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JSFX

This is a bundle of JSFX and scripts for reaper.

Installation instructions

The easiest way to use these, is to use Reapack.

Step 1: Install Reapack

To do this, please follow the installation instructions here: https://reapack.com/user-guide#installation

Step 2: Add this repository to Reapack

The next step is to add the following repository to your reapack: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/JoepVanlier/JSFX/master/index.xml

addrepo

Step 3: Find and install the plugin you want.

Now it's just a matter of checking out what's on offer and installing those that you want. No worries, it's all free stuff.

findplugin

Step 4: Refresh your FX list (or restart Reaper) and find the plugin.

The plugins won't show up until you refresh your FX list or restart reaper.

Step 5: Enjoy! :)

Note that everything is permissively licensed, but if you use some of the code in your own works, I'd appreciate a mention. Thanks!

The assortment

Yutani - Bass synth

lights

Monophonic bass synthesizer with some fancy filters and modulation options.

Note: Remember to import the bass presets when you download this thing.

Features:

  • Anti-aliased oscillators.
  • 14 Filters of which 9 non-linear analog modelled ones, all with their own unique tone. Try driving them!
  • Audio-rate modulation options on the filter.
  • Velocity, modulation wheel and LFO modulation options.
  • Stereo widening effect.
  • Noise.
  • Distortion module.
  • Glide.
  • Modwheel, MIDI velocity and pitch bend support.

Demo here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBJ94Ye_az8

Non-linear filter demo (nlSVF): https://raw.githubusercontent.com/JoepVanlier/Audio_Demos/main/Yutani/nlSVF3.mp3

Non-linear filter demo (nlSVF): https://raw.githubusercontent.com/JoepVanlier/Audio_Demos/main/Yutani/nlSVF.mp3

Non-linear filter demo (Steiner): https://raw.githubusercontent.com/JoepVanlier/Audio_Demos/main/Yutani/mean_steiner.mp3

Non-linear filter demo (Steiner asym): https://raw.githubusercontent.com/JoepVanlier/Audio_Demos/main/Yutani/more_controlled.mp3

FM Filter 2

lights_fmfilter

For those days when you want to have access to Yutani's non-linear filters, but want to use an audio source.

Features:

  • 15 filters, from well behaved linear models, to gnarly analog modelled nastiness.
  • Audio and MIDI controllable filters.
  • Audio and MIDI controllable gate.
  • Three LFOs.
  • Modwheel and MIDI velocity support.
  • Stereo widening effect.
  • Distortion module.

Ravager - Extreme upwards compressor

ravager_new_cut

Destroys incoming audio by performing extreme upward compression.

Features:

  • (Optional)Multi-band processing (add/remove with right mouse button).
  • Extreme upward compression pulling up almost anything.
  • Limiting in the forms of hard clipping / soft clipping.

Following demos are Yutani -> Reflectosaurus -> Ravager (no other effects)

Demo: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/JoepVanlier/Audio_Demos/main/Ravager/dry_wet.mp3

Demo: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/JoepVanlier/Audio_Demos/main/Ravager/multiband_version.mp3

Demo: https://raw.githubusercontent.com/JoepVanlier/Audio_Demos/main/Ravager/upwardcompress.mp3

Swellotron - Soundscape effect

SwellotronUI

Machine for combining two sounds into ambient soundscapes.

It computes the spectrum of both signals (using the STFT), multiplies the magnitudes in the spectral domain and puts the result of that in an energy buffer. This energy buffer is drained proportionally to its contents. The energy buffer is then used to resynthesize the sound, but this time with a random phase.

In plain terms, it behaves almost like a reverb, where frequencies that both sounds have in common are emphasized and frequencies where the sounds differ are attenuated. This will almost always lead to something that sounds pretty harmonic.

Features:

  • Shimmer: Copies energy to twice the frequency (leading to iterative octave doubling).
  • Aether: Same as shimmer but for fifths.
  • Scorch: Input saturation.
  • Ruin: Output saturation.
  • Diffusion: Spectral blur.
  • Ice: Chops small bandwidth bits from the energy at random, and copies them to a higher frequency (at 1x or 2x the frequency), thereby giving narrowband high frequency sounds (sounding very cold).

