Developer BLEASS keeps bringing the goods with pleasantly innovative plug-ins. Its latest release is Dragonfly, a dynamic tremolo effects plug-in with some very interesting options. In short, the tremolo can be modulated via pitch tracking and MIDI note input, then waveshaped for added saturation. But that’s barely the gist of it – there’s more…
Dragonfly offers three choices when it comes down to modulating the tremolo effect. First, you can use the built-in pitch tracking on an input audio track or feed a sidechain input into the plug-in. Second, you can straight-up play MIDI into the effect and the tremolo will tune itself to the notes’ frequencies. Third – you can set a fixed frequency in Manual mode. In all cases, flapping butterfly wings visualise the tremolo’s workings.
There are plenty of parameters for shaping the sound of the tremolo. These include Fine (pitch offset), Factor (tremolo rate multiplier), Smooth (smoothing duration of rate variations), Stereo (set phase difference between L/R channels), Attack, Release, Mode (Simple / Wild), and Wildness (set waveshaping strength in Wild mode). These all beg to played with, rather than explained, so catch the free demo or watch the video below to get a feel for them. Finally, at the plug-in’s output stage, you can adjust Gain and Dry / Wet ratio.
Dragonfly seems to be another fresh release from BLEASS, right along the lines of Saturator, Slow Machine, and Granulizer. I like the developer’s approach to enhancing familiar effects with clever features while maintaining usability and cross-platform compatibility. I think the French developer is certainly one to watch out for in the years ahead.
Price and availability
BLEASS Dragonfly is currently on sale for USD 19, down from USD 35. It’s available for macOS, Windows, and iOS in VST, AU, and AUv3 formats. The iOS version costs USD 4.99.