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Top 7 Frequency Shifter VST plugins 2020

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We have collected for you the top 7 VST plugins Frequency Shifter according to PluginBoutique.

VST list navigation:

  1. Frequency Shifter Snapin
  2. Shift
  3. MTransformer
  4. MFreqShifterMB
  5. Hematohm
  6. Resonator Snapin
  7. RSPhaseShifter

1. Frequency Shifter Snapin

by kiloHearts

Frequency Shifter Snapin

Frequency Shifter: Dissonant Shifting

Do you ever think to yourself: “Screw harmonics!”? Well, ok, probably not. 

But let’s do it anyway!

Frequency shifter shifts the frequencies of a sound linearly across the spectrum,  destroying the original harmonic relationship between frequencies. Mmm… Dissonance…

What’s a Snapin?

This plugin is a “snapin”. That means you can use it as a regular VST/AU plugin, or you can use it with our snapin hosts Multipass and Snap Heap where you can combine effects in amazing ways.

System Requirements

These are the minimum recommended system requirements for running snapins.

CPU:

  • 2 GHz or faster

Memory:

  • 1 GB or more

Operating System:

  • Windows (7 or newer) or Mac OS X (10.7 or newer)

Software:

  • A VST / Audio Unit / AAX compatible DAW

Supported formats:

  • AAX
  • AU
  • VST2
  • Snapin

Please note: If you use a lot of snapins at the same time in your patch the CPU usage willincrease accordingly. Thus, we cannot guarantee that the snapins will work flawlessly in all use cases even if your system does meet the minimum recommended system requirements.


2. Shift

by Sinevibes

Shift

Animated Frequency Shifter

Important note: This software is Mac compatible only (Audio Units) and will not function on PC computers.

Shift is a plugin that creates animated spectral shifting effects. It is based around a step-sequenced envelope generator that allows to easily construct sophisticated patterns that are sent to control either a frequency shifter or a ring modulator. This finely-tuned setup produces a wide range of interesting effects: from gentle inharmonic detune and chirping, to extreme spectral-thinning and metallic zaps – with intricate pulsations in perfect sync with input audio.

Shift displays a live sound waveform and aligns its sequencer graphics with it – exactly in the same way it’s done by the sound engine, for true “what you see is what you get” operation. Every element in its user interface is color-coded and features subtle animations, bringing unusual ease of use and interactivity. Plus, all this goodness is rendered right on your Mac’s graphics adapter meaning fast response and no extra load on the main processor, regardless of how new or old your system is.

Features

Sound Engine:

  • Sequencer with up to 32 steps, variable duration, division and swing ratio
  • Alias-free frequency shifter and ring modulator effects
  • Envelope matrix offering 10 envelope shapes, adjustable time, curve and lag
  • Eight parameter snapshots in each preset, available for realtime switching and automation
  • Host transport synchronization with support for tempo and time signature changes

Graphic Interface:

  • Live input audio waveform and fluid sequencer graphics visually matched to it
  • Support for multi-touch gestures and force touch on compatible trackpad devices
  • Fully hardware-accelerated rendering with support for Retina screen resolution

System Requirements

  • Supports OS X 10.6 or later, running on 32 or 64-bit Intel Macs
  • Works with any application that supports Audio Unit (AU) effect plugins

Important Notes: 

  • This software is Mac compatible only (Audio Units) 
  • An Audio Units (AU) compatible DAW is also required to run this software
  • This software will not function on PC computers

3. MTransformer

by MeldaProduction

MTransformer

Pitch shifting, frequency shifting, daemonic and robotic voices… that’s MTransformer, a unique spectral processor, that lets you transform any frequency to any other, transform their levels…

Transform Any Frequency to Any Other

Frequency shifting and pitch shifting are very different processes and yet they share the same core – they transform each frequency to a different one. And with MTransformer you can literally change the frequencies anyhow you want. That can lead to all sorts of creative processing useful for all kinds of audio materials.

Transform Levels of Each Frequency

In any audio material there are loud frequencies and there are also, well, silent frequencies. Have you ever thought about what would happen if they changed places? Or what would happen if the silent stuff was removed completely? Well, now you can find out ;).

Modulation Heaven

Looking for a little extra variation in your sound? Look no further than our extensive modulation options. Modulate any parameter from sources such as an LFO, audio level follower, envelope generator, randomizer, or pitch detector. Your sound will never be static again.

MeldaProduction Goodies

Like always you’ll find the standard MeldaProduction features: 16x upsampling, M/S, surround support as well as other channel modes, A-H presets for easy comparisons, and our easy to use integrated help system.

