4Front E-Piano ~ Freeware DX-7 Piano Plugin


4Front E-Piano is a small single sound instrument without any settings that reproduces a timbre, which is similar to DX-7 type e-piano. It is available as VSTi for Windows, and as an AudioUnit, VSTi and RTAS for Mac (see enclosed readme file).

This instrument is small on memory and CPU usage and was found useful by many users and software developers as a plug&play e-piano module, which does not require any configuration or adjustment.

Though this goes without saying for professional users, I still had a frequent question on how to use this plugin from people, who are not familiar with this technolog. One should note, that to make use of this software a plugin hosting software is necessary, such as Topten Cantabile software. A MIDI keyboard is also preferred, as it is something almost essential to create a computer music these days.

There is also 4Front R-Piano, which replicates a different type of E-Piano.

www.yohng.com/software/epiano

TDR Kotelnikov ~ Wideband Dynamics Processor


TDR Kotelnikov is a wideband dynamics processor combining high fidelity dynamic range control with deep musical flexibility. As a descendant of the venerable TDR Feedback Compressor product family, Kotelnikov has directly inherited several unique features such as a proven control scheme, individual release control for peak and RMS content, an intuitive user interface, and powerful, state of the art, high-precision algorithms.

With a sonic signature best described as “stealthy”, Kotelnikov has the ability to manipulate the dynamic range by dramatic amounts, while carefully preserving the original tone, timbre and punch of a musical signal. As such, it is perfectly suited to stereo bus compression as well as other critical applications.

The concept is “proudly digital” in the sense that it doesn’t try to emulate any previously existing device. This is the original!

Features:

  • 64bit multi-rate processing structure for highest accuracy
  • “Delta” oversampled signal path (bit transparent at 0dB gain reduction)
  • Super fast, yet natural sounding compression
  • “Crest factor” based control scheme offering independent release controls for peak and RMS events
  • Flexible sidechain highpass filter
  • Advanced stereo linking options optimized for the stereo bus
  • Delta preview mode previews the difference between compressed and original signal
  • Latency compensated, click free bypass (i.e. processing never interrupted)
  • User interface rescaling (100%, 125%, 150%)

www.tokyodawn.net/tdr-kotelnikov

Proximity ~ Changing Recording Depth Plugin


The plug-in is an easy to use distance “pan-pot” based on several psycho-acoustic models. The idea is to give mixing engineer a reliable tool which allows him to manipulate the “depth” of several sound source in a straight forward and convincing manner.

Several models can be combined:

  • Distance signal delay by speed of sound
  • Distance gain loss
  • Absorption of high-frequencies in air
  • Stereo width manipulation
  • Proximity effect of virtual microphone
  • Distance based early reflections

All models can be turned on and off to taste. Distance modulation options extend the creative possibilities even further. Units can be switched from metric (meters) to imperial (inches).

Krush ~ Bit Crushing & Downsampling Plugin


With its bit crushing and downsampling algorithms, Krush combines the crispy taste of the digital realm with the warmth of its drive stage and analog modeled resonant filters. A modulation section allows you to quickly add extra life to the sound by modulating any parameter.

The sound palette produced by Krush ranges from the dirtiest digital effects to crunchy modulated colours, with all the classic and weirdest bit-crushing effects in between.

BitterSweet ~ Transient Designer


BitterSweet v3 is Flux:: acclaimed transient processor used by hundreds of thousands of users for audio transient management with the simple turn of a knob – Turning it to the Sweet side reduces the transients, and turning it to the Bitter side magnifies the transients – No dongle or license activation required – 100% Freeware!

Features:

  • Up to 8 channels Input / Output
  • Output Gain
  • Controls the Output Gain at the end of the processing (-/+ 12 dB).
  • Link to Output Gain – Compensates the Output Gain depending on the Transient Amount in order to achieve unity gain.

www.flux.audio/project/bittersweet-v3

GSatPlus ~ Freeware Saturation Plugin


GSat+ is derived from the saturation module on the TBProAudio CS5501V2 channel strip plug-in, but adds extra features requested and suggested by the Gearspace.com team. It has several different saturation modes, high tweakability, oversampling, old-school VU meters and cross-platform software compatibility – as well as a button to take you directly to Gearspace.com in case you need any tips, tricks or inspiration or want to swap presets with other users.

Features:

  • Saturation with three different “tube-based” character modes
  • Clip protection
  • VU meters
  • Signal monitoring
  • Over sampling
  • Plug-in bypass
  • Preset management
  • Large and easy to use freely-scalable GUI
  • 64-bit internal processing
  • Very efficient CPU usage design

www.tbproaudio.de/products/gsatplus

ISOL8 ~ Mix Monitoring Tool


ISOL8 divides the frequency range into 5 bands.

These 5 bands can be soloed or muted individually. This will help you to concentrate on certain frequency ranges during the mixing and mastering process.

On top you can use ISLO8 as a flexible multi-band splitter with following complex plugin chains. The split signal can finally be mixed together.

Isol8 is originally designed to be used on the master track, but it can also be used on individual audio track busses.

