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Phasewaver Polyphonic Phase Distortion Synthesizer Plugin



Phasewaver is a phase distortion synthesizer with a vast array of composite waveshaping and amplitude modulation to generate a complex frequency spectrum. Essentially, the harmonic content of a carrier waveform dynamically change by influence of another modulator waveform, which can be used to create synth pads, keys, leads, basses, atmospheric textures, ambient soundscapes and sound effects.

Features a collection of 40 presets suitable for many genres and styles of music and flexibility to custom design over a wide sonic spectrum. Available as plugin in VST and VST3 64 bit versions for Windows, as well as in Audio Unit for macOS.




Two phase distortion oscillators. Offers 16 different single-cycle waveforms per channel.

Two waveshapers. These combo boxes presents a double selectable wave shapes for each oscillator with 5 basic waveforms: sawtooth, square, pulse, double sine and sawtooth-pulse plus 3 resonant waveforms: resonance 1 (sawtooth), resonance 2 (triangle) and resonance 3 (trapezoid).

Waveform Envelope Generator and Amplitude Envelope Modulator for both phase distortion oscillators to control the audio signal passing through them, with independent control over each stage:

Attack: determines the time it takes for the note to get to the maximum level.

Decay: determines the time it takes for the note to go from the maximum level to the sustain level (controlled by sustain).

Sustain: determines the level of the sound is played at while the note is held (after the other envelope states, attack and decay, have been completed).

Release: determines the time it takes for the note to fall from the sustain level to zero (silence) level when it is released.

Detune. The following parameters controls function as coarse and fine tuners by providing overall transposition and tuning of the oscillators (common for all oscillators and waveforms):

Octave. Selector to specify octaves above or below the current octave.

Note. Selector to switch between 0 to 11 semitones.

Fine. A fine-tuning.

Filter Section. A smooth state variable filter with the following parameters:

Filter Cutoff. Adjusts the frequency range to contour the sound, add or regulate brightness.

Filter Resonance. Slightly emphasize or suppress portions of the signal above or below the defined color/tone frequency.

Filter Mode. Switches the filter between low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, or band-rejection filter types, offering a simple and effective tone control to shape and color the sound source.

Filter Strength. Makes subtle changes to the filter character:

Stage 1: Tone is slightly attenuated. Provides a warmness tone.

Stage 2: Tone is slightly amplified. Something brighter in character.

Low-Frequency Oscillator. These parameters apply LFO modulation. By using the LFO to modulate various aspects of the audio signal, you can apply effects such as vibrato or tremolo.

LFO Rate: Controls gradual changes to the pitch of notes or the filter cutoff frequency.

LFO Depth: Controls the amplitude of the LFO. With a lower setting, the resulting modulation is subtle, while a higher depth will result in a much more extreme effect.

Reverb effect. A stereophonic ambience spread that brings a sense of spatial depth and width to sound, from small to huge sounding spaces. Turn it clockwise to increase it or counterclockwise to decrease it.

Delay effect. Stores the input signal and plays it back after a certain amount of time, creating from a subtle echo to a pronounced blending of previous sounds with new sounds. Improves the stereo image by adding a slight delay to one of the channels. Parameters includes:

Time. Modulation to vary the delay time dynamically.

Feedback. Regeneration of delay to intensify or extend the effect.

Amount. Determines the total amount of delayed signal. Turn it clockwise to increase it or counterclockwise to decrease it.

Flanger effect. Creates a mixing of two identical signals together, one signal delayed by a small and gradually changing period, causing a ‘phase shift´ between the two signals. The length of this pause is gradually varied over time resulting in a ‘sweeping´ stereo effect, delivering from subtle nuances to extreme jet engine taking off.

Rate. Defines the frequency or speed of the oscillator. Turn the knob clockwise to increase the rate or counterclockwise to decrease the rate.

Feedback (Resonance, Regen). Determines the amount of the effect signal that is routed back into the input. This can change the tonal color and/or make the sweeping effect more pronounced. Higher settings yield a more dramatic effect. Turn the knob clockwise to increase the rate or counterclockwise to decrease the regeneration.

Amount. Determines the total amount of flanged signal. Turn it clockwise to increase it or counterclockwise to decrease it.

Drive PM. Provides a phase distortion extra modulation depth.

Turn it clockwise to increase it or counterclockwise to decrease it.

Mono. Monophonic mode switch to turn the synth into monophonic mode.

Mono Glide. The rate at which portamento slides the pitch between two notes, when playing in monophonic mode.

Loudness: Adjusts the volume (amplitude control). Turn it clockwise to increase it or counterclockwise to decrease it.

Hint property. Tooltip when the mouse is over a control. You can mouse over any of the controls anywhere in Phasewaver and this will display a short description of what that control does.

MIDI automation. Implementation of MIDI Continuous Controller parameters for use with external hardware control via DAW.

Preset Manager: 'Browser' to load and save presets and banks, enabling to export to *.fxp (VST2 Preset), *.fxb (VST2 Bank), *.vstpreset (VST3 Preset), *.aupreset (Audio Unit Preset) plus two generic formats (plain text): the *.xmlpreset (XML Preset) and the *.xmlbank (XML Bank), providing cross-platform presets/banks. This allows to control over the loading and saving of presets from disk as well as sharing presets between different plugin formats using the generic *.xmlpreset (XML Preset) and the *.xmlbank (XML Bank).

40 internal presets (Pre-programmed sounds).

Check out the full details on Phasewaver on the official product page at syntheway.com

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