Minimal Audio has released Rift Filter Lite, a unique creative morphing filter plug-in. And even if you already have a bunch of filters, this one’s a no-brainer: For a limited time, it’s completely free!
Minimal Audio Rift Filter Lite
Yes, you’ve heard that right: Minimal Audio is giving away their new Rift Filter Lite for free for a limited time. But that’s not the only reason why you should grab this plug-in even if you thought that you had enough filters. Rift Filter Lite is also a unique morphing filter that lets you do all sorts of fun stuff to your audio tracks.
The plug-in offers a selection of 24 different filter types in four categories: basic, morph, peaking and harmonic. The list includes your basic low pass, high pass, band pass and notch filters and a huge variety of unique morphing and peaking styles, including vowel filters, phasers and other fun things. That in itself makes Rift Filter Lite a very useful plug-in and a worthwhile addition to any plug-in folder – especially while it’s free.
But there’s more. For the cutoff knob, you can choose from Hz, Tune or MIDI. Tune allows you to set the cutoff to specific note values. In MIDI mode, the plug-in responds to MIDI notes, which means that you can play the filter frequency on a keyboard or control it using a sequencer. Great stuff.
In addition to the cutoff and resonance controls, Rift Filter Lite offers a Morph knob that lets you morph through different filter settings, depending on the style of filter selected. This knob can of course be automated in your DAW, which creates interesting motion effects. They really should’ve included an internal LFO and/or envelope to control this, but maybe they’re saving that for an upcoming “full” version (non-Lite).
Rift Filter Lite is also a stereo tool. By adjusting the cutoff offset between the two channels using the Spread knob, you can create wide stereo effects. Needless to say, this can also be automated, so you can make your morphing filters move around in space.
Bottom line is, this is one of the coolest free filter plug-ins I’ve seen in a while. I did encounter a bug that forces me to re-enter my user account data in the plug-in every time I open it in Logic Pro, but I’m sure they’ll sort that out soon.
Price and compatibility
Minimal Audio Rift Filter Lite is available for free for a limited time. All you need to do is create a user account on their website. The regular price will be USD 49. They haven’t said how long it’ll be free, so grab it while it lasts.
Rift Filter Lite requires macOS 10.9 or higher or Windows 10. It comes in VST, VST3 and AU formats (64 bit).