Features:

  • 5 adjustable frequency bands
  • solo/mute function for each band individually
  • Linkwitz-Riley crossover filter design
  • 24/48dB/Oct filter slope
  • multiple filter channel modes (Stereo/Left/Right/Mid/Side)
  • multiple monitor modes (Stereo/Left/Right/Mid/Side)
  • in-place or centered monitoring
  • swap left/right channel
  • adjustable output level
  • loudness dim function
  • keyboard control
  • multi channel split
  • large and easy to use GUI
  • free GUI scaling
  • 64-bit internal processing

www.tbproaudio.de/products/isol8

sTiltV2 ~ Freeware Linear Phase Equalizer


sTilt is a linear / natural phase and IIR filter which tilts the audio spectrum around a given center frequency

Features:

  • distortion free processing engine
  • adjustable slope from -6dB/Oct to +6dB/Oct
  • adjustable center frequency
  • 5 quality modes: low, eco, medium, high, max
  • 3 filter modes: linear phase, natural phase and zero delay
  • unit auto-gain
  • switchable clip protection
  • sample exact A/B comparison
  • stereo / left / right / mid / side channel selection
  • flexible channel monitoring
  • output gain
  • signal mixing
  • free GUI scaling

Note: This plugin adds significant latency to the audio path, which is usually compensated by DAW (PDC).

www.tbproaudio.de/products/stilt

Free Clip ~ Transparently Boost Volume


Free Clip is an intuitive multi algorithm soft clipper / wave shaper plugin, available as a Windows VST or Mac Audio Unit. The plugin allows you to choose between a range of wave shapes or ‘sigmoid functions’, from the most transparent but harshest hard clip, to the ‘softest’ but most saturated arctangent shape. You can then intuitively set the ceiling level using the slider that perfectly matches the level meter next to it. Oversampling is also available to remove high frequency aliasing; when oversampling is on this does introduce peaks slightly over the ceiling level however, so if you intend to use this plugin with oversampling as the final plugin on the master chain, ensure the ceiling level is set appropriately and/or the post-oversampling clip setting is set.

This plugin is a great way to conveniently transparently boost volume without clipping your DAW, whether it be an individual stem or sound effect, or an entire track that you made. It is recommended that the hardclip, quantic or cubic shape be used for mastering, as these introduce no or minimal saturation.

The plugin can be also used as a more traditional saturation / distortion plugin by setting a ‘softer’ wave shape, such as algebraic or arctangent – simply lower the ceiling level to provide more saturation to the signal – just remember to boost the output afterwards. Alternatively you can boost the input gain into the clipper for the same effect. In this case, increasing the oversampling value is helpful if you’re hearing high frequency aliasing! Be warned that high oversampling values such as 16 or 32 times can be very heavy on the CPU.

gitlab.com/JHVenn/Free-Clip

TAL-NoiseMaker ~ Virtual Analog Synthesizer


TAL-NoiseMaker is a virtual analog synthesizer with great sound and low CPU usage.

FEATURES:
  • 3 Oscillators
    Osc 1, +- 24 semitones, fine tune, phase control (saw, pulse, noise).
    Osc 2, +- 24 semitones, fine tune, phase control (saw, rectangle, triangle, sine).
    Sub Osc (rectangle).
  • Osc 1 PM for pulse waveform.
  • Osc 2 FM controled by Osc 1.
  • Osc 1 & Osc 2 sync to sub osc (saw, pulse, rectangle, triangle(bipolar sync)).
  • Adjustable master tune and transpose.
  • Up to 6 voices.
  • Portamento in mono and poly mode (off, auto, on).
  • Ringmod modulates Osc 1 with Osc 2
  • Self resonating 4x oversampled filters (24 dB LP, 18 dB LP, 12 dB LP, 6 dB LP, 12 dB HP, 12 dB BP, Notch)
  • Filter ADSR (negative and positive)
  • Volume ADSR
  • Routable ADSR, modulates Filter, Osc 1, Osc 2, PW, FM (negative and positive)
  • 2 LFO’s with different running modes: free, sync to host, triggered by note.
    Modulates filter, osc 1, osc 2, fm, pw, lfo rate, panorama and volume.
    Sine, triangle, saw square, s&h, noise.
    Positive and negative modulation.
    Phase control.
  • Adjustable Velocity dependent control over volume filtercontour and cutoff.
  • Adjustable Pitch Wheel control over Cutoff and Pitch.
  • One pole HP filter.
  • Detune, detunes notes randomly.
  • Juno chorus with different modes.
  • A built in reverb.
  • A built in delay.
  • Adjustable filter drive.
  • Bitcrusher, affects osc 1 and osc 2. Its a pre the filter stage effect.
  • Midi learn for all knobs.
  • Panic button.
  • Easy to use, no hidden panels.
  • 256 great presets (Presets by Frank “Xenox” Neumann / Particular – SoundThe Unshushable CoktorAlexandra Sendy, TAL, Patrick Kunz).

tal-software.com/products/tal-noisemaker