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Filter parameters

By clicking on one of the filter buttons in the filter section, the filter section expands to show all filter parameters and the interactive filter display.



You control each filter in Timeless 2 with the following parameters:

  • Frequency
    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.

  • Pan
    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.

  • Peak
    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 options.)

  • Characteristic

    FabFilter Timeless offers the possibility to choose between three different filter characteristics:

    1. FabFilter One, the original filter characteristic taken from our award-winning FabFilter One synthesizer
    2. Smooth, like the cream in your coffee
    3. Raw, a filter with lots of overdrive and exhibits a character of its own
    4. Hard, moderately distorting filter, with a nice clean whistle
    5. Hollow, juicy moderate distortion with fairly much low-end self-oscillation
    6. Extreme, for more wild sonic ideas
    7. Gentle, a more smooth and clean general purpose characteristic
    8. Tube, with a warmer sound and nice overdrive, great for synth sounds
    9. Metal, with a rough, sharper sound and distortion
    10. Easy Going, a softer version of the Tube filter
    11. Clean, linear behavior with no clipping or distortion at all
  • Response
    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 through.
  • Slope
    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.
  • Enabled
    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.

Next: Interactive filter display

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