Keys Magazine released Sawrizor Lite, a freeware virtual instrument (VST, AAX, AU plugin) developed by Sugar Audio. Sawrizor Lite is a freeware virtual synthesizer based on the premium Sawrizor plugin by Sugar Audio. The freeware edition of Sawrizor is available exclusively via Keys magazine. The instrument features a saw oscillator with 11-voice stereo unison. The […]
Thomann currently has a jaw-dropping deal on Headrush gear. If you were thinking of buying either the Headrush Pedalboard or the Headrush Gigboard, now is the perfect time. Buy a Headrush Pedalboard and get a free FRFR-108 cabinet worth €225 – or grab yourself a Headrush Gigboard and bag a free Expression Pedal worth €129! But don’t wait too long, as the deal is limited to only 100 pieces!
An incredible Headrush Deal
For a (probably very) limited time, you can get the Headrush Pedalboard with a free FRFR-108, or a Headrush Gigboard with a free Expression pedal! Only 100 pieces of each offer are being made available, and once they are gone, that’s it!
This is an incredible deal – how often does a manufacturer throw in hardware worth three figures with a purchase? If you’ve been holding off investing in the Headrush platform, don’t forget that the recent Headrush 2.3 Firmware update also added a host of new features, including a new amp model, more effects and a new looper mode.
The FRFR-108 is an active full-range/flat response speaker rated at 2000 Watts. It can be used as a wedge floor monitor or on a tripod, via the integrated tripod mount. There’s also has a handy Contour EQ switch, and an XLR out allowing you to run it to FOH. Each cab has an 8″ custom speaker and a single 1.4″ Neodymium tweeter which have been designed not to colour your amp modeller’s tone, so you get the best reproduction from your setup. You’ll need to follow the links below to claim your free FRFR-108 and remember it’s strictly first-come, first-served on this epic deal.
Headrush Expression Pedal
Headrush Expression Pedal
If you were thinking of pickup up the Headrush Gigboard, then this bundle will get you the Headrush Expression Pedal for free. This solid diecast aluminium pedal allows you to control your effects and amp parameters on the fly and uses a specially developed linear 10 kOhm potentiometer for very precise expression. You can also adjust the tension of the pedal via a standard Allen key, so set it up just how you like it and it has a high-quality grip tape surface, so your boot won’t slip off when you are in the middle of a live set. Again, this is a strictly first come first served deal, just like the FRFR-108 deal above, follow the link below to claim your bundle deal.
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Japanese VST plugin marketplace miroc.co.jp is offering iZotope’s popular Nectar Elements for free for Golden Week. Starting from today, the 29th, iZotope’s Nectar Elements vocal processing suite will be available for the competitive price of nothing at all until May 6th. iZotope needs no introduction, but Nectar might be the most often overlooked part of […]
Fuse Audio Labs’ new Dozer-Drive plugin recreates two iconic guitar pedals, a certain circular fuzz box from 1966 and the little green overdrive from 1979. The beauty of this new plug-in is that you can run them in parallel, series or individually, plus there are some neat enhancements, including fat switches and even a Doom Mod mode to play with. Let’s dive in!
Fuse Audio Labs Dozer-Drive
Just after I received and set up a new Apple M1 Mac mini in my studio setup, Fuse Audio Labs sent me a copy of its new Dozer-Drive plug-in to try out. So I was able to try the effect on both the new Apple Silicon-based machine and also my everyday MacBook Pro which uses an Intel 6-core i9 processor. For this review, I used Logic Pro X on both machines and tried a few different audio interfaces, and combined Dozer-Drive with various combinations of amp sim plugins. These included Helix Native, Guitar Rig 6 and Amplitube 5, as well as by itself to see how it affected my guitar signal/tone.
