If your music doesn’t get enough “Aahs” and “Oohs”, maybe you should try putting them into the actual music? Formant Filter shapes the sound in a similar way to how the vocal tract works, leading to vowel-esque sounds. So, channel your inner robo-Tarzan.
The Formant Filter will boost two frequencies to mimic the sounds of different vowels.
- Vowel Selector
- Selects two frequencies to boost. We’ve put the phonetic symbols of some common vowel sounds on the selection pane. (Honestly that doesn’t help much. I have no idea how ɤ sounds anyway.)
Applying a LFO modulation to either axis of the pane can give some nice human-esque qualities to your sound.
- Q knob
- Adjust how powerful and narrow the frequency boost is.
- Allow low frequencies through the filter.
- Allow high frequencies through the filter.
- Settings panel
- Whenever you have your mouse cursor over a snapin theree is a small arrow at the top right corner (not visible in screenshot). It opens a settings panel where you handle presets.
It also has a “randomize” button that can be useful. I guess…
- Enabled checkbox
- The small checkbox to the left of the plugin name is a checkbox that bypasses the effect when disabled.
- Resize handle
- The bottom right corner of all Kilohearts plugins is a resize handle for scaling the UI to any size. This allows you to get a good view of the controls whatever the screen resolution, and also comes in handy if you need big controls, e.g. when using Formant Filter as a real-time effect on a touchscreen monitor during a live set. (This is not available when the snapin is used inside a snapin host.)
Get more out of Formant Filter!
Formant Filter shines on it´s own, but it was primarily created to power up the different “Snapin Hosts” Kilohearts offer. These are bigger effects units that utilize all the available snapins and give you a really fun and creative workflow for combining them in any way you can think of. So have a look at Snap Heap and Multipass right now!