Computer Music Magazine on FerricTDS

FerricTDS appeared in this month edition of UK’s Computer Music Magazine which also covers a short interview with me. Read the full article in the magazine or just click right here (Spoiler Alert!):

The KVR Developer Challenge 2009 has come to a close, the votes have been counted and the rankings have finally been decided. Best of all, there’s now a bunch of great freeware effects, instruments and odd-ball plug-ins for all of us to download for free. So let’s take a look at the very best of ’em and speak to the winner…

Bootsie’s FerricTDS came out on top, a PC VST effect for adding tape-style dynamics, saturation and limiting to your instruments and mixes. We spoke to Bootsie (aka, Herbert) to find out what inspired the creation of his winning plug-in.

“The FerricTDS concept was based on all my previous work in the area of digital audio saturation,” says Herbert. “Ferric’s core engine doesn’t only rely on saturation curves, which can be expressed as standard DSP waveshaping algorithms, but also incorporates some more sophisticated micro dynamic treatments. However, I intentionally didn’t implement some of the known side effects of tape, such as noise, crosstalk or frequency and phase distortion. Besides all of these explorations, I also put a tremendous amount of time into performing all the listening tests and fine adjustments.”

And is a Mac version in the pipeline?

“There’s no Mac port planned at the moment – all my efforts are currently spent on developing for PC. However, I can announce a brand new preamp and channel strip simulator to be released in Q1 of 2010.”

While we look forward to that, there are plenty of other great DC09 plug-ins to check out. Second place went to the cross-platform (PC, Mac and Linux) HybridReverb2 by c.borss. This convolution-based reverb enables the user to import different room impulse responses (many come supplied) to obtain various natural-sounding ambiences, and it has a 1/3-octave graphic EQ, too.

Third prize went to de la Mancha’s four-operator FM synth, FMMF, which employs 17 FM algorithms, 11 waveforms per operator and seven multi-segment envelopes for amp, pitch and effects modulation. daz.diamond’s Twin Engined Reverb, described by the developer as a “character reverb”, was a mere four votes behind FMMF and so was awarded the ‘wild card random selection’ prize.

Fifth to tenth place was made up by LpD’s massTurbotar, L-Day’s Antopya, Astralp’s Phase Shifter, g200kg’s SpectroBits, CableGuys’ PanCake and IIRs’ Equinox.

To check out all the entrants in full and to download their inventive plug-ins and apps, browse your way to the KVR website.

http://www.kvraudio.com

Comments

  1. Yes, you deserved to win the competition. Not only for Ferric, but also the other professional quality plugins you make freely available.

  2. Gustavo Coco says:

    Yeah baby!! Congrats Bootsy, you deserve this interview and more!

  3. Congratulations!

  4. “preamp and channel strip simulator to be released in Q1 of 2010”

    Now we’re talking. There are chances that it will become a go-to plugin here.

  5. plgrmsprgrs says:

    Herbert,

    Congratulations again! You deserve the notoriety.

  6. I get the feeling they never even tried ferric themselves at CM. Otherwise they would be talking about how the ferric does amazing things to audio, not just the fact u won the challange😉

  7. Yep, got the issue in the mail last week!

  8. Hi Bootsie,

    nice one! Ferric is on heavy rotation here.
    I especially like that bit of the article:

    “I can announce a brand new preamp and channel strip simulator to be released in Q1 of 2010.”

    Looking forward to another one of your tools for my daily toolbox.

    Thanx a lot for all your great plugins!!!

    Shogger

  9. Can´t wait for the Channelstrip…congrats again !

    My go to Plugs !!

  10. Congrats on making the article Herb!😀 Keep the innovations coming.

  11. Terje Refsnes says:

    ‘ Having worked with tape machines,it amuses me to use
    the Ferric,because it ads that”little touch” of something that I use to love so much after recording onto tape.’Its nice to know that someone who is willing to share this with us for free,is also a person who knows alot about sound!
    A great combination!

  12. Channel strip! Yeah!…we got something quite dirty with Nasty CS and something beautiful sounding with BootEQ so now…how will you you surprise us?

    Damn..anxiety strikes back!

    Congrats!

  13. Today I heard sound samples of Feric TDS what a nice saturation tool. Sadly I am working with Logic Audio only if there would be an Audio Unit release I guess you would have a lot of logic LOVERS here as well.

    Great WORK.

  14. Congrats on the article, Bootsy. I’ve got your plugs listed on my site, and love the sound they give my songs.

    I’m looking forward to the new preamp and strip.

  15. “However, I intentionally didn’t implement some of the known side effects of tape, such as noise, crosstalk or frequency and phase distortion.”
    Why not make a FerricTDS version with a pot for each of those?

  16. I wasn’t that much interested in those effects but just the plain dynamic behaviour.

  17. “However, I intentionally didn’t implement some of the known side effects of tape, such as noise, crosstalk or frequency and phase distortion.”
    “I wasn’t that much interested in those effects but just the plain dynamic behaviour.”

    But if you did it would be a terrific tepe emulation that no one’s ever done before…

    • Bootsie’s recent post “Is Vintage All We Have?” sort of sums it up why he’s not terribly interested in doing straight emulations of hardware. With so many other developers churning out hardware emulations left and right, it’s cool he pushes himself to find new approaches to the “hardware vibe” and making other discoveries along the way, rather than just concentrating on copy transistors and tubes to dsp code…

  18. “Bootsie’s FerricTDS came out on top, a PC VST effect for adding tape-style dynamics, saturation and limiting”
    Then again this plug is supposed to be a tape emulation of some sorts, no?

    “The FerricTDS concept was based on all my previous work in the area of digital audio saturation,”
    Sooo, why omit all the different anomalies of the beast?

    “However, I intentionally didn’t implement some of the known side effects of tape, such as noise, crosstalk or frequency and phase distortion.”
    “I wasn’t that much interested in those effects but just the plain dynamic behaviour.”

    And yet again:

    But if you did it would be a terrific tape emulation that no one’s ever done before…

  19. mac versions would be very appreciated!

    all the best

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