Polish plug-in maker PSP Audioware has introduced HertzRider, a frequency shifter plug-in for tuning non-harmonic signals. Its main use is tuning drums, percussion and other non-harmonic sounds. On other signals, it becomes a creative tool for all sorts of frequency mangling, PSP says.
Carefully tuning drums and other percussive instruments to match the arrangement can add a lot to a production. Everybody knows that this is best taken care of during tracking, but what if you discover in the mix that a snare drum just doesn’t sit right? This kind of situation is where a frequency shifter plug-in like HertzRider can come in handy. For this application, it competes with offerings such as Waves Torque.
Frequency shifting and modulation
PSP HertzRider can process the left and right channels together or independently. This means that you can also use it to add width to a signal, or perform all sorts of stereo experiments. There is even a spread dial for managing stereo width. In addition to the frequency shifter, HertzRider contains an LFO, which allows you to add modulation or “wobble”. This opens up creative opportunities, especially when the plug-in is used on harmonic and/or sustained sounds. The short video only gives a glimpse of what’s possible, but it looks like HertzRider is as much a creative tool as it is a problem solver.
PSP Audioware says that HertzRider is designed to be simple to use and easy on system resources. They claim that it only incurs a very slight, frequency-dependent latency.
The plug-in is available for Windows (VST, VST3, RTAS, AAX, 32 or 64 bit) and Mac (AU, VST, VST3, RTAS, AAX). It uses the iLok copy protection system, which means that you need a free iLok account even for the 30 day demo version.
Until March 26, 2019, HertzRider is available at an introductory price of US $39. After that, the price will increase to US $49.