Hey guys. How’s it going? Alex Scott here with Consordini.com. Thank you so much for checking out another one of our super cool studio gear reviews!
Today, we are taking a look at another plugin from the awesome guys at Tritik. This is Echorus as you might assume. It is kind of an all-in-one solution for general chorus effects. Very, very cool!
Now before I get into it I do want to say a big thank you to the guys at Tritik for providing me a license to this plugin as well as a bunch of their other plugins I think all the plugins that they offer. Actually they got in touch with us and said hey we’ve seen some of your other plugin reviews we would love for you guys to take a look at some of ours. I said yes, absolutely, I’d love to. And they hooked me up with with licenses to all of their free plugins. So, thank you very very much to the guys at Tritik. I’ve really enjoyed taking a look at these plugins.
And in this video we’re going to take a look at Echorus, go over all of the features, and listen to how it sounds on a piano track from cool little low-fi hip-hop to and that I’ve got going on here.
So, again Echorus as it says in the name, and as you couldn’t tell by looking at it, it is just a really basic all-in-one solution for chorus effects. Now we have four different modes here: we have Retro, Multi, Detune, and Rand (random).
And I don’t know if these are particularly trying to emulate particular other chorus units that have been on the market. You know if retro is supposed to be some particular chorus effect or anything like that, but they do all have a different kind of tonal characteristics to them and I’m sure different ways that the algorithm is going about creating the actual chorusing effect.
Now we have Rate, Depth, and Width controls. Very, very simple. We do have a built-in echo or kind of delay function here with two very simple controls. We have a feedback control and a DLY delay of time, basically this controls the time of the delay.
We have a basic low-pass and high-pass filter, which sound very, very gentle to me. Maybe like a 12 dB per octave or even a 6 dB per octave. Very, very gentle filters. Not resonant or peaky or anything like that. There’s a very gentle higher roll-off, which is kind of a nice feature to have built in a little bit of extra tonal sculpting.
And then of course we have a wet and dry mix control. We then also here even though it’s not labeled we do have an output game, which is very very handy.
But you know overall it’s a very very simple plugin. You know there’s not a ton of options in terms of being able to go in and really control these different chorusing algorithms. You pretty much pick your mode, tell it what you want it to do you know in terms of again Rate, Depth, stereo width or width of your your overall image and then if you want to add a little bit of this delay you can, got a very basic you know high and low pass filter here, and that’s really all there is to it.
So, right off the bat before we get into listening to it which I will go through and we’ll kind of listen to some different sounds, I do want to say that this was kind of my first impression, looking at this plugin and just playing with it for a few minutes. I think it sounds really, really nice, but it is 49 euro for the license for this plugin, and I feel like that might be a little bit expensive for how limited the plugin is.
Again not to say it doesn’t sound great as you guys look here in just a second. It does sound really nice and you can get a wide variety of sounds with it. But for a full one premium plugin I might expect to see just a few more features in here. You know if you are gonna include an Echo section maybe making it a little bit more full-featured, stuff like that. But regardless it’s kind of a minor gripe you know it does sound really really good. So, let’s go ahead and take a listen to exactly how good it does sound.
Like I said I’ve got a cool little kind of jazzy piano loop that I wrote for this lo-fi hip-hop tune for one of the episodes of my travel documentary series.
Here is the piano a sample on its own.
Very very simple. And now let’s bring in our Echorus. I’m gonna start with everything basically at noon. so rate at noon, depth at noon, width at noon. We’re gonna turn off our echo for now because we’ll get to that in a little bit. And then mix right at 50%, no filtering. So, again this is retro all the controls are pretty much straight at noon.
So, you can hear really nice general chorus sound. Let’s go to Multi mode.
Pretty similar. I’d say a little thicker. Here’s Detune mode.
So, you can hear that’s focusing more on the kind of pitch variation aspect of a chorus sound. And then let’s hear Random.