Features

The Most Advanced User Interface on the Market – Stylable, Resizable, GPU Accelerated

  • Modern user interfaces must not only be easy and quick to use, but also versatile and the whole visual appearance should inspire you. MTransformer features the most advanced GUI engine on the market. It is still the first and only GUI engine, which is freely resizable and stylable. It also lets you choose between knobs, sliders or buttons, whichever you like the most. 
  • The plugin can look as an ancient vintage gear, if you are working on old-school rock music. Or as super-modern futuristic device if you are working on modern electronic music. 
  • If your display doesn’t have a high resolution, you can make the plugin smaller. If the fonts are too small, you can make the plugin bigger and save your eyes. 
  • All the graphics is accelerated using your GPU, graphical interface, providing ultimately quick response and keep your CPU focused on the audio.

Dual User Interface, Easy Screen for Beginners, Edit Screen for Professionals

  • MTransformer provides an arsenal of features you probably didn’t think it was possible. But even as a beginner you can use it thanks to the dual graphical user interface. 
  • First there is an Easy screen with several predefined modes, but just a few controls. This lets you start quickly and easily without any knowledge. All you need to do is choose what you want and use a few knobs. 
  • Then there is an Edit screen for those of you, who are not afraid of all the amazing features the plugin has under the hood.

Unique Visualisation Engine with Classic Meters and Time Graphs

  • Your ears should always be the main judge, but a smart metering system can often be a huge help. MTransformer provides the most advanced metering system out there. The plugin can display the measurements of all relevant values using classic meters, or it can even show them in time using the time graphs. Everything is customisable as usual.

4 Exceptionally Versatile Modulators

  • MTransformer provides 4 fully-featured modulators which can control any set of parameters including other modulators. Each modulator works as an LFO, level follower, midi/audio triggered ADSR enveloper, randomizer or pitch detector, or even a combination and can listen to the plugin’s side-chain. 
  • You can make the sound move in time, be less static and more interesting. You can make various parameters depend on the input (or the sidechain) level or even listen to the input pitch. 

Adjustable Oscillator Shape Technology

  • Every oscillator in MTransformer uses the most versatile oscillator algorithm on the market. It provides mix of predefined oscillator shapes, custom waveforms edited using our MeldaProduction Envelope System (MES), a step-sequencer and several methods for algorithmic postprocessing. 
  • It also provides a harmonic mode, which lets you control the harmonic content instead of oscillator shape. This is especially useful for high frequency oscillators. 

4 Multiparameters

  • MTransformer lets you control multiple parameters using a single so-called multiparameter. This may not only come handy for automation for example, but the multiparameters are very smart units and you can use them to smartly morph between banks of settings for example. All in the name of creativity! 

M/S, Single Channel, Up to 8 Channels Surround Processing…

  • MTransformer can handle not only mono and stereo signals, but also mid/side encoding for stereo field processing, separate left & right channels, separate mid or side signal and up to 8 channels of surround audio. It is perfect for audio production for music, movies, games… 

Smart Randomization

  • Being creative is sometimes complicated and one often needs an inspiration. By clicking a single button you can walk through the billions of possible settings and find the best one for you. The smart randomization algorithm wisely selects good sounding combinations of parameters. It can even randomize modulators for you. And if that’s too much, you can just hold ctrl and MTransformer will just slightly modify existing settings.

Automatic Gain Compensation (AGC)

  • Most plugins change loudness of the output audio, which makes browsing presets inconvenient, not mentioning randomization. MTransformer includes automatic gain compensation, which quickly adapts to current settings and ensures the output sounds as loud as the input. This even protects you from thinking that something sounds better in cases it is just louder.

Safety Limiter

  • Some plugins can intensely increase gain when exposed to specific audio materials. MTransformer provides a safety brickwall limiter, which ensures the output stays below 0dB and prevents your equipment and your ears from potential danger automatically.

Adjustable Up-Sampling 1x-16x

  • Digital audio provides very superior audio quality compared to ancient analog gear, but there are problems too. The main problem is the aliasing, which may be noticeable, when using nonlinear processes such as compression or saturation. MTransformer includes both minimum-phase and high-quality linear-phase upsampling algorithms, which avoids the aliasing. 

Synchronization to Host Tempo

  • Every oscillator and modulator in the plugin can automatically synchronize to the host. But it can be out-of-sync if you want of course.

MIDI Controllers with MIDI Learn

  • MTransformer contains a powerful MIDI processor, which listen to MIDI controllers and MIDI keyboard and control any parameters realtime. 

