Sonic Academy is offering the Waves OneKnob Louder ($49 value) plugin as a free download for all of their registered and subscribed users (registration process is free) until June 23rd, 2020. OneKnob Louder is a limiter/compressor plugin developed by Waves. It is part of the Waves OneKnob Series, a collection of eight plugins that are […]
This week’s collection of the best free plug-ins features two unconventional reverbs and a cool transient enhancer inspired by a very famous FET compressor. Spend your Sunday making tracks with Sphere, FetSnap and L4Reverb!
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Just a couple of weeks ago, we featured Schroeder, a free reverb plug-in based on a Schroeder reverb. Now, this early concept for artificial reverberation makes another appearance in Sphere, a new free plug-in by Sonicbits. In comparison to the very basic Schroeder, Sphere offers additional controls for reflection, damping and width. They’ve also added a pre-delay with a maximum delay time of 250 ms and a filtered feedback path. Check out the demo below – Sphere does sound quite nice!
Sphere is available for Windows 8 or higher (64 bit) and macOS 10.11 or higher in VST, VST3 and AU formats.
FetSnap by Analog Obsession is inspired by a “famous FET compressor”, we can only assume that the developer is talking about the 1176. They say that they modified the circuit to turn it into a “colorful and snappy” transient enhancer. You can use it to enhance the attacks of drums and other percussive instruments, but they claim that it also works well on many other sources. In addition to the snap control, FetSnap has a tone knob that can be used as a tilt EQ, and mix and output level knobs.
FetSnap is available for Windows and macOS in VST, VST3 and AU formats.
This one’s a follow-up to Uhhyou’s Lattice Reverb, which came out a few weeks ago. Like the predecessor, L4Reverb is based on a lattice structure. It’s been expanded with 444*4 = 256 sections per channel. The developer says that it works best for long, bright reverbs. Short reverbs tend to have a metallic feel to them, according to Uhhyou. Like some of the developer’s other experimental plug-ins, L4Reverb is CPU-heavy, so they recommend using the freeze function of your DAW.
L4Reverb is a VST3 plug-in (64 bit) for Windows, macOS and Linux.
HY-Plugins has released HY-Poly Free, a freeware polyphonic synthesizer in VST, VST3, and AU plugin formats for digital audio workstations on PC and Mac. A paid version of the instrument called HY-Poly ($60) is also available, offering additional features and advanced functionality. HY-Poly Free is a polyphonic subtractive synthesizer with an intuitive modulation workflow. The […]
Bom Shanka Machines has released occularScope, a freeware beat-synchronized oscilloscope VST plugin for digital audio workstations on Windows, macOS, and Linux. occularScope is an oscilloscope plugin that can be synchronized with your DAW. This is useful for pinpointing a specific part of the audio track and monitoring how its waveform is affected by other plugins […]
Eventide has released Crystals, the next plug-in of the H9 series. Based on an algorithm from the famed H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer, Crystals combines reverse delays, pitch shifters and a huge reverb for a wide variety of twisting, warbling, modulating effects from outer space. It’s available now for Windows, macOS and iOS.
Crystals is based on dual pitch shifters paired with dual reverse delays and reverb. According to Eventide, this combination makes Crystal a source of “out-of-this-world climbing and cascading pitched delays”, but it’s also useful as a unique-sounding reverb or to help instruments sit in the mix. Eventide says that you can even use it as an ambient looper, due to the rather long delay times of up to four seconds per voice.
The two reverse granular delays each have their own controls for the delay time and pitch. The delays can also be tapped or synced to the song tempo. Each delay can be up to four seconds long and offers an independent feedback loop. While the two pitch shifters offer a maximum range of two octaves above and below the original pitch, they also work in the microtonal range. There’s also a FLEX button, which shifts both voices up one octave when pressed. The reverb finishes this off with a maximum decay time of a staggering 100 seconds – that’s Valhalla territory right there.
Like the other effects of the H9 series such as MicroPitch, RotaryMod and CrushStation, Crystals features a virtual ribbon controller. This lets you manipulate several parameters at the same time, or morph between settings.
Of all the Eventide H9 series effects so far, Crystal has impressed me the most. Judging by the demos, it seems like a very versatile effect that can add another dimension to pretty much any signal. And the introductory offer is pretty tempting.
