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Pulsar Modular P565 Siren Filter Set
4.8 4.8 out of 5, based on 5 Reviews

A very creative, great sounding filter plugin. Well worth the investment!


4th July 2022

Pulsar Modular P565 Siren Filter Set by emasters

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Pulsar Modular P565 Siren Filter Set

Clearly a lot of thought, time and effort has gone into this plugin. The core of the product, the filters - sound great. I appreciate there are two fully-featured filters included (high-pass and low-pass). Along with two notch/peak filters. There are multiple filter configurations to choose from, which helps to sculpt the sound with narrow to broad adjustments. Plus a flexible envelope follower that adds movement and interest to the sound (routed to either the hp/lp or notch/peak filters, for each filter set). I appreciate the creative approach with the UI - functional and looks cool. I also like the adjustable Drive control, to add some harmonic sweetness to the sound. And if one wants, you can just crush the sound with the Overdrive switch.

Works particularly well on electronic sounds, enhances or tames acoustic sounds and my favorite, get some creative sounds that otherwise wouldn't happen in non-traditional ways. I typically use the p565 on individual instruments/sounds. But no reason one couldn't apply it on a buss (for example drums). And with the mix control, easy to dial in the amount of parallel effect, which helps it sit better in the mix.

I own multiple Pulsar Modular plugins -- they have each exceed expectations (big fan of the P42). The P565 is no exception. Well worth the money spent and a plugin that will get used often in my toolbox. A strong buy recommendation.

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23rd September 2022

Pulsar Modular P565 Siren Filter Set by nichttuntun

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
Pulsar Modular P565 Siren Filter Set

P565 Siren is the filter plugin I’ve been waiting for…a very long time.

The actual filters themselves can compete with any of my hardware synthesizers and also offer a variety of options and sounds, that make it superior to good hardware. The quality far outstrips any existing filter plugin on the market. Need proof? If you turn up the resonance of a filter plugin or VST synth and do a filter sweep in the low-mid to low and sub frequency range...Compare the result to Siren and you will immediately know what I mean. Siren maintains the musical quality, adds no mud and is honest with the transients. The punch is retained and if you want, you can increase punch to levels of absurdity, without destroying the original signal.

Where to start on Siren when writing a review? phew!
3 filter slopes, all of which work and sound different. Extreme convincing resonance distortion within the 24 dB/oct filter slope. 2 bandpass filters with dual functions each. They can be used as BR, Bell, Notch and Peak.
It is worth mentioning that the notch filters can be used for mastering too. The HPF and LPF can also be used for mastering, especially when used with 18 dB/oct slopes. You can also go into negative values using the RES of the LPF, which I think no other plugin (or Hardware?) does that. And I can't think of any EQ I know with which you can notch out unwanted frequencies while working as clean plus staying musical.

The 18 dB/oct filter has its very own unique charm.

The built-in DRIVE is able to add a special character. Many other circuits in other plugins like to remove the punch and the transients from the audio signal, resulting in glassy-thin and scratchy high frequencies. Sirens DRIVE preserves the brilliance of the high frequencies a good amount and keeps low end punch alive and kicking. I haven’t heard anything like this from a plugin before.

Siren has 2 envelope followers that can be adjusted precisely to make them super-groovy and sensitive. You can also control them via side-chain. There is an option to switch to an emulation of the famous Mu-Tron pedal via menu to elicit previously unheard ITB chucka-quack funky style tunes.

If Drive isn’t enough, Siren simply shoots into orbit with Overdrive. This circuitry is brutal, and with its many other features, Siren is the perfect pre-sculpting stage for guitarists. But you can also perfectly shape typical distorted industrial bands voices like from Skinny Puppy, Ministry etc. Or, for example, a mercilessly distorted TB303 bassline is just a pleasure and sounds fully analogue. There is a delay trim-pot on board, usable on wet or dry signal information. In tandem with the MIX knob you squeeze out phasing, flanging and slapback delays. There is additional phase rotation on wet and dry signal, a stepped filter mode (Big Knob King Tubby style) and and and…

One nice thing is to add. Siren improves any signal floating through its circuitry, even without processing your audio. Just like good hardware. If you strive to exhaust all possibilities, you will be able to explore the most compelling and vibrant filter plugin that money can currently buy. You will discover completely new application possibilities almost every time. That’s how it’s been for weeks at least.

