compressor, using a lower ratio, it's a little gem. The look ahead feature needs to be backed off when using slower attack times, otherwise latency is introduced to the sound source. From smashing drums to moderate compression, this thing handles everything, nicely.

5 June 2020 at 4:55pm

Are these controllable by selectable MIDI CC? I need a tremolo with depth controlled by mod wheel, for live use. Thanks.

6 June 2020 at 4:35am

No, MIDI is not supported for the effects.

6 June 2020 at 5:15am

Many hosts do support mapping MIDI CCs to parameters and it is always possible to load a plug-in to do the job. It does not make sense to add such features directly in the interest of keeping the plug-ins as simple as possible. Hosts should handle these tasks and may do so from any source, not just 7-bit MIDI but 14-bit and high precision OSC or other sources.

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