Not just Another Emulation
Reviver creates harmonic distortion, whose sound is often connected to vintage gear. It does not emulate analog equipment, but instead gives the user full control of overtone generation and volume. Despite this high level of controllability, Reviver’s user interface is intuitive and provides the desired result after just a few mouse clicks. You can test Reviver by downloading the fully-functional demo version.
Second order harmonic overtones play an important role in the sonic coloration that tubes add to audio material. Their sound is often perceived as "warm" and "smooth". Reviver gives you the ability to add second order harmonics to your sound in a precise way.
Third order harmonic overtones change the sound in a more aggressive way, often referred to as "punch", "fatness", or "detail". These overtones are also created by tape and overdriven solid state amplifiers. With Reviver you can control the exact amount of third-order harmonics to give your sound that extra "punch".
Computer Music Magazine has reviewed Reviver in its September 08 issue: " [...] We've tried out a couple of saturation plug-ins similar to this recently [...]. Although Reviver is by far the simplest of the lot, it's definitely the subtlest and nearest to the effect of analogue gear. As such, we can't help but recommend it. 8/10 "
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A general problem of digital distortion plug-ins is that instead of only generating the desired harmonic overtones, they also create so-called aliasing, i.e. overtones which are in disharmony with the original signal. Aliasing is an exclusively digital problem that does not appear in analog signal processing. In contrast, Reviver is completely free of aliasing in audible frequencies. Click here to find out more about aliasing.
In serial mode Reviver first adds second order harmonics to the signal before adding third order harmonics. The result is a different harmonic content and stronger saturation.
Low CPU Usage
Reviver is very CPU efficient. Just to give you a rough figure, on a Mac Pro dual-dual-core 2,66 GHz Xeon, you can run more than 200 instances of Reviver at 44,1 kHz.
For now, Reviver supports the audio unit format and is therefore available for Mac OS X only. It works with any OS X from 10.5 to 10.8 (Lion). Reviver is a Universal Binary. Reviver supports all AU-compatible hosts, like Apple's Logic, Ableton Live, and MOTU's Digital Performer. Reviver is 64bit compatible.
This sample features both 2nd and 3rd harmonic overtones used in Reviver's parallel mode. Listen to how Reviver evens out the sound and enhances the bottom end.
- Bass Clean
- Bass Soft
- Bass Medium
- Bass Strong
All files are level-matched, slight variantions are a result of mp3 encoding.