Let’s give it a first try:
- Put Finisher NEO into a track.
- Click on the large lime-green title left-center and from the menu select the Mode SPREAD: “Infinity”
- Send audio into Finisher NEO and while it plays, turn up the Effect knob.
You will hear that as you turn the knob, the signal gradually gets filtered, becomes wider and more blurry, and a higher octave is added to it.
How does this work?
The effects used to create the Infinity Mode are Grain Pitch, Chorus, HP12, and Reverb.
The signal gets sent through all these effects, and the Effect knob controls different things for each of them:
- The Chorus is set to a full, rich chorusing effect. That signal is mixed in, and the Chorus rate and depth are increased as the Effect knob goes up.
- The HP12 (12 dB Highpass Filter) Cutoff Frequency and Resonance are set to zero and get turned up with the Effect knob, resulting in the filtering effect that makes the signal thinner and more resonant.
- The Grain Pitch is set to a Granular Delay pitched an octave upwards. The Effect knob mixes the effect signal in.
- The Reverb effect is set to a very long reverberation that is inaudible at the lowest position of the Effect knob, and turning the Effect knob mixes the Reverb in.
Now try the following:
- Adjust the Variation 1 and Variation 2 knobs, and notice what they do to the effect character.
- Switch to a different Mode by clicking the arrows left of the lime-green title, try the knobs again. Note how by switching the Mode, the knob positions are not affected.
All three knobs are set up individually for each of the 50 Modes and designed to give you access to the qualities of the effect that are musically most useful.
The two smaller knobs let you adjust the two most important qualities of the effect signal, while the Effect knob really shines when moved in real-time or automated. All three knobs in combination provide for a large variety of effects for each single Finisher Mode.
- Last, for now, go to the top of the UI (right next to the UJAM logo) and select Presets the same way you select Modes. This time the knobs move with every Preset. Presets are settings of the entire user interface - Mode, Knobs and Levels.
What’s Inside Finisher NEO?
You could think of Finisher NEO as a mixer channel strip with almost unlimited slots for effect processors, all of which can be activated and adjusted at a simple click on the Mode selector.
Finisher NEO features 27 different effect types – from simple Chorus to Multiband Distortion, from Convolution to Grain Pitch, from Multimode Filters to Multitap Delays - with a total of over 60 Effect Slots distributed across 3 Busses plus a Master Bus. That’s quite some real estate if you’d try to build that in hardware.
The Effect Knob can be wired to every parameter of every active effect, in varying degrees. No worries – this has already been done for you.
For example, the Effect knob can dramatically speed up the phaser while introducing a little distortion and mixing in a dash of reverb.
The same is true for Variation 1 and Variation 2 knobs which you can use to adjust the effect to your scenario or taste, but which you can also automate.
Every Mode and its Knob assignments are a complex sound design piece to create one particular “change of scene” for your track.
That you can’t see all the hundreds and hundreds of parameters under the hood is deliberate. It enables you to focus on complex sound changes as simple knobs, encourages you to use your ears and your openness to be inspired.
Switch Modes, turn the knobs – and make your tracks more beautiful, interesting, bigger, tougher, or change them entirely. Achieving the same dynamic and motion in conventional effect plugins would require dozens of automation lanes and diminish serendipity altogether.
Finisher NEO on Mono Tracks
Please note that: Finisher NEO is a stereo-in/stereo-out plugin so it will not appear in the plugin selection of mono tracks in your DAW.
If you want to use Finisher NEO on a mono track, convert your track to stereo first or put Finisher NEO on a stereo bus and route your signal there.