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JAX Convolutor PRO (AU) by Jens Guell

Jens Guell released JAX Convolutor PRO (AU), the paid version of the recently released Impulse Response app JAX Convolutor PE. This one lets you import your own IR files! The App Store description includes a note that while it is intended to be used as an AUv3 effect, you need to run the base app once to install the IR file library.

JAX Convolutor PRO (AU) App Store Description:

Remarks: This is an Audio Unit, but you have to open the distribution app ones at least to install the included IR file library.

Convolution is a highly complex signal processing approach, that needs some certain computation power. The recorded impulse response of a real world environment is used to render a reverberation effect onto any audio material, so that it sounds like the source was played in that original room or at that location. Some further adjustments and manipulations can be applied to refine these results.

Now this all may sound somewhat naive at first listen but the entire calculation is extremely complex math, so that the very first processors and computers were able to perform this in realtime rather around the end of the last millennium.

Basically, the impulse responses and the audio stream are completely analyzed with FFT algorithms and then the entire analysis data will be cross-modulated into the realtime audio stream by performing a repeated highly performance intensive re-synthesis and accumulation processing for each analysis block of the impulse response.

Therefore it is a crucial performance factor that you use JAX Convolutor with larger processing buffer sizes (1024) samples. Shorter buffers may raise the CPU hit exorbitantly for several reasons.


The manual is embedded into the main app.

Developer Jens Guell posted this demo showing the low CPU usage from 6 instances of the free app!

Reader Comments 3

They think we want ios more convoluted? Hmmm
January 13, 2020  | person_outline Cyp3
Something I don't understand about the GUI of Jax Convolutor. The IR shows an amp envelope with a ramp down to zero. You can move that final node horizontally, to shorten the IR, but you can't raise the final node vertically so there is no added decay (i.e, I can't just let the IR's inherent decay through without any gain modification).

I'll confess I haven't dug into the documents to see if I'm missing something. And I will, but if anyone has any info about that, I'd like to know.

Seems like being able to drag that dot upward to the upper right corner would let the IR work without any decay.
January 14, 2020  | favorite_border stub
I was just trying to read the manual, and it is mostly lots of details about "how the sausage is made"-- which despite my use of that disgusting old-timey quote, is actually pretty interesting to me, but it definitely reads like the manual written by the developer for other developers.

I'm not pissing on it. It's ok, actually. I was pretty happy to plunk down the 9 bucks to own it, & support the dev.

In the manual, I learned something pretty important:

This convolution is not well suited for short and/or mono IRs. So this is not your "all-in-one" convolution solution. Good to keep some other convolvers around for short things like resonators, cabs, etc.
January 15, 2020  | favorite_border stub
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