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Airwindows is one guy: me! I am an audio hacker and computer programmer from way back. I seek only to continue my life up here in Vermont, inventing things and putting them onto the internet, sometimes for free and sometimes for pay. My hope is that people richer than me (i.e. most people) don't rob me. My other hope is for another cup of Aeropress. One out of two ain't bad!

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Desk

TL:DW; Classic Airwindows subtle analog modeling. Desk Now that we’re done for now with dithers (though the contest to name my best wordlength reducer ever is still going, and will run until February 1 when that one’s made public) it’s time to get into something more interesting. Namely, the canonical version of Airwindows Desk, brought […]

NaturalizeDither

TL;DW: Deterministic dither uses Benford Realness calculations for each sample. NaturalizeDither Last and definitely not least in the dither-fest: Naturalize! This dither is often considered best by listeners. It works on every genre, at every sample rate. It adds no tonal color to the audio, and the noise it produces is quiet… but more than […]

NodeDither

TL;DW: The testbed for the TPDF-based dithers. Flanger dither! NodeDither And just one more dither plugin before the eagerly anticipated Naturalize… (because who will care about these then?) …NodeDither, the testbed upon which PaulDither and TapeDither were developed! I still think it’s good to have those as separate plugins (for simplicity and purity of concept) […]

SpatializeDither

TL;DW: Spatial positioning and clarity dither. SpatializeDither Spatialize is one of my high-performance boutique dithers. Though I think my Naturalize beats it, that’s a preference: I like digital sound to sound organic and real, and I like ambience and foggy distance and other things Naturalize is great at emphasizing. Spatialize is also good at reverb […]

VinylDither

TL;DW: Retro ‘groove crackle’ dither with fuller sound. VinylDither To explain this dither, I’ve got to talk about SACD (DSD) a little. There’s a super-hi-fi digital format known as DSD (direct stream digital). It uses a sample rate in the megahertz, but not as many bits (as few as one, even!) and is tricky to […]

BitShiftGain

TL;DW: The ‘One Weird Trick’ perfect boost/pad, with a catch! BitShiftGain Just when you thought we were done with gain… In order to support the next set of Airwindows plugins, which are dither plugins both common and bizarre, here is one final trick for clean gain aficionados. Turns out the only way to get cleaner […]

SurgeTide

TL;DW: Surge and flow dynamics plugin. SurgeTide I’m a little distracted today (I’m an American from Vermont, which normally is a fine thing to be). And a little freaked out that the plugin I had waiting to release is named SurgeTide: I swear I named it a week ago based on what it does to […]

Pyewacket

TL;DW: Super old school compressor for high definition transients. Adds no fatness, just energy. Pyewacket Pyewacket is a strange beast. It’s inspired by how much I love the 60s/70s recordings out of London’s Olympic Studios, which had and used Pye compressors on many of my favorite classic and prog-rock records. Once you recognize the sound, […]

Density

TL;DW: Smoothest saturation or antisaturation, plus highpass. Density This one started a lot! The algorithm used here has echoed through many other Airwindows plugins. It’s literally the smoothest saturation you can have in a plugin: the transfer function’s a sine. This is what’s in Channel, too: there are many ways to adapt such a simple […]

ToneSlant

TL;DW: Mastering grade very low Q tilt EQ. ToneSlant This is a new plugin, not a port from an existing Audio Unit. It’s based on a variation on the Average concept. Turns out, it’s the tail end of the ‘averaged samples block’ that causes the cancellation node. ToneSlant implements a much bigger sample block (100 […]

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