Checkout Peter Kirn’s review of Dub Machines on Create Digital Media.

Dub Machines gives you powerful delays as plug-ins; get Diffuse free

SURREAL MACHINES are proud to announce the immediate availability of our debut VST / AU Plugins: MODNETIC & DIFFUSE, together forming the DUB MACHINES Package.


DOWNLOAD DIFFUSE for FREE (until June 8th) here.

DUB MACHINES is a bundle of two analog inspired Delay / Reverb / Modulation Plugins in VST (2 & 3) & AU formats across 32 and 64 bit operation for WINDOWS and OS X hosts.

The new Plugins have a rich history, being developments of the most successful and sought after Max For Live devices in the Ableton store over the last few years.

MODNETIC is a reimagining of the old Magnetic device, re-coded from the ground up with new features and better CPU management. New features include a brand new Bucket Brigade modelled Modulation section offering silky sweet to broken Choruses, Flangers and Phasers, 35 new Impulse Responses and endless, glitch-free routing capabilities all within the characterful and warm Tape Delay emulation system you know and love.

DIFFUSE is a reworking and port of the old Diffuse device via Cycling ’74’s Gen / Code Export system. DIFFUSE allows for morphing between Delays and algorithmic Reverbs with warm analog modelled saturation and surgical control via an intuitive and clean interface.

Find out more here.



Surreal Machines are proud to announce a brand new Max for Live Pack:
Transient Machines

Available from Ableton now for €39

Transient Machines contains two special dynamics processors based on transient shaping, Impact and Crack.

Impact is a full blown multi-band drum processing channel strip and Crack is a compact, easy to use transient shaper and loudness tool. They are designed to work on drums but don’t be afraid to try them on synths, guitars, vocals or even whole mixes.

Listen for yourself:

Transient shaping is a special process that allows you to quickly sculpt the “sharpness” of a sound and it’s dynamics. A transient is the short burst of volume at the beginning of a sound. With this tool you can increase or decrease the attack portion, making the sound more or less punchy; and you can increase or decrease the decay (“sustain”) portion of a sound, making the sound fade out slower or quicker. With less sustain the sound will feel “tighter” and with with more sustain the sound becomes “fuller”.

M4L_TransientMachines_2As dynamics shaping tools, these devices are much easier to use than a compressor and always work the same no matter what the overall level of the signal is. Think of them like contrast dials for your sound. You can quickly add more punch, make a sound more distant, take away reverb or rattle, make sounds gated in a very natural way, or even smash them up to make them fill the room or bend them in unconventional and creative ways.


Here’s a video we made on how to modify your Korg Volca Bass to add FM to the filter.

Surreal Machines launches Dub Machines Our friends Peter Dowling and Matt Jackson have teamed up as Surreal Machines, and today released a new Live pack called Dub Machines. This pack consists of two analog-inspired devices – Magnetic and Diffuse – that combine classic functionality with some modern tweakability. Dub Machines is available directly from the Ableton site.

Magnetic, on first viewing, will recall Space Echoes from times past, including the unique multi-head selection design that makes delay selection both intuitive and inspiring. Diffuse is less emulation than imagination, and features a delay-and-reverb network with massive feedback capabilities. Imagine some of the famous “Bloom” sounds of old digital hardware and you’ll be in the right neighborhood.

In addition to honoring the past, these two devices also provide some adventurous advanced options. Magnetic’s most impressive “non-vintage” function is the ability to change the processing chain, allowing you to swap the order of the reverb and echo for distinctly different sounds. A favorite Diffuse tweak is the ability to exceed 100% regeneration – at which point the internal feedback system comes alive with screams and moans.

As with all Max for Live devices, you can hit the edit button to see some clean and creative coding, much of which is accomplished using the Gen system. It’s not only educational to review Peter and Matt’s coding, but it also leaves the door open for modification. Much fun to be had…

Also, check into the Art + Music + Technology podcast this weekend for an interview with the Surreal Machines folks.

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