A little bit more aggressive. And you know it kind of sounds to me like especially with the Random one you know instead of a traditional chorus where you might have for lack of a better term like an LFO that’s oscillating that time to give you that chorus effect the oscillate in the offset random is much more of a randomized kind of push and pulse you get more of an aggressive effect, whereas retro, multi are kind of more traditional chorus sounds and then detuned seems to be focusing more on the pitch as opposed to the timing, which is you know obviously the kind of a couple different ways you can go about getting a chorus effect but that’s kind of what it sounds like to my ear that they’re doing.
So, going back to Retro which is kind of my personal favorite, one I think it’s kind of the smoothest sounding of them all. Let’s go ahead and just play around with these Rate and Depth controls.
Now with the rate you can go pretty extreme and get almost that kind of ring Madhi sound and you can be very very gentle with it as well.
You know I tend to like it read around 30-40% somewhere in here up to 50% for more of an obvious effect. We then of course can pull the depth way out or you can pull the depth way back for again much subtler effects.
Now the width control is very, very nice. We can really push out the stereo image. That’s a really great trick to do with really any chorus plugin, but because of the nice simple controls that we have here it’s very easy to do it in this one.
We can use it strictly as a stereo widening effect. So maybe using the multi mode, pushing our width all the way out and then pulling our rate and our depth further back. Here it is without… and with.
You can hear it has this really nice subtle effective of pushing the piano sound more to the outside of your stereo image. So kind of a handy thing there.
Now another nice feature about this is the as you kind of swap through these different modes it’ll actually remember your settings as you move through each one. So, like if I set retro to be very, very aggressive and then I set multi to be very very not aggressive I switch between the two you’ll see it actually saves the settings to per each of those modes, which I think is an interesting choice.
It’s it’s helpful in some aspects, not so much in others. You know if I wanted to really A/B these different modes I would kind of prefer that it would allow me to keep consistent settings, you know over here in the controls and then swap between different modes so I can hear how each one functions.
Instead they kind of have them set up like four different little self-contained settings. So that you can get a retro setting that you like a lot and then maybe switch over to multi get an alternate setting there and then A/B that.
We do also have an A and B kind of swapping option up here so you can you can set up an A and a B and kind of do it that way which is a very nice facility. But it’s really just a different way of going about how you would move between modes and plugin, so kind of interesting there.
Now just two more features to talk about real quick here. Of course we do have this echo. So what I’ll go ahead and do is we’re just gonna turn off our chorus for now in general. We’ll keep it on the retro mode but I’ll keep this rate and depth very very low. And let’s go ahead and play around with this echo for a moment.
So, couple of things I’m not seeing anyway to really sink you know, there’s no real option seemingly to sink this echo with your with your time, your global BPM, your global tempo which I think is a bit of a short following. You know a lot of times if we’re using a delay effect we want it to be synchronized with the time of our session.
And this one I think is mostly just a free time kind of an effect, which you know it’s still useful to have it in here for that little bit of added effect but I might want to see something where we have the option to synchronize it.
Now another thing that I noticed is that even if we push the feedback all the way out… it’s definitely pretty aggressive, but it doesn’t go it’s not like a like a tape echo or something where it’s gonna go all the way into self-oscillation and where you can really kind of get some crazier echo sounds out of it it’s pretty much just gonna keep repeating things.
One thing, or one area rather, where I think this echo actually really shines though is that you can get pretty aggressive time with it so if you pull it over here kind of under 50% you get even beyond slap back and you can get into some very interesting flanging sounds.
And you know you can hear there you’ve almost got this interesting kind of LFO effect going on. So, you can use it to get some more wild delay based sounds which if that’s something you’re after you know very very useful feature. And then you’re using that in conjunction with the chorus you could definitely get some pretty aggressive and intense stuff going on you know if we really cranked everything to max here. You can get very alien very very quickly so that’s kind of fun.
So, you know it is nice that it can really do from pretty subtle effects all the way out to pretty pretty whacky effects. I definitely like that. But again like I said at the beginning it’s just it’s kind of a tough sell for me at 49 euro which is you know gonna be right around so we’re between $50 and $60 for just the single plugin having pretty limited kind of options in here in terms of what you’re able to do.