Extremely Fast, Optimized for Newest AVX Capable Processors

  • Computers are now extremely fast, but the algorithms are more complex and projects bigger, so we still need to use the processing power with care. MTransformer uses the fastest algorithms, takes advantage of the newest processor capabilities, lets your GPU hangle the graphics, and shares the resources with other MeldaProduction plugins. The plugin is among the fastest on the market, yet it provides the best possible audio quality.

Global Preset Management and Online Preset Exchange

  • MTransformer presets are carefully stored in a system database and you can quickly access then from any project in any host. The plugin can automatically share your presets and download presets of other users from our servers. We are building a community and you can be a part of it!

Supports VST, VST3, AU and AAX Interfaces on Windows & Mac, both 32-bit and 64-bit

  • MTransformer supports all major hosts on both platforms.

No Dongle nor Internet Access is Required for Activation

  • How many times did you forget your USB dongle? We are an honest company and expect the same from our customers. Our software uses licence files to activate your software. And the licences are to-person, so you can use it on all your computers as long as you are the user.

Free-for-Life Updates

  • When you buy the software you are entitled to free updates, forever. No more money wasted on major upgrades like it is with other companies. And we upgrade our software a lot!

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can’t work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X (10.7 and newer, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.


4. MFreqShifterMB

by MeldaProduction

MFreqShifterMB

MFreqShifterMB is a revolutionary frequency shifting plugin which breaks down the harmonic content of the audio. Use it to fatten the sound, produce mild stereo expansion, or even provide complete sound destruction. Whether you simply need an enhancement tool, or are searching for a truly original sound, this is the plugin for you!

Features

  • Dual user interface – the plugin is not only extremely versatile, but also quick and easy-to-use thanks to 2 graphical user interfaces. First there is a simple default one with several predefined modes, but just a few controls, which lets you start quickly and easily without any knowledge. All you need to do is choose what you want and use a few knobs. And the plugins also has an advanced mode, which provides all the extreme features the plugin offers.
  • 1-6 fully configurable independent bands built on 3 perfectly transparent crossover algorithms (analog, linear-phase and hybrid) with fully adjustable limits and input gains. Includes peak meters for all bands and the master.
  • Continuously adjustable oscillator shape – every oscillator in our plugins is defined by a mix of predefined oscillator shapes, custom waveforms edited using our MeldaProduction Envelope System (MES), step-sequencer and several methods for algorithmic postprocessing. It is the most advanced approach for defining oscillator shapes. 
  • 4 global modulators – in each instance you can have up to 4 fully-featured modulators that can modulate any set of parameters including other modulators! In this way you can make the sound move in time, be less static and more interesting. Each modulator works as LFO, follower, midi/audio triggered ADSR envelopes, a pitch detector or even a combination.
  • Up to 8 channels surround processing – our plugins can handle not only mono and stereo signals, but also up to 8 channels of surround audio, making them ideal for audio production for movies, games etc.
  • Full randomization – using a single button you can generate completely new settings. By clicking the button you can walk through the billions of possible settings and find the best one for you! And if that’s too much, you can just hold ctrl and MFreqShifterMB will only slightly modify existing settings.
  • Adjustable up-sampling 1x-16x to minimize aliasing and get an even clearer sound.
  • Extremely advanced and easy-to-use user interface – our products are always designed to enhance the workflow. You can easily change all values, fine-tune each control in multiple ways. Easy orientation in a standardized GUI, textual editing and smooth visualization with almost unlimited zooming are standard in all of our plugins. Moreover our plugins are the world first (and still the only ones), which support resizable and stylable GUI’s.
  • Automatic synchronization to host tempo – every oscillator and modulator in the plugin can automatically synchronize to the host providing as natural a sound as possible while not offending other tracks.
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn – you can map any parameter to any MIDI controller or MIDI keyboard and control it realtime or record and automate it.
  • Very fast, optimized for SSE and SSE2 processors.
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange – using a title button you can save your settings (which are shared on the computer) so you can easily access these in other songs. Moreover all plugins can automatically share your presets and download presets of other users from our servers (if this feature is enabled). We are building a community and you can be a part of it!
  • Fully Automatable.

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can’t work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X (10.7 and newer, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.


5. Hematohm

by OhmForce

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Hematohm

The Weirdest Thing in your Sonic Arsenal

If you are heavily into experimental stuff and have always found that none of the numerous plugins available out there offer the possibility of making these kinds of really bizarre effects and textures that have been haunting your mind, Hematohm is your Holy Grail. Ideal for horror/sci-fi movies.

