A1TriggerGate is a ‘Sequenced Gate’ plugin to chop up any incoming audio signal. It is a well known effect in electronic music and sometimes also known as ‘Trance Gate’ effect.
This plugin synchronizes to the host sequencer / DAW tempo. Each internal sequencer pattern consists of 4 beats / 16 steps (or 12 steps in Triplet mode). Each step length is eighter a ‘ShortStep’, ‘LongStep’, ‘StepLink’ or ‘NoStep’ and has its own step volume fader. There are 8 independent patterns that can be switched via automation.
The integrated FX (Lowpass Filter, Drive/Distortion and Echo/Delay) are designed for easy usage. There is only a minimal number of parameters to get the desired effect as fast as possible. Of course there is a ‘Global FX Off’ switch to step through all presets without hearing any of the integrated FX. Professional producers will appreciate that little feature.
In Expert Mode there a 4 pattern command tabs featuring ‘shift left/right’, ‘copy & paste, ‘random’ and ‘init’ commands eighter for the step volume values, the step lenght values or all of them. Especially the ‘random’ command on step length values gives interesting results and is a good source for inspiration.
- VST / AU / RTAS / AAX for MAC & PC (32 / 64-bit).
- Sequenced gate.
- 8 Patterns, 4 beats.
- Triplet mode.
- Additional internal FX (Lowpass Filter, Drive/Distortion, Echo/Delay).
- All parameters automatable.
- All parameters fully undoable (undo / redo).
- No latency.
- Resizable GUI (fully vector-based, nice on ‘retina’ displays or even very small ones)
Sound-Base Audio has announced the release of RBXL, a synthesizer instrument for Windows.
RBXL is a full-size, dual oscillator subtractive hybrid VST plug-in combined with FM, RM, and AM. This synth also has built-in effects, an EQ, and an arpeggiator. RBXL is the bigger brother of Retro Boy and was made for retro quality sounds.
- Dual seven shape oscillators: 12.5% Pulse, 25% Pulse, 50% Pulse, Saw, Triangle, Sine, Noise.
- 1 to 64 note polyphony with portamento and slide.
- 16 step arpeggiator with adjustable oct/semi/fine tuning, gate, and velocity.
- 16 step mono gate.
- LFO, sequence, and envelope modulation for 20+ parameters.
- Low usage reverb, delay, chorus, stereo, and phaser effects.
- Built in parametric EQ and FFT/scope analysis.
- Multi slope lowpass, highpass, bandpass, and band reject filters.
- Frequency, ring, and amplitude modulation with frequency syncing.
- Unison mode with detune and octave spread.
- User settings and personalization features.
RBXL is available for purchase for $59 USD.
Kratos 2 Maximizer – new version of the limiter/loudness maximizer effect plug-in for Windows and Mac
Kuassa has announced the release of Kratos 2 Maximizer, an updated version of the limiter/loudness maximizer effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
The purpose of the original Kratos Maximizer VST / AU plugin was to make your mixes immediately LOUD.
In addition, the new Kratos 2 Maximizer also serves as a solid mix finalizer; aside from offering additional methods to manage your mixes’ dynamics with Adaptive Mode, you can now push further than before without fear: Crank the Maximize knob, tune the unique Texture knob to taste, tweak Attack and Release for tighter or loose response, then adjust the Knee for harder / smoother limiting action.
Throughout, the signature Kuassa no-nonsense design will guide your hands, eyes, and ears, giving you the freedom to create your maximum sound.
Kratos 2 Maximizer features
- Transparent, precision limiting / loudness maximizing.
- Unique Texture knob for smooth or harder character.
- Attack and Release parameter with the new adaptive option.
- 3 dithering options with 3 modes of bit depth to accommodate wide range of mastering needs.
- Up to 4x oversampling mode.
- CV Control Inputs.
- Compact user interface, straightforward workflow.
Kratos 2 Maximizer for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/AAX) is available for purchase for $69 USD. Owners of Kratos Maximizer V1 can upgrade for $15 USD via the Member Area. A free upgrade is available for those who purchased the plug-in in March 2015 and after.
The Rack Extension Version is available via the Propellerhead Shop.
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Tek’It Audio has released 8kut version 2 – an updated version of their free 8-band frequency cutter effect plug-in.
8kut 2 cuts frequencies with 8 pads, from bass to mids range, high mids and treble, and is designed with Dj’s and live performance in mind.
This new version brings 8kut to Mac OS X in addition to Windows and add 64-bit support to both platforms. 8kut 2 also comes with a “zero-delay filter” which sounds much clearer. The user interface has been redesigned to be bigger, cleaner and improve your workflow.
- 8 bands frequency cutter.
- Independent left and right channel pass through.
- Phase inverter, Effect bypass, Gain boost and Dry/Wet Mix.
- ZDF Filter design.
- 64-bit internal processing.
Full MIDI automation support.
- Works in mono or stereo.
- Integrated Preset manager, rename, copy, save, load…
- 40 Factory presets.
- Up to 128 user presets per bank.
- Comes with user manual.
- Easy installer.
8kut v2 is a free download for Mac & Windows.
Outofmind has released Blow-fi, a shaper distortion effect plug-in for Windows.
