Sinevibes has recently released Atom, a freeware multi-mode filter effect in AU plugin format for Mac OS X based digital audio workstations.
Atom is a filter with focus on dynamic, tempo-synchronised modulation. It features five different resonant filter types each with three slope settings – up to super-steep -48 dB/octave.
The plugin features five different resonant filter types, offering three different cutoff slopes per filter (ranging from 12 dB/octave to 48 db/octave). What makes Atom stand out from the filter effect crowd though are the extensive modulation options, powered by two independent modulation generators with multiple waveform types per modulator.
The modulators can sync to the host application at rates ranging from from 1/128 note to 16 bars. The waveform curves can be smoothed out by using the lag parameter, ensuring a smooth performance even at high modulation rates. Finally, the chaos parameter randomizes the amplitude of the modulation generator, which is a pretty nifty feature to have if you want to just modulate the living hell out of your audio signal’s linearity.
It’s plugins like these that make me wish I had a Mac to go along with my Windows based DAW. We do have some useful alternatives to this plugin in the Windows freeware world, but Atom looks so damn slick that I really want to be able to use it on my machine (GAS in its purest form, I know…). For a range of alternatives for both Windows and Mac, take a look at our free filter effects article.
Which plugin would you guys recommend as the best Atom alternative on Windows? In my opinion, the good old Atlantis Filter by Jeremy Evers gets pretty close in terms of available modulation features.
Atom is available for free download via Sinevibes (236 kB download size, DMG file, 32-bit & 64-bit AU plugin format for Mac OS X).