I'd say Pakbytes are a nice way to discover Puremagnetik's world of sounds.
Plenty of interesting stuff, from Casio Phase Distortion and VL-Tone synthesizers to modular analog stuff, from the Atari 2600 vintage beeps to more complex wavetable-based synths, and more.
Get PakBytes here.
Get 606 Drums here
Kontakt and EXS24 versions are available in this case.
Get the Thumb Piano here
BitterSweet also features a control for processing the signal, using the MS technique.
It's definitely not new, but worth checking out. It's available as VST, AU, RTAS for both OS X and Windows.
Get Bittersweet II here
If you already got the mpressor, you know what we're talking about. Yes, the Niveau Filter Eq is taken from the beautiful (and definitely not cheap) emulation of one of the most original hardware compressors on the market.
In the creators' words "add punch to muffled snares, reduce the harshness from active pickups, create some wonderful Dub and LoFi sounds... It's fast, efficient, and most important: it sounds great!". The Niveau filter acts changing "the proportions between high and low frequencies. The principle is quite similar to a pair of scales: Dependent on the gain setting around a variable center frequency, the high frequencies are boosted whereas the low frequencies are attenuated (or vice versa) at the same time".
Get the Niveau filter (AU, VST, RTAS, OS X and Windows) here.
If you like playing with pan and modulations, PanCake is definitely something worth having. It lets you create quite complex pan modulations with ease, drawing curves and adding a few tricks (like reverse waveforms, randomizations, etc.).
Unfortunately no AU version. Oh, we recommend having a look at the other Cableguys' plugs too, there's some quite interesting and very fairly priced stuff.
Get PanCake here (VST only, OS X and Windows)
Tell us about your new fav freeware findings, we're always eager to hear from you...
This time we'd like to introduce a couple of excellent new releases: FreqEcho from ValhallaDSP (a new company, created by Sean Costello, who worked also on AudioDamage Eos, one of our picks of the year in the recent Sonic Joy Awards), and the Rocksichord from SonicCouture.
FreqEcho, available as VST, AU, RTAS for both OS X and Windows systems is a "Bode-style frequency shifter + analog echo emulation = skull melting chaos. Perfect for dub, Dr. Who and all of your psychedelic needs. Sonic results range from subtle chorusing and double tracking to barberpole phasing and flanging to endless glissandos and runaway echos."
I'm really having fun with this little plug-in lately. I'd recommend trying it on different sound sources, from piano to percussions.
Get FreqEcho here
Rocksichord is a Kontakt library (requires v.3 or 4). The instrument sampled is the Rock-Si-Chord, or 'Rocksichord' electric harpsichord, made in the sixties by RMI.
This keyboard has been used by artists like Beach Boys, John Lennon, Genesis, Yes, Stereolab, Radiohead, Wilco, etc.
Happily, he agreed, and if you’re reading this, you now have the result..."
Get the Rocksichord here
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