AudioThing Things Motor is a modern, expanded take on Dave Young’s “The Crystal Palace” developed together with the electronic musician Hainbach.
AudioThing presented the Things series just before Christmas and gave away the first release Texture, a granular reverb plugin. These are plugins that look outside the box and focus on sound design and creativity. So no all-rounder, mega multi-effects but small, innovative effects that inspire.
For the second plugin from the series, Carlo Castellano (AudioThing) has teamed up again with the experimental musician and YouTuber Hainbach. After Wires a modeled 1970s Soviet wire recorder comes Things Motor, which also has a very long history.
AudioThing Things Motor
Things Motor is an audio effect that is inspired by “The Crystal Palace” built by Dave Young for the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. It used a big capacitor rotating on a motor. Up to sixteen sounds could be smoothly combined using this device, opening up the possibility of rich sound montages. It also allowed speed-dependent switching of these channels.
This avant-garde technique from the past, you can hear on the soundtrack to the Doctor Who episode “The Krotons” by Brian Hodgson and Delia Derbyshire. It was capable of creating from sublime to almost granular-like sounds. Things Motor takes this idea and brings it into the modern era. It is not only an emulation but a further development.
Things Motor uses side-chaining to combine two signals. No fixed physical waveform, the plugin uses a variable waveshape LFO as a motor with variable time on the motor start/stop. Then, AudoThing added a vibrato and a panner synced to the “motor” LFO, as well as some analog-like sound shaping. This opens a space for significantly more timbres. From smooth morphing, aggressively chopped or ring-modulated sounds up to sonic worlds in between.
Look Mum No Computer’s DIY Motor
“Look Mum No Computer, known for his crazy DIY projects has also dedicated himself to this topic. He built a weird electromagnetic sequencer based on the Crystal Palance from 1967.
AudioThing Things Motor is available now for an introductory price of 9€ (regular 19€). It runs as a 64-bit only VST, VST3, AU & AAX plugin. A free demo version is available on the website with silence for 3 seconds every 45 seconds, and saving is disabled.
Two deals: if you purchase Things Motor on the AudioThing website, you get Hainbach’s other release Wires for 29€ instead of 59€. If you buy the plugin on Plugin Boutique, you get AudioThing Wave Box for free through the entire month of March.
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