Ra­dio star

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As well as Os­cil­la­tor mode, Freak also fea­tures a Sidechain in­put mode for mod­u­la­tion via the in­put or an ex­ter­nal sig­nal, and the unique Ra­dio mode, em­u­lat­ing the sound of an AM ra­dio.

In Sidechain mode, the di­rectly an­a­lysed mod­u­la­tion sig­nal can be blended with the out­put of an en­ve­lope fol­lower, for a highly shape­able re­sponse, with a band-pass fil­ter on call for nar­row­ing the mod­u­la­tion fre­quency range. It brings a use­ful dy­namic con­trol as­pect to Freak, and also makes us won­der why the other two plugins weren’t sim­i­larly equipped, for mod­u­la­tion of sat­u­ra­tion amount, sam­ple rate, etc.

In Ra­dio mode, two De­mod­u­la­tion cir­cuit types em­u­late an en­ve­lope de­tec­tor and a prod­uct de­tec­tor, the lat­ter be­ing the more spec­tac­u­larly ‘res­o­nant’ of the two. The Car­rier knob sets the de­mod­u­la­tion car­rier fre­quency (in­crease for higher fidelity), and ‘dialling in’ the ra­dio is done us­ing the Tun­ing knob, with in­ter­fer­ence in­creas­ing to ei­ther side of the cen­tre point. The de­mod cir­cuit band-pass fil­ter is also ad­justable, for bal­anc­ing res­o­nance and noise.

Ra­dio mode is tricky to get a han­dle on, but the evoca­tive retro and ex­trater­res­trial ‘broad­cast’ sounds it makes are ab­so­lutely awe­some.

Sound de­sign­ers are go­ing to fall in love with Freak’s Ra­dio mode

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