High-Quality Frequency Shifter

As a frequency shifter, Hematohm goes far beyond ring modulation, although it may remind you of the sound of the latter. It’s not a pitch shifter either: instead of removing the whole harmonic content, it handles frequency itself. This, in conjunction with other controls, can radically change your sound.

3 Auxiliary Killer Features

Combine Hematohm’s core competency with a vicious envelope follower to add some colour, with an LFO with 10 waveforms and plenty of controls (like a 3 randomized shapes capable of an unlimited number of modulation patterns) and a delay that you can route to the direct forward path or the feedback path alone.

The Weirdest Sounds Ever

That’s all very well and good, but how does all this sound at the end? Odd – Incredibly odd, as anybody having merely switched between built-in presets will tell you. Certainly, it will not be your everyday tool for producing top 40 songs, but it’s definitely the perfect secret weapon for sound designers looking for alien FX.

Two Skins, Two Paths to the Force

Ohm Force plugins come with two skins: the classic one gives you all the controls in a neat, old school analogue rack-like interface. It’s a good point to start learning and get familiar with the plugin’s capabilities. The other one, called ‘funky’, embodies the true spirit of Ohm Force.

System Requirements

Mac (32/64-bit)

  • Audio Units (AU)
  • VST
  • AAX / RTAS (Pro Tools)

Windows (32/64-bit)

  • VST
  • AAX / RTAS (Pro Tools)

Please note: Our RTAS formats for Pro Tools have been reported as presenting certain issues in Pro Tools 10. We therefore recommend that you test the available Trial versions before purchasing, in order to check their compatibility on your system. All OhmForce products are not compatible with macOS Catalina.


6. Resonator Snapin

by kiloHearts

Resonator Snapin

Resonator: Harmonic Resonance

Found a frequency that you really really like? Want it to hang in there for  just a little bit longer? Let it ring in the new year with Resonator.

Specific frequency harmonics in the input sound are enhanced and propagated, giving you fine control over the sustain of a tone.

What’s a Snapin?

This plugin is a “snapin”. That means you can use it as a regular VST/AU plugin, or you can use it with our snapin hosts Multipass and Snap Heap where you can combine effects in amazing ways.

System Requirements

These are the minimum recommended system requirements for running snapins.

CPU:

  • 2 GHz or faster

Memory:

  • 1 GB or more

Operating System:

  • Windows (7 or newer) or Mac OS X (10.7 or newer)

Software:

  • A VST / Audio Unit / AAX compatible DAW

Supported formats:

  • AAX
  • AU
  • VST2
  • Snapin

Please note: If you use a lot of snapins at the same time in your patch the CPU usage willincrease accordingly. Thus, we cannot guarantee that the snapins will work flawlessly in all use cases even if your system does meet the minimum recommended system requirements.


7. RSPhaseShifter

by MAAT

RSPhaseShifter

Great Sounding Alignment, Made Easy

The only official digital implementation of Roger Schult/German Audio Lab’s Phase Shifter W2324 pure analogue hardware.

Analogue Soul, Digital Heart

Creating a very high fidelity, phase shifted version of the input, RSPhaseShifter provides a fast, convenient and musical means of aligning individual mix elements for the best subjective result. RSPhaseShifter is great for any situation where you need to creatively control tonality, power spectrum and harmonic content through phase manipulation. Post–production, stem mastering, outboard gear compensation, film re-recording, “live” production, sound reinforcement, along with content creation for gaming and VR all benefit from having RSPhaseShifter on hand.

Old Skool Values

RSPhaseShifter was created in conjunction with Roger Schult/German Audio Lab and is a painstaking, 64-bit digital realization of Schult’s trusted Phase Shifter W2324 analogue hardware. When multiple sources compete rather than complement, RSPhaseShifter should be your choice for a fast, intuitive, easy to use and effective remedy.

Better By Design

As with all Roger Schult by MAAT products, the RSPhaseShifter is handcrafted and precision engineered in California by way of Germany. This is an explicit digital recreation of the analogue W2324 topology, not a modelling or simulation algorithm. We copied the functionality of the original hardware without analogue’s shortcomings. This tool´s value is more about what it does technically, so we left out stuff like fake transformer colour, hum or Johnson Noise. There are lots of colourful plugins, we simply provide convenient access to the useful functionality along with a classic API Lunchbox look.

Features

The original W2324 analogue degree scale is highly non–linear, due to issues with analogue circuitry. The original also has ten tick marks, from 10 to 125°. Freed from the limitations of an analog implementation, we have moved to a true, linear scale and extended the range slightly, something only possible in the digital domain. RSPhaseShifter’s eleven tick marks, in 15° steps, start at 15 and go to 180°; 15; 30; 45; 60; 75; 90; 105; 120; 135; 150; 180°.

