I noted in January that enigmatically-talented programmer Jack Dark had released the source of his misbehaved SynthEdit-made plug-ins for Windows VST. Here’s one of the fruits of that release: a glitching, stuttering sonic thing that now also syncs to your host, so your little glitchstutters hit on, um, an eighth note or whatever instead of just appearing willy-nilly. SynthEdit may be notorious for insanely unstable and sonically-destructive plug-ins, but DarkWare’s plug-ins are so beloved for their unpredictability that developers are actually worried about making them too normal

For those knowing and loving Shattershot Lite VST, Shattersync is essentially a host (and therefore BPM) synchronized version of its predecessor. it should be noted that the work I made to modify the creature will not make it sound any better and possibly all the voodoo magic spawned from Shattershot Lite will disappear, replaced by a tamed, ordered, boring, mechanism of nothingness.

Original DarkWare VSTs

Pluggotic and C.d.P. Page, with various free VSTs for Windows, including the Scattersync download.

Rekkerd.org: Pluggotic releases Shattersync — and, yes, I love Rekkerd.org; it’s like a nerdster filter for the barrage of upgrade releases and eight trillion forum messages at KVR

In addition to a new GUI and MIDI implementation, there is a “new independent stuttering FX in the signal chain”, so perhaps that’ll add a little voodo back. Presumably, you’ll still be able to do the same glitching, stuttering thing as the gentlemen in the video here (aka Pluggotic & C.d.P.).

Hint: with either the synced or un-synced version, this will sound different from Ableton BeatRepeat.

  • Alright. Thats it. Me and SonicBirth are gunna get real close this summer.

  • goodtimes

    "Here’s one of the fruits of that release: a glitching, stuttering sonic thing "

    …uh…where is the link for this?

  • wes

    i'm crying here on my Mac. this looks and sounds so good

  • @goodtimes: hmmm, there are two links up there for it. 😉


    Direct download:

  • Shattersync is really nice, and quite different from other FSU tools.

    For those who don't know Pluggotic, Stealth (wonderful for creating rhythmic ambiences) and NanoX2 (8-bit sequenced goodness) are lovely as well. Downloads available on the Pluggotic site.

  • DankPanties

    You can get all the DarkWare plugs in one file now:


    They all kick ass. Pluggotic has made some great stuff too!!!!!