If you want to make your music sound as if your head is melting as you’re listening to it, check out EchoMelt. A brand new plug-in by Psychic Modulation, EchoMelt is a multi-FX unit by the makers of the Phonec software synthesizer and is centred around Chorus, Echo, saturation, a parametric EQ, and a proprietary “Melt” effect. Serious business!
Packing this kind of arsenal, EchoMelt would probably be good for any sound you’d describe as warbling or swirling in character. Its developers suggest “VHS effects, swirling choruses, dubbed-out space delays, lo-fi saturated distortion and everything in-between” is possible. This means the plug-in has wide musical applications, be it adding a touch of psychedelia, dirtying up a bunch of drums, or producing the next lo-fi house banger.
The effects are combined with a fully functional 5-band parametric EQ that can be freely routed pre or post-effects, or used on its own as you see fit. The latter goes for any of the available effects, and each features a dry/wet mix knob. With the Snag knob, you can add spontaneous pitch jumps and dropouts, while the Echo is a pitch-shifting dub delay unit ideal for tripped-out vibes. Clearly, there’s lots of flexibility built into EchoMelt.
All in all, EM looks like a fun toy to experiment with. And if you dig deeper into it, you might discover more possibilities than you’d expect. Being able to dial in effects with such precision means you can be as subtle or as extreme as you want. You never know what you can come up with if you choose to experiment by adding the effect to different tracks and trying out different combinations of effects and parameter settings.
EchoMelt is sold for an introductory price of $39 that’s good until June 1. It’s available for PC and Mac in VST and AU formats, 32 and 64-bit. Get more information here.