Imo Siren belongs into every tool box of:
- pro-musicians
- hobbyists which are audiophiles
- sound-designers
- mixing and mastering engineers

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29th September 2022

Pulsar Modular P565 Siren Filter Set by kirkwoodwest

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
Pulsar Modular P565 Siren Filter Set

I reluctantly wrote this review because I consider it a secret weapon. but I really wanted to get some of p900s other plugins as I am currently not making bank. So I thought I'd share a story about my experience with p900 and the p565.

I was extremely skeptical at first. Having many parametric options in my toolkit from pro-q3, crave, fabfilter volcano 2. And then modelling filters like cytomic the drop & sugarbytes wow2. I thought I had all the good ones at least enough to move on from buying any more.

Then p565 comes along. I am a fan of urei products which is what the initial design was based on. Is this something I really needed? I contacted p900 and became a beta tester based on my experience with filters and UI design.

Then I got my hands on it. I was confused at first learning how the reject and bell work didn't make any sense in my mind... but the LPF/HPF sounded really damn good. Comparable and if not better than the drop. Those were certainly different enough for me to keep inquiring about it.

Next comes the drive and this puts the plugin in another league. I have not found a single plugin that sounds this way. For years I thought I didn't like distortion or it was a waste of time... Had no idea why but likely because any plugin I used sounded flat and boring. Dropping a distortion plugin here and there and listening but going meh. After using the drive and overdrive... I know I was just using the wrong stuff, this plugin delivers such a good distortion in a way that is musical and fits in my mind. Just that alone would be worth the $.

Ok, now onto the parametric section. For a long time these made 0 sense to me. I even suggested p900 to put bell curves in instead of the notch and and peak. Which were fantastic improvements and made the whole thing easier to use.

Then came along these Warhol videos about parallel bandpass filters.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8zIJ0A--lI
Then started to experiment with those and the dry wet signal and it clicked. This thing can replace a lot of my eq duties as well and sounds better than any of my other tools! WTF!?! Seriously ****ing my mind up. The value just keeps on adding up.

I strongly suggest you give this filter a chance in your toolkit. You can easily buy filters out of the box for over $1000. Here you get better quality more options for a quarter of it.

-Kirkwood

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1st October 2022

Pulsar Modular P565 Siren Filter Set by yourmirror

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.5
Pulsar Modular P565 Siren Filter Set

I make techno and filters are an absolutely essential tool for me in shaping my tones. In terms of pure sound, the P65 Siren is the best filter plugin I have ever heard. I own and use the SoundToys FilterFreak, Audio Damage Filter Station, Softube Mutronics Mutator, and the Softube Overstayer M-A-S Extended which also has resonant lowpass and highpass filters. These plugins all have useful features, but the P65 Siren destroys them in terms of analog authenticity.

Where most filter plugins fall apart is with the sound of the resonance. The resonance on the SoundToys FilterFreak for example has a very thin and grating sound to it. As anyone who has used analog synths knows, the resonance is a crucial component to getting those deep and huge sounds, to fatten up your kick drum, synth bass etc. The resonance on the P65 Siren sounds fantastic and very very analog. In fact, it reminds me very much of my Electrix Filter Factory, which is my favorite hardware analog filter. Try opening up the HPF to about 31 on a kick drum and then dial in the resonance. You will get an incredibly fat and analog sound.

With the other filter options like bandpass, notch, etc, this is a very versatile tone shaping plugin. The Drive also has a very unique and aggressive sound, perhaps even too aggressive for some, but certainly useful for electronic music.

The only improvements that I could suggest are, it would be nice to have LFOs, and the ability to sync the tempo of the modulation to the tempo in your DAW. The Overdrive feature also is extremely aggressive and I think some sort of wet / dry control would be useful. While this plugin does not have as deep a feature set as some others like the SoundToys Filter Freak, it more than makes up for it with the authentic analog sound, which is what I look for in a plugin, and is what Pulsar Modular totally delivers with all their plugins. I also strongly recommend the P42 Climax and the Lunar Lander - they're both fantastic and the support from Pulsar Modular has also been amazing! Keep up the great work guys!!

15th October 2022

Pulsar Modular P565 Siren Filter Set by louiswilson

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 5
Pulsar Modular P565 Siren Filter Set

I have waited a long time for a product like this, impressively rich warm filtering.There are similar plugins P565 blow them away and is now my go to plugin of choice l would also recommend P42 Climax, P11 Abyss from the launch of their first plugin quality is the best.

 

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