- Classic dual-band subharmonic architecture
- Gate, drive, and output filter controls
- Operates in 3 different frequency ranges to match program material
- Analog modeling - no FFT shenanigans!
Each selection plays dry first, then is repeated with the effect added.
Lowender applied to drumsLowender applied to drums
A four-bar drum break, first mixed normally, then through the Lowender set for smooth bass reinforcement.
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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.
I love that thing. It’s replaced my old hardware sub-harmonic synth.
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.
Lowender requires macOS 10.6 or higher (except for the AAX version which requires macOS 10.8 or higher), or Windows XP / Windows 7.
AAX, VST, RTAS (and AudioSuite), and Audio Unit (on Mac) versions are provided. VST and Audio Unit include both 32 and 64 bit versions.
Jan 5, 2020: In current versions of Pro Tools, using the “Commit Up to This Insert” command on a track with Lowender can trigger a bug. If this command is used on a plug-in above Lowender in a track, Lowender’s settings revert to their defaults. An upcoming update for Lowender will fix this issue.