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Lowender: A Subharmonic Synthesizer Plugin for PC and Mac by reFUSE Software



reFUSE Software Lowender: A Subharmonic Synthesizer Plugin for PC and Mac




If you are looking for a way to add some low end punch and rumble to your music, you might want to check out reFUSE Software's Lowender plugin. Lowender is a subharmonic synthesizer plugin that can generate new bass content from your existing audio material. It is inspired by classic analog dual-band bass enhancer circuits, but with some modern twists and enhancements. In this article, we will review the features and benefits of Lowender, how to use it in your music production, what users and experts say about it, how it compares with other subharmonic plugins, and where to get it.




reFUSE Software Lowender VST RTAS AU 1.1.2 (PC - MAC).iso



Features and Benefits of Lowender




Lowender is not just a simple EQ or compressor that boosts the low frequencies of your audio. It is a subharmonic synthesizer that creates new bass content from the harmonics of your original signal. This means that you can add low end to any sound source, even if it has no bass content at all. For example, you can use Lowender to add some weight and depth to a kick drum, a guitar, a synth, or even a vocal. Here are some of the features and benefits of Lowender:


  • Classic dual-band subharmonic architecture: Lowender splits the input signal into two bands: a high band that passes through unchanged, and a low band that is processed by a subharmonic generator. The subharmonic generator analyzes the low band signal and creates new subharmonics that are one octave below the original harmonics. The subharmonics are then mixed with the high band signal to create a richer and fuller sound.



  • Switchable frequency ranges: Lowender allows you to choose from three different frequency ranges for the low band signal: Classic (24-56 Hz), Guitar (36-80 Hz), and Bass (48-100 Hz). This way, you can tailor the subharmonics to match the program material and avoid unwanted artifacts or mudiness.



  • Gate, drive, and output filter controls: Lowender gives you control over the dynamics and tone of the generated subharmonics. You can use the gate control to clean up unwanted bass rumble between hits or notes. You can use the drive control to add some saturation or distortion to the subharmonics for more character and presence. You can use the output filter control to adjust the cutoff frequency of a lowpass filter that smooths out the high harmonics of the drive effect.



  • Analog modeling - no FFT shenanigans: Lowender uses analog modeling techniques to emulate the behavior of classic analog circuits. This means that it does not rely on FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) algorithms that can introduce latency, aliasing, or phase issues. Instead, it preserves the natural sound and feel of your audio.



How to Use Lowender in Your Music Production




Lowender Lowender is a plugin that can be used in any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) that supports VST, RTAS, or AU formats. It can be used on individual tracks, buses, or the master channel, depending on your needs and preferences. Here are some steps on how to use Lowender in your music production: - Installation and compatibility: To install Lowender, you need to download the installer file from the reFUSE Software website. The installer file is a .iso file, which means that you need to mount it as a virtual drive or burn it to a CD or DVD. Then, you need to run the setup program and follow the instructions. You will need to enter your license key, which you can get from your email confirmation or your reFUSE Software account. Lowender is compatible with Windows XP or later and Mac OS X 10.4 or later. It supports 32-bit and 64-bit systems and hosts. - Interface and parameters: Lowender has a simple and intuitive interface that consists of four main sections: Input, Subharmonic Generator, Output, and Bypass. The Input section has a level meter and a gain knob that lets you adjust the input level of the signal. The Subharmonic Generator section has four knobs that control the subharmonic generation: Range, Gate, Drive, and Filter. The Range knob lets you select the frequency range of the low band signal: Classic (24-56 Hz), Guitar (36-80 Hz), or Bass (48-100 Hz). The Gate knob lets you set the threshold level for the gate effect that cleans up unwanted bass rumble. The Drive knob lets you add some saturation or distortion to the subharmonics for more character and presence. The Filter knob lets you adjust the cutoff frequency of the lowpass filter that smooths out the high harmonics of the drive effect. The Output section has a level meter and a mix knob that lets you blend the original signal with the subharmonics. The Bypass button lets you turn on or off the plugin effect. - Tips and tricks for getting the best results: Lowender is a powerful and versatile plugin that can be used for various purposes and genres. Here are some tips and tricks for getting the best results with Lowender: - Use Lowender sparingly and subtly. Too much subharmonics can make your mix sound muddy, boomy, or distorted. A little goes a long way with Lowender. - Use Lowender on sounds that have some harmonic content in the low frequencies, such as kick drums, bass guitars, synths, or vocals. Lowender will not work well on sounds that have no bass content at all, such as hi-hats, cymbals, or snares. - Use Lowender to enhance the low end of your mix, not to create it. Lowender is not a substitute for proper recording, mixing, or mastering techniques. It is a tool to add some extra flavor and depth to your sound. - Use Lowender to create contrast and dynamics in your mix. For example, you can use Lowender on some parts of your song, such as the chorus or the drop, to make them sound bigger and more powerful than other parts. - Experiment with different settings and combinations of Lowender. You can use different frequency ranges, gate levels, drive amounts, and filter cutoffs to create different sounds and effects with Lowender. You can also use multiple instances of Lowender on different tracks or buses to create layers of subharmonics. Reviews and Testimonials from Users and Experts




