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Craig Henighan talks about Lowender

“You can really control the punchiness of the plug-in.”

Tchad Blake talks about Lowender

“I love that thing.”

News: Quietude and the Future

What's been going on this year, and where's that AAX version?


  • Gate, drive, and output filter controls
  • Operates in three different frequency ranges to match program material
  • Analog modeling - no FFT shenanigans!

Audio Samples

Lowender applied to drums
Lowender applied to drums

A four-bar drum break, first mixed normally, then through the Lowender set for smooth bass reinforcement.

Lowender applied to bass
Lowender applied to bass

A bass figure, first mixed normally, then with the Lowender set with a touch of drive and the lowpass up, to let it growl a bit.


From post-production houses to disco floors, from high-powered live sound to rock, dub, and metal studio productions, the characteristic rumble of the subharmonic synthesizer has been an engineer’s best-kept secret for years. Now, finally, you can get those low lows from within your favorite DAW application!

While taking the classic “Boom Box” sound as its core, the Lowender expands on the concept in several ways. First, it offers switchable frequency ranges, so that the low end frequencies generated can be selected to fit the program material.

Second, the generated subharmonics pass through a gate tailored for low frequencies, which is useful for cleaning up unwanted bass rumble (e.g. from between kick drum hits in a drum loop).

Third, the Lowender passes the bass material through an output section comprised of an overdrive circuit and a lowpass filter. Driving or compressing the newly generated low frequencies is essential for evening out their dynamics, and will allow them to sit well in a mix. The variable lowpass filter is provided to shave off the higher harmonics of the overdrive and create a smooth low end - or you can leave some of them in, for raspier bass sounds.

Version 1.2 features these changes:

- 64-bit versions for VST and Audio Unit

- Popup Utility Bar! Access by clicking “reFuse” logo.
  - Authorize or Deauthorize plug-in
  - Shows username registered to
  - Shows numeric parameter values
  - Check for updates

- Changed Blender’s default setting to 75% (default bass level is now quieter)

- Fixed Master Bypass automation in Pro Tools

Supported Systems

Lowender runs on Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, and Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7 systems.

VST, RTAS (and AudioSuite), and Audio Unit (on Mac) versions are provided. VST and Audio Unit include both 32 and 64 bit versions.

The AAX format (needed for Pro Tools 11) is in a public, stable, beta version, available only to paid customers at this time. A full release of AAX is coming soon.