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Soundtoys 5

Effects as Powerful as Your Imagination

Soundtoys 5 brings together our entire range of audio effects into one powerful collection. Includes all 21 Soundtoys plug-ins.

Saturate, compress, and distort with Decapitator, Radiator, and Devil-Loc. Get a virtual history of echo and delay hardware with EchoBoy and PrimalTap. Transform your vocals with Little AlterBoy. Recreate classic studio pitch, chorus, and widening effects with Crystallizer and MicroShift. Take modulation to new levels with the beat-synced rhythmic effects of PanMan, Tremolator, FilterFreak, and PhaseMistress.

All of these individual elements are proven, powerful tools, trusted by professional mix engineers, musicians, and sound designers everywhere. But combined in the new Soundtoys Effect Rack, they are indeed the ultimate effects collection.

Included Products

Crystallizer 
Pitch Shifting granular reverse echo. A mind-warping sound design trip.

Devil-Loc
Two knobs, one big drum sound. Audio level destroyer with a vintage vibe.

Devil-Loc Deluxe
A crushing, pounding, aggressive compressor for massive drums. Our spin on an old classic.

Decapitator 
Subtle to extreme hardware-modeled saturation. The secret weapon of top mix engineers.

EchoBoy 
Decades of echo devices in a single plug-in. The pro standard for the vocal echo.

EchoBoy Jr.
Analog echo modeler – Seven iconic analog echo emulations in one easy-to-use plug-in

FilterFreak 
Fat analog sweeps, pounding filter rhythms, big hardware sound – with a dual version for double the analog attitude.

Little AlterBoy
Pitch and formant shifting and hard-tuned robot effects for transforming vocals.

Little MicroShift
Three essential vocal widening effects. One simple plug-in.

Little Radiator
A little tube heat and tons of vibe. Inspired by the Altec 1566a pre-amp.

Little Plate
The lush sound of plate reverb – with a modern twist.

Little PrimalTap
Our little retro delay lets you echo, loop, warp, distort, and mangle.

MicroShift
The classic studio trick for super-wide vocals – with a powerful new twist.

PanMan 
Rhythmic auto-panning with cool classic features, new tricks, and analog color.

PhaseMistress 
Rich phase sweeps, deep analog vibe, and tempo-locked modulation.

PrimalTap
Modeled retro dual delay with “freeze” for lo-fi pitch warped loops and delays.

Radiator
Vintage vibe, drive, and the magic tone of the 1567a tube mixer. A beast on bass and drums.

Sie-Q
Sie-Q features spacious highs, smooth lows, and great tones fast, bringing a whole new modeled color to your EQ palette.

Tremolator 
Analog guitar tremolo effects and beyond with beat-synced rhythmic chopping.

*You are required to trade up your V4 license upon upgrade. Speed is now a legacy product and is not included in Soundtoys 5. Contact the Soundtoys support team to reactivate your Speed license.

 

soundtoys 5 rackThe new Soundtoys Effect Rack is the centerpiece of Soundtoys 5. 

It turns a tried-and-true collection of powerful individual plug-ins into a virtually unlimited creative multi-effects system.

The Effect Rack makes it simple to build your own custom effect chains and define your signature sound. And when you’ve created the perfect combination of effects, the Rack’s global controls let you treat the whole rack as a single plug-in.

Lock rhythmic effects to a single tempo, or let them run free. Fine-tune the input and output levels, and use the global mix control to blend your effect in with the dry signal. Then experiment with the powerful new global Recycle control. By mixing the output of the rack back into the input, you can build your own modulated reverbs, over-the-top delays, and other unique ambiance effects that would require complicated routing to accomplish in most DAWs.

Work Smarter

The Effect Rack integrates 14 individual Soundtoys effects into a single plug-in, which improves workflow by displaying an entire custom effect processing chain at once. You won’t need to juggle multiple plug-in windows to adjust parameters, add new effects, or change their routing. The Effect Rack keeps everything right at your fingertips.

*Effect Rack includes Crystallizer, Decapitator, Devil-Loc Deluxe, EchoBoy, EchoBoy Jr., FilterFreak, FilterFreak 2, MicroShift, PanMan, PhaseMistress, PrimalTap, Radiator, Sie-Q, and Tremolator.

Choose from our range of carefully-crafted presets to find the perfect jumping-off point. Or quickly design, save and recall combinations of your favorite Soundtoys effects—all in one self-contained plug-in.

Outer Limits is a FREE collection of 67 presets designed to turn any audio into strange and frightening sounds, spacey sci-fi soundscapes, and mutated audio oddities.

You no longer need to use a hardware dongle.

