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Review of the
First off, the Antares Filter is comprised of four stereo multi mode filters. What does multi-mode mean? It means that for each filter you can select different modes and they are
As any hard core filter head would want, you can select any of the above modes to be 2, 4, 6 ,or 8 pole (2 pole is gentle and 8 pole is extreme). Ok by now the experienced users are yawning with a big "so what". Here's what. The filters are automatable with a mouse.
See the graphic window showing the filters below. You can grab the selected filter (it's red) at the crosshairs and drag with the mouse. Imagine 4 passes through your soft mixer. Yep, you can have all 4 filters dancing around on the screen and you can listen-as-you-tweak in real time. Of course you can make precise settings with the knobs if you want. Alright, now we are moving. If this were all it could do it would still be worth the price of admission. But yes, there is more.
Perhaps the coolest is the delay functions, which, you bet, can follow MIDI timing clocks to stay in sync with your tempo. This is not just a timing offset of 8th, 16th and 32nd notes--its a full out delay with feedback. It's wild and wicked if you want it to be. Add some LFOs or envelopes to totally sweeten the outcome.
There's also an envelope follower for wah like effects, extensive filter routing schemes, modulation matrix and two rhythm generators. This is for the advanced tweaks out there. Here you can program the plugin to change parameters at different divisions of the beat. If you spend some time here, you'll be rewarded with your own "filter grooves" you can save and apply to other material in the future.
Of course, some of us don't like to tweak, so you get plenty of presets which show off the Filter's capabilities
The main things I like about the Antares Filter
is you can dramatically alter the sound of any audio material you have coursing
through it. If you are into lo-fi effects, this is a great tool. The
sound is kind of analogish, a bit on the coarse side. I guess you could
use it to fine tune a song at the mastering stage, but it not easy to control in
fine gradations. This is more of an effects filter, capable of deep cuts
and swooshes, rhythmic glitching, and lo-fi, notched delays. Kind of
reminds me, sonically, of Reaktor's mini-sequencers. But here, the Filter
works with whatever audio you have playing, with a much lighter CPU load.
I have used the Antares Filter in both Logic, Peak and Digital performer and it is stable in them all. Note that this is a VST plugin, so if using Logic you will need to have a VST to AU converter intalled. I highly recommend the FXpansion VST to Audio Unit Adapter.
In short, lots of cool stuff here. You can do things with the Antares filter that might take a long stack of plugins to accomplish by other means and the rhythmic stuff is hard to touch.