ReflectoSaurus - Soundscape effect

reflectosaurus_new_cut

Tool for making creative delays and reverbs. Each node indicates a delay. X axis controls the delay time, Y axis controls the volume, while the radius indicates how much feedback the delay has. Each delay node contains a lowpass and highpass filter. The arc indicates which frequency range of the sound is allowed to pass each feedback round. The little knob indicates the panning of the node.

Nodes can be routed to each-other to create complex effects. Routing sends are sent out before applying the feedback gain, but after the filters. The arc around the routing arrow indicates the volume at which it is being sent to the other node.

Delays/Grid can optionally be synchronized to host tempo on 3/4, 4/4 or 5/4 rhythm. Reflectosaurus also sports one special FFT reverb node, which is indicated in red. Remember to mute all unused nodes as this lowers CPU significantly.

It looks complicated, but learning to use this machine will allow you to make quite some interesting spatial sounds.

Features

  • Building complex chains of delays with negative and positive feedback.
  • Tempo synchronization.
  • Filters on every tap.
  • Various modifiers that modify the delay on each tap (distortion, saturation, modulation and more).
  • Granular resynthesis.
  • Pitch shifting.
  • FFT Reverb. Add this for lush sounds.
  • Tuned mode to achieve Karplus-style string synthesis.

Examples of possibilities:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGgYUSdWiAA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJKxva-5x54

Full manual here: https://github.com/JoepVanlier/JSFX/raw/master/Reflectosaurus_Manual/Reflectosaurus_Manual.pdf

Demo of the Karplus style effects. Just Yutani and Reflectosaurus:

https://raw.githubusercontent.com/JoepVanlier/Audio_Demos/main/Reflectosaurus/karplus2.mp3

https://raw.githubusercontent.com/JoepVanlier/Audio_Demos/main/Reflectosaurus/karplus_test.mp3 (dry then wet)

Nostalgizer - Lo-fi effect

nostalgizer_cut

Make your audio sound old with the nostalgizer.

A combination of a lowpass-gate and random detuning module.

Features

  • Pitch instability.
  • Low pass gate modelled after a famous unit.
  • Adaptive saturation.
  • Modelled noise as it is taken through a compander.

Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8ibWk8Tpm0

FM Filter - Filter

FMFilter

FM modulated filter. Good for making monophonic bass sounds chunkier.

It has two main modes:

  1. MIDI In this mode it is mostly meant as a filter to put behind a bass synth. If you do, make sure you also send the MIDI signals to this filter as it has the ability to follow notes (adjusting the cutoff for each note) and it performs FM modulation based on the incoming pitch of the MIDI note. Basically, what it does is alternate the cutoff at audio rates (if FM level is bigger than 0). Also, the envelope is triggered by MIDI.

  2. Audio In this mode it's more for wreaking havoc. It can either modulate the cutoff frequency with its own signal (the self modes) or it can take a modulation signal from input 3/4 (either working in stereo 3/4 or mono 3+4).

Here's a small demo of the MIDI mode. First few seconds are dry, then wet. It can sound a bit talky: https://soundcloud.com/saike/fm-filter-test/s-0uQ3xx0Xuln

Features:

  • 2 linear, 4 non-linear filters.
  • All filters are mode morph-able (morph between LP, BP, HP, BR, LP).
  • Basic decay envelope.
  • Audio rate cutoff modulation.
  • Basic LFO modulation.

SatanVerb - Pitching Reverb

SatanUI

Evil sounding reverb unit.

Satan verb is a reverberation unit mostly meant for diffuse and gated style reverberation. It can either be used without an envelope, to generate large ambient spaces, or be modulated by an envelope based on the input sound to give a sound more body while not adding too much noise to the dead time.

Features

  • FFT based reverberation algorithm.
  • Optional downward spectral smearing for creepy effects.
  • Optional spectrally shifted copy can be mixed in.
  • Steep IIR LPF/HPF filters for the verb.
  • Optional delay compensation.
  • Envelopes based on the input envelope.
  • Input non-linearity (dist), spectrum non-linearity (ceiling).
  • Dry/Wet controls.

