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Welcome to Airwindopedia! This is a complilation of the plugin-related bits from all my plugin posts. As such, this is as close to a full documentation of the Airwindows plugins as you'll find. In some cases I'll have added explanation, or I might be able to expand on things as this develops. Bear with me as I must do this while also doing everything else, and it will always be on me: as an open source dev, my experience is that people don't really step up to do the tedious stuff across entire libraries, so Airwindopedia is there because I went through all the posts to consolidate them in one place for you :)

We will start with some basic categorization: you can look these up below for further instruction. We'll use the categorization that was used in Surge Synthesizer when organizing my plugins for their purposes, but I will continue and mention plugins not used in Surge Synthesizer if I feel they fit the category. They won't be in alphabetical order, but in order of how well they fit the category and how good they are, and there will be plugins showing up in multiple categories and ones that don't appear at all.

Actually it turns out that other devs can use this file to do amazing things like populate menus and fill in entries for help files, so what you see below will end up including ALL the plugins eventually. Again, they're roughly in order of goodness, so try the ones at the beginning of the list first: those are also likely to be the most recent ones :)

# Categories

Ambience: TapeDelay2, Doublelay, PitchDelay, SampleDelay, BrightAmbience3, TripleSpread, Melt, MV2, MV, ADT, kChamberAR, StereoChorus, PurestEcho, TapeDelay, StarChild2, StarChild, Hombre, BrightAmbience2, BrightAmbience, StereoEnsemble, StereoDoubler, Chorus, ChorusEnsemble, Ensemble

Amp Sims: GrindAmp, FireAmp, LeadAmp, CrickBass, LilAmp, MidAmp, BigAmp, Cabs, BassDrive, BassAmp

Bass: OrbitKick, Hermepass, BassKit, DubCenter, DubSub, Floor, Infrasonic, FathomFive

Biquads: BiquadPlus, Biquad, BiquadDouble, BiquadOneHalf, BiquadTriple, Biquad2

Brightness: PlatinumSlew, DeBess, GoldenSlew, SlewSonic, Acceleration2, DeEss, Smooth, EverySlew, Slew3, Slew2, Slew, Air2, Air, PurestAir, Acceleration, DeHiss, Hypersonic, HypersonX, Ultrasonic, UltrasonicLite, UltrasonicMed, UltrasonX

Clipping: ClipOnly2, ClipSoftly, OneCornerClip, ADClip7, AQuickVoiceClip, ClipOnly

Consoles: Console8LiteChannel, Console8LiteBuss, Console8BussHype, Console8BussIn, Console8BussOut, Console8ChannelHype, Console8ChannelIn, Console8ChannelOut, Console8SubHype, Console8SubIn, Console8SubOut, Console0Channel, Console0Buss, PurestConsole3Buss, PurestConsole3Channel, PurestConsole2Buss, PurestConsole2Channel, Console7Buss, Console7Channel, Console7Cascade, Console7Crunch, PurestConsoleBuss, PurestConsoleChannel,Console6Buss, Console6Channel, PDBuss, PDChannel, Console5Buss, Console5Channel, Console5DarkCh, C5RawBuss, C5RawChannel, AtmosphereBuss, AtmosphereChannel,
Console4Buss, Console4Channel, EveryConsole

Distortion: Distortion, Edge, Dirt, Mackity, Density2, Density, Drive, Loud, Hard Vacuum, HighImpact, MultiBandDistortion

Dithers: Dark, PaulWide, PaulDither, TPDFWide, TPDFDither, NotJustAnotherDither, NotJustAnotherCD, Beam, TapeDither, SpatializeDither, VinylDither, DoublePaul, Ditherbox, BuildATPDF, NodeDither, StudioTan, DitherMeTimbers, DitherMeDiskers, RawTimbers, RawGlitters, NaturalizeDither, HighGlossDither, DitherFloat