You know thinking about like the KrushPro which is another plug-in that we’ve checked out from from Tritik. This’s an amazing plug-in you’ve got all kinds of really crazy modulation matrices and modulation sources too that you can use to do wave folding and lots of different distortion you know bit crushing type stuff. It’s an incredibly in-depth and feature-rich plugin.
This one well it does sound really nice and you can get a good variety of different tones out of it you know again from pretty gentle chorusing all the way out to wild. You know I might like to see maybe some more modulation features, maybe a little bit more variability in this echo, maybe a little bit more control over the chorus, you know maybe being able to go in between these algorithms could be kind of cool, maybe having some some additional parameters in terms of how it’s it’s doing the stereo width.
So now we haven’t really listened to this filter yet, but the filter really honestly you can really hear what it’s doing when you go all the way into wet mode. Now there’s your high-pass filter… and you can’t definitely you know scrub out frequencies with it, you know you ca go all the way up… or alternatively low passing. You know it’s a filter and when you really do extreme stuff with it it’ll definitely scrub those those frequencies out.
So, you know if we leave that that makes control right in the middle the filter really doesn’t do as much as you know it doesn’t really sound like it’s doing a whole lot I understand that’s because you have a dry dry wet mix. But I would find it may be a little bit more useful if that filter came after the mix or at least if we have the option to switch, so that I could use it a little bit more creatively where I could use it either as a more drastic tone tone sculpting tool you know where you put it after the mix you can get a good mix with your chorus going on but then you could use the filter to really chop off the top or chop off the bottom.
Because it is a hundred percent premix but it’s just this general kind of high pass low pass filter not quite as useful in my opinion. Also the fact that there’s no resident resident pink or controllable resonant peak on it makes it a little bit tricky just because it’s then just a very generic sounding kind of high roll-off or low roll-off filter.
You know sometimes I like to have the option at least to bring in a bit of a resonant peak you know that can help give the the filter a little bit more character and give our sound a little bit more character. So I think it’s a nice idea that it’s included but it’s it’s I don’t save it as being incredibly useful because it’s so limited.
I think that the same thing kind of applies to this echo it sounds nice and it’s a cool feature to have in there and you can you know if you’re looking for some of those kind of sounds that you get with a really really fast delay you can use it for that and that’s cool it allows you to modulate and do a little bit more crazy stuff with the chorus.
But I would love to see tempo sink, I would love to maybe see the ability to take this filter and assign it so that you can get kind of that that filter delay kind of tape delay kind of vibe going on.
I just I see a lot of great ideas implemented here and it sounds really nice. I like the coursing algorithms, I like the fact that you can push it and be really gentle or really run wild with it. Very very cool but I just I see some opportunities having looked at KrushPro again from Tritik and seeing how crazily in-depth that plugin goes. I feel like that there there’s an opportunity to do so more things here.
You know you do of course have some decent little presets here from a couple of designer dirt designer quote-unquote presets from producers and then more factory presets, so that’s very very cool but it’s again at that price point a $50-60 plugin I would just maybe want to see just a little bit more in the way of features here.
Not that I think this should be free or something. You know I understand it probably took quite a bit of time to make this and these different algorithms do sound really really nice, I like them a lot. I just you know paying that much money I feel like maybe we could pack a little bit more in here. Or if it’s like this I would expect to pay maybe in more in the 20 euro or 20 dollar kind of a range.
So, that sounds like something you guys are interested in I would say definitely check it out. But what do you guys think? What’s your favorite chorus plug-in that you like to use in your productions? Is it just you know a stock one that came with your DAW? Do you have particular really full-featured chorus plugins that you guys really really like?
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And before I close out I just want to say again thank you so much to the guys at Tritik for sending over the license to this and indeed all the rest of the plugins I had a great time taking a look at them they’re very very cool I love some of the stuff they’re doing.
But regardless my name is Alex Scott with Consordini.com. Thank you guys so much for watching thanks again to the guys at Tritik and we will see you in the next video.