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EsPhaser

EsPhaser is a phaser with up to 4096 stages of order 2 Thiran all-pass filters. This is the same phaser used in EnvelopedSine.

EsPhaser requires CPU which supports AVX or later SIMD instructions.

The package includes following builds:

Important macOS build is not included in latest package. I’m planning to port the plugin to macOS in future, but lacking money to buy ARM mac for development.

Linux build is built on Ubuntu 20.04. If you are using distribution other than Ubuntu 20.04, plugin will not likely to run. In this case, please take a look at build instruction.

Contact

Feel free to contact me on GitHub repository or ryukau@gmail.com.

You can fund the development through paypal.me/ryukau. Current goal is to purchase M1 mac for better macOS support. 💸💻

Installation

Plugin

Place *.vst3 directory to:

DAW may provides additional VST3 directory. For more information, please refer to the manual of the DAW.

Presets

Extract preset zip, then place preset directory to the OS specific path:

Preset directory name must be the same as the plugin. Make Uhhyou directory if it does not exist.

Windows Specific

If DAW doesn’t recognize the plugin, try installing C++ redistributable (vc_redist.x64.exe). Installer can be found in the link below.

Linux Specific

On Ubuntu 18.0.4, those packages are required.

sudo apt install libxcb-cursor0  libxkbcommon-x11-0

If DAW doesn’t recognize the plugin, take a look at Package Requirements section of the link below and make sure all the VST3 related package is installed.

REAPER on Linux may not recognize the plugin. A workaround is to delete a file ~/.config/REAPER/reaper-vstplugins64.ini and restart REAPER.

macOS Specific

When trying to run plugin first time, following message may appear on macOS.

<PluginName>.vst3 is damaged and can't be opened. You should move it to
the Trash"

In this case, open terminal and try running following command to unzipped .vst3 directory.

xattr -rc /path/to/PluginName.vst3

Plugin may be considered as unsigned/un-notarized application. In this case, try following the steps below.

  1. Open terminal and run sudo spctl --master-disable.
  2. Go to System Preferences → Security and Privacy → General → Allow apps downloaded from, then select “Anywhere”.

Beware that steps above degrades security of your system. To revert the settings, follow the steps below.

  1. Go to System Preferences → Security and Privacy → General → Allow apps downloaded from, then select option to “App Store and identified developers”.
  2. Open terminal and run sudo spctl --master-enable.

Reference

GUI Style Configuration

At first time, create color config file to:

style.json will be loaded for each time a plugin window opens.

Several color themes are available on the link below.

Below is a example of style.json.

{
  "fontFamily": "Tinos",
  "fontBold": true,
  "fontItalic": true,
  "foreground": "#000000",
  "foregroundButtonOn": "#000000",
  "foregroundInactive": "#8a8a8a",
  "background": "#ffffff",
  "boxBackground": "#ffffff",
  "border": "#000000",
  "borderCheckbox": "#000000",
  "borderLabel": "#000000",
  "unfocused": "#dddddd",
  "highlightMain": "#0ba4f1",
  "highlightAccent": "#13c136",
  "highlightButton": "#fcc04f",
  "highlightWarning": "#fc8080",
  "overlay": "#00000088",
  "overlayHighlight": "#00ff0033"
}

Font Options

Following is a list of font options.

To use custom font, place *.ttf file into custom font path: *.vst3/Contents/Resources/Fonts.

Notice: If the combination of fontFamily, fontBold, fontItalic is not exists in custom font path, default font of VSTGUI is used.

If fontFamily is set to empty string "", then "Tinos" is used as fallback. If the length is greater than 1 and the font family name doesn’t exists, default font of VSTGUI is used.

Styles other than bold, italic or bold-italic are not supported by VSTGUI. For example, “Thin”, “Light”, “Medium”, and “Black” weights cannot be used.

Color Options

Hex color codes are used.

First letter # is conventional. Plugins ignore the first letter of color code, thus ?102938, \n11335577 are valid.

Do not use characters outside of 0-9a-f for color value.

Following is a list of color options. If an option is missing, default color will be used.

Controls

Right Click on the controls pops up a context menu provided by DAW.

Knob and slider can do:

Caution

When stage is set to 4096, it will be CPU intensive.

Output varies in different sample rate.

Output may be loud when changing Cas. Offset. Use Shift + Left Drag to slowly change the value, or insert limiter to prevent hard clipping.

Block Diagram

If the image is small, use Ctrl + Mouse Wheel or “View Image” on right click menu to scale.

Diagram only shows overview. It’s not exact implementation.

Parameters

Stages

Number of all-pass filter.

Mix

Mixing ratio of dry/wet signal of phaser. Dry : Wet becomes 0 : 1 when turned the knob to rightmost.

Freq

LFO frequency.

Spread

Spread frequency between LFOs.

Equation for difference of LFO phase in 1 sample:

deltaPhase = 2 * pi * Freq / ((1 + LfoIndex * Spread) * sampleRate)
Feedback

Amount of feedback. Feedback is disabled when the knob is pointing to 12 o’clock. It becomes negative feedback when turned to left and positive feedback when turned to right.

Range

Range of all-pass filter modulation by LFO.

Min

Minimum value of all-pass filter modulation by LFO.

Cas. Offset

Phase offset between 16 LFO.

L/R Offset

LFO phase offset between L/R channels.

Phase

LFO phase. This can be used to make sound with automation. Turning Freq to leftmost sets LFO frequency to 0.

Equation for phase offset:

LfoPhaseOffset = Phase + (L/R Offset) + LfoIndex * (Cas. Offset)

Change Log

Old Versions

License

EsPhaser is licensed under GPLv3. Complete licenses are linked below.

If the link above doesn’t work, please send email to ryukau@gmail.com.

About VST

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