Dynamics: Pop2, Pressure5, Dynamics, Pop, DigitalBlack, Logical4, VariMu, ButterComp2, curve, Recurve, Pyewacket, BlockParty, SoftGate, Thunder, Compresaturator, DrumSlam, ButterComp, BrassRider, Point, Gatelope, PodcastDeluxe, Podcast, Swell, PurestSquish, Pressure4, Surge, SurgeTide

Effects: GalacticVibe, Fracture2, Dubly, Pafnuty2, PitchNasty, GuitarConditioner, Aura, TremoSquare, Tremolo, GlitchShifter, Gringer, Exciter, Energy2, Energy, Facet, Fracture, PowerSag2, PowerSag, Preponderant, Nikola

Filter: Baxandall2, Capacitor2, Pear, ResEQ2, SubTight, CStrip2, Weight, Isolator2, Holt2, Holt, ToneSlant, AverMatrix, Average, MackEQ, Baxandall, Hull, EQ, Capacitor, Isolator, TapeFat, ResEQ, Lowpass2, Highpass2, Distance2, Distance, Lowpass, Highpass

Lo-Fi: Pockey2, Flutter, CrunchyGrooveWear, GrooveWear, Pockey, DeRez2, BitGlitter, DeRez, ChromeOxide, Cojones, Vibrato, Bite, Deckwrecka, DustBunny

Noise: Noise, Texturize, TexturizeMS, VoiceOfTheStarship, DarkNoise, ElectroHat, Silhouette, TapeDust

Reverb: kPlateD, kPlateB, kPlateA, kPlateC, Verbity2, Galactic2, Galactic, Verbity, Chamber2, Chamber, Infinity2, NonlinearSpace, Infinity, MatrixVerb, PocketVerbs, Reverb

Saturation: Creature, Huge, NCSeventeen, Tube2, Tube, Spiral2, PurestDrive, Focus, Mojo, Dyno, Spiral, UnBox, Desk4, Righteous4

Stereo: Srsly, Srsly2, Wider, StereoFX, ToVinyl4, AutoPan, LRFlipTimer, Sidepass, SideDull

Subtlety: Hype, Shape, Inflamer, Sweeten, PurestWarm2, PurestWarm, Coils2, Interstage, PhaseNudge, Remap, SingleEndedTriode, Coils, Desk, TransDesk, TubeDesk

Tape: ToTape6, FromTape, Tape, IronOxideClassic2, IronOxide5, ToTape5, IronOxideClassic

Tone Color: BussColors4, Channel9, Apicolypse, Neverland, Elation, Calibre, Cider, Crystal, Precious, Luxor, Channel8, Channel7, Channel6, Channel5, Channel4

Utility: Monitoring3, Monitoring2, Monitoring, BitShiftPan, BitShiftGain, PurestGain, PurestFade, EveryTrim, HermeTrim, SlewOnly, SubsOnly, PeaksOnly, Golem, DCVoltage, EdIsDim, MidSide, uLawEncode, uLawDecode, RightoMono, LeftoMono, Balanced, Flipity, MoNoam, VoiceTrick

XYZ Filters: ZBandpass2, ZHighpass2, ZLowpass2, ZNotch2, ZRegion2, ZBandpass, ZHighpass, ZLowpass, ZNotch, ZRegion, YBandpass, YHighpass, YLowpass, YNotch, XBandpass. XHighpass, XLowpass, XNotch, XRegion

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  Member 12.01.2021 600
Honestly, you're completely nuts - in a good way.
  Member 23.04.2023 1 53
airwindows stuff is great. too bad about the (lack of) interfaces. but some stuff sounds uncannily good. some, good, and very few things i felt were kind of misses. some things are weird, too, so you need to learn to work with the parameters, cause they can do all kinds of weird stuff.

airwindows is among the freeware, alongside analog obsession, variety of sound, and pseudo stereo, that can stand with the big brands on any day. on various plugins they actually give them some serious ass whooping.

i use texturize ms on all my master buses. set right, it actually cleans up the output - some phase cancellation, i imagine.
  Member 16.01.2020 174
OK I don't get what this thing is supposed to do...
  Member 22.02.2021 3 12
A good rule of thumb with Airwindows is that Chris usually emulates some very specific hardware function, then variates with subsequent plugins.

