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Exploring Voxango Shine Chilla: A Comprehensive Guide

Tutorial | Jul 30, 2020

In this video, I demonstrated how to use the Voxango Shine Chilla, a distortion overdrive or saturation effect. I showed how to use the threshold and harmonic pages to generate overtones and how to use the saturation page to create rich overtones in the top end. I also went through the other features of the plug-in, such as the question mark, the naming field, the undo/redo, the A/B comparison, the channel routing settings, the group soloing, and the settings page. If you are interested in the plug-in, there is a link to the Voxango page in the description where you can download the demo version and try it out for yourself.

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What is Voxango Shine Chilla?

Voxango Shine Chilla is a distortion overdrive or saturation effect plug-in that can be used to create rich overtones in your audio recordings. It allows you to easily adjust the amount of distortion, the harmonic content, and the saturation level, giving you complete control over the sound.

How do I use Shine Chilla to create overtones?

To create overtones with Shine Chilla, all you have to do is pull down the threshold line in the plug-in window. When your input signal surpasses the threshold line, you will generate a second, third, and fourth harmonic. You can then adjust the volume of each harmonic using the Second Harmonic page, and you can completely remove any of these harmonics using the mute buttons on the right.

What is the difference between threshold and saturation?

The threshold page determines when an input signal will create overtones, while the saturation page adjusts the amount of overtones created. On the threshold page, the line works in the opposite direction – as you pull it down, the signal will generate more harmonies. On the saturation page, the line works as a threshold – as


