SaschArt has introduced ModulatedFilter, a freeware modulated multi-mode filter VST plugin for 32-bit and 64-bit host applications on Windows.
Unlike AudioThing’s Filterjam filter effect which we covered yesterday, ModulatedFilter is pretty much your “bread and butter” filter effect, although that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the download. Despite the feature set being pretty standard, the plugin is extremely well optimized for low CPU usage and the workflow is just phenomenal.
The user interface is split into two sections, one for the basic filter controls (filter mode, cutoff, bandwidth/resonance, mix) and one for modulation. The filter section features three standard filter types (low-pass, high-pass, band-pass) and the very useful mix parameter which makes it easy to use ModulatedFilter for parallel processing. The modulation section is equally simple, sporting a single LFO module with a choice of six curves (sine, triangle, saw, reverse saw and two half-sines), target selection (cutoff, resonance, mix), depth and speed controls, and the handy LFO reset switch.
The LFO always syncs to the host application’s BPM value, whereas the LFO reset switch restarts the LFO curve when pressed. By automating this control, it is possible to build more complex LFO sequences out of the available curves (for use in dubstep bass lines, evolving sound effects, etc.).
As mentioned above, ModulatedFilter is extremely lightweight when it comes to resource consumption, making it a suitable choice for being a go-to filter utility when mixing. The only real drawback is the size of the user interface, which might be a bit too small for use on higher resolution screens. Other than that, this is yet another great release by SachArt, a developer from whom we’ve seen quite a few quality plugin releases in the past couple of months.
ModulatedFilter is available for free download via SaschArt (448 KB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit & 64-bit VST plugin format for Windows).