The interactive filter display at the center of the interface lets you add up to four
high-quality, analog-like, self-oscillating filters, full of character and with internal
saturation. The thick yellow curve shows the overall frequency response of the filters.
All filter parameters can be easily controlled via the display, either by clicking and
dragging, or via the parameter value display. Here's how it works.
- 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
The shape of newly created curves is determined automatically depending on where you click
or drag, 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 high- or a low-pass filter? Just drag the curve in the left or right
part of the display. Of course, you can also set the shape via the parameter value display. The
available shapes are: Low/High Pass, Band Pass, Bell, Low/High Shelf and Notch. The slope can
be set to 6dB, 12 dB, 24dB or 48 dB/oct.
- Click the filter's dot or the colored area near 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.
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
peak of all selected filters. If you have multiple bell or shelf
filters selected, the peak of all selected filters will be scaled relative to
- Move the mouse wheel to adjust the slope of filters, making the selected filters
narrower or wider. This works while dragging or when the mouse pointer is above a curve.
Alternatively, adjust the slope 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
- Hold down Ctrl (Cmd on macOS) and drag horizontally to adjust
frequency 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
- Double-click a dot to enter values in the parameter display (using
the Tab key to step through Frequency, Peak 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
Frequency Offset and Peak Offset knobs
At the right of the filter display, two large knobs let you offset the frequency and
peak of all filters at once, which quickly adjusts the sound for any preset you load. And of course, these
can be modulated as well.
Filter parameter display
Next to each filter's dot in the display, the parameter display shows the exact parameter
values for the filter. By default, it only shows the frequency (to save space and make it easier to
select multiple filters) but when you hover above it, it extends and lets you control all the
filter parameters. You can easily bypass or delete filters
or change the shape, slope or style. You can double-click the values
in the display directly to edit them.
Most of the filter parameters (frequency, peak, panning), can be
modulated. Just drag a source to a line in the parameter value display or to the filter dot
directly (to modulate the frequency). If multiple filters are selected, a slot will be added
for each filter, so you can easily setup modulation for multiple filters at once.
FabFilter Twin 3 lets you choose between 11 different filter styles:
- 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
Use the Filter Routing button at the right, above the frequency/peak offset knobs, to change the
routing of the filters. There are three different setups:
- Serial: the sound passes through both filters serially. So the sound of all oscillators
are led through filter 1 and then through filter 2
- Parallel: the sound is led through both filters in parallel and the result is then
mixed together after the filters
- Per Oscillator: the output of oscillator 1 goes through filter 1, the
output of oscillator 2 goes through filter 2, etc
- 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, additional result curves will show the overall filtering curve for each
channel (white for left, red for right).
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