Ukrainian developer Sinevibes releases Skew, a “non-linear audio reverser”

The developer’s latest, time-warping plug-in comes at an opportune moment to support Ukrainian businesses.

Sinevibes Skew

Ukrainian developer Artemiy Pavlov may be in the middle of a dangerous war zone, but that hasn’t stopped his company Sinevibes from continuing to produce top-quality plug-ins. The latest product, Skew, is a “non-linear audio reverser”, which records incoming audio into a buffer and outputs it in reversed ‘chunks’. Where it gets interesting is that Skew can then change its playback speed according to a selection of non-linear curves, bending frequencies in all sorts of weird and wonderful ways.

Offering significant edibility, Skew’s GUI hosts a selection of wide-ranging parameters including Overlap, Curve and Intensity; also ensuring performative and click-free parameter adjustment with lag filters on all its continuous parameters. The result can range from moody delay to rhythmic tape-style rewinding sounds, to something resembling your original audio melting in real-time.

“Skew can be used to create multiple rhythmically-precise effects such as reversing, tape rewind, pitch slides, detune, glitching, and scratching,” explains Sinewaves. “Thanks to its fine calibration, responsiveness, and DJ-style crossfade control, Skew can easily be automated or manipulated in real-time to add exciting musical complexity and create cool build-ups, breaks, and transitions.”

Sinevibes was founded by the Kharkiv-born Pavlov in 2006 and, in its own words, “strives to create original technologies that deliver truly unique new sounds while at the same time being extremely intuitive and easy to use.”

The company has also collaborated with an impressive list of developers on various hardware and software, including Dreadbox, KORG, Native Instruments, Output, Roland and Spectrasonics. Previous plug-ins include Albedo, a “granular cloud reverb”, Corrosion, a “multi-algorithm distortion” and Dispersion, a “bouncing ball delay”. There’s no more crucial a time to support developers like Pavlov, and with such modest pricing it’s hard to find a reason not to.

Skew is priced at $29 and available now in AU, AAX and VST3 formats; compatible with both Mac (macOS 10.9 or later) and PC (Windows 8.1 or later). For more info visit sinevibes.com.