Fuse Audio Labs Dozer-Drive combines two classic guitar pedals into one easy to use plug-in
The interface is super friendly. You have a neat blue coloured virtual pedal with two sides. One is for your fuzz circuit, the other for your overdrive pedal. At the bottom of the Dozer-Drive, just above the big red virtual LED, you have your Modes and this allows you to set your effect order: Fuzz-Screamer, Parallel or Screamer Fuzz.
Each side of the Dozer-Drive has a virtual footswitch used to engage each circuit individually. There is a master power on/off toggle switch at the top, centre of the plug-in itself.
Fuse Audio Labs Dozer-Drive in Logic Pro X
The Fuzz section is based around a Fuzz Face-style fuzz, and you can switch between NPN/Silicon and PNP/Germanium emulation. You have two controls labelled Drive and Level, plus a Doom Mod switch. Fuse Audio Labs describe this last one as “shifting the operating point of the Fuzz section to give you the ultimate doom/stoner sound”, and it does a pretty good job of doing exactly that. Overall, I found the two fuzz circuits did a very reasonable job of emulating both NPN and PNP circuits, with the NPN giving you a more aggressive brash fuzz tone, as you’d expect.
This whole section is dedicated to the Maxon/Ibanez TubeScreamer-style overdrive pedal, with controls consisting of Drive, Level and Tone, along with a Fat Mod switch. The latter bypasses a virtual capacitor in the Screamer’s tone circuit for more low end.
The plug-in is super simple to operate. Each mode offers you a nice variation that has a noticeable effect on the tone. So just re-ordering the two effects or running them in parallel makes huge differences. If you need a little help getting started, Fuse Audio Labs has included 40 factory presets that cover a lot of ground. Overall, I found myself starting from scratch and dialling in the two sides by ear, as I would any hardware fuzz/drive pedals.
I got the most natural-sounding drive tones when combining the Dozer-Drive with various virtual amp plug-ins. On its own the plug-in sounded a little too thin. That’s not to say you couldn’t use it on drums, synths and samples. But on guitar, you’ll want to combine it with an amp simulation to get the most natural-sounding drive tones.
It worked perfectly on both Apple Silicon and the Intel processor with minimal CPU hits on both platforms. For the minimal outlay, this new dual-drive plug-in gives users some high quality drive tones. I could easily see myself using Dozer-Drive in my DAW setup frequently. I really appreciate a simple user interface. Importantly, it does sound like the effects modelled here, albeit with a much lower noise floor than the originals.
Value for money?
If you need to add some classic drive pedals for your DAW, then Dozer-Drive is certainly worth a punt. The price point is very enticing and comes in at way less money than some of my patch cables for my hardware effects pedals. The plug-in was developed by Reimund Dratwa who runs Fuse Audio Labs in conjunction with Honest Amp Sim Reviews. I think they have done a really good job of capturing the characters of these two classic pedal circuits.
Don’t be put off by the super low price. This little blue plug-in has some great tones available, and covers an awful lot of ground. From mild blues crunch, all the way through to extreme stoner fuzz, the Dozer-Drive has you covered. You can also download a 14-day free trial from the link below, so give it a go on your system.
Intel-compatible or Apple Silicon CPU with a minimum of 2GB RAM, Mac OS 10.9 or newer/Windows 7 or newer. On a Mac, you’ll need a 64-bit host and VST2, VST3, AAX or AU, whereas PC can do either 32-bit or 64-bit host and runs as VST2, VST3 or AAX.
Function Loops released Sound Architects 2021, a new multi-format sound library with 1 GB of premium royalty-free sounds. Sound Architects 2021 is Function Loops’ latest sound library for hip-hop, dance, EDM, and pop music production. The company claims that it is their most ambitious release to date. It contains 1 GB of royalty-free sounds, presets, […]
Rob Papen expands his line of effect plug-ins with DelSane. Dubbed “the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of Delay effects plug-ins”, DelSane aims to be both a versatile delay and an inspiring creative tool.
