Waves is steadily introducing new plug-ins to its already massive collection of works. Clearly, there’s always one more problem in the world of audio that’s left to be solved, and the company is always happy to intervene. Waves’ latest contraption is Torque, a bespoke pitch shifter designed for “enhancing” drum sounds.
In case you’re wondering what the deal is with pitch-shifting drums so they sound like ear candy, it’s actually pretty basic. Seasoned mixers know they don’t always get to work with quality recordings of perfectly tuned drums. Drums are fundamental for the mix in many genres of music, so if you don’t get them just right, everything else will sound noticeably off.
That’s where Torque comes into play. It lets you whip those naughty drums back in line by adjusting their pitch with the kind of sophistication unusual for traditional pitch shifters.
Based on Waves‘ Organic ReSynthesis technology, Torque has the ability to analyze and reassemble the formant, amplitude, and carrier information contained in drum sounds. This way, their tonal and pitch characteristics can be modified without unnatural changes to attack, resonance, and duration. Shifting of up to 12 semitones / 1 octave is supported. Waves claims Torque is also free of the artefacts-inducing processes that usually plague pitch shifters.
Like most plug-ins serving a specific purpose, Torque is easy to get around with its focused functionality and uncluttered interface. The controls are clearly laid out and the visualizer helps you easily home in on the right pitch and frequency. Overall, it’s cool to see Waves coming up with another purposeful application for its Organic ReSynthesis tech. Whether recording engineers will lap it up, remains to be seen.
Price and availability
Torque is available now in the usual formats for Windows and Mac computers. It’s being sold at an introductory price of $29, down from the $69 regular price.