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The interactive filter display at the top right of the interface lets you add up to six high-quality filters. When set to low pass, high pass or band pass, these are analog-like, self-oscillating filters, full of character and with internal saturation. The other filter shapes (bell, shelf or notch) are clean EQ-style filters. Most of the filter parameters (frequency, gain, Q, panning), can be modulated, which allows for a wide range of creative possibilities.

The thick yellow curve shows the overall frequency response of the filters. The display looks simple and straightforward, but holds a lot of intelligence and smart features. We strongly recommend to take some time to read this topic and learn about all its options and shortcuts.

All properties of the filters can be easily controlled via the filter display, either by clicking and dragging, or via the parameter value display. Here's how it works.


Creating filters

  • To add a new filter, simply click on the yellow overall curve and drag it up or down.
  • Alternatively, double-click or Ctrl-click (Command-click on macOS) on the display background.

The shape of newly created curves is determined automatically depending on where you click, and once you get used to this, it's a real time-saver! Do you need a Notch? Just double-click in the far low area of the display. Want a Low Cut or High Cut filter? Double-click in the far left or far right areas. Shelving filter? Drag the yellow curve at the left or right end of the display.

Selecting filters

  • Click the filter's dot or the colored area around it to select it.
  • Click and drag on the display background to select adjacent filters by dragging a rectangle around them.
  • Hold down Ctrl (Command on macOS) and click another dot to select multiple filters. Hold down Shift and click a dot to select a consecutive range of filters.
  • Deselect all filters by clicking anywhere on the display background.

Adjusting and editing filters

Once you have selected one or more filters, the display highlights the shapes of the selected curves. You can easily make adjustments by simply dragging them around:

  • Click and drag a selected dot to adjust the frequency and gain of all selected filters. If you have multiple filters selected, the gain of all selected filters will be scaled relative to each other.
  • Move the mouse wheel to adjust the slope of LP/HP filters or the Q setting for other shapes, making the selected filters narrower or wider. This works while dragging or when the mouse pointer is above a curve. Alternatively, adjust the Q of all selected filters by holding down Ctrl (Cmd on macOS) while dragging vertically.
  • Move the mouse wheel while holding down Ctrl (Cmd on macOS) to adjust the gain.
  • Hold down Ctrl (Cmd on macOS) and drag horizontally to adjust panning of the selected filters. Filter panning 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 set panning to a negative value, 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.
  • Hold down Shift while dragging (or while using the mouse wheel) to fine-tune the settings of the selected filters.
  • Hold down Alt while dragging to constrain to horizontal adjustments (frequency) or vertical adjustments (gain).
  • Hold down Alt and click the dot on a filter once to toggle its bypass state (enabling or disabling the filter).
  • Hold down Ctrl+Alt (Cmd+Alt on macOS) and click the dot on a filter once to change its shape.
  • Hold down Alt+Shift and click the dot on a filter once to change its slope.
  • Double-click a dot to enter values in the parameter display (using the Tab key to step through Frequency, Gain, Q and Pan) or double-click the values in the parameter value display directly. Note that you can enter frequencies in various ways, like "100", "2k", "A4" or "C#2+13".
  • If you right-click on the dot for a filter, a pop-up menu appears with various filter settings. This is a quick way to modify the filter while you're working in the display.

Filter parameter display

Next to each filter's dot in the display, the parameter display shows the exact parameter values for the filter, along with quick controls to bypass or delete, and change its shape or slope. You can double-click a value in the display directly to edit it.

Most of the filter parameters (frequency, gain, Q, panning), can be modulated. Just drag a source on to a line in the filter's value display, or to the filter dot directly to modulate the frequency.

Filter routing

Internally, the filters are placed after the delay, but before feedback is routed to the input. So with every delay feedback repetition, the signal will be filtered more and more.

Using the Filter Routing button at the bottom of the filter controller, the filters themselfs can be routed in three different ways:

  • Serial: all (active) filters are simply applied one after another (like in a regular EQ).
  • Parallal: all filters receive the same input (i.e. the output of the delay stage) and are then summed together.
  • Per-channel: Odd filters (1, 3, 5) are only applied to the left channel, and even filters (2, 4, 6) only to the right channel. Using this, you can apply completely different filtering in left and right channels, which can result in very interesting effects, especially with higher amounts of cross-feedback.


  • The low-pass, high-pass and band-pass filters are analog-like, resonating filters full of character. With these filters, the parameter value display lets you set the style of the filter, choosing between ten different styles from Classic to Raw, Tube or Gentle. The additional Clean style selects a clean EQ-type filter without saturation.
  • When filter modulation is taking place, the display will show the modulated result curve as a thin yellow curve that gets fuzzy for quick modulation.
  • If filter panning is in effect, two additional thin result curves will show the overall filtering curve for each channel: grey/red in left/right mode, or green/blue in mid/side mode.

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