Rob Papen DelSane
You probably already have enough delays in your plug-in folder, a fact which Rob Papen readily acknowledges. But the developer says that DelSane offers far more than just a delay: it’s also a creative tool that can react to your music and help to come up with new ideas.
The top row of controls has everything you’d expect from a delay plug-in. There are separate delay time knobs for the left and right channels, feedback and cross feed controls and of course a dry/wet knob. You can also activate the Equal Feedback feature to balance out the feedback between the two channels.
In addition to high pass and low pass filters with selectable slopes (6/12 dB), DelSane offers a Frequency Shift feature for creating unusual, “alienated” delays. There’s also a distortion effect that adds some grit to the delay if desired.
The bottom half of the plug-in is where it gets interesting. You can connect the so-called “Disrupt Sphere-Slider” to multiple delay parameters and control them dynamically together. The slider can also bounce back to the center based on the tempo of the song, which allows for a wide variety of tempo-based effects. Lazy Mode lets you modulate and automate the movements of the slider, which can be used to create modulation effects like chorus or flanger.
Furthermore, DelSane includes an audio follower, which can be used to control various delay parameters, including the slider. This means that the plug-in can react dynamically to your audio tracks, which opens up the door to all sorts of creative experiments. And needless to say, several parameters including the sphere slider can be controlled via MIDI, as well, so DelSane is also a performance effect.
It’s not easy to come up with anything new in a delay, but it seems to me that Rob Papen has managed to design a plug-in that’s both: a versatile and useful delay for all your “bread-and-butter” delays, and a creative tool that does much more than just repeats. It’s an interesting spin on the subject of delay, for sure.
Price and availability
Rob Papen DelSane is now available with an introductory discount. For the first two weeks, the plug-in costs €29 / $29 / £24.95. The regular price will be €35 / $35 / £29.95.
While the plug-in will not be added to the eXplorer 6 bundle, you can get it for free if you purchase or upgrade to eXplorer 6 by May 31st, 2021, and send an e-mail with your proof of purchase to .
The plug-in requires Windows 7 or higher (VST 32/64 bit, AAX 64 bit) or macOS 10.12 or higher (AU, VST, AAX).
SaschArt offers SweepDelay, a freeware advanced delay effect in VST plugin and Audio Unit formats for macOS and Windows. SweepDelay is an advanced delay that goes easy on your CPU. The interface is pretty well laid out, with the core parameters of the delay shown on the upper half of the GUI. From left to […]
M-Audio has announced the Oxygen MKV keyboard controllers. The long-running controller series inherits several features from the higher-end Oxygen Pro, including an integrated arpeggiator and a smart mapping feature for easy DAW control. Here’s what’s new in the M-Audio Oxygen MKV.
M-Audio Oxygen MKV
The M-Audio Oxygen is a true classic among USB keyboard controllers, a category of devices it helped to define. Quite unbelievably, the Oxygen has been around for about 20 years now, which is an eternity in this fast-paced industry. But even a classic needs an update every now and then to stay relevant.
After the introduction of the higher-end Oxygen Pro a few months ago, M-Audio has now turned its attention to the humble Oxygen. And it looks like the Oxygen Pro will be facing a bit of in-house competition: A bunch of features that were previously only available in the Pro model are now making their debut in the entry-level Oxygen MKV.
Like the predecessor, the Oxygen MKV available in the familiar sizes with 25, 49 or 61 semi-weighted, velocity-sensitive keys. The number of other controls like pads, faders and rotary knobs hasn’t changed, either. All three keyboards offer eight velocity-sensitive, illuminated pads (compared to 16 RGB pads on the Oxygen Pro), eight rotary encoders and a handful of buttons for DAW control. On the 49 and 61 key models, you also get nine assignable faders and buttons each. M-Audio says that the new auto-mapping feature makes it easy to map the controls to your preferred software, eliminating the tedious process of assigning each control by hand.
