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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • How many computers can I use your software on?

    You can use our plugins on any computer that you own.

     

    If you are in a studio with a ton of computers being used simultaneously, please just DONATE some extra money or get some Freakshow MERCH for the staff.

  • Can I use your plugins in my setup (operating system/DAW/etc.)?

    You can take a look at the system requirements listed on the product page. But if you’re on a modern system then, probably, yes. Just download the installer and give it a shot before buying anything. We have a free 14 day demo.

  • How does all the downloading/buying/free trial/authorization stuff work?

    Here's the deal...

     

    Our software installers are free to download. You don't need to have an account or give us your email address or anything. You just download the software and install it.

     

    You can then use the software freely for 14 days from whenever you install it. During this time, (unless we specify otherwise) the software will operate without restriction.

     

    After that free trial expires the software will be crippled in some way. For example, Backmask will enter a chaotic and uncontrollable state. It might sound cool, but it won't be very usable.

     

    At this point (or whenever really) you will need to authorize the software to make it yours. So when you BUY (or steal) a product you are buying the license file that unlocks the product.

     

    You can then authorize the software by clicking the little "A" button at the bottom of the plugin window and then loading the license file that we send you after you buy.

  • Will you really let me steal your software? How do I steal your software? What's the catch?

    Yeah we do... practically speaking though, you're stealing a license file that unlocks the installed/unauthorized software (unauthorized software expires after a certain amount of time).

     

    As to how you steal...  Just click the STEAL button right next to the product BUY button and then follow the instructions. You will need to use a real email to create an account with us so that we can send you the license.

     

    Stolen licenses are fully functional and last as long as anything made of software can claim to last. The only restriction is that they are not eligible for any upgrade stuff and we'll be using our discretion around how much support you'll receive if you run into trouble with software running on a stolen license.

     

    Take a look at our ABOUT page if you want to know more about why we're rolling with this whole stealing thing.

  • Do you offer refunds on software?

    Nope, try the free 14 day demo before buying. Please and thank you.

  • Please explain the deal with shipping, tracking and returns for the physical merchandise you sell.

    97% of merch is shipped within 3-5 business days. Occasionally it can take up to 7 days. If you run into any issues after placing an order please contact us and we'll figure something out. A lot of the shipping stuff is out of our hands but we'll do our best.

     

    Depending on the shipping method you select, tracking information would be included in the email sent to you when the thing actually ships. We won't have any information beyond that if you run into anything after shipping.

     

    Defective merchandise can be returned within 30 days. Just let us know if you have any issues though. We want you to be happy with your purchase. Please contact us before mailing anything back if you want to return merch.

  • When I download your installer Google Chrome warns me that it may harm my computer.

    Chrome shows that warning because of the installer file type. It is routine and nothing to worry about. Please enjoy.

  • Why do you let me automate the Backmask “Max Size” and “Time Align” parameters? Nothing good happens (to me ever).

    The answer is to not automate those parameters because there is no good reason to. Sorry for trouble, we blame Ralph as usual.

  • When I insert the tryptamine orb into the helix flange I can't get the plugin to absorb.

    Try rebooting

  • I find something something that thing blah disturbing or offensive.

    Yes. Sorry.  We’re not changing it.

  • If I throw you people a tip or bitcoin donation is it tax deductible?

    Nope. Not even a little bit. We aren't a charity.

     

    We super appreciate tips though. Visit our DONATIONS page for more info.

  • Does Backmask use latency?

    By default Backmask is zero latency. But there is a special “time-align mode” that uses large amounts of latency to look into the future so that you can reverse what is currently happening rather than what has already happened.

     

    If your DAW has a latency compensation feature that can cover anywhere from 22500 to 192000 samples of latency (Pro Tools is our only supported DAW that can't handle this) then you shouldn’t need to do anything special to bring your track into alignment.

  • What's the deal with the Backmask “time align” mode in Pro Tools?

    The Backmask time align mode uses latency to look into the future so that you can reverse what is currently happening rather than what has already happened. This mode is off by default.

     

    Depending on Backmask settings and your current sample rate, time align mode can require anywhere from 22500 to 192000+ samples of latency. Unfortunately Pro Tools latency compensation can only compensate up to 16000 samples of latency in a session. So even in the best case, any track with Backmask using this feature will be out of sync with the rest of your session.

     

    If you really want to use time align mode in Pro Tools then you’ll need to use AudioSuite (offline processing) or manually compensate for latency. There is a wealth of information on the internet if you want to know how to do this.

     

    You could also consider a multi-DAW workflow. Most other DAWs will compensate for our insane amounts of latency just fine.

     

    If you are disappointed by the latency compensation limitations in Pro Tools then you could always send them a feature request. But we can’t do anything about it.

  • Where can I find the user manual/help documentation?

    We do not install a user manual as a separate file.

     

    Instead you can click the “?” button located in the bottom corner of the plugin to show a help overlay.

     

    This will reveal additional information (parameter names, units and values) not shown in the main interface. Hovering over a control will also show information about that control.

     

    Pro Tip: Before being corrupted by knowledge we encourage you to explore blindly. Learning by doing opens new creative potential. Don’t be afraid.

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Make sure to please check our FAQ before contacting support.

 

We are a very small company where the people answering support requests are the same people making the products. So we'll do our very best to get back to you within a day, during normal-ish weekday business-ish hours.

 

If you are writing about a problem with one of our products then please make sure to include the following information:

  • Operating System version (as in OS X 10.10.5)
  • Plugin Format (AAX, VST, VST3, or AU)
  • DAW / audio software and version (as in Live 9)
  • A detailed description of whatever the issue is with steps to help us reproduce the issue.

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