Antiflutter beta (Pc/Free)

From the homepage:
This is a VST plugin to reduce flutter (pitch variations) from analog tapes caused by excentricity or dirt on the capstan axle (or to correct for any periodic pitch variations in audio material).

The reason I had to write this is (again...) that there was nothing out there that would do this processing reliably. There are lots of "vibrato" plugins but none of them are at all suited for solving this very particular problem.

What makes this plugin different from your normal "vibrato" plugin is

* Very precise frequency control (down to a ten-thousandth of a Hz)
* Stereo processing
* Phase of the cyclical pitch change is precisely locked to the VST time position so the correction is reproducible

Use it like this: first, determine the frequency of the flutter. Sometimes this is easy if you know the tape speed and the diameter of the capstan axle. Otherwise you have to estimate it by ear or by using some other analytical tools. It's important that you match the flutter frequency as exactly as you can before tweaking the other parameters.

Second, enable the plug on the material to be corrected. It's helpful to also put a short "slap back" delay in the chain after antiflutter. Set the time of this delay to half the periodicity of the flutter, so it becomes more audible. I.e., if the flutter is 10 Hz the periodicity is 100 msec. If you set the delay to 50 msec and "wet-dry mix" to 50-50, the pitch of the dry signal will go up as the pitch of the delayed signal goes down and you can hear it much more clearly. This becomes important in the next step.

Third, switch on automation for the "Phase" parameter and play back a small portion in the beginning of the material (cycle if you want). Tweak the "Depth" parameter and the initial control point for "Phase" until as much of the flutter as possible disappears.

Fourth, keep progressing thru the material and set additional control points for the "Phase" parameter as needed. Depending on how close you have matched antiflutter's frequency setting with the actual flutter, the control curve might look like a fluctuating straight line, a rising sawtooth (antiflutter's freqneucy is slightly too high), or a falling sawtooth (antiflutter's frequency is slightly too low). This doesn't matter. The "Phase" parameter goes between 0 and 99 but in actual fact represents the 0 to 360 degree range of the phase. Make sure that if you need to "wraparound" with the phase (the straight line of the sawtooth) you make the control line completely straight (instantaneous) up or down.

Fifth, depending on the material you might want to automate the "depth" to zero in places where it's difficult to ascertain the phase of the flutter. Of course, if the phase is 180 degrees wrong, this plug actually makes the flutter twice as bad!