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Overview

SpecOps is dozens of plugins in one. Inside its easy-to-use interface is a jam-packed armory containing 36 diverse and flexible spectral effects, ranging from subtle to extreme. How you use these potent tools is truly limited only by your creative imagination: transform synthesizer presets with new sonic qualities, add throbbing grunge to drum loops, fatten up instrument tracks, delicately clarify full mixes, or decimate organic instruments and vocals beyond recognition to create one-of-a-kind special effects.

The magic all starts with SpecOps’ powerful analysis engine, which instantly splits your audio into thousands of tiny frequency slices, or “bins,” for real-time processing. You can apply pitch and frequency shifting or a Freeze effect to all bins, but that’s just the start. In a snap, you can add up to three unique spectral effects from dropdown menus for simultaneous use - with each processor applied to a different frequency band! Then compress or expand thousands of frequency bins independently and at once using the Spectral Compander’s simple controls, producing wide-ranging effects from subtle dynamics control to outrageous pumping and distortion. SpecOps’ flagship patchable modulation system lets you apply up to six built-in modulators - including a powerful 16-step sequencer, input follower, sample and hold noise, macro control and four different LFOs - simultaneously to any and all control knobs and sliders. It even includes support for the ROLI Lightpad, allowing tactile control over three dimensions of parameter movements for on-the-fly production effects and live performance.

The applications are truly limitless and stretch from moderate processing for music production to severe mangling for sound design. SpecOps is your interstellar transporter to new worlds in electronic and experimental music: Tired, static synth pads come alive when you modulate the levels, filtering, pitch, noise or distortion in different frequency bins, creating ever-shifting timbral patterns your preset libraries could only dream of. Don’t own a synth? Freeze audio on an acoustic instrument track and apply pitch shift to create a spectral synthesizer. Experimental music producers and sound designers can use SpecOps’ train-wrecking effects to brutally transform a hi hat track into bursts of alien static or make pristine vocal tracks sound like R2D2 with a sore throat. SpecOps is also an industrial music producer’s destructive weapon: Modulate a frequency-dependent clipper on an electric bass guitar’s track to add nasty bottom-end distortion that pulsates perfectly in time with your music’s tempo.

But for all its brute strength, SpecOps can also be polite - and a problem solver.
Warm up brittle electric guitar tracks by using the envelope follower to modulate SpecOps’ Reverse algorithm. On a full mix, SpecOps can automatically find and attenuate the weakest bass frequencies, clarifying and bringing focus to the bottom end. You can add more power and punch to your mixes while automatically taming unbalanced frequency peaks by using SpecOp’s Spectral Compander to independently compress thousands of frequency bins at once. Or use the spectral Low Pass and noise filters along with pitch modulation to temporarily create thin, flanged breakdowns on full mixes to startling effect.

Yeah, it does all that. SpecOps is a springboard for your imagination!

Features

  • Powerful, multi-faceted processing has wide-ranging uses in music production, sound design and live performance
  • 36 spectral effects can be applied - three at a time - to different frequency ranges with extremely high resolution
  • Spectral effects include filters, amplitude manipulators, pitch and frequency shifters, audio freezers, data compressors, glitchy processors and a clipper - each of which can act on a different, independently adjustable frequency band
  • Additional wideband processors - two pitch shifters, a frequency shifter and Freeze effect - optionally process input signal before spectral effects are applied
  • Spectral Compander can gently or severely compress or expand dynamics for all other effects—both spectral and wideband—independently in thousands of frequency slices at once
  • Analog-style, two-pole Low Pass filter softens high frequencies in plugin’s summed wet output signal
  • Continuously variable Mix control blends wet and dry signals, allowing light application of outrageous effects
  • Unfiltered Audio’s flagship freely assignable modulation system includes seven built-in modulators - a powerful 16-step sequencer, input follower, sample and hold noise, macro control and four different LFOs - all of which can be routed simultaneously to any and all control knobs and sliders
  • Included external patch allows connection to a ROLI BLOCKS Lightpad, which provides tactile control over SpecOps’ control knobs and sliders for studio production and live performance
  • High-resolution Visualizer offers six display modes ranging from a basic waveform display to a technicolor array of spectral bins

Audio Examples

Industry Reviews

  • Kate Finan
    Kate Finan

    SpecOps by Unfiltered Audio is an incredibly powerful design tool that I'm ecstatic to have in my toolbox. This spectral processor allows the user to apply pre-made effects to specific… Read More

  • Julius Dobos
    Julius Dobos

    SpecOps allows you to disassemble your audio's frequency spectrum and reassemble it to your liking. With the freeze option and a super-flexible modulation system it's a great tool for extreme… Read More

  • Katie Tavini
    Katie Tavini

    SpecOps puts creativity back into audio processing with some super fun and stunning sounding ways of manipulating sound!

  • D. Ramirez
    D. Ramirez

    SpecOps is one hell of a beast -- it can be subtle or downright crazy; you decide. It’s glitchy, gritty, nasty, clean... it’s highly tweakable and the range of sounds and uses you can squeeze… Read More

  • Stonebridge
    Stonebridge

    This is absolute GOLD!!!! The colouring, the drastic compressor, filter sweeps. My go-to weapon from now on!

Customer Reviews

  • ★★★★★
    The legacy of Joseph Fourier is honoured.
    by Levendis
    As happy owner of 'G8' and 'SandmanPro', i was aware of Unfiltered Audio's design of dilatant plugins. The scope of their plugins' themed process as broad as relevant can be. Adding to that, the… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    Makes It All Worthwhile
    by X ! l i X
    The world has become a rather overstimulating place. Infinite options at every turn can easily leave our heads spinning. But every once in awhile something like SpecOps comes along and makes it all… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    SpecOps
    by McBride
    This was a plug-in that I wasn’t sure if I would use it much.
    I just throw it on different instruments or whole mixes as a effect.
    When I find a sound that it works with, it does… Read More
  • ★★★★★
    SpecOps
    by Ron
    Fantastic plugin!! The sounds are so rich. I would love to see some more presets for it too. It's amazing on guitar if you can find a goof setting starting point. Mind blowing!! Thank you PA!!
  • ★★★★★
    Spec Ops
    by Deep Space Transit
    Very cool plugin. I like what these guys do. I can see this being expanded upon and made more versatile but I really dig their approach to making audio tools and I enjoy supporting their endeavors. I… Read More

Specification

Supported Plugin Formats
AAX Native, AU, AAX AudioSuite, VST2, VST3

Supported Operating Systems
Mac OS X 10.8 through 10.12
Windows 7 through 10
Pro Tools 10.3.10 or higher or any VST/VST3/AU-compatible host running on a supported operating system

Mac
Intel CPU only (minimum 2 GHz recommended)

PC
Intel-compatible CPU with SSE2 instruction set (Pentium 4 compatible or higher; minimum 2 GHz recommended)

System Requirements
Display resolution: 1440 × 900px or 1280 × 960px or higher
Memory: 2 GB RAM

Downloads

With the Installation Manager, you can select, download and install just the Plugin Alliance products and formats you need for your system. During this initial release, we at Plugin Alliance look forward to hearing the feedback of our valued customers, as your input will help shape future versions of this utility.