Airwindows has released Melt, a new plug-in for Mac and Windows. This is what they told us about it...
As useful as utility plugins are, sometimes you just have to do something wobbly and weird. Here's Melt!
To explain what it's doing will be a little tricky. You can just download it and play with it, but if you want to know what's under the hood, here goes.
Suppose you have a delay buffer. You can read 'echoes' out of the delay buffer. If you like, you can move them around, which changes their pitch.
What if you started reading at one point, and stopped at another? You'd get a delayed 'moving average', a series of samples combined. It would be duller, rolled-off.
If you took that section and moved IT, then you'd have a rolled-off, darker delay tap that changed pitch.
Now, what if you took all the start points and all the end points, and made them all wobble and sway around independently, so that the shifting delay taps also changed in tone color and volume even while they pitch-shifted around?
Well, that's Melt. It's pretty freaky, when cranked way up. You can run a long extended delay, causing it to resemble a strange retro ambience effect, or you can tighten it right up so that you have more of a chorusy thing. It probably should always have a bunch of pitch shift depth, otherwise it's a mite boring. You can include dry, or just crank up the wobbly weirdness: should be nice on pads and things, or anything that has to be more dark and diffuse and unpredictable.
Pricing and Availability:
Free download - donations welcomed via Patreon.
Gaz Williams gives us some insight into the new version