ADSR Sounds offer the FirePresser ($110 value) analog compressor plugin by United Plugins as a FREE add-on with any purchase in June. FirePresser from United Plugins is a different kind of compressor. It takes the idea that sometimes one compressor isn’t enough and groups four classic emulations in one plugin as a solution. The four […]
2B Played Music offers the 2B Clipped 2 (€14.99 value) clipper effect in VST and VST3 plugin formats as a FREE download until June 25th, 2021. 2B Clipped 2 is the premium edition of 2B Played Music’s freeware 2B Clipped distortion plugin. Compared to the freeware version, 2B Clipped 2 introduces a new clipping engine […]
Who remembers the “tape stop” effects that (almost wastefully) graced so many mid-2000s electronic tracks? Developer BLEASS helps relive the recent past with Slow Machine, a very affordable plug-in for macOS, Windows, and iOS. There’s plenty of room for nostalgic (even dated) sounds in modern production, and Slow Machine is a quick, reliable fix for tape stop effects. It also doesn’t lack depth in any way.
BLEASS Slow Machine
With this plug-in you can make drastic effects and subtle pitch changes alike. Therefore, the creator describes Slow Machine not only as a tape stop effect, but also as one for tape slowdowns. You can automate it, trigger it live during performance, or control it from the integrated sequencer.
In the slow down section, you get access to rhythmic pitch-shifting effects with parameters for loop size, playback speed, and quantization. You also get a filter and the ability to create crossfades between loops.
In the time stop section, you can decide the tape stop effect’s intensity with four modes. The speed parameter regulates the playback speed and the large trigger button applies the effect immediately. If you activate the hold function beforehand, the effect will hold audio until you switch this mode off again.
The sequencer section enables rhythmic variations in speed. In addition to parameters for Length, Resolution, or Grid Snap, you get four different modes for the FX curve and you can also set crossfades between each step. The randomize function lets you mix things up and search for happy accidents.
While Slow Machine doesn’t present anything groundbreaking, it does what it says on the tin remarkably well. The interface is super neat and the plug-in’s affordable price is very appealing.
BLEASS Slow Machine – Price and availability
BLEASS Slow Machine is available in VST3 and AU plug-in formats for 64-bit macOS (10.9 or newer) and Windows (8 or newer) computers. Until July 11, 2021, you will pay EUR 12 (the regular price is EUR 15). You can get a free demo version from the developer’s website.
You can also buy the plug-in from Plugin Boutique (affiliate link). When you buy it, you can get the Fat Channel XT plug-in from PreSonus free of charge.
The iOS version requires a device running iOS (or iPadOS) 11 or later. The price is EUR 8.99.
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Universal Audio has launched the new UAFX Control app, on both Android and iOS platforms, for its UAFX pedals. The app itself is free to download and adds bonus effects to the UAFX Pedal range. Though, on launch, it appears to have very limited control.
Universal Audio UAFX Control app
The new, free to download UAFX Control app for the UAFX Pedal range (you can read our review of the pedals here) has been launched today. It offers users some new bonus effects along with the ability to update the pedals’ firmware. Both of which are great things to have for sure, though currently, it doesn’t really offer much more than that.
Universal Audio UAFX Control app
You do get these nice added bonus effects though, which consist of the following: Golden Reverberator gets a Chamber & Plate effect, a vintage percussion/constant plates and acoustic chamber, the Starlight Echo station gets the Cooper Time Cube, and the Astra Modulation Machine gets the Dharma 61, which is billed as a “dynamically controllable harmonic tremolo” and the Phaser X90, a classic vintage phasing effect.
To get your free bonus effects, simply connect the pedal to your computer via a USB‑C cable and register it with Universal Audio. Then you can receive your free bonus effects and install any available firmware updates.
UAFX Golden Reverberator, Starlight Echo Station, and Astra Modulation Machine
Tails and Footswitches
Apart from these free bonus effects, at the moment, actual control of your UAFX Pedals via the app is pretty limited. What you can control though is useful, and consists of being able to switch buffered/trails bypass options and customise the footswitch modes. I’m hoping we see more in the future, as the pedals themselves are very well thought out and have some great sounds. Check out Black Pumas performing live using the UAFX pedals in the video below.
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