TheZhe releases TheUtility, a freeware VST plugin for blending wet and dry audio signals.

TheUtility is a simple mixing tool that lets you manipulate the wet audio signal and blend it with the dry signal. The plugin can apply several basic transformations like complementing and inverting the phase.

To make this possible, TheUtility has two audio inputs – one for the wet signal (with effects applied) and one for the dry signal (without the effects). Of course, you can connect any audio source you want to the inputs, but this is the intended way to use the plugin.

It’s worth noting that you will need to do some manual routing in your DAW for the plugin to work correctly. Doing this is easy in some digital audio workstations (like Reaper), but some programs make it more complicated.

One such example is Studio One. The internal routing in Studio One is effortless for native PreSonus effects (side-chain compression is a breeze). However, the routing setup for third-party plugins is a more lengthy process.

Anyway, presuming that TheUtility works in your DAW, it lets you manipulate the processed audio signal and mix it with the clean audio source. This could be useful for detecting phasing issues, monitoring, or isolating specific parts of the signal.

If you like TheUtility’s undeniable simplicity, chances are you’ll like TheZhe’s other plugins. We recently covered TheExpressor (a flexible expander/compressor), but you should also check out TheSplit (an audio splitter) and TheChorus (a capable modulation effect) plugins.

TheZhe plugins are free to download and use, with optional donations. You can pay any amount you like for their plugins in their Ko-fi store.

TheUtility is available in VST3 and AU plugin formats for digital audio workstations on Windows and macOS. It’s worth noting that the software is only compatible with 64-bit plugin hosts.

Download: TheUtility (665 kB download size, ZIP archive, 64-bit VST3/AU plugin formats for Windows & macOS)

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