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FilterFreak by Soundtoys (Plugin Review)

FilterFreak by SoundToys produces warm, soothing, fat, and resonant tones when used for filtering. I have personally used FilterFreak in multiple projects, and one thing I love about this plugin is how you can carve the unlimited type of filter effects you want.

If you have been using one or more of SoundToys products, then you should know by now that they mostly emulate analog hardware, in the case of FilterFreak, they recreated the sound of a classic analog resonant filter. According To SoundToys:

Twist the frequency knob for smooth retro synth sweeps. Crank up the resonance to add some edge, or even push the filter into self-oscillation. And when you drive it hard, FilterFreak responds by breaking up in a gritty and pleasing way, just like hardware.

So, there are seven different analog saturation styles you can play with, from warm or pumping compression to crunchy distortion, you can perfectly go without bothering about aliasing.

On top of that, you also have the option to experiment with rhythm and groove which adds another layer of motion to your tracks automatically, if you don’t want to bother about creating rhythm from scratch, you can select from a library of pre-made rhythms, if you are like me, you would start right of the bat with a preset. To complete the vibe of the sound, you can tweak the Groove knob and add some swing or shuffle to drop it in the pocket.

There are lots more options you can play with, like modulation, analog filters, and the like, go check it out.

Video Overview

►Key Features:

  • Capture the sound of classic resonant filters, with extended control and flexibility
  • Funk up the guitar, fatten bass, reshape drums, sweep synths, and freak out vocals
  • Choose from one filter or two that can be used in series or parallel
  • Select highpass, lowpass, bandpass, and band-reject modes with 2 to 8 poles
  • Add synth-like resonant sweeps or classic wah-wah tones to your tracks
  • Create funky auto-wah, envelope follower, and sample-and-hold effects
  • Grunge things up with 7 different analog saturation styles
  • Construct intricate rhythmic filter sequences with the Rhythm Editor
  • Design your own LFO shapes with the Shape Editor

►System Requirements

  • Operating systems: Mac OS X 10.8 or later; Windows 7 or later
  • Minimum: 44.1 kHz, Maximum: 192 kHz Sample Rates
  • 64-bit only
  • AAX Native, AAX AudioSuite, VST, and Audio Units (AU)
  • A FREE account at is required (a physical USB iLok is not required)
  • Works with Major DAWS (Including Fl Studio, I currently use it with Fl Studio 10 & 12)

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