Usually, you want to find the one that emulates the function, then the other ones that variate on it, if you like the basic sound. He seems to spend a lot of time on forums using feedback. So, if he has like a specific sound and lots of, say, dubstep, people like it, but wish it was more, rather than add those functions, he takes the basic code, then makes a new plugin for that.

They tend to be very specific. Often times the default setting is also, the "best" one, i.e. the most useful . . .

They're very specific, it's a lot different than a plugin you get that has all kinds of features, they tend to do ONE specific thing, but they do it very, very, well because Chris understands the actual circuit designs/underlying engineering principles much better.

That's why he eschews the GUI entirely, from an engineering point of view, it's a pointless waste of time.

A good example is BitShiftGain, it's just gain slider that only increases or decreases in 6db intervals. The reason is because, when you increase or decrease gain at any other interval, it technically causes distortion. With BitShiftGain, you're never distorting the sounds.

They're extremely specific, then with variations on that for other genres/applications.
  Member 4.09.2020 348
"A good example is BitShiftGain, it's just gain slider that only increases or decreases in 6db intervals. The reason is because, when you increase or decrease gain at any other interval, it technically causes distortion. With BitShiftGain, you're never distorting the sounds."

You're never distorting the sounds eh.. are you sure you are not a cult member?

That is one of the most pitiful attempts to espouse something right there, trying to single out "BitShiftGain" as some kind of niche engineering marvel, and halfway through the explanation you realize the sand has fallen through your hands and they are actually empty.

BitShiftGain is true pointless waste of time (from an engineering or any other possible point of view) infact all Chris's plugins are weak, sorry excuses that require someone on a forum to say "just try dogshitdither on 32x oversampling and be amazed!"
What samplerate does that turd producer use normally then? aha ok, no wonder the magic dust did fk all in reality.

I think some producers like Chris because he comes across initially like some hidden idiot-savant plugin genius, extreme lack of social, musical skills etc. (and imo questionable coding skills + ears) but special skills in DSP... nah, these plugs really are uninspired fodder created by a quite autistic guy, and the only other humans on the planet that are amazed are other autistic guys
  Resident 25.12.2017 6 1951
Damn, Illadelph, you spilled a lot out your face, but didn't actually bring anything to the table as per the technical side of things.
"You're never distorting the sounds eh.. are you sure you are not a cult member?"
"[...] as some kind of niche engineering marvel, and halfway through the explanation you realize the sand has fallen through your hands"
"What samplerate does that turd producer use normally then? aha ok, no wonder the magic dust did fk all in reality."
I mean, straight? It sounds exhausting being you, but no worries, I'm here to help—let's say we expend some of that energy? Why don't you go through and give all 300+ plugins a run-thru and get back to us here at AZ with a detailed report on why *all of them can be written off as "... uninspired fodder created by a quite autistic guy [...]"
We'll miss you in your absence, but it's a price we're willing to pay.
"Rap is a gimmick, but I'm for the Hip Hop, The Culture." ~ Method Man ~
  Moderator 21.01.2012 2367 16087
I dont see a reason to go personal on this debate. So please, keep it technical.
Thank you.
  Resident 25.12.2017 6 1951
The fact that Illadelph is clearly working off of a personal bias, and keeps bringing up the fact that Chris is autistic, as though that holds some amount of weight, seems pretty personal... but, I'll try and keep it clean...ish. ;)
"Rap is a gimmick, but I'm for the Hip Hop, The Culture." ~ Method Man ~
  Member 4.09.2020 348
im not a newb, ive tried airwindows stuff years ago! And in my view I clearly did get technical there, asking if you understand the logic behind using "BitShiftGain", or if its blind acceptance cos you feel Chris is some sort of savant.

This is not the 1990s where we have to worry about whether the source and destination SR are easily divisible and compatible with the quality of SRC algos.

