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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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Revoice Pro 4 – Tune, Double, and Warp Audio Better

Revoice Pro 4 – Tune, Double, and Warp Audio Better SynchroArts just released the newest version of their incredible audio tuning, doubling, and warping software Revoice Pro, with Revoice Pro 4. Many updates have been made to the software which makes it even more powerful than it already was. In this article, we’ll give you a rundown of the newest features before showing you how to use the most handy features. If you had a chance to read our article on Revoice Pro 3 then you will notice similarities within this article, because many features remain the same between Revoice Pro 3 and Revoice Pro 4 we decided to re-use some of our overview from the earlier article; consider this post an update to the article on Revoice Pro 3.     Audio Performance Transfer Music & Dialog Modes What makes Revoice Pro 4 so different from Melodyne or any other …

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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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The Missing Link – Bringing Ableton Link to Hardware Devices

The Missing Link – Bringing Ableton Link to Hardware Devices Knobcon 2018 just happened recently in Chicago, Illinois where people gathered to share their latest and greatest in the world of hardware synthesis and experimental music-making tools. Ed Guild of Happy Circuit shared his incredible creation – The Missing Link which is a box that lets you connect your analog gear to other Ableton Link compatible devices. What’s especially useful about this device is that it operates over Wi-Fi so you no longer have to worry about all those cables clunking up your workflow. We were fortunate enough to get some questions answered by Ed, our interview is below! 1. Your website notes that you’ve DJ’d, VJ’d and been involved with bands since 2001, has any of that time been dedicated to working in Ableton Live? _ I started out VJing in a live electronic dance music band called Psylab. There …

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Speektra – Retro Chipspeak Synthesizer

Speektra – Retro Chipspeak Synthesizer PureMagnetik recently released Speektra, “a speech simulation synthesizer based on the VOSIM method developed by Kaegi and Tempelaars in the 1970s. It uses bursts of pulses with formant characteristics to synthesize robotic vowel sounds.” VOSIM stands for Voice Simulation and is based on the idea that by employing repeating tone-burst signals of variable pulse duration and variable delay, a sound output of high linguistic and musical expressive power can be obtained according to the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, June, 1978.  The user interface is very clean and quite easy to get started with right away. The controls are simply allowing for synthesis shaping through Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release. We are also given a knob for each vocal wave. Puremagnetik implements VOSIM in a more elaborate way by allowing you to modulate the shapes of your sounds between vowels and waveshapes. You can also choose your voice register (Bass to …

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Revoice Pro 3 – Tune, Double, and Warp Audio

Revoice Pro 3 – Tune, Double, and Warp Audio We recently had the opportunity to try out SynchroArts’ incredible timing and tuning software, Revoice Pro 3. Revoice Pro 3 can be used to process vocals or instruments that need corrections or fine-tuning (literally) done to their pitch and timing. Say you want to line up a pair of instruments playing the same melody line, you can do that. Want to synchronize the vocal phrasing during the takes of an artist you just recorded comps for? Done. Say that singer missed a few notes, just import the audio into Revoice Pro 3 and get to correcting! From warping, doubling, pitch adjustments in singing, instruments and ADR Revoice Pro 3 is a must-have for anyone working in the professional studio environment. When first opening the software we were greeted with a stripped down version of an arrangement view found in most DAWs. …

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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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