IntelliCrusher - The intelligent Bitcrusher - Manual

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General notes
Installation
Interface
Patch Loader
Pre/Post Effects
Main controls (Bit, Quantize, Samplerate, Smooth)
Audio controlled envelopes (Volume & Pitch)
LFO & Gate envelopes
Midi & Arpeggiator
Additional credits


General notes >

IntelliCrusher is a bitcrusher and a samplerate reducer. It is intelligent because it can be modulated by different envelopes like volume, pitch, LFO and Gate, and even by MIDI with an Arpeggiator. LFO and Gate can also be modulated by pitch tracking of the incoming audio signal.

The Intellicrusher is coupled to an amplifier with plenty of drive, a nice filter to round things up or make them dirty and a waveshaper at the end of the path to either embellish or completely destroy your signal according to your wishes.

This plugin is capable of producing a wide range of sounds from smooth modulation to glitchy soundscapes to heavy and raw distortions. In Stereo and mono.

Hold the Control key on your keyboard while changing a value (sliders or knobs) for finer tuning control.
Right Click on slider/button/knob for midi learn.
Each controls has a mark which identifies its default/off position.


Installation >

- Extract the content of the zip file.
- Copy the DLL files in your host's Plugin or VST directory.
- If you don't have any host or VST plugin player, I strongly suggest using the excellent and free VSTHost or SaviHost from Hermann Seib.

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Interface >

The Intellicrusher interface is split in six zones,
1) Mix & Menu/Patch loader
2) Pre/Post effects (pre: Amplifier & Filter, post: Waveshaper)
3) Main controls (Bit, Quantize, Samplerate, Smooth)
4) Audio controlled envelopes (Volume & Pitch)
5) LFO & Gate envelopes
6) Midi & Arpeggiator

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Menu & Patch Loader >

Menu : File menu.
- Copy Patch : Copy the current patch to other slots.
- Load Inst : Load patch (.fxp file).
- Save Inst : Save patch (.fxp file).
- Load Bank : Load patch bank (.fxb file).
- Save Bank : Save patch bank (.fxb file).
Load : Load a patch using the popup menu.
< : Load the previous patch.
> : Load the next patch.
Note :
- You can click the patch name to rename it.

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Pre/Post effects >

Amplifier (pre) :
Amt (Amount) : Set the amount/level of the amplifier.
Gain : Set the gain level.
Bias : Set amount of bias.
Clip : Set amount of clipping.
Mode : Select the mode between Clip and Kink.

Filter (pre) :
Amt (Amount) : Set the amount/level of the filter.
Freq : Set the frequency of the filter.
Res : Set the resonance.
Stages : Set the number of filter stages (warning! can get very loud.
Type : Select the filter type between LP (Low Pass), HP (High Pass), BP1 & BP2 (Band Pass 1&2) or Nch (Notch).

Waveshaper (post) :
Amt (Amount) : Set the amount/level of the waveshaper.
Shape : Select between 17 unique shapes (insert shape diagram).

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Main Controls >

Bit : Set Bit resolution.
Quantize : Set the Quantizer.
Samplerate : Set the Samplerate.
Smooth : Set the amount of Smoothing (sounds like Samplerate but with more filtering and aliasing).

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Audio Envelopes >

Volume Envelope :
Amt (Amount) : Set Bit resolution.
Width : Set the Quantizer.
Dnois (Denoise) : Set the amount of Denoising, sounds like compression.
Qnt (Quantize) : Quantize the output of the volume envelope.
No-P (No Pump) : Use when the volume envelope does not come back right.
- Bit : Send the envelope to Bit.
- Quant : Send the volume envelope to Quantize.
- Filt : Send the volume envelope to the Filter.
- Srate : Send the volume envelope to the Samplerate.
- Smo : Send the volume envelope to Smooth.
- Mix : Send the volume envelope to the Dry/Wet Mix level.
Inv/F : Invert the volume envelope, with separate button for the filter.

Pitch Envelope :
Amt (Amount) : Set Bit resolution.
CV Oct : Set the octave of the Pitch to CV converter.
Fine : Fine tune the incoming signal going to the Pitch to CV converter.
Inv/F : Set on or off the fine tune control.
Qnt (Quantize) : Quantize the output of the pitch envelope.
- Bit : Send the pitch envelope to Bit.
- Quant : Send the pitch envelope to Quantize.
- Filt : Send the pitch envelope to the filter.
- Srate : Send the pitch envelope to the Samplerate.
- Smo : Send the pitch envelope to Smooth.
- Mix : Send the pitch envelope to the Dry/Wet Mix level.
Inv/F : Invert the envelope, with separate button for the filter (/F) and the Dry/Wet Mix level (/M).
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LFO & Gate Envelopes >

LFO (Oscillator) :
Amt (Amount) : Set the amount /level of the LFO envelope.
Rate : Set rate/speed of the LFO.
Shape : Select the LFO's shape between Sine, Ramp (reverse Saw), Saw, Triangle, Square .
Dly (Delay) : Adjust the time delay before the LFO starts. Only active when Sync is on.
Qnt (Quantize) : Quantize the output of the LFO envelope.
Gate : Set the level of the Gate. Only active when Sync is on and set to Gate.
Sync : Synchronize the LFO with .
Sync Source : Select the synchronization source between the Host, the Host Bar or the Gate.
Sync Host Divider : Divides the BMP of the host.
Inv : Invert the LFO envelope.

