occularScope is an oscilloscope plugin that can be synchronized with your DAW. This is useful for pinpointing a specific part of the audio track and monitoring how its waveform is affected by other plugins in real-time. For example, you can zoom in on a particular kick drum and watch how your compressor shapes the kick’s attack transient and the body. Or, you can load occularScope on a bus track and analyze how the kick and the bass guitar are interacting with each other.
The oscilloscope can be set to display either a single beat or a full bar. The display is synchronized with the digital audio workstation, so the visual data is easy to analyze. The display is freely resizable, and it can show the audio signal as a line or as a filled waveform. The Freeze button will display a snapshot of the signal until the real-time mode is turned back on. There are two color schemes available by default (dark and light), but the user can fully customize the plugin’s colors to their liking.
Another useful feature is occularScope’s side-chain input. The side-chain signal can be displayed as an overlay, or it can be added to the primary input signal. By the way, Bom Shanka Machines is offering another freeware plugin called plasticityFilter. It’s a dual-mode filter with a drive control.
You will need to sign up for a free Bom Shanka Machines user account to download your copy of the occularScope plugin. You will also need to subscribe to the developer’s mailing list. The software is available in VST and VST3 plugin formats for compatible hosts on PC (32-bit and 64-bit) and Mac (64-bit only). Users are encouraged to consider donating to a charity that funds Type I diabetes research.
More info: occularScope (4.39 MB download size, ZIP archive containing EXE installer, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/VST3 plugin format for Windows, macOS, Linux)