Squashman - Multiband distortion

Squashman is a multi-band saturation / distortion plugin that allows modulation of several of its parameters.

Features:

  • Optional high quality oversampling
  • Flexible band count, up to five bands can be used to manipulate sound
  • 24 db/oct Linkwitz Riley crossover filters
  • Graphical user interface
  • 25 modulatable waveshapers and 4 fixed ones.
  • Several modulation sources (4 LFOs, 2 MIDI triggered and/or loopable envelopes).

SquashmanUI

Shapers

A short demo here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK0xAhq4pK4

Filther - Dynamic filtering effect

Filther

Filther is a distortion / effects unit which allows you to perform dynamic filtering and waveshaping.

Manual for Filther here: https://joepvanlier.github.io/FiltherManual/

What does it sound like?

All the distortion/filtering on that track was done with this filter (mostly nonlin Kr0g and Rezzy): https://soundcloud.com/saike/ohnoesitsaboss2/s-zYCOt

It can also sound pretty destructive:

https://soundcloud.com/saike/sine/s-mbHJL

https://soundcloud.com/saike/fm-modes-filther/s-KXwEQ

Youtube tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtc8kp57xpI

For more information, or to contact the author, see the forum thread here: https://forum.cockos.com/showthread.php?t=213269

Features

  • Spline waveshaping curve based on placing nodes. Can draw asymmetric curves as well.
  • Two non-linear filter modules which can be automated by dynamics from the input signal or a side chain, LFO or envelopes.
  • Waveshaping amount can be modulated by input dynamics, LFOs or envelopes.
  • Modulators can optionally be triggered by MIDI notes.
  • Large number of filter types (linear filters, analog models, FM, AM filters, reverbs, distortions).
  • Feedback section.
  • Automatic Gain Control to protect your ears somewhat.

Filtertypes

Tight Compressor

TightCompressor

Yet another compressor. This one is quite a tight little peak compressor.

This peak compressor is based on a paper by Giannoulis et al, "Digital Dynamic Range Compressor Design—A Tutorial and Analysis", Journal of the Audio Engineering Society 60(6). It seems to be a pretty decent at tight style compression, with pretty aggressive attack. The compression is continuously visualized to help you dial in the appropriate settings.

Stereo Bub II - Mono compatible stereo widener

StereoBub

Stereo widener that preserves mono compatibility.

A fairly basic stereo widening tool. Widens the sound, but makes sure that the mono-mix stays unaffected (unlike Haas). The crossover is basically a 12 pole HPF that cuts the bass of the widening to avoid widening the bass too much. The last slider allows you to mix in the original side channel (which can optionally also be run through the 12-pole highpass).

There are two basic modes of operation:

  1. You can either add stereo sound from nothing, using the Strength slider. This adds a comb filtered version of the average signal with opposite polarity to the different channels. Be careful not to overdo it, or you get a flangey sound (unless that is what you want).
  2. You can manipulate the existing side channel that's in the input. The gain of the original side channel is scaled by the old "Old side" knob. Depending on the button "HP original side" this signal route will be highpassed (mono-izing the low frequencies).

Stereo Bub III - Stereo widener

StereoBub3 It's pretty much the same as II, except it adds vibrato on left and right and a squash option to box in the side channel. This squash option can be useful at times to mask the phasing effects you can sometimes hear on drums. Mind you, too much of it will cause harmonics that will completely vanish when mixing down to mono, so be careful with that one.

Transience - Transient modifier

TransienceUI

Transient shaper. Can modify attack and decay of incoming audio.

Transience is a plugin for enhancing or reducing transients. It works by using two envelopes. One is an envelope follower (short attack, longer decay; roughly follows the peaks of the sound), the other is a user specified envelope (with attack/decay). You can then shape the sound according to the difference between the two, making attacks or decays longer or shorter. The plugin operates in logarithmic space.

Tone Stacks

ToneStacksUI

Tone Stacks emulates the tone stacks of some classic guitar amps. It is based on the work of jatalahd and ~arph from diystompboxes.com forum. See their visualization tool here: http://www.guitarscience.net/tsc/info.htm Tone stacks contains some bi-linearly transformed versions of these filters.

