Waves Sound Shifter
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Waves Sound Shifter

Sound Shifter, Pitch Shifter/Time Stretcher from Waves.

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Hatsubai 21/07/2011

Waves Sound Shifter : Recensione di Hatsubai (content in English)

"Awesome time and pitch shifter"
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Pitch shifting is an awesome tool if you know how to utilize it. You can do all kinds of different crazy effects with this, and you can even fatten up a mix by imaging the actual track, micropitching it and delaying it just a tad. This plugin is a very powerful pitch shifting program that allows you to do all kinds of stuff regarding pitch and even time. The plugin has the following features: SMPTE formatting, time signature selection, transient/smooth/sync/punch modes, reference modes, time controls -- radio, source, pitch, semitone adjustment, various intervals, reference frequency source and destination value, and a ton more that would take forever to list. To use this, simply enable it on whatever buss you want to pitch shift. It can't be easier, really. The plugin is complex enough to where you can do a lot with it, but it's not so complex that it's impossible to use.

SUITABILITY/PERFORMANCE

Let me list one major flaw with this plugin -- the full plugin is Pro Tools only. That's a huge disappointment for those of us who don't use Pro Tools... Anyway, onto the regular compatibility bit:

Waves is pretty famous when it comes to both compatibility and stability. For one, these plugins are rock solid. I've never experienced any problems using these. There have never been any freezes, glitches or anything bizarre going on, even with a fairly heavy usage of other VSTs in the DAW. This is also cross platform compatible, so anybody on an Apple or Windows computer can easily use this without any problems. There is one problem, however. In OS X, this plugin is 32 bit only. That means that your DAW needs to enable a special bridge application if you want to use your environment in 64 bit while utilizing these 32 bit plugins. It's does it automatically, but I'd like to see the next revision be a 64 bit plugin if possible. I've been using the Mercury bundle for half a year now, and it's been a wonderful experience.


OVERALL OPINION

Aside from the major flaw of this only being fully compatible with Pro Tools, it's a pretty solid plugin. I used it on my friend's machine with Pro Tools successfully before, and I enjoyed it. For those of us who need to look for alternative plugins, try searching online. I found a handful of different VSTs I've used that can give me a similar effect, although I haven't found a free one that's quite as nice as this is...