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[00:00.000] In this video, it's about Voxango Shine Chilla.
[00:03.720] It's some kind of distortion over drive or saturation effect, and I want to show you what
[00:09.480] you can do with it and what it's all about.
[00:12.560] Also a big thanks to Voxango for sponsoring this video.
[00:21.200] So I'm here in Bitwig Studio as my host, and I loaded up a face-to-face distortion synthesizer,
[00:28.040] and I'm just using a sine wave here as an input sound.
[00:32.760] And after the synthesizer, I have the Shine Chilla loaded up here.
[00:36.000] We can see the plug-in window at the top.
[00:39.640] And then I have here a spectrum analyzer, so we can analyze what's going on.
[00:44.120] And at the end, I have a peak limiter.
[00:46.760] So when we input a simple sine wave, I can see it's pretty pure.
[00:54.080] It's just one frequency peak here.
[00:58.200] And we need to generate some overtones.
[01:00.640] And if you use Shine Chilla, all you have to do is basically pull down this line here,
[01:06.000] which is a threshold line.
[01:15.120] And the more you pull this down and your input signal surpasses the threshold line, you
[01:20.120] generate a second, a third, and a fourth harmonic.
[01:27.960] So at the bottom of this plug-in, we have actually multiple pages.
[01:32.520] The first page, which we are currently on, is called threshold.
[01:35.800] And the second page here is called second harmonic.
[01:38.440] And on this page, this line works exactly the opposite way around.
[01:42.640] On this page, this line is a game value.
[01:45.560] So you can decide how loud you want to have your second harmonic.
[01:49.000] So watch the spectrum at the bottom here.
[01:56.600] And you can, of course, decide how loud you want to have your third and fourth harmonic.
[02:05.440] And if you want to remove some of these harmonics completely, then you can use the mute buttons
[02:09.440] on the right side.
[02:13.680] Or you can mute your input signal.
[02:17.320] Or just leave the created overtones.
[02:26.080] So you have perfect control over all these harmonics with Voxango shine chiller.
[02:32.240] So a more practical example may be if you do drum bass or dubstep music, or you want
[02:37.760] to create some bass lines with a lot of mid-range content.
[02:42.160] So for instance, if you have your bass around F, your kick may be at around 100 to 120
[02:51.120] hertz here.
[02:52.120] So you need some space there.
[02:54.240] But instead of using your EQ and EQ everything out, you just mute the harmonics here.
[03:01.760] And you have your room there, okay?
[03:05.480] So the last page you want to look at is the saturation page here.
[03:09.440] And before the saturation page has any effect on the sound, we have to enable your saturation
[03:16.200] first with this button.
[03:18.440] And then we just look at our sound here.
[03:21.920] You can see this line is also a threshold line.
[03:27.920] So as soon as we pull this down, we create more rich overtones in the top end.
[03:39.000] And all these new created harmonics by the saturation is based on our input sound of
[03:47.160] course and all the harmonics we created with these pages here.
[03:52.200] So in this case, it's only the fourth harmonic and our input signal.
[04:03.880] One thing I didn't mention was that all these lines here on all these pages are actually
[04:09.240] not just simple lines.
[04:12.000] You can create notes on it.
[04:14.760] And this means in the case of the threshold page here that you can decide when a signal
[04:20.240] actually creates overtones in shine chillar.
[04:23.600] So for this setup here, we decided that all the bass notes are actually not creating overtones.
[04:31.680] Because it not surpasses your threshold line, but if you go higher up with your pitch,
[04:40.040] we create overtones at this point because our signal exceeds your threshold line.
[04:46.600] So you can go in and decide when and how you want to distort your sound.
[04:51.720] Not only these notes, your work on the threshold pages also works on the harmonic pages
[04:57.520] here, of course, and you can decide when you want to boost your harmonics in which frequency
[05:04.520] band.
[05:06.240] Then, of course, you have your usual voxengual tools at the top here and where you can,
[05:13.600] of course, invert the curve if you want.
[05:17.640] So you can just flip it around and you have the slider here where you can decide how much
[05:23.200] you want to dial in some of the values.
[05:26.000] In this case, I just selected this note, but if you deselect everything and just go in
[05:32.320] here, you can completely invert the curve with the percentage.
[05:41.200] So nice and useful.
[05:42.960] And then you can, of course, copy some of the curves here.
[05:47.040] So we have this curve here in the second harmonic page and we want to compete over to the third
[05:51.440] harmonic page, we just go here to copy two, third harmonic and then you have the same
[05:57.600] curve here on the third harmonic page.
[06:00.200] Then you can, of course, reset everything on every page if you want and you're back
[06:10.880] to your original signal, original setting or state.
[06:15.480] So to round up this video, I want to give you a quick tour of all the default voxengual
[06:21.120] plug-in features.
[06:22.120] At the top, we have here a question mark.
[06:24.600] If you enable it, you get a small little contextual help.
[06:28.280] Just hover over some of these buttons here and you get an explanation at the bottom of
[06:32.640] the window.
[06:33.640] Then you have a naming field here.
[06:36.440] You can give the instance a name.
[06:40.720] You can change the over sampling here up to eight times if you want.
[06:44.120] You can bypass the complete plug-in.
[06:47.080] You can load up some presets here. There's also a drop-down for the presets.
[06:51.520] You have undo, you have redo, you have complete history lock of all the changes you made
[06:56.640] to the plug-in.
[06:58.400] Then you have here a B comparison function.
[07:01.120] We can use different settings for A and B and then you can quickly switch between them
[07:06.280] and can compare different settings.
[07:09.280] You have here a channel routing settings.
[07:12.640] You have also presets for the channel routing. You can change which group you are actually
[07:17.880] processing at the moment in your channel settings.
[07:21.800] Then you can solo the current channel group and then you can copy parameters from one
[07:28.880] group to another group.
[07:31.360] It's all there.
[07:32.360] There's also a settings page here or model where you can see your registration information
[07:39.360] and change the theme of the plug-in itself to a different color here.
[07:44.120] Change the UI scale if you want, so it's all there.
[07:50.000] If you are interested in the plug-in, then in the description below there's a link to
[07:55.240] the Voxango page where you can download the demo version of this plug-in and try it
[08:00.560] out for yourself and maybe actually also buy it.
[08:04.640] So thanks again for Voxango sponsoring this video.
[08:08.160] Thanks for watching this video and if you liked the video and I give you some information
[08:14.040] you needed, then please leave a like and also subscribe to the channel of course.
[08:19.520] So thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next video.