Based on super unison architecture, Efx REFRACT delivers instantaneous size and character to your sound. Whether marking key moments or making sweeping transformations - bring any track to life with flare and multi-effect dispersion.
Move from unfiltered stems to a wide and powerful sound with multiple voices. This can be particularly effective for building tension and emphasizing salient moments in a composition.
Spread your sound
Efx REFRACT’s super unison architecture duplicates the signal up to 8 stereo voices. This can be used to spread and broaden any sound, and is the method behind the magic of this versatile multi-effect.
Geometric sound design
With an animated and responsive visual interface, weave various FX combinations together for a dispersion pathway that fits your wildest imaginations. Easily select the voices, filters, Mode FX, and LFO and watch the geometry evolve, along with your sound.
Efx REFRACT comes with a host of presets to convey its multi-effect capabilities. Explore unique combinations of sonic dispersion and Mode FX, from Delay and Distortion to Texture and Transition.
Efx REFRACT takes any audio source and spreads it across a dynamic and modifiable FX chain, allowing you to add energy, movement and power to your heart’s content.
The Refraction section of the plugin takes your input and can duplicate it up to 8 stereo voices. The Refraction ‘Amount’ then increasingly detunes and modulates each voice against one another to widen them. You can use this on its own to thicken and widen an input sound without additional FX.
The plugin comes with five additional Mode FX (BandPass Filter/Comb Filter/Bitcrusher/Distortion/Harmonizer) which are added onto each Refracted voice and processed individually, before being recombined at the output. This unique approach allows for novel, wild and creative results with only a few simple controls.
The Refraction ‘Amount’ disperses the chosen Mode Effect on each of the ‘Voices’. Play around with the relationship between the Refraction Amount and Voices, and how setting them impacts the Mode FX controls.
Use the ‘Input HP’ to filter out some of the low frequencies from your input, which can help clean up the Distortion & Bitcrusher modes, and use the ‘Output LP’ to tame the Effect’s high frequencies and remove some harshness to get smoother results.
Use the LFO ‘Wave’ to smooth things out or create choppy chaotic modulations. Experiment with the LFO rate to change the dynamics of the refraction amount.
Unison refers to a process of multiplication, where the same sound or note is duplicated and played in parallel.
Like a string section in an orchestra, which has a wonderfully rich sound as a result of many instruments playing at once, unison replicates this for a chorus-like effect; with slight differences in phase leading to a sound that is more filled-out and enriched.
Efx REFRACT takes this approach of using multiple voices to enlarge and extend the width of a sound, which you can choose to do with or without the addition of powerful Mode FX.
Choose to refract on its own, which can be used to enrich and widen a sound. Or disperse one of the powerful Mode FX, and unlock the uniquely expressive potential of Efx REFRACT.
Use the Bandpass filter for a classic attenuation effect, allowing you to create sweeping moods and muted atmospheres. Each dispersion voice will have a different Cutoff frequency centred around the ‘Cutoff’ control, creating a filtered widening effect.
Use the Comb Filter for subtle and wild metallic-like reverb textures. With a high ‘Resonance’, play with the ‘Cutoff’ and Refraction ‘Amount’ values to change the size of your reverb, and use the ‘Output LP’ filter to tame the top-end.
Use the Bitcrusher for resolution deforming effects. Adjust the voice number to explore the tonal variations of a downsampled signal - with added voices progressively increasing tonality.
For waveform warp, use the Distortion mode to add drive and gravel to your sound. Explore the refraction levels and notice how the sense of activity and chaos changes.
For surreal shimmers and atonal showers, the Harmonizer adds unique pitch and spray to the dispersed voices. Go from alien detuning with just a few voices or a cacophony of sound with the voice number turned up.
Need some quick-fire movement, variety, or texture? Efx REFRACT preset library contains everything from mix enhancements to pure chaos in motion - all you need to do is click.
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Producer / ComposerI got amazing, unpredictable and beautiful results on my vocals and synth lead tracks. I will definitely use it a lot in the production of my new album
ProducerI’m in love with this effect, tested it with some trombone , that my Brazilian collaborator had just sent, and the myriad of options to transform the orginal source is astounding . The chord options were truly impressive.
ProducerInstant movement in a pleasant and synced way. I was immediately inspired. New go to for sure.
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Super Unison refraction engine with up to 8 stereo voices
Dynamic and responsive user interface with real-time 3D graphics
5 Mode FX to choose from, each with specific controls, for a wide range of creative results
- Comb Filter
4 Distortion Algorithms
12 Harmonizer Chords
Simple control scheme that represents complex multi-parameter mapping and unique dispersion effect
Input and output filters
Pre-configured LFO with synced rates
47 built-in presets
- Win 10+ (64bit)
- 4 GB RAM
- 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost)
- 1GB free hard disk space
- OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
- ARM processors not supported on Windows
- VST, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).
- Mac OS 10.13+
- 4 GB RAM
- 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost) or M1 CPU
- 1GB free hard disk space
- OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
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