The Kilohearts Toolbox STARTER gives you access to 5 of the most versatile snapins on top of everything in the Kilohearts Toolbox FREE. These essentials will get you very far and the bundle is a good choice if you need to customize your channel strip and be able to reuse it at any time, in any DAW.
Snap Heap: Modular effects playground
The Kilohearts Snapin framework is the easiest, most creative, sound design workflow you have ever come across. Check out this video for a quick peek into what Snap Heap can do:
You have to focus, Trinity: When you’re tweaking a specific effect in the chain, the other effects involved can sometimes make it hard to properly hear what’s going on. Mute or solo effect lanes, to quickly home in on what you’re doing. Snap Heap will take care of sorting out the routing so you hear just what you want to hear.
What’s a Snapin? Well, snapins are regular old VST/AU plugins that you can use for a multitude of purposes. They come in a bunch of different flavours and we create more all the time. The thing is that they also work as modular effect pieces that you can combine in our snapin host plugins, as you can see above. Nifty! To give you some feel for what you can do with snapins these first 6 are on the house!
3-band EQ: Simple EQ
3-band EQ will get you surprisingly far when it comes to shaping your sound, or your entire song. By dragging the split frequencies around it feels like much more than a standard 3-band equalizer.
The Chorus enhances the stereo effect and presence of a sound by mixing it with delayed versions of itself. It’s like your own personal choir!
Delay: Echoing Effect
While large echoing cavernous chambers seldom are the first pick for a good acoustic space, Delay effects have been ubiquitous in sound processing for a long time. The kHs Delay can be run both free running and tempo synced with various stereo and feedback options. Most notable however is the duck feature, which optionally only lets the echoed sound through when there is no dry input signal. This allows for long and heavy delay while still avoiding clutter over the original sound. Clever!
Gain: Volume Control
Sound loud? Make softer. Sound quiet? Make louder.
Limiter: Volume Threshold
Whether you want to crank the last drops of gain out of your track or just want to control a few loud peaks, a Limiter can be the weapon of choice. By looking a little bit into the future, a limiter can make sure your signal never goes louder than you want it to without distorting or destroying transients. Even with the knob turned to 11.
Stereo: Width and Panning
Width and panning. Left speaker, Right speaker, with Wide Narrow. That’s what this plugin does.
Compressor: Even Out Total Volume
Someone somewhere once said that there are 931 compressor plugins in the world. Well, now there’s 932! Compressors help shape the dynamics of the sound both at the initial attack and the sustain tail. Each compressor has their own flavor, and the kHs Compressor tastes sweet.
Distortion: Versatile Distortion Effect
Ever since mankind invented music, there has been a desire to make it heavier. Distortion can take your sound from zero to sword wielding hero in seconds. 5 different distortion shapes are available to add a tinge of edge or rip things apart. In stereo, if that’s what you’re into.
Filter: Common Filter Effects
Sometimes in life, sound comes with frequencies you don’t like. So why not cut them out? kHs Filter is a resonant filter with 7 modes, swiftly getting rid of frequencies you don’t like or enhancing frequencies you do. And it’s doing it and doing it and doing it good.
Phaser: Pulsating Effect
Beam me up, Scotty! No matter if you set the knob to stun or kill, Phaser can spice up your life with twirly frequency sweeps.Pretty much all the bad things with signal phase issues, but turned into an effect and labeled “cool”.
Reverb: Spatial simulation
Reverbs, simulating the millions of tiny echoes that naturally bounce off the walls in a room, have become an central part in glueing together sounds in a song. There are likely few tracks today that don’t contain reverb in any form. The kHs Reverb is a simple but powerful reverb, which helps you to quickly tune in the character you want.