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Best free plug-ins this week: Swanky Amp, Bass Deluxe and Monique

Free plug-ins 10/25It’s been a great week for free plug-ins, especially if you’re a guitarist or bass player! We’ve got two brand-new tube amp simulations for you this week. Also, an awesome morphing monosynth by Monoplugs is now free, so there’s something for the synth crowd, as well.

Check out our archives for more free plug-ins than your DAW can handle.

Resonant DSP Swanky Amp

Resonant DSP Swanky AmpSwanky Amp by Resonant DSP is a free, open-source tube amplifier emulation. The model is quite sophisticated; you can read more about the development process here if you’re interested. The plug-in offers preamp, power amp and cabinet models, as well as a staging section and 4-band EQ. As Swanky Amp is open source, you can even download and modify the source code if you’d like. A ‘pro’ version is also in the works and coming soon.

Swanky Amp is currently available for macOS and Windows in AU and VST3 formats.

Get Swanky Amp here

Lostin70s Bass Deluxe

Lostin70s Bass DeluxeHere’s another free tube amp simulation. After releasing ToneDeluxe 2 and Modern Deluxe for the guitar crowd earlier this year, Lostin70s is back with a bass amp. Bass Deluxe offers two identical channels with compression, drive and 9-band graphic equalizers. The plug-in also includes a pedalboard with six bass effects. You also get four bass cabinet models (1×15, 8×10, 4×10) and even a looper and some drum grooves for practice. Not bad at all for a freebie!

Bass Deluxe is available for macOS and Windows in VST, VST3, and AU formats.

Get Bass Deluxe here

Monoplugs Monique

Monoplugs MoniqueThis remarkable synth was originally released back in 2016. It used to be $49 but is now available for free. Monique is a monophonic, subtractive synthesizer with three oscillators, FM, a bunch of different filters, extensive modulation capabilities, an arpeggiator and effects. The morphing groups are where it’s at. Separate morphing groups for the oscillators, filters, FX/EQ modules and the arpeggiator make Monique a never-ending source of exciting, inspiring sounds.

Monique is available for macOS, Windows and Linux in VST, VST3 and AU formats.

Get Monique here


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Swanky Amp Is A FREE Tube Guitar Amp By Resonant DSP

Swanky Amp by Resonant DSP

Resonant DSP has released Swanky Amp, a freeware guitar amplifier in VST3 and AU plugin formats for DAW software on PC and Mac. Free guitar and bass amplifier emulations are a dime a dozen these days, and they sound pretty good. But having one more to enjoy cannot possibly hurt, can it? Especially since we […]

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Synthesizer V Studio: Second Generation synthesized vocals from Dreamtonics

Dreamtonics Synthesizer V StudioStep into the eerily realistic world of synthesized vocals in version 2 of Dreamtonic’s Synthesizer V Studio with realtime rendering and a range of Anime styled vocalists to choose from.

Synthesizer V Studio

“V” is for vocals and Dreamtonics believe they can provide you with a vocalist that’s not going to be late for any sessions, get too drunk to sing or run off with your boyfriend. It’s less of a synthesizer in that you don’t “play it” and it’s more of studio environment where you build vocal tracks. Think of it as Melodyne but in reverse.

The voices are generated by a combination of artificial intelligence and samples which allows it to find a natural and organic tone while giving you the ability to control the voice and the performance. In this new version of the engine it brings in neural networks to enhance the quality of elements such as breaths and whispers.

You need a voice to start with and currently, there are 10 to choose from. They are displayed as cute anime characters, predominately female and described in slightly odd ways. For instance, Chiyu is “A brave and honest girl. Her bright flaming voice reaches far and wide like a bonfire.” and Shian has “The faint smile on her is reminiscent of a baby or a teddy bear, rather. A soft and warm voice is released from the hold of her mouth.” Six of them sing in Chinese, three in Japanese and one in English called Eleanor Forte who “Despite being an epitome of the latest technology, Eleanor keeps an interest in antiques. She is honest, endeavoring, with an unwavering sense of morality.” which is good to know.

So what do they sound like? Pretty cool actually. Of course, there’s a lot of Japanese and Chinese pop music in this and so vocals overladen with autotune effects are not uncommon. But there’s also more to it than that and a surprising level of realism.

Here’s an example which, although synthetic, doesn’t sound like it couldn’t be real:

This one is a more realistic example in Chinese.

It’s really quite interesting.