There is no distortion when padding with a DAWs gain control, with a utility plugin or with the superfluous plug BitShiftGain, so why have you convinced yourself its doing something special?

Do you actually think Chris can dream about someday offering replacements to the products already being offered by Voxengo, Izotope etc? cmon, theres no way, he only has the autistic weirdo niche market cornered
  Resident 25.12.2017 6 1951
I'm not saying that everything Chris makes necessarily *needs to be making all of his plugins as technically deep as they go, and some of his tools bring changes that are imperceivable, and only really make a difference on a deep, technical level, and even then some only in certain cases, that said, even if I handed you a win on BitShiftGain, there's a massive pile of other plugins that are undeniably useful.
Essentially, to write off all of his work is a mule-kick response to you believing that he's garnered some sort of cult following, which if he has, is no fault of his and certainly not a reflection of the quality of his plugins, and the fact that you keep lumping everyone into some group of brain-dead sycophants is testament to a bias, and doesn't do anything to back up your claims of the superfluous nature of his plugins.
And your bringing up the fact that he's autistic is also immaterial, as I'd bet that a good percentage of people don't actually watch his videos, or at least not enough to have caught him mentioning it on rare occasions. Besides, if we're talking "weirdos", let's not pretend that all people who script deep aren't a little off, something which Aleksey of Voxengo has mentioned about himself and others in the field on more than one occasion.
The fact that you're so bent out of shape about it is strange.
"Rap is a gimmick, but I'm for the Hip Hop, The Culture." ~ Method Man ~
  Member 4.09.2020 348
Im not bent out of shape about this really, just calling bullshit on it. There is a bit of a cult following about AirWindows, people who like them tend to evangelize them, like you said "some of his tools bring changes that are imperceivable" well, the definition of not being able to perceive something tells you all you need to know regarding value or usefulness and makes me suspicions as hell.. but who on earth needs hundreds of plugins to sift through? Professional studios have racks full of hardware it looks amazing, but you can still only fit approx 15-20 modules in a rack the size of a small person, and a ton of modules are mono so need doubles. Only in the digital realm do people think having someone pumping out a plugin iteration a day is good so they can have 873 vsts ready to go

And autism can be a huge boost for people, most of my favorite artists surely are somewhere on the spectrum, but AirWindows guy is smacking his lips literally loud as fk into the mic as he preaches about delivering the pro studio sound to people who can only afford plugins in super-slo-mo monotone , AND THEN you hear the guy playing an instrument or a loop (wtf is that, dear good please stop?!) as he A/Bs this barely perceptible amp/cab/tape fx like a deity above mortals, but jeez it actually just sounds like that ole fruity waveshaper ...
Its a big joke to me anyway, but someone somewhere believes just about anything possible
  Member 22.02.2021 3 12
Another good example is BitGlitter, you can move the sliders around on it, but it's typically always going to sound "worse" than when you just load it by default. Chris spent enough time isolating the effect that the setting it's on by default is the ideal "bit glitter" effects, he just gives you the option to use the slider, if you want.

