Looking for the user manual?

Check the heading on this page:

Product manual or files

Or search our  Samples/Files/Manuals  section!
We have hundreds of manuals added to the site!

You'll see this reminder one more time after which it will not appear.

skin: 1 2 3 4 |  Login | Join Dancetech |

PalancarWare Sputnik


Info-line:   [synths]    [sampler]    [drumbox]    [effects]    [mixers]     [mics]     [monitors]    [pc-h/ware]    [pc-s/ware]    [plugins]    -    [links]    [tips]

PalancarWare Sputnik

Category:  Products / music software / software effects

Added: 24-Oct-02  |  Author: admin

New price: free  |   S/H price: Not listed

PalancarWare Sputnik

BPM-synced delay line combined with a high-pass filter. win & beos.

From the PalancarWare site:

Sputnik is a combination of a clean high-pass filter and a delay engine similar to that used in Refero. It is one of the first PalancarWare plugins designed to be foremost a send effect, rather than an insert effect.

What Sputnik does is first apply any input gain, then filter the signal to smoothly remove frequencies *below* the cutoff. Please note this is a filter with a smooth rolloff, not a hard wall, so please don't write me and tell me that you set your cutoff to 1000 Hz but some 980 Hz signal got through. This is to be expected -- the further below the cutoff you get, the more signal rolloff you see.

Once the signal has been filtered, it's sent to a BPM-synced delay engine, where the delay time is exactly one beat, as indicated by the BPM rate. This is the same way that Refero works, except that in Sputnik a specific stereo spread and delay depth is used that is optimized for higher-frequency signals. Or at least it sounds optimal to me!

Though Sputnik can be used as an insert effect just fine, you'll note that the high-pass filter removes all the low frequencies, which can make your signal sound like it's coming out of a telephone. If this is what you want, go for it.

But where Sputnik shines is as a send effect, where the processed signal gets mixed back in with the original by the VST host. This can give you an almost reverb-like effect, but with BPM-synced delay rather than just ringing ambience. Anyway, I like it and I think you will too.

Sputnik has four controls:

  • Input Gain - this controls the amount of amplification (or gain cut) that occurs on the input signal before any processing is performed.

  • Tempo - the speed in BPM of the signal you want to process. Sputnik uses this to figure how long the delay should be.

  • Cutoff - the filter cutoff frequency (in Hz), below which signal will be removed. Again, this isn't a hard cutoff, but a smooth rolloff which starts at the cutoff frequency.

  • Feedback - percentage of the signal gets routed back into the delay line. Higher values mean longer delays, and lower values mean shorter delays.

    Using the Plugin

    This is a great plugin to use on rhythmic synth arpeggios or chord hits, e.g. the arpeggio line in a trance tune. If you use it as a send effect, it can do a good job of keeping the "real" signal distinct from the "delayed" signal in the listener's ear.

    This can also be used as an interesting vocal effect. For example, I have a tune called "White Horse" in which there's a voiceover saying mysterious things using this effect.

    A couple of tips on using the plugin:

    There are a preset number of cutoff frequencies, rather than a smooth spectrum. Sorry, but this was a design tradeoff I had to make internally. I've tried to concentrate the most options in the area of the spectrum you're most likely to need them.

    If you want a longer delay than 1 beat, you can halve or quarter the BPM to make it wait longer. Or you can double the BPM to get a half-beat delay, etc.

    If you just want to use Sputnik as a delay effect, you can set your cutoff to zero Hz.

    Be careful with higher feedback values. It's possible to set up a vicious cycle where the delayed signals get continually louder and louder until distortion sets in and it starts sounding really bad.

    Product Manuals or Files

    no user manual

    Product Resources

    User Comments


    Be first to add a comment - what's the product like in real life?...

    Add your comments here for the product:

    'PalancarWare Sputnik'

    Looking for the manual? - Check this page above under the heading: 'Product manual or files' - We might have it!

    Your Name   * required field!

    Your Email   * required field! (will not be displayed)

    Add your email if you want replies to any question you post - You will receive an email if someone replies!
    To receive automated replies be sure to add a valid email address!

    Comments   * required field! - NO weblinks allowed in this feild!

    My user type is:    * required field!

    Professional   Part Time   Hobbyist

    Rate this product out of five:   * optional

       5 - TOTALY AWESOME POWER !!!!!...

       4 - TOTALY 'AUSTIN POWERS' !!!!....

       3 - HOT HATCHBACK POWER !!!.....

       2 - PIZZA-MOPED POWER !!......


    Please copy the displayed number into the box to post:



    Note: To cut down on spammers, cookies must be enabled to post comments to this page.

    Looking for the manual? - Check this page above under the heading: 'Product manual or files' - We might have it!

     [back to top]

  • 1: No good!
    2: Average!
    3: Great stuff!
    4: Excellent!
    5: Awesome!
    Rate this product!
    • Currently 0 Stars.
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    Currently: 0/5 | 0%

    Total stars: 0  |  Total votes:

    Add review/comment 

    8 other
    products from

    Thomann deals

    Help support the site & the users music space - Buy via our affiliate store. One fixed price delivery for most items!