Plugin Boutique offers its customers a free copy of Royal Compressor, Fundamental Bass, MTurboCompLE, or Compression Fundamentals with every purchase until January 3rd, 2021. The December Gift offer from Plugin Boutique is only valid for purchases that include at least one paid product (not available if the total cart value is zero). The user can […]
Full Bucket Music released Bucket Pops, a free Korg Minipops 7 analog drum machine emulation in VST and AU plugin formats for digital audio workstations on PC and Mac. Bucket Pops emulates the Korg Minipops 7, a retro analog drum machine from the 1960s. These early drum machines by Korg were designed to provide a […]
Waves has released CLA Epic. The new plug-in brings a collection of Chris Lord Alge’s favorite delay and reverb effects to your DAW. Also included is a flexible routing system for unique combinations of effects.
Waves CLA Epic
Waves CLA Epic was foreshadowed by the CLA EchoSphere freebie, which Waves had released a few days ago for Black Friday. CLA Epic expands on the concept by delivering a selection of CLA’s favorite delays and reverbs in one convenient plug-in. Epic includes the two modules from EchoSphere and adds a few more. While EchoSphere is no longer available by itself, it’s included for free when you purchase Epic.
There are four delay and four reverb modules, which, according to Waves, are based on Chris Lord-Alge’s settings on his favorite studio gear. That said, they don’t tell us exactly which hardware was used for inspiration. The delays are named SLAP, THROW, TAPE and CROWD. On the reverb side, we have PLATE, ROOM, HALL and SPACE.
You can layer and blend these modules using the sliders at the bottom. This lets you create unique combinations of delays and reverbs. Each effect also offers a modulation control for adding “texture and spread”.
According to Waves, Chris Lord-Alge’s “extra secret” is sending his delays to his reverbs. While I’m not sure if this technique is really a secret, CLA Epic lets you accomplish this at the push of a button. The flexible routing system can send each delay to any or all of the reverbs, which provides many opportunities for experimenting with different combinations.
CLA Epic includes 50 presets by Chris Lord-Alge and over 300 more by other producers and engineers, among them Greg Wells and Michael Brauer.
Price and compatibility
If you’re quick, you can still grab Waves CLA Epic for USD 29.99 before their Cyber Monday deals expire in a few hours. The regular price will be USD 199. But, this being Waves, the next sale is probably just around the corner.
CLA Epic requires macOS 10.13.6 or higher (Intel only) or Windows 10 or higher (64 bit). It’s available in VST, VST3, AU, AAX Native and Audiosuite formats.
PluginFox offers the Omnipressor ($149 value) compressor plugin by Eventide as a free download for a limited time only. Omnipressor is a virtual compressor/expander effect that emulates the original Omnipressor hardware unit from the 1970s. FULL REVIEW COMING SOON! Omnipressor is free for a limited time only at PluginFox. Visit the product page linked below […]
Analog Obsession released Britpressor, a free vintage solid-state compressor/limiter effect in VST, VST3, and AU plugin formats for PC and Mac. Britpressor is a freeware plugin inspired by vintage solid-state compressor units. It features a compression module with adjustable threshold, ratio, timing, a gain reduction meter, and a multi-band side-chain. The most interesting feature is […]
VSTBuzz offers the Granulat (€50 value) cinematic sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt as a free download until December 7th, 2020. Granulat is a granular sound design library by Rigid Audio. The instrument typically costs €50, but it’s currently available for free at VSTBuzz. Please note that Granulat requires the full version of Native Instruments […]
The best sample packs this week include a comprehensive collection from Sample Science that includes all of their plug-ins, a robust library of space age sounds, ethnic vocal chants, melodic and rhythmic elements for creating Afro-beat, and a second version of a great, free piano virtual instrument.
Sample Science Complete
Sample Science decided to take on the holiday shopping season with one of the best plug-in offerings available. Complete is just that, providing all of their sample packs in one purchase at the staggeringly low price of just $99. This means you get all 38 of their 64-bit plug-ins VST/3 and AU formats for both Windows and Mac systems. There are a few caveats, as for Mac systems they are only compatible with the High Sierra/Mojave OS, and for both they are not compatible with Pro Tools. Despite this it is an exceptional deal that is only available until January 1st.
