Tritik IRID VST Review (Shimmer Reverb)

Irid Shimmer Reverb

Irid is a unique and creative time-based effects plugin with three tweakable voices and a shimmery and colorful tone. It is by no means a standard reverb with generic tones and controls. I am impressed by its distinctive tone and detailed controls. Let’s look at the plugin more deeply. 

Tritik Irid’s Interface & Workflow

So, let’s understand the controls first. Irid has three voices, whose pitch could be set in intervals or cents. The first and second voices, ‘Shift I’ and ‘Shift II,’ let you change the interval of this voice between -1 octave and +2 octaves, or by cents (as -10 and +10 cents). The third voice, ‘Shift III’ can be set between -100 and 2000 Hz. 

These voices can make your vocal stack more huge and thicker. Let’s look at the other controls in the plugin. 

Tritik IRID VST

  • Pre-delay

This parameter allows you to adjust the delay time before the onset of the reverberation effect. It can create a sense of space and depth by determining how quickly the reverberation begins after the initial sound. You can increase it to make the room size bigger or decrease it to make it sound smaller. 

  • Feedback (with freeze button)

The feedback control regulates the amount of reverberation fed back into the system, influencing the decay and intensity of the effect. The freeze button can be engaged to capture and sustain the current reverberation, enabling unique creative possibilities such as creating ambient drones or freezing certain tonal textures.

  • Size

The size parameter controls the simulated size of the virtual space in which the reverberation occurs. Increasing the size can result in a more spacious and expansive sound while reducing it can create a tighter, more confined environment.

  • Diffusion

This control adjusts the spread and density of the reverberant reflections, affecting the clarity and smoothness of the decay. Higher diffusion settings can produce a more diffuse, ambient sound, whereas lower settings can yield a more defined and focused reverberation.

  • Mod (0 and 100%)

The modulation parameter introduces a subtle pitch modulation to the reverberation tails, adding movement and richness to the sound. At 0%, the modulation is disabled, while at 100%, it is fully applied, offering a range of modulation intensity to suit different sonic contexts.

  • Width (0 and 100%)

Width controls the stereo width of the reverb effect, allowing you to adjust the spatial distribution of the reverberated signal. Lower values can produce a more mono-compatible and centered sound, whereas higher values create a wider, more expansive stereo image.

  • Low Cut (10-5000 Hz)

The low-cut filter attenuates frequencies below the specified cutoff point, helping to clean up the low end of the reverberation and prevent muddiness or rumble. It’s useful for shaping the tonal balance and clarity of the reverb tail.

  • High Cut (100-20,000 Hz)

Conversely, the high-cut filter attenuates frequencies above the cutoff point, allowing you to control the brightness and presence of the reverberation. It can be used to tame harshness or excessive sibilance in the upper frequencies, ensuring a smooth and natural decay.

  • Dry/Wet sliders

These sliders adjust the balance between the dry (unaffected) and wet (processed) signals, enabling precise control over the intensity of the reverb effect. By blending the original signal with the reverberated signal, you can achieve the desired level of depth and immersion while preserving the clarity and definition of the source material.

Tritik IRID (VST)

First Impression & Sound

So, it took me a couple of minutes to figure out all the controls. The good part is that I didn’t need to do manual diving due to its simple and straightforward workflow. What I observed is that three voices can be too much unless you’re going for that kind of creative effect, like those in the music of Bon Iver, Tame Impala, and other artists with that sound aesthetic.

For a simple reverb, up to two voices are more than enough. I like how versatile the plugin is. As a shimmer reverb, I expected it to be overly bright, but to my surprise, its low-cut and high-cut filters are quite solid for effective tonal shaping.

The reverb sound is not exactly clean and cannot be considered an alternative to standard reverb plugins like Valhalla Space and Waves H-Reverb. But I don’t think the plugin is meant for that. Meaning- it doesn’t have a vanilla sound! There’s a personality to it

 The plugin is meant for creative effects, which it is quite good with. Now, please don’t misunderstand. The level of exaggeration on the effect can be managed, and the plugin can be quite subtle, too, but it still carries that distinct tone, which is exactly what works for Irid

I liked its factory presets. They gave me a huge palette of sounds to select from, and they can be quite inspiring, especially on backing vocals, guitars, and synthesizers. You get more than 80 presets, which is a number that very few plugins offer.  

Irid Shimmer Reverb

As a final comment on the sound, I’d say that the Tritik Irid plugin unlocks a vast realm of creative potential, allowing for the exploration of rich harmonized reverberations or experimental, dissonant drones and everything in the spectrum of sound design.

Its versatility renders it a formidable tool in the studio, capable of becoming a cherished “secret weapon” for producers and audio engineers alike. Whether you’re inclined towards pushing the boundaries of sonic expression or prefer more conventional musical landscapes, Irid offers a delightful infusion of ethereal texture to any composition, enriching even the most familiar sonic environments. 

Pros & Cons

The Tritik Irid plugin presents a plethora of appealing features for creative sound design enthusiasts. Its unique reverse mode adds a new dimension to reverberation effects, allowing for exploring unconventional textures and sonic landscapes. With three tunable voices offering independent output levels, users gain precise control over mixing, enabling intricate layering and blending of reverberated signals.

Moreover, two pitch shifters spanning from -1 octave to +2 octaves expand the sonic palette, while the frequency shifter, ranging from -100 Hz to +2000 Hz, provides additional flexibility in tonal manipulation. With over 80 meticulously crafted presets by renowned sound designers like Andrew Madden, Richard Devine, and emptyVessel, you have a rich array of starting points for inspiration.

The plugin’s tonal aesthetic, characterized by shimmering tones and colorful textures, adds depth and richness to the reverberation effect. However, its visually uninspiring interface, potential compatibility issues with certain DAWs or operating systems, and its steep learning curve and resource-intensive nature may present challenges for some of you.

Tritik Irid - Overview

Compatibility

Tritik Irid is available in VST2, VST, AAX, and AU plugin formats for Win 7 or later and macOS 10.10 or later operating systems. 

Conclusion

If I am to compare Tritik Irid with stock reverbs or other shimmer reverbs like Valhalla Shimmer and Side Black Hole, it really stands out due to its extensive controls, unique tone, and creative features. Unlike basic reverbs, Irid offers precise adjustments for parameters like pre-delay, modulation, and filtering, enhancing its versatility. Its distinct sound, characterized by shimmering textures, sets it apart from generic reverbs.

With innovative features such as freeze mode and reverse reverb, Irid encourages experimentation and creativity. I also liked the plugin’s diverse presets, including lush shimmer and other atmospheric effects for their modulation and top-end quality. You can add its various presets and customizations to drones, pads, and beats to enhance textures and add depth to compositions.

Finally, the plugin’s CPU efficiency is also an added advantage. I hope you found this review helpful. Thank you for reading. 

Buy/Download Tritik Irid here (Demo Available)

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