You control each filter in Timeless 2 with the following parameters:
The filter frequency is adjustable over the entire audio range. The Frequency controls the
center or cut-off frequency of the active filter and can be controlled in real time, either
manually or via external devices.
The Pan ring around the Frequency knob lets you filter the left and right channels
differently. It works as a stereo balance setting for the center frequency of the filter. For
example, when you turn the Pan knob to the left, the left channel will be filtered with a
lower center frequency, and the right channel will be filtered with a higher center
frequency. You can use this to create various stereo filtering effects, especially in
combination with modulation.
The Peak knob adjusts the resonance of the active filter. A little resonance will cause the
filter to create warmer and more characteristic tones. At maximum resonance, the filter will
self-oscillator with most filter characteristics. (The Auto Mute Self-Osc option in the
bottom bar will help to keep this manageable. See Input/output
FabFilter Timeless offers the possibility to choose between three different filter
FabFilter One, the original filter characteristic taken from our award-winning
FabFilter One synthesizer
Smooth, like the cream in your coffee
Raw, a filter with lots of overdrive and exhibits a character of its own
Hard, moderately distorting filter, with a nice clean whistle
Hollow, juicy moderate distortion with fairly much low-end self-oscillation
Extreme, for more wild sonic ideas
Gentle, a more smooth and clean general purpose characteristic
Tube, with a warmer sound and nice overdrive, great for synth sounds
Metal, with a rough, sharper sound and distortion
Easy Going, a softer version of the Tube filter
Clean, linear behavior with no clipping or distortion at all
The response of each filter can be set to either Low Pass, High Pass, or Band
Pass. In Low Pass mode, the filter will pass through frequencies lower than the center
frequency. In High Pass mode, frequencies higher than the center frequency will be passed
through. In Band Pass mode, only the frequencies around the cut-off frequency will be passed
The slope switch sets the steepness of the filter, which controls how aggressively the
frequencies around the center frequency are filtered. You can choose between 12 dB/octave, 24
dB/octave or 48 dB/octave settings. For example, if the response is set to Low Pass, more high
frequencies will remain at 12 dB/octave than at 48 dB/octave.
The filters can each be switched on or off with the small buttons left of the characteristics
drop-down menu in the filter section. While a filter is bypassed, it will look disabled, but
the controls can still be used to adjust the filter.
The settings of the filter parameters can be stored as a section preset.