IRCAM, a French institute dedicated to the research of music and sound, continues to push the boundaries of sound design with its latest offering, ASAP (AudioSculpt As Plugins).
This cutting-edge DSP plugin suite boasts various innovative features, including two exciting freebies for plugin enthusiasts to explore. These freebies serve as a glimpse into the creativity and inspiration that the rest of the ASAP suite has to offer, solidifying IRCAM’s reputation as an institute that prioritizes pushing the envelope in audio technology.
First up is Spectral Remix, a plugin that allows for rebalancing and adjustment of harmonics, noise, and attack of a sound. The interface for Spectral Remix is easy to read and doesn’t leave much to the imagination.
There is a certain simplicity to the design of Spectral Remix, which leads to it being immediately intuitive to grasp and utilize. It does excellent work on drum loops and can go into full chaos to mangle typical sounds in a very unusual way. It is heavily reminiscent of the Focusrite Smart Balancer, but with less of the AI trickery and more FFT magic behind the scenes.
Spectral Clipping rounds out the duo of freebies, and it works as you would think. It lacks the granularity of control of something like Newfangled Audio’s Saturate, but it excels in bringing out and clipping elements.
The knobs on Spectral Clipping are rather deceiving if you’re more accustomed to typical mixing processors. Low and high don’t correspond with frequency bands, but rather low energy and high energy information. This can reduce background noise, increase ambient room tone, or whatever else you can imagine.
The two ASAP freebies deviate from the norm of traditional mixing processors and instead prioritize creativity and inspiration. With an atypical approach to sound manipulation, the ASAP plugin suite aims to evoke a new level of creativity in audio production and sound design.
The rest of the AudioSculpt As Plugins suite is paid, with the freebies acting as tasters for the rest of the creative effects suite.
IRCAM provides ASAP for Windows and Mac users. Windows computers can leverage VST, VST3, and AAX. Mac users can expect to use VST, VST3, AU, and AAX.
Download: ASAP (AudioSculpt As Plugins)