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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!



TL:DW; Compressor for accentuating beats and pulses. Surge What is ‘ballistics’ when it comes to audio gear? It’s the way the gear handles dynamics coming in. It’s the swing of a VU meter that can tell you what your music feels like. Or, since this is Airwindows and we don’t do no steenkin’ meters, ballistics […]

DC Voltage

TL:DW; Literally control voltages for digital workstations, because why not? DCVoltage This is exactly what it says on the tin. Do NOT just put this in a mix and crank it up to see what it’ll do. If your whole system is DC-coupled you will blow your woofers, just like that, after a big ‘whump’. […]


TL:DW; Mastering highpass to set by ear only! Hermepass This is specially by request from Gregg of Hermetech Mastering: it’s my try at a specific plugin he wanted. He wasn’t able to find a fantastic-sounding highpass with JUST a frequency control and slope, no bling, no other stuff, as small as possible. This is of […]

Ed Is Dim

TL:DW; Mid/side conversion utility plugins. EdIsDim It’s always nice to expand one’s horizons! You don’t have to run the latest Logic to be able to use any plugin in mid/side mode… though you might need to do a little fiddling with settings. EdIsDim comes in two plugs: first use MidSide to convert your stereo track […]


TL:DW; Wobbly and weird! Melt As useful as utility plugins are, sometimes you just have to do something wobbly and weird. Here’s Melt! To explain what it’s doing will be a little tricky. You can just download it and play with it, but if you want to know what’s under the hood, here goes. Suppose […]


TL:DW; Design your own tone-shaped TPDF. BuildATPDF I explained how DoublePaul was made: taking a TPDF highpass dither, and including additional nearby samples to cause the tone of the noise to be more high-pitched. Wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t give you a chance to play with it yourself :) To use BuildATPDF the way […]


TL:DW; Like PaulDither, but more so. DoublePaul This is for sort of a special purpose. I’ve got an outrageous custom dither (well, wordlength reducer: there’s no noise and no randomness in it) called Not Just Another Dither. For final output, it’s that I recommend. However, I’ve got a mastering engineer friend (Hi Bob!) who favors […]


TL:DW; Filter. Capacitor Sometimes half the fun is just inventing :) People say all filter plugins are just biquads with different GUIs. It’s not true… or at least it’s not true at Airwindows. (actually I have to see what I can get out of biquads: I generally don’t even use ’em at all) This is […]


TL:DW; Highpass on the side channel. Utility plug. Sidepass This one was by request. It’s not very fancy, but I hope it’ll come in handy. If it is, spread the word! I’ve got a plugin called ToVinyl, which is rather fancy. It’s the Airwindows attempt at a vinyl mastering suite: elliptical EQ, highpass on the […]

Not Just Another Dither/CD

NotJustAnotherDither The votes are in, and the Internet has spoken. We’ve got a name for the new noise shaping variant on Naturalize, after a January of wild suggestions. Seems most people simply wanted to emphasize that this was not your ordinary dither, not your daddy’s TPDF. This is the plugin (two, in fact) that beats […]

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