With only three knobs, UJAM Finisher Neo doesn’t look like your typical multi-effects plug-in. But the developer says that it produces a wide range of effects, while being very easy to use. The idea is to remove the technicalities and put the focus on the music and creative experimentation.
UJAM Finisher Neo
Finisher Neo builds on the concept on the free Finisher Micro, which was released in December 2019. According to UJAM, the plug-in is based on a modular engine with 27 effects algorithms ranging from granular pitch to multi-band distortion. That sounds like it should have a whole lot of knobs for controlling the various effects, but Finisher Neo only has three. How does this compute?
UJAM says that the aim is to “inspire and delight”, rather than to overwhelm the user with too many controls. You choose one of 50 modes, which are pre-defined effects chains. Then, you can adjust the effect using three macro knobs: effect level and two variations. What these knobs do depends on the selected mode. While there are only three knobs to play with, UJAM claims that they effectively control “dozens of parameters under the hood”. You also get 130 presets, for even more instant gratification.
It’s obvious that UJAM Finisher Neo isn’t a plug-in for sound designers who like to have direct access to every parameter. But if you’re the type who likes to go with the flow and just see what happens, it looks like it could be a source of inspiration. The concept of “playful musical exploration and fail-proof simplicity”, as UJAM puts it, does sound like a lot of fun. And it’s certainly much quicker than setting up complex effects chains and the corresponding macros yourself in your DAW.
Price and availability
UJAM Finisher Neo is now available at Thomann* for EUR 69. This introductory offer lasts until February 9, 2020. According to UJAM, the regular price will be EUR 99.
The plug-in runs on Windows 8 or newer and macOS 10.11 or newer. It comes in VST, AU2 (for Logic X or newer) and AAX formats.