Blow-fi is designed to change an audio signal into a different result that fits into genres like industrial, noise, dark ambient, or hard electro, and experimental. Methods of use can be from screamer, noise gate, bit crusher, filter, loudness maximizer to noise generation, re-looping, changing synths waves and others.
- Symmetric / Asymmetric shaper mode.
- Up to 20 editable points and 19 areas with six shapes per one area on transmission curve with cubic interpolation.
- Editable frequency range at distortion input, with modulated lowpass filter on output.
- Envelope follower, noise and sequence modulators.
- Modulated PRE and POST gain.
- Graphic display of the FX behavior on example sine wave.
- Optional DC offset filter in asymmetric mode.
Blow-fi for Windows (VST) is available for purchase for 24 EUR.
Tor-Helge Skei has released fx_cutter, a free loop slicer/buffer FSU effect plug-in for Windows.
Audio is continually recorded into a buffer (length is ‘beats’, each slice subdivided into ‘slices’), and randomly (‘cut prob’), a few slices will be selected (‘max cut’), and subdivided (‘max loop’), and then this small bit is looped for the duration of the outer selection, the longer bit (the ‘max cut’ part).. and each time this loop wraps around, it can possibly halve (‘slowdown’) or double (‘speedup’) its playback speed, or halve (‘halve’) or double (yes, ‘double’) the size of the looped bit..
it is pretty uncontrollable and unrepeatable with all the probibilities, so i usually run a track several times through this, and cut out the good parts..
The plug-in is available for download for Windows (VST).
Bedroom Producers Blog has introduced GentleDrivez by Synthetic Brain, a free effect plug-in for Mac based on a gentle saturation/distortion algorithm suitable for warming up synthesizers, electronic drums and other digital sound sources.
GentleDrivez comes with a simple and easy to use GUI, with no more than four parameters. There’s the Drive knob for controlling the amount of distortion being applied to the processed signal, the Mix knob for easy parallel processing, and the Input and Output knobs for gain staging.
The plugin is optimized for subtle distortion (and this kind of effect really does sound nice in the demo video), but it can also be pushed harder to achieve some more devastating distortion types.
GentleDrivez for Mac (VST/AU) is available for download from Bedroom Producers Blog.
Waves Audio has announced it is now shipping the H-Reverb effect plug-in, a pioneering reverb based on innovative algorithmic FIR (Finite Impulse Response) reverberation technology, providing richer, deeper reverb tails that sit beautifully in the mix while breathing crisp air into your tracks.
The FIR engine that powers H-Reverb lets you shape and customize the reverb decay envelope beyond the standard linear forms, resulting in perfectly gated, real reverse, and dense reverb tails that don’t muddy up the mix. Taking things one step further, H-Reverb incorporates Waves’ advanced analog modeling along with a drive control, offering signal behavior that until now was found exclusively in high-end hardware reverb devices. This unique design also enables input drive, a technique favored by many top engineers.
To top it off, H-Reverb includes an impressive library of artist presets from the industry’s leading mixing engineers (including Toni Maserati, Brad Divens, Daniel Green, Dave Darlington, Dave Stagl, James Ebdon, Ken “Pooch” Van Druten, Kevin Madigan, Pete Keppler, Ross Hogarth and Yoad Nevo, to name just a few). Their personal settings may be the perfect space you’re looking for, or simply the perfect point to start from.
By fusing classic reverb concepts with forward-thinking features that break new ground in digital reverb processing, H-Reverb provides uncompromising sound quality and boundless creative control.
- Impulse-variable resonant filtering for creating unfamiliar and advanced reverb effects.
- EQ and dynamics module for compression, ducking and de-essing.
- ADA analog modeling and drive control for input clipping.
- Full buildup timing and shaping.
- Pre-delay BPM sync.
- Artist presets from the industry’s leading mixing engineers.
- Support for full 5.1-channel surround setups.
H-Reverb is available for purchase for the introductory price of $199 USD (regular $349 USD).
Aegean Music has released Doppler Dome a free audio plug-in, for Mac & WIndows, based on the Doppler effect.
Explained simply, the Doppler effect is something that happens to sound when the listener and the sound source are getting closer together or farther appart. For example, a car sound when you are in the car might have a particular frequency, but the frequency will be lower if the car is moving away from you, and will be like a record played at a lower speed. If the car passes right by you it will be high as it gets closer and then low as it gets farther. Doppler dome lets you adjust the amount of the pitch effect as well as pan and volume based on distance.
In Doppler Dome, the center is the listener and the sound source moves along a path. Drag the dots to adjust the path’s bezier curves. The path can act like an LFO, or a loop. A midi note in message sent to the plugin will reset the path position to sync it with the project.
The Blend will mix the pitch effect with the dry signal, this is a bit like a chorus or modulated delay. The Pitch Scale knob determines how much pitch is affected, it can be turned off by setting it to zero. The Volume Scale Scale knob determines how much volume affected, based on distance. The Pan Scale Scale knob determines how much L/R position is affected, based on left and right position.
The buttons and switches can be used to set up curves and lines for the path (mouse over them to see their description).
Doppler Dome is a free download from the Aegean Music site.