THE ORB

FORMANT FILTER

The Orb is a formant filter plugin which simulates the characteristics of the human voice. Featuring a set of three band pass filters, The Orb can transform any sound into a vowel-like formant-filtered sound. With the three LFOs you can modulate the Vowel, the Emphasis/Resonance of the formants, and the Drift, which can shift up or down the frequencies of each formant. You can also create your own set of vowels by changing name and frequency for each vowel/formant.

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The Orb Vowel Circle GIF

THE ORB

Each sector of the orb represents a Vowel. It’s possible to change the vowel for each sector by clicking on the vowel name.

The distance from the center of the orb to the dot represents the amount of Emphasis (resonance) for each formant filter.

The angle of each sector represents the amount of Drift, which is a value in Hz that will be added or subtracted from each vowel formant.

CUSTOM VOWELS

By clicking on the Edit button in the Vowels section, you can access the Custom Vowels window.

It’s possible to change each vowel name and frequency for the three formants.

Each custom vowels set will be saved in a preset (or DAW session), so you can create as many as you want by saving to a new preset.

The default setting is the same as the Male genre settings.

REVIEWS & TESTIMONIALS

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“I love making my synths talk and using The Orb by @audiothing is one of the coolest ways to do it!”

Jordan Rudess. Dream Theather Keyboardist and Composer.

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“Give any sound that vocalised vibe with the well-rounded latest effect from this fast-rising star of plugin development. The Orb is a must-hear creative processor for any electronic music producer. 9/10”

Computer Music Magazine. The world’s best selling magazine dedicated to making great music with your Mac or PC.

Matthew Sims (Audio Engineer / Producer)

“I haven’t come across an audio plugin like this. It functions as a Phaser, Talkbox, Step Sequencer, Filter and Vocal synth. Depending on how you use it, you can get surprising results.”

Matthew Sims. Audio Engineer / Producer who has worked with artists Pusha T, Usher, Frank Ocean, J Cole, Bon Jovi, Kai, Jennifer Lopez, Pentatonix, Lewis Hamilton, Craig David, Elle King, Post Malone, Lauryn Hill, Mike Posner, Keith Richards and more.

The Orb DEMO

Try The Orb for free with some limitations: silence for 3 seconds every 45 seconds, saving disabled.

If you like it, you can purchase a license and then authorize the demo version.

macOS

Requires macOS 10.7 or higher
AU, VST2, VST3, AAX (64bit only)

Windows

Requires Windows 7 or higher
VST2, VST3, AAX (64bit only)

Manual

English
PDF

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Three Band Pass Filters (ZDF design)
  • Vowel Sets: Male, Female, Child and Custom
  • 3 LFOs (destinations: Vowel, Emphasis and Drift)
  • Lightweight on CPU
  • Presets system with randomizer

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Windows 7, 8, 10
2GHz CPU, 4 GB RAM
VST2, VST3, or AAX (64-bit)

OS X 10.7 – macOS 10.15
2GHz CPU, 4 GB RAM
VST2, VST3, AU, or AAX (64-bit)

Copy Protection

To activate your plugin you can choose between Online and Offline authorization.
Create an account, log in through the plugin to activate, or download your license file for offline activation.

Simple Activation

1 license activates up to 3 computers

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2020/09/17: v1.2
– Added: macOS 10.15 Catalina support
– Added: Parameter Lock
– Added: Edit Value option for Knobs
– Added: Notification System
– Added: Internal support for left-hand mouse users
– Fixed: Vowel LFO amount issue when changing Vowel Amount
– Fixed: Emphasis and Drift LFO amount not working with Random wave
– Fixed: Digital Performer Plugin Validation Error
– Improved: Graphics rendering optimization

2018/07/23: v1.1
– Added: Online Authorization Form
– Added: Smoothed bypass
– Added: Preset Copy/Paste to/from Clipboard
– Added: Global option – Resizable Window
– Added: VST3 plugin format
– Added: 25 new presets
– Fixed: Random Lock for LFO waveforms
– Improved: LFO Sync stability
– Improved: LFO Vowel Phase Parameter
– Improved: Preset Browser with sub-categories

2017/02/27: v1.0.1
– Extended LFO rate range from 0.01Hz to 2kHz (enable from More button)
– Improved CPU performance
– Fixed Vowel Editor default number bug
– Fixed Pro Tools stepped automation bug