Polyverse Launches Supermodal 1.0.0 Modal Filter Plugin

New version outfitted with improvements and enhancements to the filtering tool as well as additional presets; follows conclusion of public beta period.
The new Supermodal v1.0.0 modal filter plugin from Polyverse.

Polyverse has announced the launched version 1.0.0 of Supermodel, its new modal filter plugin that uses hundreds of narrow filter bands working together to emulate the resonating qualities of acoustic bodies, both real and imagined.

A discounted public beta release of the plugin first became available in October, and all beta owners will be granted a free upgrade to version 1.0.0. For new users, Supermodal is available directly from the Polyverse website or affiliate retailers for $99.

“We are pleased to share Supermodal 1.0.0 with both our public beta users and anyone waiting for the right time to jump in and explore this exciting new tool,” says Polyverse CEO Assaf Dar Sagol. “This release is the culmination of a lot of dreaming and hard work here at Polyverse. We also extend our deepest thanks to all the users who took the time to dive into the plug-in and share their feedback over the last few months.

“Your input has been instrumental in helping us refine the Supermodal experience and has contributed to making version 1.0.0 even more fun, inviting, and rock solid than before. We look forward to hearing more from our community as they create wild new sounds the way only Supermodal can. Happy experimenting!”

Version 1.0.0 updates:

— Filter stability and sound improvements
— Modulation Amount Sliders now labeled according to the active modulator
— Active Modulation Buttons are highlighted when hovering over modulation slots
— Random and Sequencer modulation modes now have a UniPolar function
— Sequencer: Arrow keys can be used to shift and invert phase
— Sequencer: Letter keys can be used to select a corresponding shape
— Additional presets included; improved initial preset
— Right-click Preset Browse button to save a new preset without opening the preset list
— Ctrl – /= or Command -/= shortcuts to resize the plugin

At the heart of Supermodal are two filter sections working in tandem. On the left of Supermodal’s interface users will find the Classic Filter, a zero-feedback state variable filter that is designed to morph smoothly between low-pass, band-pass, and high-pass filter modes with its “Type” control. It offers a fixed slope of 24 dB per octave, evoking well-known analog filters, and is capable of both “sweet” and “chunky” filter sounds with the help of a built-in saturation algorithm and input and output controls that allow users to drive it for a fatter, musical sound.

To the right of the Classic Filter is Supermodal’s namesake, Modal Filter. A “meta-filter” made up of hundreds of resonant bandpass filters, the Modal Filter provides 27 different carefully crafted resonation behaviors – or variants – that organize its numerous bands to emphasize various harmonics, known as partials, across the frequency spectrum. These variants are grouped into nine filter models, which include “Vocal Formant” with its “Ah,” “Ih” and “Oh” variants; “Struck” with “Piano” “Vibraphone,” and “Bell” variants, “Waveform,” with “Saw,” “Square” and “Hypersquare” variants, and more. This approach to filtering is designed to result in transformative sounds that aren’t possible with conventional filtering alone, while “Damping” and “Partials” control is intended to allow users to refine the sound of the filter to achieve their desired tonality.

The Classic Filter and Modal Filter are arranged in parallel, combining their outputs for more full-range filtering effects. A “Blend” knob crossfades between them, allowing users to dial in their desired balance between the two filters’ effects. Supermodal also hass a Dry/Wet mix slider that’s designed to enable subtler effects that retain some characteristics of the original audio source.

Supermodal also provides a modulation section that should be familiar to users of the company’s Manipulator plugin. It supplies four separate modulation slots, each assignable to one of Supermodal’s six modulation sources that include an Envelope Follower, ADSR envelope, Midi/CV input, Sequencer, Random Generator, and Meta Knob, which can act as a macro for multi-parameter control. Nearly every parameter in Supermodal can be modulated, and the plugin’s modulation generators can create cross-modulation by modulating each other for more complex effects. Modulation ranges, which can be adjusted with colorful sliders, can be set to positive or negative values, and each modulation source is switchable between mono and stereo, facilitating for ear-catching spatial filter effects.

Go here for more information and/or to purchase the new Supermodal plugin.