Amalgame by Inear Display: audio mangling fun with processing chains
Inear Display loves making colorful, knobby sound design plug-ins with lots and lots of things going on, putting your audio through unimaginable, yet strangely musical torment. Amalgame is its latest entry in the competition, and its reason of existence is to handle sequenced processing chains meant to mangle audio beyond recognition.
Amalgame features 23 effects that can be hooked up in various ways and modulated by 6 XY pads. Effects range from standard-issue filters and delays to more out-there and glitchy stuff, great for artistically messing up your audio. Furthermore, those XY pads can be sequenced inside the plug-in, with independent rate and length settings giving you free reign.
If you feel like taking a chance, rather than meticulously programming all the parameters yourself, the randomizer function will let you have some fun by whimsically changing parameters, sequences, effect selections, going as far as to regenerate the entire processing chain. Amalgame includes 34 factory presets to get you started and lets you save cross-platform presets that work on both Windows and macOS.
The plug-in allows a serious degree of control over its options. There are three sequence directions (forward, backward, and random) and sequences last between 2 to 16 steps (1 bar per step up to 1/16 per step). Global parameters let you adjust input and output amplitude, as well as Dry-Wet mix. There’s lots more to dig into with Amalgame, so grab the demo and get going!
Price and availability
Amalgame is available for an introductory price of 39 EUR in VST and Audio Unit formats for Windows and macOS computers. Following the introductory period, the regular price will be 59 EUR. Demo versions are available for both platforms, as well as a downloadable user guide.