Another difference between the Oxygen MKV and Oxygen Pro reveals itself on the back. The new Oxygen MKV lacks the traditional 5-pin MIDI output of the Pro, making USB the only means of communication and power delivery. The only other connector is a sustain pedal jack. Unlike many other keyboards in its class, the Oxygen MKV offers a power switch, which means that you don’t need to disconnect the USB cable to turn it off.
Arpeggiator, Smart Scale & Smart Chord
So what’s new, besides the smart mapping feature? The integrated arpeggiator, which has become somewhat of a standard feature even in entry-level keyboard controllers, is perhaps the most important addition. It offers the familiar patterns and features and lets you adjust the gate time and swing factor.
Two other features that came straight from the Oxygen Pro are called “Smart Scale” and “Smart Chord”. Smart Scale stops you from playing notes that aren’t part of the chosen scale. Smart Chord allows you to play complete chords with just one key.
Coming from M-Audio, the Oxygen MKV includes a nice software package. In addition to Ableton Live Lite, it comes with the AKAI MPC Beats DAW software, the Hybrid 3 software synth and the Mini Grand Acoustic Piano virtual instrument.
Oxygen MKV or Oxygen Pro?
Since the M-Audio Oxygen MKV has received so many features of the Oxygen Pro, you may be asking yourself if the Pro is worth the higher price. If you use the pads a lot, the decision is easy: the Oxygen MKV’s eight monochromatic pads are no match for the Pro’s 16 RGB pads. Other features exclusive to the Pro include aftertouch, assignable keyboard zones, an OLED screen and the 5-pin MIDI output. If you need any of that, go for the Oxygen Pro. But if you just need a simple, no-frills USB keyboard controller with all the essential features for controlling your software, the more affordable Oxygen MKV should do just fine.
Price and availability
The M-Audio Oxygen MKV is available immediately. The prices are:
Applied Acoustics is having a go at modular with Multiphonics CV-1 incorporating acoustic modelling technology with a clean and versatile approach.
Kicking off with 35 modules Multiphonics CV-1 covers a lot more than just the basics. While the synthesizer building blocks are present in the VCO, VCA, envelopes and filters there are a lot of utility and processing modules that leans more towards experimentation and sound design than merely making beeps and boops.
The interface is simple and clear which is very important in my view. The layout is similar to Cherry Audio’s Voltage Modular with the browser on the left and a Toolbar running along the top but the styling of the modules seems much easier on the eye. The Toobar gives you the connection to your DAW, the MIDI control and sound destinations. On the right is an Effects and Setting bar and at the bottom is a little virtual keyboard that probably connects to something.
Multiphonics can run as a VST plugin within your DAW and so synchronisation shouldn’t be a problem. They include a Master Clock module to take care of how it responds to the DAW tempo. There’s also a Macros module for simplifying MIDI control and making big changes on a single knob. MIDI is also available via a Keyboard module that offers gate, pitch and modulation conversion.
To get you started they’ve pulled in a bunch of patch makers and sound designers to put together a library of patches to show off what Multiphonics can do. They’ve also filmed a series of tutorials to really get under the skin of what modular is about and how to start finding your way into complex patches.
There’s some interesting stuff in here like the Objeq Filter that’s based on acoustically modelled shapes and materials. There is plenty of waveform mixing and playing with voltages while keeping everything simple. As yet there are no dramatically complex modules, no takes on Mutable Instruments modules, or much West Coast style wavefolding or Low-pass gates. But it’s a solid start.
Multiphonics CV-1 is available now for macOS and Windows as a VST, AU and AAX plugin or standalone. It’s at a special price of $79 for a limited time and there’s a free demo you can download to try it out.
FREE (open-source) Surge hybrid synthesizer plugin update features new oscillator types and effects. This bit of news will excite a lot of people because Surge is somewhat of a freeware legend. We featured it in our best free synth VST plugins article, and you’re unlikely to find anyone who doesn’t consider it amongst the best […]
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