Bandsplitter/joiner - Tool

BandSplitterUI

4-pole band splitter that preserves phase between the bands. It has a UI and uses much steeper crossover filters (24 dB/oct) than the default that ships with reaper thereby providing sharper band transitions.

It also has an option for linear phase FIR crossovers instead of the default IIR filters. IIRs cost less CPU and introduce no preringing or latency. The linear phase FIRs however prevent phase distortion (which can be important in some mixing settings), but introduce latency compensation. Note that when using the linear phase filters, it is not recommended to modulate the crossover frequencies as this introduces crackles.

Amaranth - Granular Sampler

AmaranthUI

Granular sampler.

Multi-channel spectral analyser with sonogram and time window - Tool

I needed a plugin that I could keep open on one screen to monitor things. Hence I modified the stock Reaper spectral analyzer to allow for multi-channel analysis and combine it with a sonogram and time window.

Spectral Analyzer

The JSFX comes with a lua script which sets up the routing appropriately on a new FX track.

White/Black

Chooses background color.

Smoothing

Chooses size of spectral smoothing. Spectral smoothing is performed in the frequency domain, using larger smoothing for higher values. Note that this is not an unbiased smoother. More smoothing means that peaks get wider and the spectrum becomes less accurate. The noise is also suppressed however, which makes it easier to read when there are multiple spectra.

Color map

Specifies colormap for spectral analyzer.

Scale

Scale indicators the zoom factor on the spectrum analyzer.

Integrate

Integrate spectrum over time. This makes the spectrum less noisy, but less sensitive to short transients. Smoothness is a tradeoff between smoothing (width), integration time (transients) and noise (no smoothing or integration time).

Floor

Specify where to put the noise floor.

Window

Window function. Defaults to Blackman-Harris for its resolution.

FFT

FFT window size. 8192 is pretty good. Higher is heavier on the CPU.

Log(Sonogram)

Enabling this shows the sonogram with a logarithmic frequency axis. Disabling it means linear.

Sonogram/Time toggle

Determine whether you want to see the waveform or the sonogram. Waveform is good for studying transients. Sonogram is good for studying frequencies over time.

Channel buttons

The next buttons indicate what channels are visualized. Enabling or disabling them can be done by clicking them with the left mouse button. Clicking them with the right mouse button will make them the active channel in the sonogram or time window. This way, you can study the sonograms of the channels separately.

Sum

Indicates the sum of the signal. This will show the left and right channel in black and grey in the main graph. Enabling or disabling can be done by left clicking. Clicking this with the outer mouse button will show the signal in the sonogram or time window.

Ch1 - Ch16

The channels that are routed to the spectral analyser. Enabling or disabling can be done by left clicking. Clicking this with the outer mouse button will show the signal in the sonogram or time window.

Sonogram mode

Double-clicking the sonogram will toggle its size. Clicking and dragging with the left mouse button will change how bright it is. Clicking with the right mouse button will switch colormap. The channel you're viewing and the scale are shown on the top left. The colormap on the bottom left. Switch with outer mouse button on the channel button in the second row on the top. Mousewheel will change the scaling w.r.t. the frequency axis. Doubleclicking alters the sonogram size.

Time mode

Clicking and dragging or using the mouse wheel will change the scale of the graph. The channel you're viewing is shown on the top left. Switch with outer mouse button on the channel button in the second row on the top. Doubleclicking alters the signal window size.

SideSpectrum Meter

A stereo spectral analyzer to study how much the left and right channel differ.

StereoManipulator

A stereo width manipulator with a large number of filters.

Splits the channel into two via crossover filter. Both channels can then be mono-ified separately. Use FIR filter for strong transients, but note that this incurs N/2 delay of the signal. Larger filters are required for cutting lower freq. Larger filters will also reduce aliasing. Use high order IIR for less transient heavy stuff. This incurs no global delay but may alter transients. FIRs are much more expensive than IIRs.

If you hear phase cancellation, set use channel to left or right rather than mix. Note that widths other than 0 or 100% in this setting is not recommended since this will create volume differences between left and right.

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