2Rule has released SynthTrack, a freeware rhythmic filter effect in VST plugin format for PC and Mac based host applications (only 32-bit hosts are supported on Windows).
SynthTrack by 2Rule is an intriguing idea for an effect that transforms a sound such as a pad into a rhythmic or arpeggiated part. The plug-in is instantiated on the track you wish to manipulate, and the audio is routed through the SynthTrack giving you full control of the signal as if it were coming from an oscillator. It achieves this by a 16-step sequencer, an LFO, and a multi-mode filter module (offering hi-pass, low-pass and band-pass options).
You could think of SynthTrack as a deluxe tremolo plugin that gives you control of the tonal properties of the sound as well as rhythmic control through its built-in step sequencer. This opens up a whole realm of possibilities when trying to transform sounds in your session into something dramatically new. Thankfully, SynthTrack syncs with your host tempo to lock in the rhythmic effects… or not, depending on the part.
There’s even a push button for a “one shot gate”. I assume this would be for tapping in custom cut-outs and I look forward to trying it out. I’d also be interested in hearing its effects on instruments that already have a rhythmic element such as drums or guitar. One feature that I would have appreciated the developer putting in is a Dry/Wet mix knob. I always prefer plugins include this feature which saves the user from having to set up external parallel AUX tracks.
Unfortunately, it seems that only 32-bit plugin hosts are supported on Windows. On the positive side, SynthTrack is distributed as a simple DLL file (no automatic installer), so it’s very easy to grab it and check if it works on your system.
SynthTrack is available for free download via 2Rule (4.8 MB download size, DLL file, 32-bit VST plugin format for Windows, 64-bit VST plugin format for Mac OS).