Open Finisher RETRO in your favorite DAW. Pick a preset from the list. Turn the Finisher knob to get more of whatever effect you’ve chosen, and play with the four smaller (“Vari”) knobs till you get what you want. Repeat as necessary. That’s the easiest way to get started, read along if you want more information.
Note: Although the Modes are more visible on the UI, the Presets are really what you want to play with first! The difference? A preset changes all settings of RETRO, including levels, Mode, Finisher knob and Vari knobs. The Mode itself just switches the effect configuration but leaves the knobs and levels untouched. All five 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 four variation knobs let you adjust the most important qualities of the effect signal, while the Finisher knob really shines when moved in real time or automated. All five knobs in combination provide for a large variety of effects for each single Finisher Mode.
What’s inside Finisher RETRO?
You could think of Finisher RETRO 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.
Each of Finisher RETRO’s modes is a web of up to 30 interconnected sound modules. It’s like having a huge pedal board AND rack of studio gear with everything set just right. The Finisher knob in the center of the interface 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 Finisher knob can give you a tour through four vinyl decades with the Mode “Vinyl History”. While Vari 2 sets the mono frequency, Vari 3 adjusts the R curve – including the noise that comes with it.
Each Mode comes with its own combination of Vari 1-3 knobs, which you can use to adjust the effect to your scenario or taste, but which you can also automate. We recommend to give it a try without too much overthinking – the happy accidents are the most inspiring in music!
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.