Coda Labs released Szechuan Saturator, a freeware saturation effect in AU and VST3 plugin formats for compatible DAW software on macOS. It’s no secret that the Mcdonald’s Szechuan Sauce is a magnet for controversy. Well, the saga continues, as it infiltrates the world of music production software in the form of a plain old freeware […]
SoundSpot is known for creative plug-ins with nice-looking GUIs and comparatively low prices. The latest additions to the company’s portfolio are FAT 2, a creative filter, and NEVO, a serial clipper.
SoundSpot FAT 2
FAT 2 builds on the foundation of SoundSpot’s free FAT filter. While it’s no longer free (although the original FAT remains available), FAT 2 adds no less than 20 new filter types. You can choose from a total of five high pass, five low pass, five band pass and five FX modes. According to SoundSpot, these have been designed with a custom resonant peak series that mimics the harmonics of analog saturation. So turning up the resonance and/or driving the input of the filter should yield some nice-sounding harmonics and ‘analog’ warmth.
SoundSpot has also added a modulation engine with two flexible, node-based envelopes that can sync to the DAW tempo, with various rhythmic subdivisions available. The envelopes feature snap-to-grid and smoothing functions.
FAT 2 looks like a very useful filter plug-in that gives you many options to get creative, without being overly complex.
The plug-in requires macOS 10.12-10.15 or Windows 7 or higher. It’s available in VST, VST3, AU and AAX formats.
SoundSpot FAT 2
NEVO is a ‘Monster Clipper’ designed for mastering applications as well as a wide variety of audio signals. It features two clipping stages with multiple coloration settings: a 16-band soft clipper and a single band hard clipper. NEVO also offers a transient shaper and a final ‘Clip Wall Limiter’.
According to the developer, this combination delivers a broad spectrum of results, from tape and tube style overdrive to bit crushing to brickwall limiting. The curve parameter gives you control over the amount of the effect across the frequency spectrum.
Clipping is a very popular effect especially in harder electronic genres, and NEVO is an interesting new option. Like FAT 2, it offers extensive functionality without overwhelming you with too many details.
2B Played Music offers the 2B Filtered multi-mode filter effect as a free download for a limited time only. 2B Filtered typically costs €14,99 (incl. VAT) in 2B Played Music’s online store. However, only today, you can get it for free by applying the coupon code FREEBIE at checkout. As for the plugin’s functionality, it’s […]
The holiday season is almost upon us – so what better way to celebrate the ending of 2020 (!) with a series of awesome giveaways! We’ve teamed up with some famous brands for this competition, including Mackie, Sennheiser, Novation and ADAM Audio.
Here’s our Holiday Season 2020 giveaway schedule, with some great prizes:
20 – 26 Nov: Mackie MC-450 headphones
27 Nov – 3 Dec: Novation AFX Station
4 – 10 Dec: Sennheiser MD435 Live Microphone
11 – 17 Dec: Harley Benton Guitar (tba)
18 – 24 Dec: Pair ADAM Audio T8V monitors
The first raffle is now underway! All you have to do to enter the raffle for Mackie MC-450 heaphones is to add a comment below this post, or below the Facebook or Instagram post announcing this raffle. Only one comment is allowed per entrant, so please don’t post multiple times or we’ll have to disqualify you. Part 1 of our raffle closes Thursday, 26 November at 23:59:59 CET.
Mackie MC-450 Headphones
These open-backed cans are Mackie’s premium headphones for studio mixing applications. The MC-450 are the top model in the Mackie MC range and are designed to give you a clear, balanced sound to help you make those crucial mixing decisions. But if you’re listening to some tunes when you’re out and about, they also include a cable with telephone control and microphone. Here are the main features:
Frequency response: 20 – 20000 Hz
Sound pressure: 101 dB
Adjustable leather headband and memory foam ear pads
Interchangeable cable with lockable bayonet connector
Three cables included: 300 cm Braided straight, 122 cm Spiral, 122 cm Straight cable with telephone control and microphone
Gold-plated 1/4″ adapter
Weight: 0.350 kg
Includes storage bag
If you don’t yet have a pair of quality headphones for mixing and monitoring, these are a great all-round solution that will upgrade the quality of your mixing process no end.
Terms and Conditions
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The minimum age for participation is 14 years. Participation is only allowed once – attempted multiple entries per competition automatically lead to disqualification. This raffle is for a pair of Mackie MC-450 studio headphones.
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Your data will only be stored within the framework of this competition and will not be passed on to third parties. Legal recourse is excluded and no cash alternatives to the prizes are offered. The prizes are not transferrable. This competition, with a prize of Mackie MC-450 headphones, runs from Friday, 20.11.2020 to Thursday, 26 November 2020 (23:59:59 hrs CET). All comments received after this date are invalid.
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