Best free plug-ins this week: AutoTremWahLight, fircomp and Tiny F

Best free plug-ins this weekIt’s Freeware Sunday here at Gearnews, and we’ve got three awesome free additions to your plug-in folder this week: a modulated filter, a no-nonsense compressor and a guitar amp simulation. Check out AutoTremWahLight, fircomp and Tiny F!

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PechenegFX AutoTremWahLight

PechenegFX AutoTremWahLightAutoTremWahLight is the free version of the developer’s AutoTremWah plug-in. It’s an LFO-modulated filter / auto wah / tremolo with two independent cutoff frequencies that can operate in high pass, low pass or wah (band pass) modes. The LFO syncs to your host tempo and offers plenty of tweaking options such as shape, phase and symmetry. AutoTremWahLight lacks the envelope follower capabilities of the full version, but it’s a great freebie nonetheless.

AutoTremWahLight is currently only available as an AU plug-in for macOS, but a Windows version is in the works.

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Jon V Audio fircomp

Jon V Audio fircompFircomp by Jon V Audio is a “free compressor with perfect curves”, as the developer puts it. It’s designed to provide clean compression with punchy attack and musical release for tracks or busses. In addition to the usual controls like threshold, ratio, attack, release and makeup gain, fircomp has an adjustable knee and even offers a sidechain filter. There’s also FIR lookahead smoothing for the minimum possible distortion. The developer claims that fircomp has very low latency and uses very little CPU.

Fircomp is available for macOS and Windows (64 bit) in VST3 and AU formats.

Get fircomp here

EXE Consulting Tiny F

EXE Consulting Tiny FWhat kind of product would you expect from a company named EXE Consulting? I’m sure it’s not a guitar amp simulation, but that’s just what Tiny F is. According to the developer, it’s a stripped-down version of his Classic F amp simulator paired with the distortion model from the Classic Thirty plug-in. Tiny F consists of a two-stage preamp, power amp and cab simulation. Each tube stage offers a number of adjustable parameters. The developer says that Tiny F can be used for guitar and bass.

Tiny F is a VST3 plug-in for Windows (64 bit).

Get Tiny F here

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Download FREE BPB Dirty Filter Drum Breaks By A.J. Hall

Free Drum Breaks by A.J. Hall

A.J. Hall released Dirty Filter Breaks, a free collection of drum breaks featuring our very own BPB Dirty Filter distortion plugin. Dirty Filter Breaks contains five vintage drum breaks performed by A.J. Hall. The drum loops were recorded to a reel to reel tape machine and then processed with the BPB Dirty Filter plugin. A.J. […]

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Reverb Releases FREE SP-1200 Sample Pack By Nick Hook

SP-1200 Sample Pack By Nick Hook

Reverb released Nick Hook SP-1200 Sample Pack, a free collection of drum sounds captured from the E-Mu Systems SP-1200 drum sampler. Nick Hook SP-1200 Sample Pack contains 25 one-shot drum samples for beat-making and hip-hop music production. The sounds are provided in 24-bit WAV format. The library included snares, bass drums, rim shots, percussion, and […]

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Josh Scott of JHS selling his Klon Centaur #2 for $500k!

Klon number 2Yeah, I’m pretty sure Josh Scott is having a tongue-in-cheek poke at the insanity of over-inflated Klon pedal prices with this one. He has put his Klon Centaur #2, which is actually the first ever Klon made, up for sale on Reverb for a cool $500,000.

Klon #2 for $500k!

The story goes like this: Klon designer Bill Finnegan made Klon number #2 first, and kept number one for himself, which he built later. Therefore, number 2 is actually the first ever Klon Centaur pedal in existence. Josh Scott of JHS pedals fame, who currently owns the stompbox, is now selling it on Reverb for $500,000!

“You know what it is, if you want the best Klon, it’s this Klon. Bill [Finnegan, Klon designer] built/sold this #2 first as he sat #1 aside for himself and built it later.” – Josh Scott

Jef's Klon pedals

Jef’s Klon pedals. I had two, does this mean I could have got double?

Hand Delivery

Break to the tea and biscuits, because Josh will hand-deliver, in-person, anywhere on earth, for free! Allow 30 days from the date of purchase for him to clear his schedule and get it to you personally. He is so confident in the Klon that he only took one picture of the pedal on the listing, because we all know what it is, right?

