Kilohearts Phase Plant & Starter

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The Kilohearts Toolbox Starter arms you with 12 bread-and-butter Snapin plug-ins. Great for mixing and sound design alike, this collection of must-have processors and creative effects makes a great introduction to the company's plug-in offerings. The plug-ins in Toolbox Starter feature easy-to-use — and resizable — user interfaces, and they work with Kilohearts' revolutionary Snapin hosts. This version of Kilohearts Toolbox Starter also includes their powerful Phase Plant software synth for a hefty injection of semi-modular bliss.

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    What’s Included?

    Phase Plant and the Toolbox Starter Kit

    Phase Plant is a Sound Designer's Dream Come True

    Whether you just installed your first DAW, you’re looking for inspiration to follow up that award-winning single you produced last year, or you’ve been tasked with creating the sound of a hot broadsword slashing through ice for an online game, we have what you need.

    Phase Plant gives you more options and flexibility than you can shake a stick at, to make things as big or small as you need without compromising the workflow. All in one box.

    Clean Slate

    We want you to understand how Phase Plant works, and what's better than learning by doing? Phase Plant will give you an empty patch and you are free to add the components you need, as you need them.

    Phase Plant gives you access to a number of signal generators, effects, and modulators that together gives you the possibilities to create any sound you can think of.

    Loaded with Sounds

    Professional sound designers have been eager to create factory content for you to enjoy. Browse over 400 expertly crafted sounds each with customized macro controls for quick tweaking.

    There is an entire category dedicated to technical demos of how to create certain effects or special techniques. Get up to speed with what's possible by going through and learning the shortcuts to great sound.


    Macro Control is Key

    Phase Plant gives you control. Lots of it. In fact, you will likely want to make sure it's easy to change just the most important qualities of your sound via the 8 macro knobs.

    Since a complex preset can easily reach hundreds of parameters quickly, only the set UI components are exposed to your DAW for automation and such. If you need to automate a value on a generator for instance, simply bind a macro button to it. You can rename the macro buttons to reflect your configuration.

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    Signal Generation

    There are four signal generators and a few utility modules available in the Generators column. Analog, Wavetable, Samples, and Noise. Each one is carefully designed to offer the absolute best in quality, performance, and usability.

    Add as many as you like, route them freely. Group them. Hide them. Use some of them only to modulate others. Create layered sounds in an instant. Use generator unison, or global unison, or both!

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    Snapin Compatible

    If you ever used any Kilohearts plugins before you'll be familiar with the snapin eco-system of small, no-frills effects units. With Phase Plant these snapins gain even more value as they all go straight into your patches, so you can have your entire sound creation process in a single screen!

    If you load a preset that uses snapins you don't own yet they will still process the sound as normal, but you won't be able to tweak any values on them.

    Each lane of snapins can be applied to each voice individually (using the "poly" toggle), or to a mixed down signal.

    Snapin Compatible

    Modular Modulators?

    Phase Plant's older brother Multipass introduced the Kilohearts way of adding movement to sounds with a clever modulation system signalled by the orange color. Phase Plant takes the concept to a whole new level by letting you add LFOs, Envelopes and others as you need them.

    Does your preset require 28 differently synched Random generators? You're in luck!

    Find advanced LFO, envelope, random, midi note, pressure, velocity, as well as min, max and multiply modules in the bottom row of the synth.

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    Try it Out

    Did you not see the small piano icon in the bottom right? Well, it was hiding the piano bar so you can try out your sounds easiy while designing, even if you don't have your MIDI controller connected right now. Like on the train?

    And then you hide it when you don't need it to get more space for generators, right?

    All Together Now

    See those numbers and knobs coloured in green? Those are "audio-rate modulations", in the same vein as famous FM synths. Except in Phase Plant you can modulate almost any generator value with the output of another one. Try phase modulating a Sine using a Sample as the source. There are even filters and distortions you can modulate at audio rate available in the generators section.

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    Four Types of Signal Generation

    Phase Plant offers four signal generators. You can add as many as you like and route them freely between each other. There are several types of utility modules to allow you even greater freedom in designing your sound such as groups, mixing, and aux options.

    For each group you can add an output module to send the sound to the effects chain, or you can use a group only a modulation source for FMing any other generator.

    That’s right, Phase Plant allows for frequency modulation between all types of signal generation!

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    Your Full Effect Chain in the Preset

    The snapin concept allows you to use the easy-to-use effects you know and love from the Kilohearts Toolbox as building blocks within your Phase Plant preset. In true modular fashion you simply add the snapins you need in up to three lanes and mix the lanes individually.

    Don’t miss the “Poly” toggle at the top of each lane. It allows you to apply all the effects in a lane to each voice individually, even giving each voice unique random values from the Random modulator etc.

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    The Kilohearts Toolbox STARTER gives you access to 5 of the most versatile snapins on top of everything in the Kilohearts Toolbox FREE. These essentials will get you very far and the bundle is a good choice if you need to customize your channel strip and be able to reuse it at any time, in any DAW.

    The Kilohearts Snapin framework is the easiest, most creative, sound design workflow you have ever come across.


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    Wha Wha What's it all about?

    Managing effects is something that's possible in pretty much every digital audio workstation out there, but managing effect chains can be cumbersome and tedious. With Snap Heap managing complex effect systems is super simple and nothing stands between your creativity and the speaker cones.

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    Fast lane to success

    Snap Heap is based around up to 4 routable lanes of modular "snapin" effects. Each lane can contain any number of snapins, and have individual gain, panning and dry/wet mixing. You can also move things around easily using a state of the art technology from the future of 1984 called "drag and drop".

