Triple Cheese: Luscious and cheesy
Triple Cheese, winner of the 2006 KVR Developer Challenge, is a truly unique freeware synthesizer. No traditional oscillators or wavetables, no FM or phase distortion and no analogue modelled filters here. A touch unusual and a little cheesy, Triple Cheese is quite capable of some surprising sounds.
• 3 comb filters for sound generation
• 8 different modes per comb filter module (11 modes total)
• Polyphonic (up to 16 voices), duophonic, monophonic (retriggered) or legato mode
• Adjustable portamento (glide) time
• 2 ADSR envelopes with falling, flat or rising sustain stage
• 2 host-syncable LFOs: 1 regular and 1 “Vibrator” with delay and amplitude modulation
• VCA with amplitude modulation, pan
• 5 built-in effects (2x chorus, flanger, phaser, 3x delay, reverb)
• Modulation sources include wheels, velocity, pressure, breath, key follow, random
• MIDI learn / unlearn for hardware control
• Scalable UI from 70% to 200%
• Skinnable UI
• 254 factory presets
• NEW in v1.3: Support for Oddsound MTS-ESP
Cheese cheese cheese
Triple Cheese avoids classic synthesis techniques—no subtractive, frequency modulation (FM) or additive synthesis. Rather, it employs various types of comb filter, often in series, to generate and modify sound. Think of the comb filters as very short chromatically tuned delays. Three modules are arranged in series and either generate their own sound, or process the output of the previous module.
The features for each module can result in sounds that might seem a little “cheesy” or retro (think early 1980s digital synths). But when pushed, you will find Triple Cheese creates some surprisingly lush sounds.
For extra flavour, Triple Cheese comes with a choice of delay-based effects. Although basic, the essentials are covered: chorus, flanger, phaser, delay, or reverb. A special LFO with speed and depth controls can be used to give your sound extra movement and warmth.
Another way to add flavour: parameter modulation. Many of the key parameters in Triple Cheese can be modulated from a variety of sources: Select one of the classic performance controls (modwheel, velocity, pressure, key follow etc.) or an automatic modulation source (envelope, LFO or Vibrator).
• Apple Mac OS X 10.9 or newer
• Windows Windows 7 or newer
• Linux Linux
Host software / DAW
• 1GB RAM, more recommended
• 50MB free disk space
• 1000 × 600 or larger display
Modern CPU required:
• Windows/Linux: Intel Nehalem or newer, AMD Bulldozer or newer
• Mac: Intel Nehalem or newer, Apple M1
• Linux: glibc version 2.28 or newer
Triple Cheese is not a standalone product, it requires host software. Triple Cheese is compatible with nearly all DAWs.
• AUv2, VST2, VST3, 64-bit only
temporarily no AAX (read more)
• VST2, VST3, AAX*
* AAX requires Pro Tools 10.3.7 or later
Triple Cheese 1.3 (revision 12092)
Native M1 ARM support
• Native support for Apple Silicon chips (M1)
• macOS Big Sur compatibility
• Improved GUI performance
• Support for Oddsound MTS-ESP
• Improved handling of junction links on Windows
• Fresh new GUI (doesn’t smell like cheese anymore)
• Additional parameters made available on the GUI
• Switchable side panel designs
• Preferences section added
• VST3 support improved
• Improved preset browser
• Improved soundset installation
• Various Mac and Windows installer improvements
• System info displayed in GUI (revision, OS, plugin format)
• Ctrl A/B replaces fixed Breath and Expression modulation
• Fixed LFO free-running in single trigger mode
• Fixed oscillator being still audible if switched off
• Fixed crash when loading script presets (e.g. Randomizer)
• Fixed rare crash on project reload
• Fixed audio clicks when switching presets
• Removed duo mode from voice modes (was never supported)
• Removed keyfollow2 from mod source list (wasn’t supported)
• Removed LFO on/off switches from GUI
• Various small fixes and improvements
• Context menus need plugin focus to work (Apple issue)
• AAX support on Mac removed temporarily (will come back in next update)
• Updated minimum requirements, CPU needs to support SSE4.2 instruction set
• Linux: minimum required glibc version is 2.28 (otherwise plugins won’t show up)
• macOS 32-bit support discontinued
The Windows installer was improved to prevent common installations issues. Please check the suggested installation paths during installation, making sure the update is installed into the same location as the previous version, and all installed plugin formats are being updated.
The global LFO on/off switch has been removed, LFOs are now always active. If you have presets with global LFO modulations in place, but the LFO deactivated, you need to remove the unwanted modulations.
The factory preset library has been cleaned and sorted for this update. Files are replaced automatically on Mac. Windows and Linux users, please consider removing the factory library folder before running the update installer.