OhmForce Plugins: Art of Noises
During the developing decades of our previous century a revolutionary approach toward music-making, in the form of a bonafide movement, was thrust upon the stage of the European music world. The ‘Futurists’ manifesto produced by Luigi Russolo called ‘The Art of Noises’ mercilessly pushed the borders of acceptance while seriously provoking the imagination of the composer generation of that time. Jaunting back through the colour fields of time that deliver us to our ‘here and now’ we may recognise a similar proposition embodied in the futurist sound sculpturing tools developed by OhmForce. OhmForce processor plugins have been around for a while but still carry a well supported reputation for being ‘of the best’. The endless sound shaping capabilities produced through their dynamic filtering stages combined with adjustable envelope followers, ASDR’s, LFO’s, distortion and tap delay units is ambrosia for the imagination of the most discening of producers.
Each of the OhmForce plugins: OhmBoyz (Delay), Quad Frohmage (Filter), Predatohm (Distortion), Mobilohm (Phaser) and Hematohm (Freq.Shifter) enhances the user experience and respective user workflow by providing ‘shared common features’ in each of the plugins’ graphic interface. These ‘shared features’ include:
- A project bpm window
- 8 button preset selectors, preset store button
- Preset bank load/save buttons (saves as multi-platform for any sequencer, any computer)
- ‘Time’ knob (measured in seconds and used for preset morphing)
- All knobs & faders work the same way using OhmForce ‘Direct Action’ and ‘Side Click’ functionality.
- A main edit window or central view where all adjustments & tweaks are monitored.
- Knobs with similar parameters can be linked.
- When used in vst mode almost all parameters are automatable.
- All plugins ship with an indepth library of preset banks.
Understanding the signal flow in all OhmForce plugins is not complicated. Indeed, an audio signal flowchart is provided as a built-in graphic to illustrate how the path is routed and distributed in each plugin. In essence, OhmForce plugins are easy to use and can be synched to the host tempo. They openly invite you to experiment while coercing your efforts upward toward the next level of achievement. By tweaking and configuring the filters, delays, LFO’s and the envelopes each effect can produce a self-contained multi-dimensioned sound world. In very little time at all, the stereo field will become a vibrant array of rhythmic satellites or, a wash with broad brushed sweeps and resonant gesture. You can create strange plate verb effects with short delays that begin to work like oscillators as you hear notes. With LFO and frequency modulation you can take a simple drum loop and transform it into a an exciting punked up break beat with a distorted bassline. Create a chain of OhmForce plugins as an insert ‘series’ in your mixer channel and you are on planet Zarg! Which is cool. After a few hours of dedicated space-time with the OhmForce plugins you can produce wonderful abstract sounds as huge palettes of colour and evolving tones.
OhmForce plugins as vsts’ are very stable and perform without fault. They can provide so many sculpturing possibilities and can alter the sound of any audio signal introduced into their effects chains. As a plugin resource they become like the flow in the fountain of creativity that provides an endless and enthusiastic spring of inspiration.
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