Synthesizer V Studio itself looks very familiar with a piano roll interface and vocal objects that look every bit like Melodyne. You place notes and the vocals render themselves. Add in lyrics and it automatically throws them onto the notes you’ve placed. You can download a free “Lite” version and try it out for yourself, it’s really quite fun and slightly amazing.

You can tune things, add colour and vibrato, slide from note to note add accents and control breathiness, tone and pronunciations. You can even script up processes to automate your workflow. You can use it standalone or as a plugin within your DAW.

I wonder whether it’s worth all the trouble to craft a vocal performance in software when perhaps you could get your mate to sing it instead. It definitely has possibilities although I’m not sure we’re ready for it on this side of the planet yet.

Synthesizer V Studio is available now for around £80 but try out the free version first to get a flavour of the possibilities. And there’s a long video on the website going into all the details about the technology.

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TDR Molotok Is A FREE Compressor By Tokyo Dawn Records

TDR Molotok by Tokyo Dawn Records

Tokyo Dawn Records has released TDR Molotok, a freeware compressor effect in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX plugin formats for PC and Mac. The plugin is the simplified free edition of the new TDR Molot GE (€40) compressor. The free TDR Molotok and paid TDR Molot GE are based on the legendary Molot freeware compressor […]

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Tokyo Dawn Records brings the hammer down with Molot GE

Tokyo Dawn Molot GEDeveloper VladG’s Molot compressor plug-in is an all-time freeware classic that keeps going strong, close to a decade after release! Molot (the Hammer) is a Fairchild-style compressor on steroids with tons of parameters and a rich analog character. It’s worth all the love it can get in this day and age. This explains why developer Tokyo Dawn Records decided to pay it some respect by reimagining VladG’s work. Meet TDR Molot GE, the follow up to last week’s free Molot compressor!

Tokyo Dawn Records Molot GE

Honoring the original in every aspect, Molot GE offers too much compression stuff to fit into a single sentence. First, there’s an analog-style brickwall limiter, a saturation section, and tone controls. A dual-stage timing section enables control over the auto-release behavior. Both feedforward and feedback compression types are supported.

There’s also adjustable stereo crossover and some mad science type stuff like negative ratios, sidechain phase rotation, and a bit-crusher. This war ensemble ofcompression techniques can operate in Stereo and M/S mode, the latter with dedicated controls for width. A modern addition is the equal loudness workflow with equal loudness bypass and equal loudness trim for proper monitoring of the results.

Molot GE compressor

With this many options in it, Molot is really what you make out of it. It can be a gentle LA2A-style comp, an 1176-type peak leveler, or the next best thing after the Distressor. I love the attention to detail which is evident in aspects like choosable stepped/variable controls. And that user interface, of course – vintage Soviet madness!

All in all, this is Molot – one of the most intriguing compressors to ever grace a DAW – and though it never went away, it’s back with a vengeance!

Price and availability

Tokyo Dawn Records is selling TDR Molot GE at an introductory 20% off discount, the final price being EUR 40. The offer is good until Wednesday, October 28.

Molot GE is available in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX formats for 32 and 64-bit computers runnng Windows XP SP2 and later, or macOS 10.7 and later. A user manual and free demo version can be downloaded from the developer’s website. Note that a paired-down free version called simply Molot is also available – you can read more about it here.

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GIVEAWAY: UJAM Finisher FLUXX (Two FREE Copies Inside)

Win A FREE Copy Of Finisher FLUXX By UJAM

UJAM has released Finisher FLUXX ($69 intro price), a virtual multi-effect with 100 sound designer presets and 50 multi-effect modes. The company kindly provided two free copies of Finisher FLUXX for two lucky Bedroom Producers Blog readers. Learn more about the plugin and scroll down to enter the giveaway. The team at UJAM are purveyors […]

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Google’s “Tone Transfer” AI Transforms Sounds Into Instruments

Tone Transfer by Google

Tone Transfer is a free web app that uses Google’s machine learning AI to convert the timbre of any audio file into four different instruments. It’s pretty easy to get lost in all the alarmist clickbaity titles calling for the end of whatever profession you’re currently doing right now. Do you work at a cream […]

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NUGEN Audio Paragon: A premium hybrid IR/algorithmic surround reverb

NUGEN Audio ParagonNo longer just a buzzword from manufacturers, 3D sound has become more prominent in recent times. Naturally, everyone seems to have their own ideas for 3D audio, including developer NUGEN Audio. It’s created a new reverb plug-in called Paragon, and it is all about surround applications like Dolby Atmos. The plug-in works with impulse responses, applying a re-synthesis algorithm to get you options you normally wouldn’t find in straight algorithmic and convolution reverbs.

