Showing posts with label freeware. Show all posts
Showing posts with label freeware. Show all posts

Soundtoys MicroShift free. Get the code here!

Good news from Soundtoys, this time they've been so kind to offer a little but cool plug-in for free! The plug-in is called MicroShift and the name says it all: it adds "massive width, enormous depth, and huge thickness to vocals, guitars, synths, whatever. Emulating three of the most sought after micro pitch-shifting sounds from two of the all time classic pieces of gear that made the technique famous".

Freeware: PakBytes, 606, Thumb Piano, Bittersweet 2

Good times for freeware lovers. Our July picks are three new sample libraries (mostly percussive stuff) and a not-new but definitely valuable tool, that can help managing all those transients. Enjoy!

Puremagnetik has just introduced their PakBytes. PakBytes are quick downloads that include hand picked instruments from Puremagnetik's Micropak catalog. They are available in Ableton Live, Kontakt and Logic formats.
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.

The guys at Wave Alchemy, with their 606 Drums have captured (through an API pre-amp) the heart of Roland’s sought-after TR-606 drum machine. It looks like they didn't cut corners: multiple round robin variations, accent and velocity layers. Four pre-mapped drum kit patches for use with Kontakt 2, 3, & 4 and Battery 3.

Get 606 Drums here

One of my fav instruments, the Thumb Piano (or Kalimba, or Mbira) has just been made available through Boldersounds. It's a 2 octaves plus a major 3rd and "it was sampled with both plucks from the flesh of the thumb as well as the finger nail of the thumb for a brighter sound. Also each sample zone has 3 round robin samples assigned to it".
Kontakt and EXS24 versions are available in this case.

Get the Thumb Piano here

So now that you got lots of percussive sounds with lots of transients to manage, a tool like Flux' Bittersweet II could come in handy.
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

Freeware: Niveau filter, PanCake

Our freeware selection is back. This month's picks are the Niveau Filter eq from Elysia, and the PanCake, a creative pan modulation tool, from Cableguys.

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...

Freeware: FreqEcho, Rocksichord

Starting with this article, we're going to have a (more or less) regular monthly freeware section here on ANR.

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."
Actually I think this description is spot-on, I'd have no better words to describe the FreqEcho. By the way, the plug-in has been available for some time without graphical interface, but I'm sure this simple and effective GUI will make it more appealing to users.
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.
There's a funny story behind this sample library, on SonicCouture's website: "a certain Mikael Jorgensen from Wilco mentioned to us that he had started sampling his ancient RMI Rocksichord keyboard, but hadn’t the time to finish the looping and programing. We asked him how he would feel if we finished the job and offered it as a free download from the Soniccouture site.
Happily, he agreed, and if you’re reading this, you now have the result..."

Get the Rocksichord here

P.s: feel free to share with us your favorite freeware stuff...