Sinevibes takes you on a unique binaural sound experience with its new Vague binaural time diffusion processor plugin.
If you want effect plugins that are different, not overloaded with parameters, and where the developers are constantly trying out new ideas, then the Sinevibes portfolio is the place for you. Here you will find new processors that have evolved from classic concepts.
A reverb, a delay… everyone has a classic one, but you definitely don’t have a delay that sounds like raindrops. For the latest release, Ukrainian developer Artemiy Pavlov aka Sinevibes, traveled to binaural worlds. Say hello to Vague.
Vague is a unique binaural time diffusion processor. It’s basically an effect based on the early reflections part of a digital reverb. Sinevibes turned it into an inspiring effects processor capable of generating all kinds of bizarre effects, including stereo-phasing, granular-like FX, binaural chorusing, or even send you on a wild mushroom trip.
The core consists of a unique comb filter setup. Once activated, your signals travel through a virtual space comprised of 16 all-pass comb filter stages. with their delay times progressively increasing from start to end. Adding more stages the signal passes through, the more blurred and smeared the signals become, losing their definition and transient sharpness.
According to Sinevibes, Vague goes much further than this. You get binaural expansion via alternating, stereo-opposed time offsets in the individual all-pass stages, adding a unique, three-dimensional vibe. There are also four output snapshots taken as the signal passes through the virtual space.
Vague also comes with a two-way pre-delay line that gives you the ability for the wet signal to precede the dry signal.
A highlight is here the crossfading function. With the dimension parameter, you can crossfade them, which not only changes the diffusion density but also makes the timeline granulate.
Then, you set the overall size (scale), binaural field offset (expansion), and resonance which is a quick parameter for infusing more feed-forward and feedback gain. That’s not all. Vague also hosts a modulation engine powered by multiple independent sine-wave and chaos LFOs. This can be used to modulate the main parameter achieving a wide and richer range of sounds.
One of the big plus points of using Sinevibes plugins, besides their very high sound quality, is the interface design. These are very colorful, very easy to use, and invite you to experiment without getting lost in menus. A workflow we love from classic guitar pedals.
The “less is more” visualizations concept is perfect, in my opinion. It’s just fun to turn knobs and see what happens.
Now, what is Vague? One thing is for sure: it’s not your 100x reverb plugin, not a delay or a granular processor. For me, it’s the weird side of a reverb. It smears very fascinating audio sources and gives them a very soft unnatural texture.
These can sound like choruses, unison, or granular. But all very bizarre and different as you know the effects. I don’t fully understand the in-depth of the engine, but the results sound very promising. As always, Sinevibes products are worth a look, two or even more.
A big release from Sinevibes that once again brings a breath of fresh air to the effects scene.
Sinevibes Vague is available now for $29 USD and runs as a VST3, AU, and AAX plugin on macOS and Windows.
More information here: Sinevibes
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