Set yourself free to work wherever, and however, you want.

With computer-based authorization, free up precious USB ports for audio interfaces and MIDI controllers. Studio pros can still use Soundtoys 5 with their iLok USB keys to managing all of their plug-in licenses. All Soundtoys 5 plug-ins come with two activations. Use one at the studio, and the other on your home machine or laptop.

Slide open an effect’s Tweak panel to access special circuit-level controls.

Or design your own unique modulation patterns.

Many Soundtoys effects offer special Tweak panels that expose deeper editing features. Here you can find advanced options for a plug-in, like a choice of saturation styles, fine control of an effect’s groove, or a selection of different delay algorithms. Our modulation effects offer powerful shape and rhythm editors here for creating complex motion. And in Soundtoys 5, we’ve redesigned our Tweak panels to make advanced controls easier to find and use.  The result: an incredibly customizable set of sonic tools that you’ll want to use on every project.

Effects that move to your rhythm. With any shape, you can imagine.

An LFO (Low-Frequency Oscillator) is at the heart of every modulation effect. To explain, LFO gives tremolos, phasers, panners, and sweeping filters their characteristic motion.

Our included library of LFO shapes goes far beyond standard modulation effects, giving you curves based on vintage modulation effects, amps, and instruments as well as more abstract shapes. You can also draw and sculpt your own totally customized shapes using our Shape Editor. Use it to dream up new LFO shapes, from knife-edged waves to gently ebbing curves.

Our Rhythm Editor is like a rhythmic modulation sequencer. Choose a length (in bars) and the size of the steps you want to edit (sixteenth notes, eighth notes, quarter notes, etc), then start clicking to make a new pattern. You can turn individual steps on and off to create pauses or rests, and adjust the level and length of each step to humanize your pattern and give it some musical variation. You can even choose the number of beats per bar to create some funky syncopation or odd-time-signature grooves. Like our custom shapes, custom patterns are even swappable between plug-ins. And, of course, you can lock everything to the master tempo of the Soundtoys Effect Rack or your favorite DAW for solid, dead-simple synchronization.

We’ve spent the last decade creating one of the world’s greatest gear collections.

That means we actually own and use the hardware we draw our inspiration from.

We look to the past for inspiration. But we build each of our plug-ins to stand solidly on its own with features designed for modern studios.

As a result, we’re happy to say that Soundtoys effects are used, trusted, and recommended by professionals in all aspects of audio production. Now with Soundtoys 5 and the Effect Rack, we’ve brought all of these acclaimed effects together to see how much further they can go.

Officially Supported Host Applications

All version 5 Soundtoys products come in 64-bit VST, AU and AAX Native plug-in formats. Here is a list of our officially supported host applications.

  • Pro Tools 11 – 2022.6 (Mac & PC: AAX Native and AudioSuite)
  • Logic Pro X – 10.7* (Mac: AudioUnits)
  • Ableton Live 9.2.2 – 11 (Mac: AudioUnits & VST; Windows: VST)
  • Studio One 4.5+ (Mac: AudioUnits & VST; Windows: VST)
  • Cubase 9.5 – 12*  (Mac & PC: VST)
  • Nuendo 8 – 11 (Mac & PC: VST)
  • Reaper 6 (Mac: AudioUnits & VST; Windows: VST)
  • Bitwig 4 (Mac & PC: VST)

Officially Supported Operating Systems

  • OS X 10.12 or later
  • Windows 7, 8, 10

Apple Silicon & VST 3 Info

Note about DAW / Computer Support

We cannot guarantee support if you are using a supported host platform listed above on an operating system or computer that is not supported by the host platform itself. Please visit your DAW’s website or manual to ensure you are using a compatible system.

If your DAW is not on the list above, it doesn’t necessarily mean that our plug-ins won’t work. It just means that it has not been tested. If something goes wrong with an unsupported DAW, you are welcome to write into support, but we cannot guarantee a solution. We currently recommend using our free trial with the hosts listed below to confirm compatibility on your computer.

  • Reaper
  • MainStage
  • FL Studio

32-Bit Plug-in Support

With the release of 5.3.2, we officially discontinued support for 32-bit plug-ins. With macOS Catalina requiring all applications to be 64-bit, and with the vast majority of our PC customers using 64-bit plug-ins, we decided it was the right time to end 32-bit support. Our most recent 32-bit installers are available to download below.

