Revive Your Audio

Reviver harmonic distortion plug-in adds loudness and brightness      18/06/08

Revive Your Audio

Reviver, the first product from Fielding DSP is a harmonic distortion plug-in. Fielding say that Reviver increases any signal's loudness and brightness, adds punch and fatness to percussive material and changes colour and character by adding second and third harmonic overtones. They tell us that, unlike other distortion plug-ins, which often suffer from unwanted digital side effects, Reviver is aliasing-free, and keeps your audio crisp and clean.
Here are all the details directly from Fielding…
Second-Order Harmonics
Reviver creates harmonic distortion, whose sound is often connected to vintage gear. It does not emulate analog equipment, but instead gives the user full control of overtone generation and volume. Despite this high level of controllability, Reviver’s user interface is intuitive and provides the desired result after just a few mouse clicks.
Second order harmonic overtones play an important role in the sonic coloration that tubes add to audio material. Their sound is often perceived as "warm" and "smooth". Reviver gives you the ability to add second order harmonics to your sound in a precise way.
Third-Order Harmonics
Third order harmonic overtones change the sound in a more aggressive way, often referred to as "punch", "fatness", or "detail". These overtones are also created by tape and overdriven solid state amplifiers. With Reviver you can control the exact amount of third-order harmonics to give your sound that extra "punch".
Serial Mode
In serial mode Reviver first adds second order harmonics to the signal before adding third order harmonics. The result is a different harmonic content and stronger saturation.
Anti-Alias Filter
A general problem of digital distortion plug-ins is that instead of only generating the desired harmonic overtones, they also create so-called aliasing, i.e. overtones which are in disharmony with the original signal. Aliasing is an exclusively digital problem that does not appear in analog signal processing. In contrast, Reviver is completely free of aliasing in audible frequencies. Click here to find out more about aliasing.
Low CPU Usage
Reviver is very CPU efficient. Just to give you a rough figure, on a Mac Pro dual-dual-core 2,66 GHz Xeon, you can run more than 200 instances of Reviver at 44,1 kHz.
System Requirements
For now, Reviver supports the audio unit format and is therefore available for Mac OS X only. It works with 10.4.9 or later, and 10.5 (Leopard). Reviver is a Universal Binary. Reviver supports all AU-compatible hosts. It has been tested with Apple‘s Logic Pro 7/8, Ableton Live 6/7, and MOTU‘s Digital Performer 5.
Pricing and Availability:
Until the end of August 2008 Reviver is sold for an introductory price of $149 USD. After the introduction period Reviver will cost $199 USD. More information:


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