Waves offer the OneKnob Wetter reverb effect as a free download on their website until September 28th, 2020. The deal is valid for all existing and newly registered user accounts (registration is free). OneKnob Wetter is a versatile yet straightforward reverb effect. Like the rest of the OneKnob plugin series from Waves Audio, the plugin […]
The best sample packs this week include dark cinemascapes, lo-fi loops great for a number of genres, a free collection of brass instruments, and all sounds you need to create sound design for film.
BOOM Library Cinematic Darkness Design
This sample pack provides the darkest atmospheres for film and cinema. All sounds are ready to slide into your projects so this can help if you have a deadline or have to provide a quick project turnaround. Included are terror sounds, screams, tension risers, glitches, gloom and doom that are instantly accessible. It comes in VST/3, AU, and AAX plug-in formats. These sounds has been used in some very popular films, and at just $109 it’s a steal.
This 2GB collection contains synths, drums, bass, melodies, one shots, loops, song kits, even 94 Serum presets for creating lo-fi productions. There is a great organization to everything, with all loops labeled by key and tempo. The samples evoke a wide range of emotions that are useful for many genres. It’s on sale right now for just $17, but normally only runs $28. Everything is royalty free.
The latest in FreeMusicProduction.net’s series focuses on brass instruments. It’s not easy to emulate these types of instruments digitally, but the control set has a nice range of parameters like envelope and LFO. There are also a host of on-board effects. Overall, the sounds come off as a bit of a hybrid between horns and synth. It comes in VST/3 and AU formats but only works within the HALion ecosystem.
Perfect for bold, ambient atmospheric sound design, this sample pack includes textures, drones, vocals and other harmonic elements. The third version includes an even more advanced control set with unique features, like Reverse and Stretch, that allow you to manipulate the sound in unique ways.
The interface is streamlined, making it easy to integrate the plug-in into your workflow. It comes with a host of signal processing as well like reverbs and delays, EQ, and full control over the ADSR. The quality of the sounds and expansiveness of the controls make the $199 price point worth every bit.
This week’s collection of the best free plug-ins has a little bit of everything: A stereo compressor, a useful stereo goniometer and an open-source fuzz. Here’s jParaComp, GON and Fuzz Ball.
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Somehow we managed to miss this free stereo compressor when it came out last year. jParaComp from jHudStudio offers independent controls for each channel, which can be linked on a per-control basis. For example, you can link the thresholds and keep the attack and release times separate. Or link the compressor controls, but use different clip drive settings for each channel for stereo effects. A solid free compressor with many useful and creative options.
jParaComp is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.7 or higher in VST, VST3 and AUformats.
MAAT is best known for its extremely deep, but expensive equalizer plug-ins like thEQorange and thEQblue. But their latest plug-in GON is completely free. Monitoring the phase relation between the left and right channels is crucial in mixing and mastering, and this free goniometer gets the job done with a very clean GUI and easy-to-use features. MAAT says that it’s also light on your CPU, which is great if you can’t afford to waste CPU power on metering.
GON is available for Windows 7 or higher (32/64) bit and macOS 10.8 or higher (64 bit) in AU, VST, VST3 and AAX formats.
Fuzz Ball by Fake Industries is an open-source fuzz effect. You can control the effect using the fuzz, bounce and output level sliders. The plug-in also offers four presets to choose from: 8 Ball, First Ball, Hyper Ball and Wrecking Ball. Check out the audio demos below – it does sound very nice! Fuzz Ball currently only works on Macs, but the source code is openly available, so maybe someone decides to port it to other platforms like Windows or Linux.
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