Over 4500 royalty-free effects are included in the latest space-age sound set from Boom Library. It includes everything you would need to create futuristic sound design. This means lasers, explosions, alien noises, tools, machinery, motors, and thousands more. Samples can be layered and merged together to create new sounds altogether, and everything is searchable due to the expansiveness of the collection.
The amount of detail in this pack is outstanding. The 24-bit/96kHz samples will take up just under 8GB of hard drive space and work for both Windows and Mac systems. At $191.20 (for the bundle) it’s not cheap, but if you are in the market for a library like this there might not be a more sophisticated choice. You can also purchase the construction kit and sounds separately.
These tribal ritrual vocals performed by a group of four bring the native sounds of South American and Africa to your DAW. There are 200 words, phrases, and patterns included in the pack that comes in at just under 1GB are Kontakt files and WAVs. It runs on Kontakt 5.8 and above, with the full version required for playable instruments. The interface offers control over the envelope, filtering, pitch, transients, and sensitivity. And with on-board effects like phaser, delay, reverb, and saturation you will have to do minimal processing outside of the plug-in. For only $35 it is a unique set that provides realistic ethnic vocal sounds.
This upbeat collection of rhythms and melodies is perfect for genres like house, Caribbean, and afro-beat. Included are instrument, drum, and bass loops as well as vocals and vocal fills. Lay down your grooves with kick and percussion one-shots and over 50 percussion loops. This modest but musical pack of royalty-free samples is available for $17.50.
The first Free Piano plug-in was so popular RDGAudio decided to move forward with a second version that offers even more realistic sounds and an updated interface. All sounds were recorded on an Asian Type D Cottage piano across four different microphone positions. Over 600 samples, 400 articulations, and three velocity layers add a level of depth and realism that is not normally found in freeware. It comes in VST3 and AU formats working with both Windows and Mac.
In this week’s collection of the best free plug-ins: a synth for the harder styles of electronic music, a compressor with a vintage vibe and an indispensable mastering tool. Here’s Warrior, Britpressor and dpMeter5.
Check out our archives for many more free plug-ins!
Noizefield Instruments Warrior
Warrior is a free software synth “for rough electronic music”, as the developer puts it. It features three oscillators, two of which offer a selection of wavetables. Oscillator 3 lets you draw your own waves. With two multi-mode filters, one vowel filter, three envelopes, three LFOs, a modulation matrix with seven slots and a selection of effects, Warrior has the ingredients for wide range of in-your-face sounds. It also gives you a choice of two GUI skins.
Analog Obsession’s latest plug-in is a compressor/limiter modeled after vintage British solid-state devices. It offers separate threshold and release (recovery) controls for the compressor and limiter sections, as well as five compression ratio settings from 1.5:1 to 6:1 and a mix knob. There’s also an external sidechain input and you can shape the sidechain signal using a high pass filter and high and mid EQ bands. This looks like a very promising free compressor!
Britpressor is available for macOS and Windows in VST, VST3 and AU formats.
TBProAudio has updated its long-running free metering plug-in once again. An indispensable tool for mixing and mastering, dpMeter5 is a multi-channel precision loudness meter for stereo and surround applications. It offers RMS, EBU R 128, Dialog gated and TruePeak options, so you can be sure that you’re getting the loudness just right. It can also record the metering result as automation data. Very useful stuff, and it’s still completely free!
dpMeter5 is available for macOS (64 bit) and Windows (32/64 bit) in VST, VST3, AU and AAX formats.
Wavelet Audio introduces Trailer Ambient Tools, a free trailer piano sound library for Native Instruments Kontakt (also includes WAV samples). Trailer Ambient Tools is a free piano sound library intended for trailer and cinematic music composition. That said, it can easily fit any type of mix or music project, especially if needs a layer of […]
Samples From Mars offers the Synare From Mars ($29 value) drum sample library as a free download from their website. Synare From Mars is a free collection of drum sounds sampled from the Synare analog drum synthesizer by Star Instruments. This rare drum synth is a unique source of early electronic drums like disco toms […]
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