Creating more advanced Filters with Kilohearts Phase Plant
Looking to create some advanced filters for your sonic manipulation?
The Filter module in Kilohearts Phase Plant is relatively simple, however you can achieve some wild results by thinking out-of-the-box.
Newcomers to Kilohearts Phase Plant often note the rather simple approach to the filter module that the developers have taken, unlike a lot of popular synths at the moment which come with 100+ different filters to choose from – the Filter in Phase Plant has just seven modes and three parameters.
I believe it was a deliberate choice not to overcomplicate the “bread and butter” modules in the already incredibly vast modular audio system.
Unlike most plugins which have one or two filters in total, the modular nature of this plugin allows you to create unlimited amounts of the same audio effect, essentially stacking up the Filter module.
This results in a filter with a higher slope – nice for creating gritty, resonant tones. Of course, you can assign a single macro to control all of the frequencies, making automation much easier.
An interesting technique is to apply a different amount of modulation to each of the filters and alter the frequency of each one slightly – this can create some awesome vocal textures, especially when using a series of band-pass filters.
The built-in Slice EQ is also just as capable of creating great filter effects…
Another massively overlooked feature with regards to the filters in Kilohearts Phase Plant, is the fact that the Slice EQ effect is fully modulatable, this means you can create your own unique filter shapes, and design how you want them to respond to a macro control.
Most of the unique filters we see in synths these days do use a combination of filters and various other effects such as distortion, flangers and other effects. Again, thanks to the modular nature of the plugin – these are incredibly easy to create and fine-tune.
For an in-depth walkthrough on how to get these advanced filter techniques going, check out the tutorial video here: