apShaper

harmonic distortion plugin
advanced aliasing suppression
deep modulation options
Overview
apulSoft apShaper is an audio insert effect plugin to add harmonic content to audio signals. It combines a waveshaper with three filter bands and various modulation options - two lfos, a dynamics detector and user-configurable knobs.

apShaper comes with five shaper engines ranging from adding harmonic distortion to freely configurable polygonal wavefolding.

The three filter bands come directly from apulSoft apQualizr2 and offer the same great quality without frequency squeezing at high frequencies. The included vari-slope low-pass filter type allows smooth slopes not possible by traditional filtering - ideal to gently shape signals with large amounts of distortion applied.

Aliasing suppression
The waveshaper in apShaper uses sophisticated algorithms to reduce aliasing. It approximates continous-time (idealized analog) waveshaping using numerical integration. This reduces antialiasing more than traditional oversampling could, especially if the transfer curve is not smooth (wavefolding/bitcrushing).

Main Features

  • Demo version! Download and try in demo mode.
  • Introductory sale offer: 30% off with coupon apShaperIntro until October 31th, 2019.
  • Five high-quality waveshaping engines: harmonic, tube, saturation, steps, wavefold.
  • Extremely low aliasing.
  • Four types of saturation soft-knee: tape, classic, distortion and hyper.
  • The steps engine allows continous adjustments of the number of bits.
  • The wavefold engine provides symmetrical and asymmetrical user-editable breakpoints.
  • Three multi-type filter bands can be applied before and/or after waveshaping.
  • The variable-slope low-pass filter type is ideal to use with harmonic distortion products.
  • The direct channel can be independently filtered and dry/wet mixed with the shaped sound.
  • Graphical editing of filter parameters on the spectrum display.
  • Zoomable frequency spectrum and waveform displays.
  • Built-in input/output meters and gain and a dc offset removal filter.
  • Modulation system with up to 16 modulation rules with independent gains.
  • Internal modulation sources: two LFOs, a dynamics detector and two user-definable knobs.
  • Midi input using the modulation system.
  • A low processing latency of 6 samples allows real-time performance.
  • Unlimited undo/redo for all actions.
  • Plugin formats: AudioUnits/AAX/VST/VST3 for 32-bit and 64-bit hosts on Mac OS X and Windows
  • Built-in system-wide preset management with import and export of preset files, compatible across platforms and hosts using a human-readable xml file format.
  • Bright & dark color schemes and support for user defined color schemes.
System Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or newer.
  • Window Vista or newer.
  • 32-bit and 64-bit systems and hosts are supported.
  • A host application compatible with AudioUnits or VST2/3 plugins or Pro Tools (>10.3.5, AAX)
Demo Limitations
  • After 5 minutes, random faded bursts of noise are added to the plugin output.
  • Presets cannot be exported/saved to the preset menu.
  • The first time the plugin is opened in a session, a demo description dialog is presented.