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LABS – Instrument Update

The last time we wrote about Spitfire Audio’s Let’s All Be Something (LABS) free instrument series we covered their Electric Piano. Well, it’s been a few months and they’ve been churning out instruments since then. In this article, we’ll cover the latest in a series of instruments from the plugin maker. Charango The first instrument to come after the LABS Electric Piano was Charango. The Charango is a stringed instrument similar to a guitar, but native to the Andean culture. It is in the lute family of stringed instruments. It has ten strings that come arranged in five groups of two. This charango — an Andean guitar-like instrument — was recorded back in 2006 by Christian Henson on a KM184 mic in his Soho flat, played by his brother Joe. This was the instrument that inspired Christian and Paul to create Spitfire Audio. It plays quite smoothly for a stringed instrument which can always be tricky …

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LABS – FREE Piano and Strings VST from Spitfire Audio

LABS – FREE Piano and Strings VST from Spitfire Audio A few months ago Spitfire Audio had announced they were preparing an audio library for release on their own platform, and just recently they finally delivered. LABS – an acronym for Let’s All Be Something – is now available to download for FREE from the LABS website. The plugin comes in VST/AU form as it is now a standalone plugin as opposed to previously only being operable in Kontakt. The plan is to release new instruments every month, but for now, you can utilize the Soft Piano and String libraries. Soft Piano is the first library available and is described as, “Recorded at Air Edel Studios, this sound has become a favourite of music makers across the globe. The soft tone is achieved by placing a thin strip of felt between the hammers and the strings.” Check out the video below …

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Lazerwave – FREE Waveshaping Synth

Lazerwave – FREE Waveshaping Synth Ldaysynths has just released Lazerwave, a FREE waveshaping synthesizer for 32-bit Windows platform. Lazerwave is a polyphonic synth based on using triangle waves in its three oscillators. This plugin can make some pretty decent sounds and has a unique interface to offer with its visual waveshaper. The visual editor has 8 bars that can be adjusted to shape the sound, it acts similar to an envelope. Then there are 2 internal LFOs that can modulate the pitch of the oscillators. The filter section includes a resonant low-pass filter and high-pass filter, unfortunately, that resonance cannot be adjusted. The LPF can be modulated by the internal step-sequencer and can be set to synchronise with the DAW tempo or in a freely adjustable mode. Lazerwave includes an internal delay effect that can be set to mono, stereo, and ping pong delay modes. Lazerwave brings forth a simple …

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Chorus WS-1 – FREE Chorus Plugin from Mercuriall Audio

Chorus WS-1 – FREE Chorus Plugin from Mercuriall Audio Mercuriall Audio recently released their latest pedal effect emulation with the free plugin Chorus WS-1. The purple-coloured beauty is as clean as they come as it looks like the real thing on your stompbox rig. Three knobs provide you with the control over your toneshaping parameters – Depth, Speed, and Mix. There is also a mono to stereo switch available along with the stomp button On/Off control.     Mercuriall Audio has a bunch of other free plugins available for download on their website, all are analog emulations definitely worth checking out. Download Chorus WS-1 on the Mercuriall website here.

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Maths – FREE Plugin from SocaLabs

Maths – FREE Plugin from SocaLabs Socalabs recently released a wild plugin called Maths. Maths is a FREE plugin and quite different from plugins you may be used to seeing as it produces no explicit effect but works based on user input formulas. These formulas operate as functions and process the audio signal based on your equations. The interface lacks sliders and faders dedicated to singular purposes but instead features two function boxes dedicated to the left and right stereo channels and four knobs that can be assigned parameters. The knobs are capable of being automated within your DAW for further customization. Maths features 25 built-in functions, fourteen operators, and one ternary operator; together these make it a powerful plugin if you’re up for the challenge. Admittedly, this is going to have a steep learning curve if you are inexperienced in the math department. However, those music makers out there comfortable …

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Wider – Polyverse Music

Wider – Polyverse Music Polyverse is the company that keeps on giving with yet another killer plugin, and this time it’s FREE. Polyverse released “Wider,” a stereo widener plugin that is modeled after the same feature found in their AMAZING Manipulator plugin. Aside from being extremely quick and kind on your CPU, Wider is also entirely mono-capable meaning that it prevents phase-cancellation often found in stereo widener plugins. Here’s what Polyverse said about the new plugin: “Wider takes the massively popular stereo section from its sibling, Manipulator, and gives you the ability to expand the stereo image of any signal to an awe-inspiring amount of width. However, Wider is a unique stereo plugin in the sense that it is completely “mono-compatible”, meaning that any signal that has been extended will always remain in phase with itself, even if summed to mono. Many stereo effects currently in use have the nasty habit of knocking signals out …

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ATK Side Compressor – FREE Sidechaining Compressor Plugin

ATK Side Compressor – FREE Sidechaining Compressor Plugin Audio ToolKit has released a free sidechaining compressor called ATK Side Compressor. The plugin is pretty straightforward but features some unique parameters to offer a little bit more character in its processing. Below is a detailed signal flow diagram of how the side chain compressor works!     From the developer, “The side chain capability allows an outside signal to trigger the compressor, like a filtered version of the original signal or a completely distinct signal. Bass triggered by drums is the typical example of a side-chain compressor effect. The plugin features a unique color section that enables non linear compression near the knee. A negative color lowers the gain while a positive color increases the gain above 0dB (a simple compressor always has a gain less or equal to 0dB). In linked channels mode, both channels attach/release filters are working independently while their …

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Booms and Claps – Try Out Roland’s New 808/909 VSTs for FREE

Booms and Claps – Try Out Roland’s New 808/909 VSTs for FREE Roland announced to the world in January that they were to bring an updated hardware version of the classic 808 to market, the TR-8S. This was exciting news for everyone who has heard of the famed 808 but never had the opportunity to experience the real thing, but those who are more software prone we were still left with less-than-faithful recreations and knock-off emulations. Now, we all have the opportunity to use a certified official software version of the original 808 rhythm machine and its cousin the 909. Roland added these instruments to their Roland Cloud service, but you can now try them out for free without registering for their cloud. Though it is not a permanent license, users can try out the VST/AU plugins for 30-day trial periods without having to enter credit card info either. Roland said …

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