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    Modulation station

    While adding four filters a frequency shifter and a stereo width modifier can be interesting in itself, adding four filters with sweeping cutoff retriggered by audio threshold, a frequency shifter bound to the MIDI note and stereo width scaled by the input RMS can be... Well, probably strange. But it may be amazing, and trying it out is just a couple of clicks away. Try it!

    We're serial about parallelizing

    Sometimes you want effects to run in series, and sometimes you want them to run in parallel. In Snap Heap, switching between the two is as easy as the push of a button. Clicking the route button between two lanes links them together in parallel mode, running the same audio through both before mixing them together. Want all four lanes to go in parallel, or have two parallel with pre and post FX, or just about anything else? The choice is yours!

    You have to focus, Trinity

    When you're tweaking a specific effect in the chain, the other effects involved can sometimes make it hard to properly hear what's going on. Mute or solo effect lanes, to quickly home in on what you're doing. Snap Heap will take care of sorting out the routing so you hear just what you want to hear.

    Honey, I'm 4 ms late

    Don't worry about latency. No matter how you route things or what effects you add, Snap Heap makes sure everything is as in sync as they can be to make sure all modulation aligns properly and to avoid phasing issues.

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    What's a Snapin?

    Well, snapins are regular old VST/AU plugins that you can use for a multitude of purposes. They come in a bunch of different flavours and we create more all the time. The thing is that they also work as modular effect pieces that you can combine in our snapin host plugins, as you can see above. Nifty!

    To give you some feel for what you can do with snapins these first 6 are on the house!

    3-band EQ: Simple EQ

    3-band EQ will get you surprisingly far when it comes to shaping your sound, or your entire song. By dragging the split frequencies around it feels like much more than a standard 3-band equalizer.

    Stereo: Enhanced Stereo Effect

    The Chorus enhances the stereo effect and presence of a sound by mixing it  with delayed versions of itself. It's like your own personal choir!

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    Delay: Echoing Effect

    While large echoing cavernous chambers seldom are the first pick for a good acoustic space, Delay effects have been ubiquitous in sound processing for a long time.

    The kHs Delay can be run both free running and tempo synced with various stereo and feedback options. Most notable however is the duck feature, which optionally only lets the echoed sound through when there is no dry input signal. This allows for long and heavy delay while still avoiding clutter over the original sound. Clever!

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    Dynamics processing featuring upward and downward compression as well as expansion. Thresholds and ratio are controlled by clicking and dragging on the visualization in the upper part of the plugin interface. The visualization shows how input levels are mapped to output levels by the dynamics processing. The current input and output levels are marked in the visualizer by a moving disc.

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    Gain: Volume Control

    Sound loud? Make softer. Sound quiet? Make louder.


    Limiter: Volume Threshold

    Whether you want to crank the last drops of gain out of your track or just  want to control a few loud peaks, a Limiter can be the weapon of choice. By looking a little bit into the future, a limiter can make sure your signal  never goes louder than you want it to without distorting or destroying  transients. Even with the knob turned to 11.


    Stereo: Width and Panning

    Width and panning.

    Left speaker.                                      Right speaker.

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    Compressor: Even Out Total Volume

    Someone somewhere once said that there are 931 compressor plugins in the world. Well, now there's 932!

    Compressors help shape the dynamics of the sound both at the initial attack and  the sustain tail. Each compressor has their own flavor, and the kHs Compressor  tastes sweet.


    Distortion: Versatile Distortion Effect

    Ever since mankind invented music, there has been a desire to make it heavier. Distortion can take your sound from zero to sword wielding hero in seconds.

    5 different distortion shapes are available to add a tinge of edge or rip things apart.  In stereo, if that's what you're into.

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    Filter: Common Filter Effects

    Sometimes in life, sound comes with frequencies you don't like. So why not cut them out?

    kHs Filter is a resonant filter with 7 modes, swiftly getting rid of frequencies you  don't like or enhancing frequencies you do. And it's doing it and doing it and doing it good


    Phaser: Pulsating Effect

    Beam me up, Scotty! No matter if you set the knob to stun or kill, Phaser can spice up your life with twirly frequency sweeps.Pretty much all the bad things with signal phase issues, but turned into an effect and labeled "cool".


    Reverb: Spatial simulation

    Reverbs, simulating the millions of tiny echoes that naturally bounce off  the walls in a room, have become an central part in glueing together sounds in a song. There are likely few tracks today that don't contain reverb in any form.

    The kHs Reverb is a simple but powerful reverb, which helps you to quickly  tune in the character you want.


    Kilohearts Phase Plant & Starter Key Features

    Phase Plant
    • Powerful soft synth plug-in with 4 signal generators
    • Signal generator options include analog, noise, sampler, and wavetable oscillators
    • Onboard effects and modulators for even greater experimentation options
    • Uncluttered interface inspires creativity
    • Fully customizable parameters and controls
    • Over 400 studio-quality presets
    • Snapin plug-in that can be used as a regular VST/AU or in Kilohearts' Multipass and Snapheap host plug-ins
    Toolbox Starter Kit Includes
    • Compressor
    • Distortion
    • Dynamics
    • Filter
    • Phaser
    • Reverb
    • 3-Band EQ
    • Chorus
    • Delay
    • Gain
    • Limiter
    • Stereo
    • All plugins in the Toolbox Starter Kit are Snap ready and can be used in Kilohearts Snapin hosts – Snap Heap, Multipass, and Phase Plant

    Operating System

    Mac, PC



    Bit Depth

    Windows: 64-bit, Mac: 64-bit


    AAX, VST2, AU

    Mac Hardware Requirements

    2GHz Processor or higher, 4GB RAM minimum

    PC Hardware Requirements

    2GHz Processor or higher, 4GB RAM minimum

    Mac OS Requirements

    OS X 10.10 or later

    PC OS Requirements

    Windows 7 SP1 or later

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