My favourite comment from Josh on the listing has to be: “Buy it or don’t, I don’t really care”. I actually laughed out loud. He’s obviously taking the mickey out of everyone with this one!

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NAMM 2021: PRS launches new Mark Lettieri signature Fiore model

PRS launches new Mark Lettieri signature Fiore modelThis new PRS signature model for Snarky Puppys’ Mark Lettieri  is called the Fiore. That, as we all knew without googling it, is Italian for flower. The truss rod cover has a design drawn by Lettieri’s mother! Let’s take a closer look at this new guitar.

Mark Lettieri Fiore

The PRS Guitars 2021 Launch Party revealed some great new guitars, including a new signature model for Snarky Puppys’ Mark Lettieri called the Fiore. It features a swamp ash body, an HSS pickup layout and a 25.5″ scale length 22 fret maple neck with a matching maple fretboard. The majority of PRS models are a 25″ scale length, so that’s an interesting departure.

PRS Mark Lettieri Fiore model

PRS Mark Lettieri Fiore model

Nitro over Cellulose

The ‘Nitro over Cellulose’ finish comes in Amaryllis, Black Iris and Sugar Moon finishes. It’s understated, but looks beautifully executed. You also get a 2-Point Steel Tremolo with vintage style saddles, rather than the standard PRS trem with six screws on a blade edge. It’s a bit more Strat-like, in line with the PRS John Mayer Silver Sky model. Here’s what Mr Lettieri himself had to say about his new model:

“All guitarists have a sound in their head – a sound that evolves and grows as they progress, discovering all of the beautiful idiosyncrasies that define their individual voice. To facilitate this process, players need a vibrant, dynamic guitar that becomes a free space in which their personality can unfold. PRS and I designed Fiore (Italian for ‘flower’) to be this guitar.” 

Fiore Pickups

The guitar comes with a Fiore-H humbucker that should be able handle high-gain lead tones, yet also has a smooth top end that allows the pickup to be played clean. Two single coil Fiore-S pickups help to give a balanced tone with added clarity, designed to work with the humbuckers to give you that ‘bloom’ in all five positions.

The pickups are wired to a five-way blade switch: bridge position, bridge + middle, middle position, middle+ neck, neck position. The guitar uses a single volume and two push/pull tone controls for extra tonal variations.

This looks like a real player’s guitar to my eye, with a traditional layout in many ways. It ships in a PRS gig bag, so no hard case with this model, like the Silver Sky models.  You can hear the guitar in action in the demo video below. Mark, of course, makes it sound amazing.

RRP – TBC

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Arturia MicroFreak v3.0 features 3 Oscillators from Noise Engineering

Arturia MicroFreak V3.0Noise Engineering get in on the MicroFreak action with 3 oscillator algorithms taken from their Virt Iter module and given new life and polyphony in Arturia’s fruity little synth.

MicroFreak V3.0

In what appears to be an annual update Arturia has released a new firmware for the MicroFreak synthesizer. I’m sure it brings all sorts of fixes and tweaks but the big news is that it has 3 new oscillator algorithms from Eurorack modular makers Noise Engineering. They are called Bass, SawX and Harm and although the algorithms are complex you only get to play with 3 parameters and one of those is noise.

Bass: Something to do with sine waves and cosine waves, modulators, saturation and wavefolding. The result is a solid bass thump that gets nicely folded and torn apart with the Fold knob and then melted with Saturate which acts on the cosine wave. The Noise control phase modulates between the two oscillators in opposite phase and is added between the folds.

SawX: A recognisable sawtooth wave with “Saw Mod” phase modulation and “Shape” chorus. This does exactly what you imagine it will and has a really lively sound. The Noise control sets the amount of phase modulation by sub-sampled white noise.

Harm: A harmonic oscillator that adds harmonics/partials to a fundamental frequency. Spread sets the relation of partials and Rectification adds a sort of half fold to each partial. Noise sets the amount of phase-modulated noise and master clip level.

Here’s my take and a sound demo of the new oscillators:

More Voices

The other feature in this update is that all oscillators can now be played with 4 voice unison with a spread of up to 12 semitones. It’s interesting playing the Noise Engineering oscillators in Paraphonic mode, it adds a whole new dimension and is something you can’t do on the Virt Iter module.

