Native Instruments has a free phaser plug-in called Phasis as a holiday special – and, wow, definitely don’t skip this one.

Here’s the deal: as NI do yearly, they’ve got a holiday special going. This year, there’s an e-voucher and a giveaway contest and blah blah — let’s skip to Phasis.

Phasis is a free plug-in (VST, AU, AAX) for Mac and Windows. You’ll need to sign up for the mailing list, then get a serial number to enter into Native Access, NI’s latest all-in-one software for managing licenses and updates. That tool works well, though one note on Windows: look for the phasis.dll file on your hard drive, as I had to manually copy it to the correct VST plug-in folder.

Phasers may call to mind cheesy guitar effects and overused pop sounds, but this one’s different. Here’s how NI describe it:

PHASIS is a brand new phaser. It offers timeless phasing sounds – adding movement, soul, and creative magic to any signal. PHASIS draws inspiration from classic phasers but adds powerful new features for never-heard-before results. The Spread control changes the spacing of the phaser’s notches, for vocal-style effects. Ultra mode pushes modulation to ultra high rates, producing unique FM-esque tones. Download the VST/AU/AAX plug-in for free now!

It’s the combination of the phaser with those notch filters and “ultra” extreme audio rate modulation that produces something genuinely novel. I apply it here to a bland 909 drum loop, and already you get some more radical results:

Holiday Deal or …

Phasis download page

Wow, Windows backwards compatibility has gotten way easier than the Mac… Mac users will need 10.11 or later (10.13 if you use Cubase); Windows runs back to Windows 7. Well, once we find the darned VST plug-in folder. I’ll put it on both my machines. I only wish we’d gotten a Reaktor ensemble here so we could play around with the innards.

  • Awesome demo, definitely worth checking this out!

  • Awesome demo, definitely worth checking this out!

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  • Paul Munro

    Hate the sound of it. Sounds like Molekular, which reminds me, I must sell that.

  • QuinnH

    It does sound like Molekular, but that’s fine with me. Sounds better than the phaser in Live, IMO.

  • “I only wish we’d gotten a Reaktor ensemble here so we could play around with the innards.”

    This, twice over. I am not used to downloading stuff I cannot hack. Remember when NI gave us Metaphysical Function? That was a very drone Christmas.

  • Foosnark

    Sadly 64-bit only. I still run a 32-bit DAW.

    My favorite delay, ET-301, is still 32 bit only, as is the excellent Night Flight string synth VST, and possibly others. Blame SynthEdit for that I guess.

  • joseph guisti

    This thing is great. The wacky ring mod stuff is good, yes, but in tiny doses it’s working pretty well for making a bland loop into something more organic. Combined with the supercharger vst they gave away a few years ago, I’m getting some pretty convincing faux analog tape goo.

  • etienne stehelin

    This is pretty much the nail in the coffin. Goodbye Apple and your no backwards compatibility, your designed obsolescence. I just want to try a plugin! My next DAW machine will be Windows.