It's not very often that we single out a plugin and do a feature on it but this one caught our eye and we will do our best to explain what it does. Needless to say, it's going to get weird, wobbly and otherworldly but very cool and useable at the same time. So without further ado, let's take a look at the Zynaptiq Wormhole.
The Zynaptiq Wormhole has positioned itself as an alien/sci-fi/otherworldly effects processor that allows you to throw vocal recordings through it and achieve some crazy pitch-shifted and warped effects, ultimately giving you a large Jabba the Hutt alike sound or the voice of a tall, skinny, high-pitched green man. But this isn't just a novelty plugin, the Wormhole does weird and wacky in the best way possible (just check out the video below!) but has a lot of powerful editing built in. The WARP and SHIFT sections provide the mangling, while the dry/wet morphing ensures intelligibility (even with extreme transformations) and serves to fine-tune the alienification amount – reigning even the strongest processing back in if so desired. Or use the morphing to gradually transition from clean to mutated in an otherwise impossible, cool way. All of this might make it sound like a bit of a niche product but you can throw anything you like in the wormhole and get some fantastic results.
There's lots to like, and use, in the Wormhole. There's plenty of scope for ambient and surreal soundscapes that are very accommodating to guitars, pianos and pads. You can achieve anything from a subtle reverb to harmonic or glitching pitch warping with lush and glassy ambient fifths and octaves, micro-detuning shimmers, and more. The pitch-shifter has two dedicated L/R detuning modes and a center-balanced widening delay. The pitch shifting sits nicely alongside dual, cascadable random modulated hall reverbs, this makes for organic sounds from the sublimely subtle to the...well, not-so-subtle-at-all.
What we like about Wormhole is that, despite the huge amount of craziness that you can pull from it, the plugin itself is easy to use and it sits just as nicely as a subtle modulation engine as it does an otherworldly noise generator. Check out the videos and give it a whirl for yourself on a free trial from the Zynaptiq website, and if you agree with us that it is a fascinatingly wayward, but very useable, plugin then follow the link and buy Zynaptiq Wormhole here!
Key features of the Zynaptiq Wormhole
- High-quality multieffects processing ranging from the sublime to the extreme.
- WARP spectral inversion & warping module.
- SHIFT unique topology combined pitch-/frequency-shifting module with SMOOTH, TIGHT and two DETUNE modes.
- Dual lush randomized hall reverbs.
- Unique dry/wet morphing.
- Very wide +- 4 octaves pitch-shift and +-4000Hz frequency shift range, fully aliasing free, with 96dB/oct (!!) carrier and side-band attenuation.