VSTBuzz offers the Outlaw Lite ($29.90 value) volume rider effect by W.A. Production as a free download for a limited time only. Outlaw Lite is W.A. Production’s lightweight gain riding effect. The plugin analyzes the amplitude of the processed signal and levels it by automatically adjusting the output volume. The plugin compensates for any changes […]
Audio Plugin Guy is giving away the dbx® 160 ($149 value) compressor plugin as a free download for a limited time only. Subscribe now and receive your free copy of the dbx® 160 Compressor on November 17th. The original dbx® 160 hardware unit is widely considered one of the best drum compressors ever due to […]
It’s that time of the year and Image-Line is kicking off the Black Friday deals season with a mammoth proposition. The developer is taking a gargantuan EUR 500 off the price of FL Studio All Plugins Edition – the “have it all” one which costs EUR 889 on the regular. Until November 30, the price comes down to EUR 389 (to purchase the product) and upgrade discounts reach up to 82% off.
FL Studio All Plugins Edition
At EUR 389, the All Plugins edition is a no-brainer compared to the EUR 289 Signature Edition, and a worthwhile EUR 200 over the EUR 189 Producer Edition. It features everything from all segments, including the Edison audio editor and recorder, the NewTone pitch and time editor, all dynamics processors and EQs, the vocoder, all the sample playback and manipulation tools, as many as 22 synthesizers, all creative effects, loops and sample content, and everything else that Image-Line has ever produced, basically.
Additionally, purchasing FL Studio guarantees you free updates for life. That is, as long as FL Studio exists and is under active development, you always get the latest version for free. All in all, this has to be the best DAW deal currently on offer. Let’s see if the competition will step up their game accordingly!
FL Studio is available for Windows and Mac computers running Windows 8.1 or later and macOS High Sierra or later. A free time-unlimited trial version is available for download from Image-Line’s website. The Trial version is equivalent to FL Studio Producer Edition + All Plugins Edition, with a few limitations. You can, however, save FL projects and export audio in the major file formats. It’s basically like Reaper in this regard – ownership or not, you get a fully functioning DAW that seems to last forever. I guess that’s one way of combating software piracy.
MuTools has released MuLab 8 Free, the feature-limited freeware edition of the MuLab digital audio workstation. MuLab 8 Free is the freeware version of its bigger brother digital audio workstation with a few caveats. Before digging into MuLab 8 Free, let’s take a look at MuLab itself first. Guys, I think it’s time. I’m going […]
Organic Drum Loops has released the Organic Calfskin Kit, a freeware acoustic drum kit instrument in the VST3 plugin format for DAW software on PC and Mac. Organic Calfskin Kit is a flexible sample-based drum kit instrument. The plugin was developed using the Maize Sampler platform. It offers a range of control parameters for fine-tuning […]
Beat Bars has come up with an innovative use for your old iPhone – turn it into a Cardboard Footswitch or Cardboard Expression Pedal with their totally inspired DIY cardboard contraptions.
This is the sort of thing that tears a smile across your face. You move quickly from “what the…?” to “well, that’s just fabulous” and you realise it’s the best thing you’ve seen all week. Cardboard that’s been origamied into a convincing-looking expression pedal and dual footswitch is pretty brilliant by itself but then inserting an iPhone to provide the functionality is pure genius. It’s all compatible with older phones so the idea is that you’ll stick in an iPhone you don’t use any more rather than tie up and stomp on your current, expensive and precious one. This is ridiculously awesome or maybe ridiculous and awesome – I can’t quite decide.
Cardboard Expression Pedal
It looks just like a Roland/Boss EV5 – but made of cardboard. It comes flat-packed and you fold it together. You run their little MIDI Expression Pedal app, wi-fi or Bluetooth it to your computer and slip the phone in the end. As you move the expression pedal it pushes on the screen and sends MIDI control messages to your computer. Simple and brilliant.
Looking a lot like a Boss FS-6 but probably not as wide the Cardboard Footswitch gives you two things to stomp on which will push buttons on your phone’s screen and send that out over MIDI to your computer. You could use it to turn effects on and off or as transport controls, sequence triggers, whatever you want.
The point is that these boxes are simply generating MIDI so you can map them to anything you like in your software. You’re not trying to manipulate apps on your iPhone which is what I initially thought because that would be ridiculous, no, the MIDI is destined for your computer. It works automatically with macOS but with Windows you’re going to need something like the rtpMIDI driver to get your PC to accept MIDI over a network connection.
The Cardboard Expression Pedal is €49.90 and the Footswitch is €39.90 and you’ll need an iPhone which feels crazy but if you’ve got one knocking around in a drawer not being used then this is the perfect application for it. And if you’re still not convinced then you can download the template and make your own out of a cereal box for free…. although maybe something stronger would be advisable.
Beat Bars also do a programmable and configurable MIDI Expression Pedal and MIDI Footswitch made from metal for €169.90 and €129.90 respectively.
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