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u-he: Triple Cheese

A free comb-filter softsynth plugin.

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30 October 2023

Initially starting as a one-man show, the u-he company has been designing synths and effects since 2001. It now consists of a team of dedicated developers, musicians, designers, and creators, whose many viewpoints, backgrounds, and experiences provide it with a rich, dynamic landscape. u-he’s plugins have the depth to satisfy the most discerning musicians, composers, and producers. The company also boasts an active and passionate group of customers and fans. This community is a place where users can get inspired or learn something new. 

Triple Cheese, winner of the 2006 KVR Developer Challenge, is a truly unique freeware synthesizer. A touch unusual and a little cheesy, Triple Cheese is quite capable of some surprising sounds. No traditional oscillators or wavetables, no FM or phase distortion, and no analogue modelled filters here. Rather, it employs various types of comb filter — often in series — to generate and modify sound. 

Think of the comb-filters as very short chromatically tuned delays. Three modules are arranged in series and either generate their own sound, or process the output of the previous module. The features for each module can result in sounds that might seem a little ‘cheesy’ or retro (think early 1980s digital synths), but when pushed you will find Triple Cheese creates some surprisingly lush sounds.

For extra flavour, Triple Cheese comes with a choice of delay-based effects. Although basic, the essentials are covered: chorus, flanger, phaser, delay, or reverb. A special LFO with speed and depth controls can be used to give your sound extra movement and warmth. Another way to add flavour is through parameter modulation. Many of the key parameters in Triple Cheese can be modulated from a variety of sources: Select one of the classic performance controls (modwheel, velocity, pressure, key follow etc.), or an automatic modulation source (envelope, LFO or Vibrator).

Features:

  • 3 comb filters for sound generation
  • 8 different modes per comb filter module (11 modes total)
  • Polyphonic (up to 16 voices), duophonic, monophonic (re-triggered) or legato mode
  • VCA with amplitude modulation, pan
  • Skinnable UI
  • 254 factory presets
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