Lowender has received positive feedback from users and experts who have tried it in their music production. Here are some of the reviews and testimonials from users and experts:


"Lowender is one of those plugins that I use on almost every project. It adds so much warmth and weight to my mixes without making them sound muddy or overdone. It's easy to use and sounds great on anything from drums to synths to vocals." - User review from KVR Audio


"Lowender is a fantastic subharmonic synthesizer plugin that can add some serious low end punch and rumble to your tracks. It's based on classic analog circuits but with some modern enhancements that make it more flexible and versatile. It's very CPU-efficient and stable, and it works well with any DAW that supports VST, RTAS, or AU formats." - Expert review from MusicTech


"Lowender is a must-have plugin for anyone who wants to add some extra low end oomph to their music. It's simple to use but very effective at creating new bass content from your existing audio material. It sounds amazing on kick drums, bass guitars, synths, vocals, and even full mixes." - User review from Plugin Boutique[^4 Comparison with Other Subharmonic Plugins




Lowender is not the only subharmonic plugin available in the market. There are other plugins that offer similar or different features and functions for creating low end enhancement. Here are some of the most popular and well-known subharmonic plugins and how they compare with Lowender:


Plugin


Features


Pros


Cons


Lowender


- Classic dual-band subharmonic architecture- Switchable frequency ranges- Gate, drive, and output filter controls- Analog modeling - no FFT shenanigans


- Easy to use and intuitive interface- CPU-efficient and stable- Compatible with any DAW that supports VST, RTAS, or AU formats- Affordable price


- No presets or automation options- No metering or visualization tools- No sidechain or mid/side processing capabilities


Waves MaxxBass


- Psychoacoustic bass enhancement technology- Dynamic range and frequency response controls- High-pass filter and limiter controls- FFT-based processing


- Creates perceived bass without increasing actual level or power consumption- Works well on small speakers and headphones- Presets for different instruments and genres- Metering and visualization tools


- CPU-intensive and latency-prone- Not compatible with some DAWs or hosts- Expensive price


Brainworx bx_subsynth


- Subharmonic synthesis based on dbx 120XP hardware unit- Three-band subharmonic generation with crossover controls- Edge, filter, and mix controls- M/S processing and mono maker capabilities


- Emulates the sound and feel of a legendary analog device- Flexible and versatile subharmonic generation options- M/S processing and mono maker for better stereo imaging and compatibility- Presets and automation options


- Complex and cluttered interface- Requires dongle or online activation- Not compatible with some DAWs or hosts- Expensive price


SoundSpot Oracle Algorythmik Subharmonic Synthesizer


- Algorithmic subharmonic synthesizer with three modes: Classic, Modern, and Tape- Harmonic, drive, filter, envelope, and mix controls- LFO modulation with six waveforms and six destinations- FFT-based processing


- Offers three different flavors of subharmonic synthesis- LFO modulation for creating movement and variation in the subharmonics- Presets for different instruments and genres- Affordable price


- CPU-intensive and latency-prone- Not compatible with some DAWs or hosts- No metering or visualization tools- No sidechain or mid/side processing capabilities


Pricing and Availability of Lowender




Lowender is available for purchase from the reFUSE Software website. The price of Lowender is $49 USD, which is a reasonable and affordable price for such a powerful and versatile plugin. You can also download a free demo version of Lowender from the website, which has all the features of the full version but with occasional silence. The demo version is a great way to try out Lowender before buying it.


reFUSE Software also offers discounts and offers for Lowender from time to time. For example, you can get Lowender for free if you buy another reFUSE Software product, such as The Swarm or Flipper. You can also get Lowender for 50% off if you are a student or an educator. You can check the reFUSE Software website for more details on these discounts and offers.


