SCAMP is a resonant low/high-pass filter plug-in VST effect for Windows with a very convincing, classic sound. SCAMP features a separate envelope follower for each of 6 channels, a host-syncable LFO with multiple waveforms, as well as our special Gliss-quanti feature for creating staircased LFO waveforms from the basic waveshapes. Also supported is full automation and MIDI CC control of all parameters. SCAMP more closely models the actual circuit paths of real world analog circuits than most other common digital filter designs. For this reason it is also a far more processor-intensive effect, expect SCAMP to require processing power similar to the level of a powerful soft-synth. It may not be for every day use (or it may well be, depending on the type of music you make!) but on those days when you really want “the vintage filter sound”, SCAMP is the way to get it!
Many other filter designs, while more computationally efficient, don’t actually model the real-world operation of the circuit at all. Rather, they re-produce a “characterization” of the filter’s response. While this method actually performs quite well “on paper”, and can produce very transparent and precisely controlled digital filters, these qualities just aren’t well suited to re-creating that classic analog warmth that so many musicians seek. It was essentially the flaws and design sacrifices of the original analog circuits which gave them the sound. For SCAMP, we’ve done our best to make your computer believe that it is an analog circuit, as flawed, imperfect and full of warmth as the classic gear that inspired its development.
Rather than reproducing a theoretical characterization of a real filter’s performance with techniques that really have nothing to do with how the actual device works, SCAMP instead uses a brute force, simulation-based approach that essentially duplicates the signal flow of the real analog item, but without any mathematical over-simplification or characterization. What happens to the sound processed by SCAMP happens only because the raw physics of the real circuit are being simulated. This simulation runs internally at a highly oversampled rate to duplicate the behavior of the real circuit across the entire range of human hearing вЂ” and even beyond! (SCAMP exhibits similar artifacts to those that real analog filters create when strong resonant peaks are created at the highest, ultrasonic cutoff frequencies. Generally you will want to avoid these artifacts, but they can be used to create distortion effects if you wish!)
The simulation technique used in SCAMP has proven to produce a very authentic sound, virtually duplicating the same imperfections and distortion qualities that gave the famous classic analog filters their characteristic “warmth”. With a real resonance feedback loop that actually “rings”, a powerful set of controls for modulating the filter and a strong emphasis on real-time performance and MIDI compatibility, SCAMP is a re-creation of a classic filter effect that never was.
SCAMP is perfectly suited for re-creating the sounds made by running external audio through an analog synthesizer’s filters. While external audio processing is also offered by some other high-priced soft-synth products, it is now available as a very affordable stand-alone effect that’s specialized to the task, with a quality and authenticity unmatched even by the big-boys. Whether used on a single instrument track, or for processing an entire mix, SCAMP will dramatically alter your audio with a classic flavor. If you have an appreciation for the sound, behavior and quirks of vintage analog filters that you haven’t yet seen duplicated by software, SCAMP may be the effect plug-in you’ve been waiting for.