Get the entropy:EQ+ ($99 value) linear-phase equalizer plugin by Sonible for FREE when you start a Loopcloud trial. Loopcloud, if you don’t know yet, is the most extensive sample library in the world, with over 4 million sounds. It’s more than just a collection of sounds; it’s a platform that allows you to test and combine […]
Performodule has released a free collection of Impulse Responses from TC Helicon’s discontinued M30 reverb plugin. They also offer DankVerb Free, an exclusive BPB-only set of free impulse responses from the full DankVerb library. Let’s take a closer look at the TC Helicon’s M30 reverb plugin impulse responses first. TC Helicon M30 Impulse Responses TC […]
Slate Digital offers the brand new Empress sample pack for free download. You have to join the waiting list to download the sample pack for free. The offer expires tomorrow (May 5th), so please go grab it quickly. The Empress pack contains over 500 high-quality royalty-free trapsoul samples. I like trapsoul samples because I find […]
Plugin Boutique offers the Dubstation 2 (€29 value) delay plugin by Audio Damage for FREE with any purchase. The giveaway will be active throughout the month of May, and all paid purchases qualify. Just make sure that the total amount in your shopping cart exceeds zero. The deal isn’t available for “free checkout” orders. Many […]
Plugin Boutique offers the DriveShaper (£32.95 value) by Cableguys for FREE with any purchase. DriveShaper will be free with any qualifying (paid) purchase throughout May. DriveShaper is a multiband distortion module for the ShaperBox 2 plugin. When I looked through DriveShaper, my initial feeling was that it’s one of those hidden gems that somehow evaded […]
Launched in 2000, Audacity still remains a favorite of mine for no frills audio clean-up and editing. Over the decades, the software has grown much more capable than that, but it remains lean, awesome, and completely free. Which is why news of Audacity being acquired by Muse Group were bound to stir some waves. Is the future of Audacity mired in corporate nonsense, app bloat, and greedy subscription models?
Well, I’d like to think Muse Group, which owns the open-source notation software MuseScore, the ToneBridge guitar effects app, and the Ultimate Guitar website (the likely source of all your guitar tabs) won’t dare tamper with perfection. I don’t use MuseScore, but Ultimate Guitar has certainly gone ways since I first opened it in 2004 or so. I reckon Muse Group’s stewardship can help Audacity evolve in a similar fashion. The company promised Audacity will remain free, which is reassuring.
Audacity acquired by Muse Group
News of the deal broke out by Martin Keary, Head Of Design at MuseScore. In his video statement, Keary claimed responsibility to “manage Audacity in partnership with its open-source community”. The financials surrounding the acquisition have not been discussed, which is understandable. I’d feel silly paying for Audacity after using it for free for literal decades…
Muse Group has acquired Audacity
Interestingly, Muse Group is actually a new company, formed a few days before the acquisition of Audacity. The people behind it have been around the block, however. We are talking about Ultimate Guitar founder Eugene Naidenov and current CEO Michael Trutnev, serving as Muse Group’s respective chairman and CEO. Hopefully, Muse Group will set another solid example like BandLab’s acquisition of Cakewalk Sonar did. While former paying users weren’t thrilled with the arrangement, Sonar is now a fully functional and free DAW that everyone can use with a surprising lack of annoyances or limitations involved.
Earlier this year, Audacity had its first major update in over nine years with version 3.0. Among other things, the patch added a new file format and squished around 160 bugs.
Martin Keary’s video statement is available below:
Nembrini Audio is giving away its new Clon Minotaur Transparent Overdrive plug-in, designed to get you some of that fabled boutique overdrive tone in your DAW. Does it sound like the fabled original? We took it for a spin.
Clon Minotaur Transparent Overdrive
Clon Minotaur Transparent Overdrive from Nembrini Audio seeks to give you a little bit of that ‘Klon Magic’ and add a touch of transparent overdrive sparkle to your virtual guitar rig. This simple plug-in pedal has three controls and a clear graphical interface that mirrors the original layout: Gain, Treble and Output. Nembrini has also included a few presets, just in case you need some help getting started.
Nembrini Audio’s Minotaur Transparent Overdrive is modeled on The Klon Centaur
The plug-in is completely free and all you need to do is make an account on the Nembrini Audio site to claim your copy of the Clon Minotaur Transparent Overdrive. It runs on PC, Mac and iOS devices. The big question, of course: does it sound anything like a real Klon Centaur?
Jef’s Klon pedals.
Does it really do the Klon thing?
I have owned two original Klon Centaur pedals and I gigged with them for years, so I’m familiar with the Klon sound and how the pedal reacts. First, it’s worth noting that my two Klon pedals were noticeably different and had slightly different sweeps on the controls, which is to be expected as no two potentiometers are exactly the same. Also, both Klons I played worked well at volume, but when playing at low levels they weren’t really in their optimum working environment.
This free plug-in does a decent job of mimicking the ‘transparent overdrive’ vibe, and even if it’s not replicating the sound of the original you can’t complain; it’s free, after all. I’m sure in combination with the right virtual amp you’d get pretty close to the Klon sound. But don’t expect it to suddenly add some extra magic to your tone.
You can get Nembrini Audio Clon Minotaur for free on the manufacturer’s website. The plug-in runs on macOS 10.9 or higher and Windows 7 or higher as AU, VST, VST3 and AAX in 64 bit. A free demo version and a detailed PDF user manual can be found on the provider’s product page.
It is also available free of charge as an AUv3 plug-in, inter-app audio effect and standalone app in the Apple App Store for M1 Macs, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The app requires iOS or iPadOS 9.3 or higher or macOS 11.0 or higher.
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