UVI has released Shade, a new creative filter and EQ plug-in with a massive modulation engine. Combine dozens of filter types with a bunch of modulators for all sorts of swirling, rhythmic filtering effects.
UVI calls Shade a “Swiss Army knife filtering tool”, and looking at the plug-in’s features, I think they may be onto something. If you’re into creative, rhythmic filtering and modulation, you definitely need to check this one out. But let’s take it from the beginning.
Shade offers a total of 35 filter shapes. You can choose from various high pass, low pass, shelving, peak and notch filters with different options like resonant, multi-resonant and EQ-ing. There’s also a bunch of comb filters and phasers for more experimental stuff. This alone makes Shade a very capable filter and EQ plug-in.
Modulate any parameter
But the modulation engine is where the fun really starts. There are nine modulators, including XY, Macro, Spread, Random, LFO, Envelope, Figure (an XY LFO), Multi-step Envelope Generator, and Follower. You can map these to any parameter by dragging and dropping. In addition, modulators can be routed and cross-modulated in a couple of different ways. It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out that this opens the door to pretty much any kind of rhythmic, modulated filtering you can imagine.
Shade can also react to the input signal and/or controllers in a number of ways. The Follower modulator can follow the input, an external sidechain signal or the spectral band of individual filters. By using the Follower, any parameter in Shade can react to the dynamics of the input signal, which makes the plug-in a powerful dynamic EQ, as well. The envelope offers host sync interval, audio threshold and MIDI triggering options. The Macro modulator lets you set up macros for controlling several things at once. And the X/Y modulator can be controlled with an external joystick.
That’s a lot of possibilities, and to me it seems like UVI Shade is a must-have for anyone into creative filter effects. If you like rhythmic, modulated effects like Output Movement or Cableguys Shaperbox, this one looks like it’ll fit in nicely.
Price and compatibility
UVI Shade is now available from the developer’s website for USD 79 / EUR 79. This introductory offer expires on October 31st, 2020. The regular price will be USD 129 / EUR 129.
The plug-in runs on macOS 10.9 or higher and Windows 8 or higher in VST, AU and AAX formats. You need a free iLok account for activation (dongle not required).
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