Conclusion and Recommendations




In conclusion, Lowender is a subharmonic synthesizer plugin that can add some low end punch and rumble to your music. It is inspired by classic analog dual-band bass enhancer circuits, but with some modern twists and enhancements. It has a simple and intuitive interface that lets you control the subharmonic generation, dynamics, and tone of the generated subharmonics. It is compatible with any DAW that supports VST, RTAS, or AU formats, and it is very CPU-efficient and stable. It is also affordable and offers discounts and offers for students, educators, and loyal customers.


We recommend Lowender to anyone who wants to enhance the low end of their music production, whether it is for drums, bass, synths, vocals, or full mixes. Lowender can create new bass content from any sound source, even if it has no bass content at all, such as hi-hats, cymbals, or snares. Lowender can also create contrast and dynamics in your mix by using it on some parts of your song, such as the chorus or the drop, to make them sound bigger and more powerful than other parts. Lowender can also create different sounds and effects by using different frequency ranges, gate levels, drive amounts, and filter cutoffs. You can also use multiple instances of Lowender on different tracks or buses to create layers of subharmonics.


Lowender is a plugin that you will love to use and experiment with. It will give your music a new dimension and depth that will impress your listeners and clients. It is a plugin that will make your music sound better and more professional. It is a plugin that you should definitely try out and buy.


FAQs




Here are some of the frequently asked questions about Lowender:


  • What is the difference between Lowender and a bass booster?A bass booster is a plugin that simply boosts the low frequencies of your audio signal. A bass booster can make your sound louder and fuller, but it can also make it muddy, boomy, or distorted. A bass booster cannot create new bass content from your audio signal. Lowender is a subharmonic synthesizer that creates new bass content from the harmonics of your audio signal. Lowender can make your sound richer and deeper, but it can also preserve the clarity, balance, and quality of your sound. Lowender can create new bass content from any sound source, even if it has no bass content at all.



  • How can I get the best results with Lowender?To get the best results with Lowender, you should use it sparingly and subtly. Too much subharmonics can make your mix sound muddy, boomy, or distorted. A little goes a long way with Lowender. You should also use Lowender on sounds that have some harmonic content in the low frequencies, such as kick drums, bass guitars, synths, or vocals. Lowender will not work well on sounds that have no bass content at all, such as hi-hats, cymbals, or snares. You should also use Lowender to enhance the low end of your mix, not to create it. Lowender is not a substitute for proper recording, mixing, or mastering techniques. It is a tool to add some extra flavor and depth to your sound.



  • Can I use Lowender on the master channel?You can use Lowender on the master channel if you want to add some low end punch and rumble to your entire mix. However, you should be careful and cautious when using Lowender on the master channel. You should use low settings for the subharmonic generation, gate, drive, and filter controls. You should also use a high setting for the mix control to blend the original signal with the subharmonics. You should also monitor your mix on different speakers and headphones to check for any unwanted artifacts or issues.



  • Does Lowender work well with other plugins?Lowender works well with other plugins that can complement or enhance its effect. For example, you can use an EQ plugin before or after Lowender to shape the tone of the subharmonics. You can use a compressor plugin after Lowender to control the dynamics of the subharmonics. You can use a reverb plugin after Lowender to add some space and ambience to the subharmonics. You can also use other plugins that can create interesting sounds or effects with Lowender, such as distortion, modulation, delay, etc.



  • What are some alternative plugins to Lowender?If you are looking for some alternative plugins to Lowender, you can check out some of the other subharmonic plugins available in the market. Some of them are Waves MaxxBass, Brainworx bx_subsynth, SoundSpot Oracle Algorythmik Subharmonic Synthesizer, Plugin Alliance SPL Vitalizer MK2-T, iZotope Ozone 9 Bass Enhancer Module, etc.



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