Other requirements:

iLok.com account (An iLok USB dongle is not required. Create a free account here)

What’s new in v5.3.8

  • VST3 support for both Windows and macOS
  • Native compatibility with both Apple Silicon (M1/M2/M-series) and Intel processors

Known Issues and Notes

  • In Digital Performer 11, discrete parameters behave incorrectly for VST3. We recommend using VST2 or AU in Digital Performer 11 until the issue can be resolved.
  • Some hosts will automatically replace VST2 plug-ins in sessions with matching VST3 versions, depending on the DAW and your DAW preferences. Our VST3 versions are fully interchangeable with their VST2 counterparts, but not all hosts implement this feature of VST3.

What’s new in V5.3.7

  • Adds native Apple silicon support for Audio Units and VST2.
  • Fixes issue where installers may fail to install for certain users.

Known issues and notes:

  • The minimum recommended version of Logic for native Apple silicon is 10.7.3
  • Switching presets in Logic’s built-in preset manager may cause instability with Effect Rack. Using our internal preset manager should be fine.
  • VST3 support is not included in this release and will come at a later time.

5.3.6 Update

October, 20, 2021

  • Fixed an issue where Effect Rack could crash when doing an offline render to a new sample rate with VST.
  • Fixed an issue where Effect Rack could produce an incorrect “out of automation slots” alert during an offline render.

5.3.5 Update

September 30, 2021

  • Fixed issues with offline rendering in certain hosts, where the effect might have a delayed onset or undesirable fade in.
  • Fixed audio artifacts that could happen when editing modulation patterns during playback.
  • Fixed issue where events could be edited to 0 level and then no longer modified.
  • Effect Rack now resets delay buffers on preset changes.
  • Fixed an issue with PhaseMistress sound for certain 2-stage phaser styles.
  • Fixed an issue where Effect Rack could crash on load in Reaper on Windows.
  • Pattern editor stability improvements.

5.3.4 Update

March 30, 2021

  • Fixed CPU Spiking in Bitwig when certain plug-ins were on an instrument channel.
  • Fixed incorrect license expiration warning that would appear in certain circumstances.
  • Fixed bug where Effect Rack could lose signal after re-ordering effects in certain circumstances.
  • Fixed issue where EchoBoy could crash while changing presets during audio playback.
  • Added new transport indicator to Rhythm Editors to convey current location within a pattern.
  • Stability improvements for Windows versions.

5.3.3 Update

December 10, 2020

  • Added support for macOS Big Sur (11).
  • Fixed minor graphics issues in macOS Big Sur.
  • Fixed issue where plug-ins would sometimes crash on instantiation in GarageBand or Maschine on macOS Catalina.
  • Improved handling of bad floating point values.
  • Fixed graphical issues with pattern editors.
  • Fixed tempo sync during offline render in certain plug-ins.
  • Fixed issue where delay of dry signal path in Little AlterBoy did not match host DAW delay compensation.
  • Fixed issue where Decapitator would flood undo history with AutoGain changes in Ableton.
  • Eliminated low level noise from MicroShift.
  • Adjusted levels of Decapitator’s “Dark Drive” preset.
  • Added numpad and arrow key support for string controls.
  • Improved mouse tracking behavior in preset menus.
  • Fixed Effect Rack crash that could happen during certain preset changes.
  • Fixed “Waveform and Rhythm Too Complicated” alert in certain rhythm presets.
  • Fixed Tremolator crashing on selection of “12 Bar Roller” rhythm preset.
  • Fixed Organize command disappearing from the preset menu in certain situations.
  • Fixed rare crash on recall with multiple Effect Rack instances in Ableton.

5.3.2 Update

December 17, 2019

  • Added support for macOS Catalina (10.15).
  • Fixed issues on Windows where knobs could snap to minimum position and stop responding to mouse movements.
  • Double-clicking to reset controls has been fixed on Windows.
  • 32-bit plug-ins have been discontinued.
  • Installer now includes the latest version of iLok License Manager, which solves an issue where plug-ins were blacklisted in Cubase on Windows.

5.3.1 Update

October 30, 2019

  • Fixed a bug in Little AlterBoy that could cause left and right channels to move slightly out of sync when used on a mono track in DAWs like Ableton and Cubase that process mono tracks in stereo.**
  • Fixed a similar left/right sync bug that could affect PrimalTap in “Freeze” mode.**
  • Improved parameter mapping for Resonance parameter in FilterFreak and PhaseMistress. This may very slightly change the sound of sessions that use automation on this parameter. If no automation is used on this parameter then all sessions should recall perfectly.
  • Smoothed out choppy animation on certain Retina displays.
  • Repaired window scaling problems in Windows on high DPI monitors, especially in Ableton and Studio One
  • Added MIDI triggering to PhaseMistress and EffectRack AAX.
  • Installer icons on Mac and PC should now show up more easily on a black background.
  • Mac installer supports light and dark mode.
  • New Remove Soundtoys utility on Mac lets you uninstall individual plug-ins more easily.

