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Chris

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!

saturation

PurestDrive

PurestDriveDemo is unusual, even startling. What’s the deal with suddenly putting out the simplest imaginable softclip/saturation… not even a safety clipper, ADClip does that… for $50? It’s about the tone—and it’s about the R&D. PurestDrive is a sort of science project, and it’s using some Airwindows techniques at a level I’ve never before attempted, to produce […]

ToTape4

ToTape4Demo is a tape emulation AU universal binary plugin, and the next-generation Airwindows tape emulation. This one can go on the 2-buss! It operates by isolating all the factors in the sound that don’t sound like tape, refining them, and then taking them out of the source material with a single subtract—the input sound is otherwise […]

Channel3

Channel3 is the classic freebie analogifying plugin, Channel, brought up to date again as the antialiasing techniques evolved. It’s been sort of my test bed for the ‘house Airwindows sound’, often with little tweaks and experiments. The selector switch bug is still fixed, so you can play with the Neve and API settings! The other change […]

Density2

Density2 is the antialiased version of Density. It’s a little slicker sounding and less raw, so depending on your tones you might prefer it, or you might prefer the original. Like all the variations on Density and Drive, it’s got the highpass which feeds the distortion section, and the capacity to blend that with dry signal. […]

Drive2

Drive2 is the antialiased version of Drive. It’s a little slicker sounding and less raw, so depending on your tones you might prefer it, or you might prefer the original. Like all the variations on Density and Drive, it’s got the highpass which feeds the distortion section, and the capacity to blend that with dry signal. […]

Iron Oxide

IronOxideDemo was the start of a whole lot! This plugin helped launch Airwindows. It’s an old school tape sim, by which I mean it’s ‘bandpassy’ and distorted. Back in the day, people considered that to be the sound of a ‘tape plugin’. Iron Oxide was largely created as a sort of crusade. I had friends who […]

Channel2

Channel2 is the classic freebie analogifying plugin, Channel, brought up to date. The selector switch bug is fixed, so you can play with the Neve and API settings! There’s anti-aliasing for a slicker, less digital sound! It’s better than ever and still totally free. Channel2 works in three ways. First, there’s a very faint touch of […]

High Impact

HighImpact answers the question: can you be distorted/slammed and thin at the same time? This plugin combines two kinds of saturation curve, one that’s a distortion and another that’s the opposite. As you increase the slider, the top of the dynamic curve gets more distorted and punchy, but the quiet parts of the sound don’t come […]

Density

Density is a special plugin, because it demonstrates things that ended up resonating through Airwindows plugins for years. It became part of the toolbox for implementing other things, and started in 2007 as one of the first Airwindows plugins. It’s the ultimate flexible saturation freebie. Not just saturation, though! Yes, Density can be cranked up to […]

Drive

Drive is one of the early Airwindows saturation plugins. It’s edgier and gutsier than Density, which tends to sound really smooth. Like Density, it’s got a set of controls which let you do stuff beyond simple overdrive: split the signal into dry and wet, highpass the dry before distorting it for extra grind and energy, and […]

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