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Big Tick - Hexaline

Hexaline can be used to chorus, enhance, and otherwise mess up your audio tracks. You will find below a quick explanation of what the controls do.

Hexaline consists in three "dual variable-delay lines with cross-feedback". When a stereo signal is sent into such a unit, its left and right parts are delayed with different values (the delay values are driven by separate triangle-shaped LFOs.) Then the left part is fed back into the right delay, and the right part into the left delay (this is the "cross-feedback" thing). The feedback amount can be negative! With extreme feedback amounts, Hexaline can turn a simple input sound into big ambient textures. The three units are all de-tuned internally, and can be chained in series (the output of a unit is the input of the next one) or parallel (all units process the same input signal).

Hexaline controls

  • Delay controls the left/right delay times
  • Speed controls the left/right LFOs speeds
  • Depth controls the left/right LFOs depths
  • Feedback controls the delays cross-feedfack
  • Random randomizes the depth of the LFO
  • Serial selects serial chain mode
  • Parallel selects parallel chain mode
  • Invert changes the sign of the processed sound
  • Slow toggles between slow or fast LFO speed
  • Dry selects the mix of unprocessed sound
  • Wet selects the mix of processed sound



Big Tick - DualDelay

Big Tick consists of two separate delay lines with a resonant low-pass filter in the feedback loop. Delay times can be specified in millisecond or in 16th notes when associated to a tempo. The plug-in can also query its host for the current tempo value, allowing the delay effect to follow tempo changes for hosts that support that feature. Finally, the two delays can be "grouped". In this mode, they both have the same delay time and the right delay knob controls the time difference between the left and right delay lines.

  • 2 independent left/right delays with delay and feedback controls
  • Low-pass (-24 dB/Oct) resonant filter
  • Delay times can be expressed in ms or in 16th notes (when sync'd to the host tempo)
  • Group mode for ping-pong delay effects


Big Tick - NastyShaper

NastyShaper is a nonlinear distortion plug-in, based on algorithmic wave-shaping that will tear your tracks to shreds. Rather than producing distortion in the more conventional manner, NastyShaper takes a novel approach

Audio is first distorted by four wave-shapers of Type 1 in series, followed by two wave-shapers of Type 2 and two wave-shapers of Type 3. With individual knobs controlling the amount of each wave-shaping stage, and pre/post gain knobs, this plug-in can be used to distort otherwise dull synth sounds. It sounds pretty good on guitar too.

Controls

  • Pre control the amount of pre-gain
  • Post control the amount of post-gain
  • Shape A/B/C/D control the amount of wave-shaping for the 4 stages of Type 1
  • Next A/B knobs control the amount of wave-shaping for the 2 stages of Type 2
  • Next A/B knobs control the amount of wave-shaping for the 2 stages of Type 3
  • Oversample adds a high-quality 8x oversampling filter, at the expense of CPU usage



Big Tick - Mabento

Makunouchi Bento is bizarre effect custom designed for a Romanian duo specializing in freaky experimental music.

This plug-in ring-modulates incoming audio with sine waves of continuously varying frequency, and runs the result through a state-variable filter. It can often produce unexpected effects, from stuttering rhythms to ambient tones.

Range
Select the range of the speed knob. With low values, the modulator wave acts like a gapper. With higher values, the modulator gets into the audio range and generates strange overtones.

Speed
Select the base speed of the modulator.

Mod
Select the amount of speed modulation.

Feedback
Amount of cross-feedback between the left and right modulators.

Cutoff
The filter cutoff frequency.

Rez
The filter resonance.

Low, Mid, High
The amount of low-pass, band-pass, and high-pass output from the filter.

Sine 1 to 5
Select the shape of the modulator, from sine to sine.

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