Gate Envelope :
Amt (Amount) : Set the amount /level of the gate envelope.
A (Attack) : Adjust the time taken for initial run-up of level from nil to peak, beginning when the key is first pressed.
D (Decay) : Adjust the time taken for the subsequent run down from the attack level to the designated sustain level.
Inv/F : Set on or off the fine tune control.
Qnt (Quantize) : Quantize the output of the gate envelope.
Gate : Set the level of the Gate. Only active when Sync is on and set to Gate.
Inv : Invert the gate envelope.

Pitch Track :
Multi : Adjust the Multiplier value of the Pitch Tracking.
Base : Adjust the base frequency of the Pitch Tracking.
Cv Oct : Set the octave of the Pitch to CV converter.
Inv : Reverses the Pitch Tracking, allowing high notes/pitch to create a slow LFO and low notes/pitch to create a faster LFO.
LFO : Send the pitch tracking to the LFO Rate. Low notes will create a slow LFO while higher notes will create a faster LFO.
Gate : Send the pitch tracking to the Gate
Q-Pr : Send the pitch tracking to the LFO & Gate Quantization
Q-Po : Send the pitch tracking to the LFO & Gate Quantization + LFO

LFO/Gate Send To :
Bit : Send the LFO & Gate envelopes to the Bit Crusher.
Quant : Send the LFO & Gate envelopes to the Quantizer.
Filt : Send the LFO & Gate envelopes to the Filter.
Srate : Send the LFO & Gate envelopes to the Samplerate.
Smo : Send the LFO & Gate envelopes to the Smooth.
Mix : Send the LFO & Gate envelopes to the Dry/Wet Mix level.

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Midi & Arpeggiator >

MIDI :
Base : Set the base MIDI note. Higher values can be manually entered.
Multi : Set the multiplier for MIDI note (the distance between each note). Higher values can be manually entered.
Porta : Set the amount of Portamento / Glide.
Base : Set the base MIDI note.
A (Attack) : Adjust the time taken for initial run-up of level from nil to peak, beginning when the key is first pressed.
D (Decay) : Adjust the time taken for the subsequent run down from the attack level to the designated sustain level.
S (Sustain) : Adjust the level during the main sequence of the sound's duration, until the key is released.
R (Release) : Adjust the time taken for the level to decay from the sustain level to zero after the key is released.
Hold : Hold last MIDI note.
Inv : Inverts the MIDI notes.

Arpeggiator :
Arp : Set the mode of the Arpeggiator (Off, Up, Down, Up+Down, Down+Up, Up+Down2, Down+Up2).
Speed : Set the speed of the Arpeggiator (becomes a Host BMP Divider when Host is selected).
Oct : Set the number of octaves (1, 2 ,3 ,4).
Lngt : Set the lenght of the Arpeggiator notes.
Arp : Set the mode of the Arpeggiator (Off, Up, Down, Up+Down, Down+Up, Up+Down2, Down+Up2).

MIDI Send To :
Bit : Send the MIDI signal to the Bit Crusher.
Quant : Send the MIDI signal to the Quantizer.
Filt : Send the MIDI signal to the Filter.
Srate : Send the MIDI signal to the Samplerate.
Smo : Send the MIDI signal to the Smooth.
Mix : Send the MIDI signal to the Dry/Wet Mix level.

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Additional credits and inspirations >

WMD Geiger Counter : An amazing bitcrusher pedal. I wished it could do more modulation and ended up making this whole thing.

Interface inspired by the Intellivision and Death by Audio pedals.

Module credits :
The IntelliCrusher has been developed with the latest stable synthedit engine using 3rd party licensed modules.

Bitcrusher/Sample reducer : LP-BitCrush - Lance Putnam (LP)
Smooth : u-smooth - Unkargherth (Elogoxa)
Pitch conversion : DH PitchToCV3 - Dave Haupt (DH)
Envelope : Enveloper2 - Ralph Gonzales
Gate : DH MatchGate - Dave Haupt (DH)
Pitch shift : CK_PitchShifter - Chris Kerry (CK)
Amp/Drive : Badhead - Ralph Gonzales
Filter : DH Multifilter2 - Dave Haupt (DH)
Arpeggiator : CK_Classic_Arp & CK_Phrase_Arp - Chris Kerry (CK)

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Disclaimer >

This Software is provided "as-is", without any express or implied warranty. In no event will the author be held liable for any damages arising from the use of this software.

This product and the author are in no way associated or affiliated or endorsed with/by Mattel, Inc. or the Intellivision brand. All the images displayed on this page are original creations inspired by the Intellivision.

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