HoRNet Plugins has announced the release of HoRNet Harmonics, a freeware waveshaper effect in VST/VST3/AU/AAX/RTAS plugin formats for PC and Mac-based digital audio workstations.
HoRNet Harmonics is a non-linear waveshaper effect that provides the user with direct control over ten harmonic generators. Both the amplitude and phase of each harmonic can be adjusted individually. A handy waveform display on the right side of the user interface shows the plugin’s frequency response. A set of 11 factory presets is included, covering some of the basic distortion types that can be achieved with HoRNet Harmonics.
The user interface is not resizable, although it is conveniently sized for use on an HD monitor (those with higher resolution screens might find it a bit too small). The CPU hit is a bit higher than I’d like to see in a waveshaper plugin, hitting around 10% on average on our test machine. Most importantly, though, HoRNet Harmonics is a rather versatile distortion and saturation tool, and I can definitely see myself using it for sound design and mixing purposes. The workflow is very good and I’m overall pretty happy with the distortion produced by the plugin.
The download process is a bit annoying since you’ll first need to share the product page on a social network of your choice first (either Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus) and then also complete the standard registration and checkout procedure. It’s not all bad, though, because the download pack comes without an installer. It’s a simple ZIP archive containing the DLL files that are ready to be placed in your plugin folder. All major plugin formats are supported and compatible with both 32-bit and 64-bit host applications on PC and Mac.
HoRNet Harmonics is available for free download via HoRNet Plugins (5.19 MB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/VST3/AU/AAX/RTAS plugin format for Windows & Mac OS).