Arturia has increased the number of preset slots to 384 and stuffed in a bunch of more presets.

The update is free to all MicroFreak users via the MIDI Control Centre and keeps things nicely fresh and interesting.

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PechenegFX Releases FREE AutoTremWahLight Modulation Effect

AutoTremWahLight by PechenegFX

PechenegFX released AutoTremWahLight, a freeware modulation effect in the Audio Unit plugin format for digital audio workstations on macOS. AutoTremWahLight is a free modulation effect based on the AutoTremWah (€15) plugin by PechenegFX. The plugin consists of a dual multimode filter and an LFO modulator. The LFO module can either run freely or in sync […]

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Blackstar ID:Core V3 – Compact practice amps with Super Wide Stereo

Blackstar ID-Core V3The new Blackstar ID:Core V3 range of guitar amplifiers are all practice amplifiers, offering Super Wide Stereo, digital audio recording and a host of useful connectivity options. Perfect for guitar players looking for a portable and flexible home amp solution.

Blackstar ID:Core V3

The new Blackstar ID:Core V3 guitar amps are set squarely in the practice amp bracket, and are ideal for musicians that need a quality amp but would also like some decent effects bundled in, along with ease of use. The models come in Stereo 10 V3, Stereo 20 V3 and Stereo 40 V3 versions, which is 10, 20 and 40 watts power ratings through pairs of 3, 5 and 6.5-inch speakers respectively.Blackstar ID:Core V3 Stereo 10 V3, Stereo 20 V3 and Stereo 40 V3 

Blackstar ID:Core V3 Stereo 10 V3, Stereo 20 V3 and Stereo 40 V3

ISF + Effects

Blackstar’s ISF control lets you sweep between USA- and UK-style EQ. This ‘infinite shape feature’ is a standard for the company and I find it works pretty well, letting you tailor the sound to your liking. All the ID:Core V3 models offer two clean voices ‘Warm’ and ‘Bright’, and two crunch voices ‘Crunch’ and ‘Super Crunch’, along with two overdrive voices ‘OD 1’ and ‘OD2’.

Effects Section

With the effects, you can use a reverb, delay and modulation all at once. Blackstar gives you a choice of four styles for each of these effect types. You can then set the overall delay time with a tap-tempo button, as well as the modulation speed for the Phaser, Chorus/Flanger and Tremolo effects.

Super Wide Stereo

The Super Wide Stereo gives you a fuller sound, and the effects have been re-voiced to take this feature into account. Expect some luscious delays and reverbs. This is a nice touch, as often practice amps can sound a little small and boxy. So to have a nice big sound in the room, without blowing your head off with excessive volume, is always welcome.

Speakers

Each model in the range has a set of full-range, linear speakers. This means that your sound will be full and not choke out. You can also play your music or smartphone through them, so they double up as a portable speaker for music playback, etc.

Blackstar ID:Core V3 Recording and re-amping

Recording and re-amping with Blackstar ID:Core V3

Recording and Re-amping

The ID:Core V3 models all have USB connectivity for four-channel recording, re-amping and using the amp as an audio interface. You also get Cab Rig Lite, Blackstar’s new configurable cab-sim. It has a choice of cabinet, mic and room environment to choose from. This is accessed, along with more deeper editing with patch management tools, via Blackstar’s free Architect software.

RRP – Stereo 10 V3 GBP 119, Stereo 20 V3  GBP 155 and Stereo 40 V3 GBP 185

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Carbon Electra Synthesizer Is FREE With Any Purchase This Month

Carbon Electra by Plugin Boutique

Plugin Boutique offers the Carbon Electra (£39 value) virtual synthesizer as a free add-on with any purchase made before January 31st, 2021. Carbon Electra is a four-oscillator subtractive synthesizer designed to sound modern while being easy to program. The plugin boasts analog-style oscillators and filters while adding carefully implemented saturation and compression for delivering the modern […]

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Flying Delay Is A FREE Analog Echo Plugin By SuperflyDSP

Flying Delay by SuperflyDSP

SuperflyDSP releases Flying Delay, a freeware analog-inspired delay effect in VST3 and AU plugin formats for compatible DAW software on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Flying Delay is a freeware plugin inspired by analog delays and tape echo effects. It is a stereo delay plugin with an optional ping pong delay mode and host sync capabilities. […]

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