Spectre

Colour your sound

Spectre is an audio plugin that combines the best features of an enhancer coupled with a graphical parametric EQ.

Spectre processes the difference between the input signal and the EQ signal, introducing harmonic content to just the part of the spectrum that you want from a variety of saturation algorithms based on classic recording hardware.

Spectre can be used on individual tracks, sub-mixes, the entire mix and is ideal for mastering.

Insert it in a track and see for yourself what Spectre can do for you.
Available in VST, VST3, AU and AAX formats (32 / 64 bit).

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SPECTRE

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Multi-band enhancer

Spectre does not work like a conventional EQ. Spectre introduces harmonic content that was not in the original recording, bringing colour and life to the sound, not possible with a conventional EQ. This ability to offer almost phantom content across the audio spectrum led us to the name Spectre.

Spectre process the incoming audio with a five band parallel EQ, it extracts the difference between this signal and the dry input and process it through one of the ten saturation algorithms included, then it mixes it back with the dry input. The result is a signal with character, full of color, with bigger and warmer low frequencies, shiny shimmering highs and powerful mids.

It can bring dull recordings back to life, it can make a bass track more suitable for small speakers and it can even work as a high-end stereo widener thanks to the mid / side matrix.
Spectre lets you sculpt the sound of your tracks with an easy and familiar EQ workflow.

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10 saturation algorithms

Spectre is more versatile than a simple enhancer as you can choose from ten different saturation algorithms to get different colours per band. It can go from the warmth of valve to a harsh digital clipper, from creamy tape saturation to a chip bit crusher.

  • Tube.
  • Warm Tube.
  • Solid.
  • Tape.
  • Diode.
  • Class B.
  • Bit.
  • Digital.
  • Rectify.
  • Half Rectify.

You’ll find an additional mode which can be really useful: Clean. This mode doesn’t saturate the difference signal, converting Spectre into a parallel EQ where the results feel extremely natural, almost like if there were no process at all. It takes away the harshness of traditional EQ plugins and brings in the sweetness of parallel processors.

Testimonials

Does the world need another saturation / enhancer plugin? The answer is definitely yes!
It can breath life and character into just about any sound, bus or full mix.
Spectre is the most interesting plugin I’ve tried in a while.

Jonas Westling – Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga

AntonioEscobar

Spectre is my secret weapon for sculpting sound. It works like magic making dull recordings sound alive and bringing character where there was none.
I use it like an EQ on steroids, I’m seriously in love with Spectre.

Antonio Escobar – John Legend

jackrouston

The algorithm sounds fantastic, and it works in a way that makes it both subtle and intuitive.I love the way you can shape a sound without necessarily using EQ or compression.
Unique tool, unique results.

Jack Ruston – Birdy, Judas Priest, James Morrison

klaushill

I don’t know what this thing is doing behind the scenes… but it’s great!!
I’ve used it at the end of an analog chain just for some final shaping after compression. It’s very nice for adding transient snap back into a track.

Klaus Hill – Uberjak’d

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Spectre box

Elevate your sound

Optional 4x and 16x oversampling modes offer pristine audio quality with no aliasing even with aggressive settings.
With 3 saturation modes: subtle, medium and aggressive you have a quick way of warming up your tracks. Adjust the amount of harmonics with the input and output volume parameters for a more precise gain control.

The de-Emphasis mode compensates the EQ boosts after the distortion state. In practice, this means that the EQ boosting effect will be reduced or removed all together, depending on the distortion style and how hard you’re driving it. You can add harmonics to parts of the spectrum without changing the level of existing content. 

Spectre can process per band:

  • Mono and Stereo signals.
  • Left or Right channels only.
  • Mid / Side channels only.

When we say it’s the ultimate enhancer we really mean it.

Press kit

Download the press kit containing the press release and high resolution pictures of the User Interface with and without background, along with Wavesfactory and Spectre logos.

Changelog

# Version 1.5 – 12 / 06 / 2019
– New: saturation per band.
– New: processing mode per band.
– New: input / output linking.
– New: fine tuning on labels.
– New: mouse wheel control over labels.
– New: de-emphasis filters.
– New: VST3 format.
– Improved: made menu more visible.
– Improved: code optimisation.
– Fixed: user manual typos.
– Deleted: passepartout (white background surrounding the plug-in).

# Version 1.0.3 – 25 / 10 / 2018
– New: resize function.
– New: two new kinds of saturation: Rectify and Half Rectify.
– Improved: faster optimisation.

# Version 1.0.2 – 06 / 03 / 2018
– Fix: stability of the filters. Changed to State Variable Filter structure.
– Improved: general CPU optimisation.
– Improved: opens the presets folder correctly (one directory deeper).

# Version 1.0.1 – 28 / 02 / 2018
– Fix: while in demo mode the central part of the UI was frozen after a while.
– Improved: lower volume for the noise bursts (in demo mode only).
– Improved: longer time between noise bursts (in demo mode only).

# Version 1.0.0 – 21 / 02 / 2018 – Initial release.

Copy protection

No iLok or challenge response needed for registering Spectre.
At the time of the purchase you’ll receive an e-mail containing a user name and a serial number.

System requirements

Mac OSX:

  • 10.7 or higher.
  • DAW capable of hosting VST or AU, or Pro Tools.
  • Intel processor.

Windows:

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10.
  • DAW capable of hosting VST plugins, or Pro Tools.