** These changes will affect the sound of audio in some sessions. You may want to bounce or freeze tracks if you want to keep the out-of-sync or phasey sound that may have occurred in previous versions.

What’s new in v5.3

macOS and PC:

  • Plug-in activation window now includes support for Activation Codes, which will be distributed to customers who purchase a new product (not an upgrade) from our web store, and will allow those licenses to be activated without an iLok account (optional).
  • Little Plate is now included in the 5.3 license group for new Soundtoys 5 customers.

macOS-only:

  • macOS Mojave is now officially supported.
  • Graphics issue that was causing several components of the Soundtoys graphical user interfaces to display incorrectly on macOS Mojave has been resolved.

What’s New in v5.2.3

All Soundtoys Plugins updated June 4, 2018 (Maintenance Update 5.2.3.13619 (Mac) and 5.2.3.13636 (PC))

  • Little Plate now included in the Soundtoys 5 installer
  • Fixed rare audio dropout/glitches under certain circumstances
  • Fixed crash that could happen sometimes on session recall
  • Fixed sluggish animation of tweak drawers on high DPI monitors on Mac
  • Fixed rhythm editor to allow for creation of multi-bar rhythms
  • Fixed “update nesting too deep” alert
  • Added support for MIDI triggering to AAX versions of FilterFreak and PrimalTap
  • Fixed CPU spiking in certain instances
  • Fixed AudioSuite support for different stem formats (mono-mono, mono-stereo, stereo-stereo) for Tremolator, Decapitator, Devil-Loc Deluxe, FilterFreak 1 & 2, Little Radiator, Radiator, and Sie-Q
  • Fixed occasional crash when rendering in Reaper on Windows
  • Fixed preset sorting in macOS High Sierra
  • Audio Units plug-ins will now scan correctly without requiring a restart in macOS High Sierra
  • Locked knob titles will remain red when GUI is closed and reopened
  • Fixed Pro Tools automation hotkey support for Effect Rack, as well as compound parameters like Delay Notes/Time in EchoBoy
  • Fixed Pro Tools automation hotkey support for all plug-ins on Windows
  • Fixed session recall in AU Lab
  • Fixed balance offset in in PanMan Random & Triggered modes
  • Updated VST plug-in names to make them consistent with AU and AAX versions when displayed in DAWs. *This included Little Plate, Little AlterBoy, Little Radiator, Little PrimalTap, Little MicroShift, EchoBoy Jr., and Sie-Q.

What’s new in 5.2:

  • EchoBoy Jr. is now available in Soundtoys 5 and Effect Rack
  • EchoBoy Jr. is now included with individual EchoBoy 5 licenses and installers
  • Some Effect Rack presets now include EchoBoy Jr.
  • Fixed an issue where certain AAX plug-ins did not support multi-mono operation
  • The LFO rate parameter can now be automated in PhaseMistress and FilterFreak 1 & 2

What’s new in 5.1

Sie-Q was added to the lineup.

What’s new in 5.02

Features:

  • Plug-ins with the Analog Mode option now have a new “Op Amp” style to replace the Version 4 “Digital” style that was removed. In the previous version 5 release sessions using “Digital” defaulted to “Clean”. They now default to “Op Amp”. This will address the sound differences that some customers heard when recalling old sessions.
  • PrimalTap has a new Auto Gain switch added to the Tweak menu. When enabled, the output will automatically be lowered proportionally as the input gain is raised. This is the new default behavior for PrimalTap. Old sessions and user presets will open with Auto Gain set to “Off.”
  • Preset names, when edited, now display in italics to indicate an edited state

Fixes:

  • Preset names are now displayed correctly when sessions that were last saved with V4 are recalled (instead of reading “Default”).
  • Fixed an issue in PrimalTap where the Rolloff feature was not filtering the feedback loop as intended. (Note: this update will change the sound of some presets and sessions but is the correct and intended sound and behavior of PrimalTap).
  • Fixed an issue where Devil-Loc and Devil-Loc Deluxe knobs could jump to minimum or maximum when clicked in a certain area.
  • Fixed a problem where the delayed signal in EchoBoy might drop out under certain conditions.
  • PhaseMistress default settings will now sound identical to the default preset.
  • Preset names are now pre-populated when using the Save As… option.
  • Resolved a Windows problem where alerts could be hidden behind other windows.
  • Fixed issues that would cause the compare light to come on unnecessarily with certain plugins and presets.

New in Soundtoys 5:

  • Effect Rack, PrimalTap, and Little AlterBoy plug-ins
  • New authorization options
  • Workflow enhancements

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