From beautifully shimmering detuned guitar widening and glassy ambient octave-shift tails, to surreal ambiences, starship drones, alien, monster, and robot voices — WORMHOLE is the new indispensable multi-effects powerhouse for sound designers, music producers and film composers alike. Combining ultra-clean pitch/frequency shifting, eccentric spectral warping, dual lush reverbs, and unique dry/wet morphing, WORMHOLE delivers sounds so unearthly you’ll swear they’re from a parallel universe.
- High-quality multieffects processing ranging from the sublime to the extreme.
- WARP spectral inversion / warping module.
- SHIFT unique topology combined pitch-/frequency-shifting module with SMOOTH, TIGHT and two DETUNE modes.
- Dual lush randomized hall reverbs.
- Unique dry/wet morphing.
- Very wide +- 4 octaves pitch-shift and +-4000Hz frequency shift range, fully aliasing free, with 96dB/oct (!!) carrier and side-band attenuation.
WORMHOLE consists of 5 highly synergistic processing modules: the spectral WARP, the pitch/frequency SHIFT, the dual random modulated hall REVERB, a nifty little DELAY, and the dry/wet morphing FX BLEND sections. In combination with a flexible signal path, this makes WORMHOLE an ultra-fast and easy-to-use, high-end multieffects processor, that covers the full range from the subtle to the (very) extreme. Whether you're a sound designer, music producer or ambient artist, WORMHOLE is for you.
So What Is This For?
While WORMHOLE excels at making the usually time-consuming workflows of creating high-quality Sci-Fi sounds and creature voices fast, easy, fun and extremely hi-fi, it actually covers a very broad range of applications – including musical sweetening and ambient effects from the grungy to the shimmering and lush, bread-and-butter mixing effects like creating suboctaves, widening, chorusing, filtering, harmonic shaping and reverberation, and some seriously psychedelic electronica colors and mangling effects. Here are some of the things WORMHOLE is great at.
Alien, Robot and Monster Voices and Space-Age Transmission FX
WORMHOLE is insanely good for making all sorts of creature and robotic voices, as well as making them sound like the gravitometric faster-than-light transceiver went out-of-range. The WARP and SHIFT sections provide the mangling, while the dry/wet morphing ensures intelligibility (even with extreme transformations) and serves to fine-tune the alienification amount – reigning even the strongest processing back in if so desired. Or use the morphing to gradually transition from clean to mutated in an otherwise impossible, cool way.
Surreal Soundscapes and SFX
With WORMHOLE, spaceship atmospheres and neutrino accelerator field fluctuation induced interference oscillations are unbelievably easy to make – and sound unbelievably good, too. Turn cute metal clangs into huge impacts of intergalactic proportions, aircondition rumble into ancient planetoid displacement machinery hum, and synthesizer waveforms into mutated cyborg production facility power plant drones. Then, animate the sound organically by moving the dry/wet morph and section dry/wet mixes just a little bit. Or go crazy and automate everything all over the place, of course.
Musical Effects – Shimmering, Ambient, Lush, Beautiful
Guitars, pianos, pads all love WORMHOLE. It does just that thing that you'd typically reach for your really awesome vintage rack multi-effects units for, and feed them back into each other through the console...if they weren't out for service. Again. With unknown ETA due to the parts being unobtainium. And actually, WORMHOLE is the space-age version of that approach. No pitch-shifter induced disharmonic sidebands or graininess. Just pure, lushly blissfull glassy ambient fifths and octaves, micro-detuning shimmers, and more. Did we mention the dual, cascadable random modulated hall reverbs yet?
Mixing Effects – Widening, Chorusing and More
Since we gave WORMHOLE a really great pitch shifter, we figured: it would be smart to also make it do the L/R Detuning-Widening-Chorusing Thing. As we try to be smart as much as we can, we taught WORMHOLE how to do just that. The pitch-shifter has two dedicated L/R detuning modes and, taking the approach up another notch, we also created what we believe to be the first center-balanced widening delay. Together with the dry/wet morphing and the dual reverb engines, this makes for organic sounds from the sublimely subtle to the...well, NOT-so-subtle-at-all.
Far-Out Electronic Musical Effects and Destruction
Create sounds that mimic oscillator sync using any sound as the source. Even after the fact. Apply super-high fidelity frequency shifting, create wild pumping textures that sound far more aggressive than possible with a compressor, use the WARP circuit for emulating sample rate reduction and for creating unique lo-fi tones in a hi-fi way. Or, more generally speaking: transform your sounds in otherworldly ways. That's WORMHOLE. If you dig modular synths (like we do), you'll love it.
None of this complexity translates into your workflow, though – the WORMHOLE user interface is strikingly simple, and the plug-in is a breeze to use. A huge selection of meticulously crafted factory presets and a weighted randomization feature make exploring space beyond the WORMHOLE superluminally fast. Easy to use MIDI Learn for all controls makes fine-tuning parameters easier than translocating into a parallel universe.