Vector phase-shaping (VPS) is an evolution of phase distortion, taken further in Cadmium with audio-rate modulation. This opens up a sound palette characterised by moving, morphing, shifting timbres – from snarling jungle bass to classic FM tones and everything inbetween.
It has the accoutrements of a subtractive synth: a modelled filter, envelopes and LFOs for modulation, but with a fresh approach where it counts – the oscillators.
Cadmium is now available as a VST2 plugin for Windows, MacOS, and Linux.
AudioUnit and LV2 plugin formats are in development and coming soon.
With an audio-rate oscillator per axis, you can go beyond traditional phase distortion tones – turn the shaping parameters up and detune the oscillators for ruthless, snarling basslines, or mellow out with shifting, morphing pads and drones.
Cadmium has three carrier oscillators, all in stereo for extreme width effects. Each oscillator has independent VPS modulation amount and pseudo-wavefolding parameters, in addition to the standard transpose and variable phase controls.
It's a loosely-modelled 4 pole transistor ladder lowpass, with pole mixing for additional responses. Smooth your sound out with that classic buttery ladder sound or turn the drive up to add an extra edge.
Have a listen for yourself:
Demo from KØTER.
Progressive trance demo from b.trx.
Floaty sequence with automation on filter cutoff and LFO1 octave.
One note, no automation, no post effects.
A license for Cadmium 1.0 is valid for all releases until 2.0.
Cadmium licenses are either per-user or per-seat. That is, a licensed copy may be used by one person on multiple computers or on one computer by multiple people.
Despite these stipulations, there is no in-plugin license check or authorisation, and, as such, Cadmium releases are DRM-free.
The demo version has no audio interruptions, dropouts, or added noise, but functionality differs from the full version in the following ways:
The demo can only load sounds from the factory bank.
When loading a sound from another source (for example, saved inside a project), the UI will display a reminder of the demo capabilities and Cadmium won't make any sound.
The demo does save patches in project files which can then be loaded by the full version.
The demo has no "copy/paste patch" functionality.
The demo will occasionally display a nag screen when opening the UI.
The Cadmium manual is available to read online.
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