Review: Sonic Charge Echobode v1.0.0-R2R [deepstatus]
Echobode is a delay effect with a frequency shifter placed inside the feedback loop. The frequency shifter algorithm is inspired by the classic Bode Frequency Shifter (named after its inventor Harald Bode). The difference between a frequency shifter and a pitch shifter is that it shifts the audio spectrum linearly. E.g. an overtone series of 100, 200, 300 Hz can be shifted by 50 Hz to 150, 250, 350 Hz, making the overtones inharmonic. This effect in itself is great for creating metallic bell timbres, but putting it inside a delayed feedback loop opens up many other possibilities.
In this review, we will take a look at the latest version of Echobode, v1.0.0-R2R [deepstatus], which is a cracked version of the original plugin by Sonic Charge. We will explore its features, sound quality, and performance, as well as compare it to some other similar plugins on the market.
Echobode has a simple and intuitive interface that consists of four main sections: Delay, Frequency Shift, Feedback, and Mix. Each section has its own set of parameters that can be adjusted with knobs or sliders.
Delay: This section controls the delay time and modulation of the delay line. The delay time can be synced to the host tempo or set manually in milliseconds. The modulation depth and rate can be used to create subtle or extreme variations in the delay time, creating chorus, flanger, or vibrato effects.
Frequency Shift: This section controls the amount and direction of the frequency shift applied to the delayed signal. The frequency shift can be positive or negative, meaning that it can shift the spectrum up or down. The frequency shift range can be set from 0 to 5000 Hz, and it can be modulated by an LFO or an envelope follower.
Feedback: This section controls the amount and tone of the feedback signal that is fed back into the delay line. The feedback amount can be positive or negative, meaning that it can create positive or negative feedback loops. The feedback tone can be adjusted with a low-pass and a high-pass filter, which can be used to shape the timbre of the feedback signal.
Mix: This section controls the dry/wet mix of the effect and the output level. The dry/wet mix can be set from 0% (dry) to 100% (wet), and it can be modulated by an LFO or an envelope follower. The output level can be used to adjust the overall volume of the effect.
Echobode also has some global settings that can be accessed by clicking on the logo at the top left corner of the interface. These settings include:
Bypass: This button bypasses the effect completely.
Quality: This button toggles between normal and high quality modes. High quality mode uses more CPU but produces less aliasing artifacts.
Mono/Stereo: This button toggles between mono and stereo modes. Mono mode processes both channels with the same settings, while stereo mode processes each channel separately with independent settings.
Randomize: This button randomizes all the parameters of the effect.
Preset Browser: This button opens a preset browser that allows you to load, save, and manage presets.
Echobode sounds great and offers a wide range of sonic possibilities. It can create subtle or extreme effects depending on how you tweak its parameters. It can add warmth, depth, movement, texture, and character to any sound source. It can also create some unique and unconventional sounds that are hard to achieve with other plugins.
Some examples of what Echobode can do are:
Add metallic resonances to drums or percussion.
Create robotic or alien voices from vocals or speech.