Price and compatibility
Eventide Crystals is available for macOS 10.9 or higher (64 bit) and Windows 7 or higher (32/64 bit) in VST, VST3, AU and AAX formats. You can request a 30-day trial version on the developer’s site. An iLok account is required for authorization.
Eventide is offering an introductory discount for a limited time. You can get the plug-in from Plugin Boutique* for USD 39. The regular price will be USD 99.
The iOS version requires iOS 11 or higher. It supports inter-app audio and works stand-alone and as an AUv3 plug-in. The app costs USD 9.99.
SoundModeler has released GalactiX 2.0, a free virtual synthesizer based on the old GalactiX plugin by Smartelectronix. GalactiX 2.0 is available in VST plugin format for 32-bit and 64-bit digital audio workstations on Windows (there is no support for macOS at the moment). The free version of GalactiX 2.0 is fully functional, except for DAW […]
Beat magazine, a well-known music production magazine from Germany, is now also available in English. Also, the latest edition of Beat magazine includes a free copy of the Waves Element 2 synthesizer and T-RackS ONE. As of June 2020, the online edition of Beat magazine is also available in the English language. The English edition […]
99Sounds has released World Sounds, a free sound library featuring a collection of field recordings and nature sound effects created by Marcel Gnauk of Free To Use Sounds. World Sounds contains close to 4GB of royalty-free field recordings and sound effects. The sounds were recorded by Marcel Gnauk, the author of the fantastic Free To […]
Caelum Audio has introduced Tape Cassette 2, an updated version of their freeware tape emulation effect in VST3 and AU plugin formats for DAW software on PC and Mac. The software is also available as an app and AUv3 plugin on iOS and iPadOS. Tape Cassette 2 is based on the original Tape Cassette plugin, […]
Softube has just released its latest Amp Room software. The new modular system gives users the ability to create their own guitar and bass effects collection, allowing them create signature amp setups, using virtual guitar rigs. And with the optional Marshall Cabinet Collection, you also get access to some classic British guitar cabinets.
Softube Amp Room
The new Amp Room software collection from Softube is yet another virtual guitar rig that you can add to your arsenal. It uses a set of virtual mix and mastering effects including equalisers, compressors, tape, etc., that you can use in your virtual amp room. You also get an American Class A channel strip, as well as a Tube-Tech CL 1B compressor.
The software comes as standard with six amps, sixteen cabinets, ten effect pedals, three studio effects, and eight utility modules. And for those unsure of how to build their own personal amp room from scratch, there are over 260 presets that they can choose from, or that can be used as ideas to springboard off from.
Softube Amp Room
Marshall Cabinet Collection
The optional Marshall Cabinet Collection adds eight officially licensed Marshall cabs to the rig. Each cab comes with sixmicrophone settings and six ready-to-mix microphone combinations. I think this is a welcome little add-on, as many players are familiar with these cabs. And, well, who hasn’t heard of Marshall?
There is also talk of more add-ons in the future from other brands, which means we should be seeing more well known expansions to the amp room, pretty soon.
Prices, introductory offers, and dates
Currently, Softube Amp Room is available on the manufacturer’s website at an introductory price of 99 euros. The offer is valid until 9July, after which it will go up to 149 euros. The plug-in runs on Mac OSX 10.12 or higher and Windows 7 or higher in any 64-bitAAX, AU, VST3, and VST format. For authorisation, you’ll need a free iLok account (or dongle) and Softube Central. There is also a demo version and a PDF user manual available to download from the developer’s website, so you can try before you buy.
The Marshall Cabinet Collection is also cheaper during the introductory period, at 22 euros instead of 39 euros. However, you’ll need to own Amp Room first, as it will not run on its own. Owners of Vintage Amp Room, Bass Amp Room, Metal Amp Room, Amp Room Bundle, or a version of the Volume Plug-in Collection will receive a special upgrade price. To see this, just log in to the website and submit your account data.
RRP – Introductory pricing of Softube Amp Room EUR 99 and Marshall Cabinet Collection EUR 22 up until 9 July, then EUR 149 and EUR 39 respectively after the cutoff date.
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