NUGEN Audio Paragon

As you may know, convolution reverbs work by sampling the frequency response of real ambiences and hardware effects. These recordings are called impulse responses – IRs – and are, however, static in nature. While the results are often superior to algorithmic reverbs in terms of realism, you don’t get to have as much control over the reverb’s intricacies. This is where Paragon adds IR re-synthesis in such a way as to bring you the best of both worlds within a modern reverb plug-in.

The re-synthesis engine provides control over the decay, room size, and brightness parameters of the virtual spaces. Paragon does not use time stretching of the impulse responses and, therefore, does not generate audible artifacts. In addition, there are features such as spectral analysis and a precise EQ section for really detailed work. The impulse responses are also unusual here. They are all 3D recordings of real rooms, letting you create multi-channel surround sounds (up to 7.1.2 Dolby Atmos). The crosstalk feature ensures proper and musical interaction between the individual channels. You can also use both mono and stereo signals for editing.

Nugen Audio Paragon

Nugen Audio Paragon

Because of these features, Paragon is particularly interesting for film and TV production applications. I’m not into the field, but I can imagine crews are already down for for generating Surround reverbs from any mono and stereo sources. Paragon could simplify a potentially very complex workflow. For example, the plug-in enables possibilities like removing reverb from the center channel, but keeping a sense of surrounding space by adding reverb to the rest of the multi-channel setup. Pretty next-level stuff if you ask me!

Price and availability

Paragon is a highly specialized reverb with some advanced tech that may eventually trickle down to more affordable plug-ins. This is reflected in the steep asking price of USD 599 / EUR 509. So not your next workhorse reverb by any means – thankfully, we have plug-ins like Spacerek for that!

NUGEN Audio Paragon runs as a VST3, AU, AAX and AudioSuite plug-in on macOS (10.9 or newer) and Windows (Vista or newer). However, the plug-in only works in 64-bit mode. You can download the instruction manual in PDF format from the manufacturer’s website. There, you can also request a free demo version. The price certainly warrants an opportunity for a test-drive.

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Big Fish Audio Aura: 4 sound engines, endless soundscapes

Big Fish Audio Aura featuredNo wonder modern music can sound so unique in that “what the heck did I just heard” kind of way. Today, there are such elaborate and creative sound design tools that would have seemed like science fiction a decade or two ago. One like this is Aura, a new release by developer Big Fish Audio.

Aura piggybacks on Native Instruments’ free Kontakt 6 Player plug-in and takes advantage of its vast sampling and audio engines to deliver a very interesting sound design tool. Here’s more about Aura…

Big Fish Audio Aura

Aura consists of four separate sound engines, each with a dedicated X/Y pad for parameter morphing. These are complemented by a collection of 23+ audio effects, 10 of which can be modulated using LFOs and step sequencers. Aura lets you import your own samples to remix and process, so the included 100+ factory presets are merely 1/4 of the fun!

In addition to the 4 X/Y pads, a central X/Y pad enables you to morph between the 4 audio engines’ playback. It’s a given that said pad can be automated in your DAW for really swift and moving audio effects. The results typically gravitate towards ambiences, drones, pads, and soundscapes. Though with this much sound design power in your hands, I believe you can squeeze pretty much anything you’re after out of Aura.

Big Fish Audio Aura - Edit page

Big Fish Audio Aura – Edit page

As a Kontakt-based instrument, Aura also supports the NKS (Native Kontrol Standard) integration with NI’s Komplete Kontrol S-series and Maschine controllers. The instrument comes pre-mapped for these, letting you jump in and start twisting knobs immediately.

All in all, Aura seems to be one of those sound design tools that offer near-limited creative potential. As long as your computer is able to run it, you are in for a career’s worth of fun! Now let’s talk about the price…

Price and availability

Normaly a somewhat steep USD 199, Aura is on an introductory sale of USD 150. So now is as good of a time as any to make an investment. The offer is good until November 6.

Aura requires the free Kontakt 6 Player plug-in from Native Instruments, or a full Kontakt 6 copy. It eats up a hearty 12GB of disk space to install, which gets reduced to 6GB post-install. Kontakt 6 itself runs under macOS 10.12 and later or Windows 7 and later on 32-bit (Windows) and 64-bit computers.

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