  • Real-time adjustment of phase angle, resonant frequency, gain
  • MIRROR and FLIP modes speed stereo setting selection
  • δ (DELTA) mode for modifying stereo spread in an MS workflow
  • All standard formats: AU, VST & AAX Mac/Win
  • Optimized internal 64-bit processing for highest fidelity
  • Operates at all standard sample rates, from 44.1 to 384 kHz
  • Compatible with standard OSs; macOS, Windows
  • Low fatigue visual design
  • Compact layout

Functions:

  • Filter gain range of -5 to + 5 dB via 41 position stepped control
  • Continuously adjustable phase angle between 15° and 180°
  • 3 position switch to extend phase angle from 180° to 360°
  • Bypass position for quick and easy comparison with the uncorrected signal
  • Stepped or continuous rotary control to select frequency range from 16 to 4 kHz

Controls:

Range

This three position switch is used to select the range of the phase shifter.

  • Top Position: +180° (180 – 360°)
  • Centre Position: Bypass
  • Bottom Position: 0 – 180°

The centre Phase Position, the “0” setting or Bypass mode, provides a means to compare the effect of the selected phase shift with the unprocessed, original phase of the source material.

Frequency

The phase shift is dependent on the selected frequency setting. The Frequency control is either stepped for repeatability or continuous; your choice. Resonant frequency selection is managed by a 13 step ELMA–style control with the following frequencies:

  • 16 Hz – 400 Hz
  • 25 Hz – 630 Hz
  • 40 Hz – 1000 Hz
  • 63 Hz – 1600 Hz
  • 100 Hz – 2500 Hz
  • 160 Hz – 4 kHz
  • 250 Hz

Additional controls include a ±5 dB of gain refinement plus MIRROR, FLIP and δ (DELTA) modes for use during stereo operation.

What’s Your Headache?

For most applications, it makes sense to use RSPhaseShifter on just one channel, rather than on both stereo channels. A common example would be when a stereo pair of ambiance mics suffer from slightly different distances to a localized source. Additional uses include:

1: You have a DI’d bass track which sounds dry and lifeless. You drop that track into a project so you can re-amp it, and dial up a great re-amped sound. When you try to blend the DI track with the re-amped track, it sounds…awful! Just grab RSPhaseShifter, insert it into the DI’d track, and start off with a low-frequency setting. Sweep the phase angle control and fine-tune the frequency and…Bang! Suddenly, it sounds awesome.

2: Another scenario would be you have a set of two distorted guitar tracks recorded with different guitars or amps but playing the same riff. They sound nasty because both are modeling–based guitar amp simulations. Just insert the stereo version of the RSPhaseShifter into one of those pairs of tracks and play around in Mirror mode, so that both sides of your processing track are ganged. Within seconds, you will find a sweet spot where both guitars blend perfectly because by sweeping through the phase angle control, you’re applying very complex comb filters which you could not create with other EQ.

3: A common situation is you have closely spaced, multi–mic’ed sources, like a snare with top and bottom mics, some instrument with two mics, or an acoustic guitar with a mic and a piezo pickup. Just play around with the RSPhaseShifter on one of the feeds, preferably the one which is closest to the source, such as a piezo feed, and find the sweet spot by feel.

4: Yet another would be you’ve made a great acoustic stereo recording and have used supporting microphones, such as room, spot or far hall placements. To meld these into your main stereo pair, take your mains as the phase reference, and align one supporting mic after the other with the mains. This is easiest if your supporting sources are panned centre and approximately the same level during phase alignment. Afterwards, you can set gain and panning back to taste.

5: Acoustical issues are often an annoyance at low frequencies…

  • Reduce the influence of standing waves, or room modes, for a loudspeaker setup in conjunction with one or more subwoofers.
  • Reduce the acoustical energy caused by low-frequency cancellation in live sound applications.
  • Acoustically optimize the sound field in studio and live sound environments.

Features and Specifications:

  • Analogue-Style Phase Shifting
  • Mono & Stereo Operation
  • 64-bit DSP

Supported Formats:

  • AAX (Pro Tools 10.3.10 and newer), AU, VST2/3 M/W
  • Sample rates from 44.1 to 384 kHz

System Requirements

Mac:

  • macOS 10.8 and newer, 32 & 64 bit.

PC:

  • Windows 7 and newer, 32 & 64 bit.
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