A look inside the Kilohearts’ vast Plugin Ecosystem
Kilohearts over the years has established itself as one of the top plugin development companies in the world, collecting support from artists such as Madeon, Nik Roos, KSHMR, Zomboy, Mr. Bill, Kill the Noise, Nasko, and many more. They have been constantly expanding their catalog, which offers a large number of effects, Content Banks, and Snapin Hosts. With the vast variety of plugins by Kilohearts, there are quite a few hidden gems in their collection that might not have caught your attention in the past. Down below is our overview of the plugins within the Kilohearts Ecosystem.
The Kilohearts Ecosystem currently comprises three Snapin Host plugins and a total of 35 effects plugins, available in VST, AAX, AU and Snapin formats.
Snapin Host Plugins
Starting with their flagship product, Phase Plant. This software synth is an absolute beast of a plugin. Phase Plant is a semi-modular synth that starts off with a blank canvas on which you can build anything you can imagine. There are four types of signal generators: Analog, Wavetable, Sample, and Noise. You can combine as many of these as you want and choose how to route them through the three Snapin hosting effects lanes. You can even use them to modulate each other at audio rate for complex FM synthesis and beyond. Every time you dive into this plugin for some sound design, you’ll find something new.
Multipass is a multi-band Snapin Host that will give you the ultimate freedom to apply effects on specific frequency ranges of your sound. Use a compressor on the low end, a phaser on the mid-range, and a reverb on the high end simultaneously, for example. Multipass is a quick way to creatively manipulate the different frequency bands of your sound with multiple effects.
Last but not least, we have the FREE Snap Heap effects playground. Snap Heap is a digital modular laboratory and is one of the hidden gems we were referring to earlier in the article. It provides an easy and convenient way to create serial and parallel effects chains with your Snapins. There are four modular effect lanes with each having separate controls for gain, mix, panning, and mute/solo. You can automate the macro knobs in your DAW or map them to your MIDI controller for real-time manipulation.
Snap Heap comes in with 100 high-quality factory presets which are all fully functional, regardless of which Snapins you own, making this one free plugin capable of a wider variety of effects than any other freebie you will find. Even better, literally all Snap Heap presets are fully functional, and there are plenty out there in the wild. So… happy hunting!
Due to the sheer quality and high utility, Snap Heap is definitely one of the best free plugins available on the market.
Kilohearts currently has a total of 35 effect plugins in their catalog, with more being added all the time. They have an effect for almost any purpose you may require in your music production process. Some of the single effects include Convolver, Comb Filter, Compressor, Flanger, Gate, Distortion, Phaser, Pitch Shifter, Frequency Shifter, Tape Stop, and Transient Shaper (to name just a few).
Simplicity over complexity is what Kilohearts aims for. With just a few clicks, you can add that lush reverb to your synths, widen your stereo, shift the pitch of the incoming signal, or apply pretty much any effect you can think of. It’s really that simple, and to make it even more powerful you can use the three Snapin Hosts to create and control complex effects chains within one plugin.
One more notable thing that stands out is that all the plugins within the Kilohearts Ecosystem are quite light on the CPU, which is very important for many budding music producers.
By the end of this year, 2021, Kilohearts is planning a significant update to the entire ecosystem. The main hosts, Phase Plant, Multipass, and Snap Heap are likely to get a major functionality boost. So look out for that.
All effects and hosts are available to buy individually or in Toolbox Bundles in the Kilohearts Shop. Or, if you are on a tight budget or want to try out all the plugins before making a big purchase, you can choose the Kilohearts Subscription that grants you access to every single Kilohearts plugin and all official Content Banks for just $9.99 a month. You also get $100 in Subscriber Rewards for every twelve months you subscribe, allowing you to eventually buy perpetual licenses for the plugins you want and cancel your subscription.
Kilohearts really do have great options for all producers and sound designers!
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