Once you have the platform, you can set about acquiring a filter plug-in that will provide Extreme EQ. How much will this cost? Amazingly, absolutely nothing. The North Pole plug-in by Frederic Shelling and Stephan Sprenger is freely available to download from the Internet (you can find it via Steinbergs web site and have a look at other plug-in goodies on the way). Shelling and Sprenger are associated with Prosoniq and Sprenger claims to have developed North Pole for fun in his spare time! Its commonly thought that free software gives proportionate value for money, i.e. it is of no value at all. This is often true, but not in this case. North Pole works very well indeed and I have no quibbles about its performance. As you can see from the graphic, it isnt a million miles away from the Mutator in terms of its capabilities. The two key controls are again Cutoff (frequency) and Resonance. In low-pass mode the Cutoff control sets the frequency above which the signal will be attenuated. Beneath the control there is a numerical display of the cut-off frequency. The resonance control is in effect a Q control. Unlike the Q control you would find on a mixing console this one goes to values so high it self oscillates. Its interesting to adjust the Q control in real time when it will pick out the harmonic series as a kind of stepped glissando. I can see users being very hands-on when control like this is available, rather than just setting and forgetting. In addition to low-pass mode, the North Pole plug-in also provides band-pass filtering which, while not as generally useful, is well worth having around. In a similar way to Mutator, but not with such advanced facilities, North Pole also has an envelope generator which is good on percussive sounds as it triggers a filter sweep on every beat. This is EQ in a very creative sense, and it is possible to make interesting sounds from very plain source material, the only drawback being that you have to record the audio into Cubase VST first - it can work on a live source but only with a slight delay. The envelope facilities are not as advanced as Mutator, in particular not allowing triggering from a secondary source, but what do you expect for free?Come on the FREE COURSE TOUR
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