D16 Group Godfazer €69
Computer Music|March 2020
Combining two multi-mode filters and a chorus/ensemble module, Godfazer may be the only modulation effect you’ll ever need

Pitched as the ‘Swiss Army Knife of modulation effects’ Godfazer builds on the groundwork laid by D16’s highly-regarded Fazortan phaser and Syntorus chorus plugins. As with those effects, this latest plugin combines a hardware-style GUI with multiple modulation tools, making it a powerful device for adding complex movement to tracks, all while keeping the control layout fairly straightforward. Despite the similarity in their names though, Godfazer does considerably more than just ‘all-pass’ phase shifting.

In actual fact there are three processing modules on offer with Godfazer, which are a chorus/ensemble plus two powerful multimode filters that can act as various filter, phaser and EQs types. These also come coupled with a pair of modulators, which can be routed to either or both of the filters to add more movement to the effect. Although their positions are fixed in the GUI, these three processor modules can actually be moved around in the signal path, and then rearranged to run in a variety of different orders as well as the more standard serial or parallel configurations.

Ensemble piece

The Ensemble effect has a total of 22 modes, covering chorus, ensemble, stereo panning, and rotary speaker emulation. There’s a definite hardware influence here, with the bulk of the list aiming to emulate the sound of a specific analogue processor. These include a variety of BBD-chip choruses – each with both narrow and wide stereo variations – along with emulations of the Elka Synthex chorus, ARP Solina’s ensemble, and Yamaha RA-200 rotary speaker. There are a few more generic modes too, such as a fat, detuned chorus, a basic tremolo, and an auto-panning effect. A couple of modes combine multiple effect types too, offering two flavours of combined chorus and tremolo.

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