Some of them just load, i.e. no sliders, it's just some very specific thing that he noted and emulated. I think DustBunny is like that, it just loads a box that says "bunny" in it, and it can be on or off. . . .
  Member 4.09.2020 348
In fact, BitGlitter always sounds bad no matter where the sliders are. Have you listened to many bitcrush effects in your day or is BitGlitter the first one or something?!
  Resident 25.12.2017 6 1951
Briefly, and mainly as a warning, to those who have no idea what Airwindows is, the long and short of it is that Airwindows = Good. That said, it should also be mentioned that you really need to read the included .txt describing what specific plugins do, as a lot of them are niche, or obscure, or subtle, but a handful of the more bizarre effects are intense enough that they can cripple your speakers or headphones if you don't know what they do and begin errantly twisting knobs...or sliding sliders, or whatever your DAW visualizes the controls as.
Following that last bit—don't be all over posting up about how the GUIs are bust. Yes, everyone's aware that none of these tools are winning any Authentic Visual Emulation awards, and they'll appear differently depending on the default GUI your DAW utilizes when there's no GUI present, only control options, in a plugin.
There's a lot of good stuff here though, and among others that I use, "Monitoring" is sitting on the master channel of any track I make or mix (set to "Cans B" for anyone curious,) sounding far more authentic to my ears than Blue Cat's Re-Head, or any of the other speaker cross-talk emulations. I highly recommend checking out the videos on Chris' page for deeper dives into the plugins you're interested in.
"Rap is a gimmick, but I'm for the Hip Hop, The Culture." ~ Method Man ~
  Resident 6.03.2021 109 170
774 kB of plaintext, insane :))
Archieved the past for the future ..
  Resident 25.12.2017 6 1951
I can't argue that—especially as it it only contains brief summaries of what each plugin does.
"Rap is a gimmick, but I'm for the Hip Hop, The Culture." ~ Method Man ~
  Resident 25.11.2015 1246
the txt is actually larger file size than any of his plugins lol
make music, not walls.
  Member 4.09.2020 348
If i make a 2kb plugin would you be impressed and i win the race to the bottom?
  Member 6.09.2019 21
When you have two hundreds plugins with cryptic names and without interfaces they all become INDISTINGUISHABLE from each other and you spend five or ten minutes to choose (recall) one which seems to you "appropriate" (which has "the mojo" you read or heard about somewhere or found yourself last year).


Why pollute in such extent memory of other people? Only for the sake of new release every week?
  Member 5.12.2022 5
Chris is a true genius. A phenomenal body of work here...
  Member 4.09.2020 348
A true Autist, for damn sure
  Resident 25.11.2015 1246
i like the lack of gui in these, it forces you to shut your eyes and really just listen- which is what we need to be doing anyway. slick guis feel fun but really they can just distract us from the sound. not to mention often taking up too much space in ram or ssd (arturia is the worst offender!).

i also like that these are most often very cpu friendly.. im mainly a big fan of the ambience, effects, lofi, noise, and tape categories. those are the funnest to play with imo

i also love that chris created a vcv module containing his plugins, very useful. hopefully we see that in the free cardinal vcv at some point!
make music, not walls.
  Resident 25.12.2017 6 1951
I agree that less is often times more as far as interfaces go (despite working in graphic design as a side hustle,) but I think there's a nice middle ground between a fully realized interface design and these control-only plugins which can get frustrating to work with, especially if you're trying to work quickly to capture an idea. I also might also be a bit more forgiving if they weren't the size of a postage stamp in many hosts. Again, frustrating, but worth it overall for the unique and efficient effects and tools you're able to use, some which you can't find anywhere else.
"Rap is a gimmick, but I'm for the Hip Hop, The Culture." ~ Method Man ~
  Resident 15.11.2020 310
Is truly a great gift, thx a lot for your knowledge, talent & the will to really share, your time is very, very valuable.

  Member 22.01.2022 3 84
The Console8 pack is amazing. If it had a GUI and was more user friendly (all in one plugin, just choose the type -bus, sub or channel- you need, link between instances, etc), it could sell for a nice sum.
  Member 4.09.2020 348
he might be able to sell one or two copies eventually, lets be real its not worth the coal it cost to supply the internet bandwidth
  Resident 25.12.2017 6 1951
My man, if Soundspot, WA Prod, and Thenatan can move units...
"Rap is a gimmick, but I'm for the Hip Hop, The Culture." ~ Method Man ~
  Member 4.09.2020 348
They can? I havent studied their financials but its damn lucky they dont have to rent a building or have any staff on the payroll except themselves, i wouldnt want to take on that business expecting more than a 10er a month profit to barely cover the web hosting unless they host it themselves.

Just look at how useless WA Prod catalogue is, bunch of synthedit clones with shiny GUI, top selller im sure is a bloody KHMR essentials plug lol, this is desperate vapid cash grabbin at its finest. The earth could do with this business going under tomorrow and music production would be a cleaner, purer art

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