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Top 5 Free VST Plugins: October 2018

Top 5 Free VST Plugins: October 2018 We’ve been posting about free downloads for a while now, and now we have a compilation of the latest free plugins from this month. Read below for descriptions of this month’s most awesome plugins. They are each available to download for free!   1. SimpleSide     SimpleSide is a volume automation plugin developed by Armando Montanez. This plugin is very useful for simulating sidechain compression or other LFO tempo-synced effects. With this plugin, you can add an unlimited amount of curves. Amazing. Adjust the rate to change the synced up trigger, and use the blend knob to adjust the amount of dry signal heard relative to the effected signal. Add an envelope follower following this plugin and you have a seriously powerful plugin that is totally free. Download here.   2. Nightlife     Nightlife is an awesome virtual synthesizer by Acoustica. It features …

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Electric Piano – Spitfire Audio’s LABS Releases New Instrument

Electric Piano – Spitfire Audio’s LABS Releases New Instrument Spitfire Audio is back with their wonderful LABS series, Let’s All Become Something. LABS is a free series of virtual instruments based on sample libraries recorded for use in rompler software instruments. Each instrument has an easy to use interface and features only a few knobs for choosing your sound, that way it is guaranteed to stay out of your way and aid in sweet sweet music making. This is the fifth release in the series following some drums, a piano, and various string instruments. This time around they have gotten to the grind and recorded a flavorful Electric Piano instrument for free download. The samples were recorded by Henry Cornish on a beautiful electric piano, we’re inclined to agree with Spitfire when they said, “This legendary vintage electric piano is set to become a firm favourite for all.” Watch the video below …

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Split Stereo Panning – FREE Rack from AfroDJMac

Split Stereo Panning – FREE Rack from AfroDJMac AfroDJMac just released a FREE Ableton Rack for taking advantage of True Stereo Panning in Ableton Live 10. This option is new to Ableton Live, meaning that stereo audio can now be truly split to either side. Previously in Live 9, what we had was not true stereo panning. If you had stereo audio and panned to either side on a channel you would lose material from the opposite side. Now you can send left to right and vice versa. We’re quite thankful for all the updates Ableton made for the newest version of Live and this is a small but powerful tool.     All you have to do is right-click on the pan control to switch between Stereo and Stereo Split. Watch these videos below to learn more about Ableton 10’s Stereo Split Panning abilities and the benefits of throwing …

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Hybrid Kicks – 67 Free Kick Samples Made from the Body

Hybrid Kicks – 67 Free Kick Samples Made from the Body Max Christensen has released Hybrid Kicks, a sample pack containing 67 kick samples originally recorded from body thumping sounds. The sound source is the body, that’s pretty cool. Max grabbed a microphone, prepped for recording, then thumped away at his chest to record the samples. He then processed each sample to give it a modern sound and split them up into four categories: Low Thumb, Punchy, Sustained, FX. Here’s what Max said about the process: I recorded various body hits, adjusted the tails and then basically went crazy with the processing. First I added the subharmonics with the free subharmonic generator Bark of Dog because any drum will have a resonating frequency and a chest pound is just way too short. Then I would equalize, saturate, and compress like crazy in various orders. Sometimes I would apply double compression, double saturation, double …

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UJAM Virtual Drummer PHAT- FREE Until September 10th

UJAM Virtual Drummer PHAT – FREE Until September 10th AVID and UJAM have teamed up together to release UJAM Virtual Drummer PHAT on sale until September 10th! Usually, the plugin costs $79 but if you act now you will be able to get it for the lovely price of ZERO DOLLARS aka FREE. It’s available as a VST, an AU, or an AAX plugin. So what is the plugin? Well, it is a playable instrument filled with 720 drum patterns ranging across 30 various styles of music. The samples were all recorded from 5 drum kits each with 6 different ‘character’ styles. The acoustic kit sounds pretty darn good and can be modulated to mix in some electronic drums. PHAT has a beautiful interface, and it is unique that the designers chose not to include any images of a drum kit. The plugin looks more like a loop player than a virtual drum …

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Really Useful Plugins #1 – Mess Up Your Projects With a FREE MaxforLive Rack!

Really Useful Plugins #1 – Mess Up Your Projects With a FREE MaxforLive Rack! You read that correctly. Really Useful Plugins released a pack of Max for Live devices all designed to really muck up your Ableton project for you so you don’t have to! Included in the pack are 12 instruments, MIDI effects, and audio effects. Below is a list of descriptive words to briefly introduce the devices. Insults! Games! Bombs! Self importance! Sabotage! Ways to magically sound like everyone else! The Chuckle Brothers! Annoying insects! Exploration! Passive aggression! Those are actually pretty accurate for this set of sarcastically devised tools, but we’ve provided the more in-depth descriptors from the RU website to give you a bit more guidance. ru.feedback “Get real-time support and advice from a sophisticated machine learning algorithm. ru.feedback analyses your audio or MIDI to provide insightful comments that can help you to get things right …

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Amplified Cello Quartet – Spitfire LABS Releases Cello Library

Amplified Cello Quartet – Spitfire LABS Releases Cello Library Spitfire Audio has released Amplified Cello Quartet to follow up their previous release of DRUMS. This time around we’re getting blessed with an entire software instrument dedicated to the Cello. Christian Henson and Harry Wilson were the engineers responsible for capturing the sound from the celli artists. After passing the sounds through amplifiers they routed the audio through some effects pedals to give them a more distinct feel. Here’s what the engineers said about it: LABS Amplified Cello Quartet was recorded by our founder Christian Henson and engineer Harry Wilson in 2017, here at Spitfire HQ. Christian played with the sound during the live recordings using effects pedals, with the celli in one room and the amps in another. The amps were driven incredibly hard, allowing you to turn your strings up to 11! The plugin’s interface is presented in the same …

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DRUMS – Spitfire LABS is Back With a New Drum Library

DRUMS – Spitfire LABS is Back With a New Drum Library Spitfire Audio is back with their latest installment of their FREE to download professionally sampled audio library collection LABS (Let’s All Become Something). We covered their first two releases early last month for their Piano and Strings instruments. Both of those libraries proved to be quality options especially given the price tag of FREE. So, this time around we are provided their foray into drums – courtesy of drummer Oliver Waton and engineer Stanley Gabriel – and super happy for the option. If you are new to the Spitfire Audio LABS plugin then you may be relieved to find the user interface is minimalistic. There are only 3 controls – the 2 sliders and one large knob – Expression, Dynamics, and Reverb. Expression is described as an internal volume control in the tutorial below but they don’t expand upon the details …

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