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Sitala – FREE Drum Sampler

Sitala – FREE Drum Sampler Decomposer just released their free drum sampler instrument for alpha/beta testing so now is the time for you to get your hands on it. Satal is designed as a straightforward instrument built for a simple workflow, the user interface certainly lends to that notion. The plugin can be downloaded as a VST or AU format. Multiple formats are supported for loading into the plugin – WAV, AIFF, MP3, WMA, FLAC, and many others! A nice feature is the ability to save your kits for recall later; the instrument comes loaded with some presets already though, two drum machines called “Classic 08” and “Classic 09”. It comes with 16 sample slots which you can load your own external sounds into, Mute and Solo buttons are located below each sample pad. There are four knobs placed on the right side of the plugin that can be used to shape the …

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DRC Synth – Plugin Review and Interview with Imaginado

DRC Synth – Plugin Review and Interview with Imaginado Today we are sharing with you a short review of the softsynth DRC by company Imaginado (whom we recently posted about their free DLYM plugin). This synth just passed its second anniversary of being released so we thought it to be a fine time to do a review and talk to some of the developers of the plugin. DRC is a lovely synthesizer all around and it is one of the more heavily equipped plugins we have seen in terms of modulation capability. In the upper left, you’ll find two oscillators, a suboscillator, a modulation matrix for them and a performance matrix. The first oscillator has an octave transposition knob, pulse width control, and a dedicated pulse-width modulation LFO. The second oscillator doesn’t have the pulse-width control but it makes up for with a semitone transposition option.        In …

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Droplet – Rain Drop Delay by Sinevibes

Droplet – Rain Drop Delay by Sinevibes Sinevibes has introduced a cool new delay effect called Droplet that produces a delay effect similar to the sound of falling rain, or other small objects on a surface. This effect is produced by chaining together 24 delay lines and randomizing the output order of them. The delay chain then utilizes a feature called variable frequency damping which applies filters to the outgoing delay lines at random. Time modulation is also applied and then the phase routing is switched; this along with randomized stereo panning creates quite the beautiful entropy. Here’s what the developers had to say about it, “Since the parameters are randomized each time a Droplet instance is created, just as any natural process it will never sound exactly the same – even the same preset on two different tracks in the same project will sound different.” Below is the full list of features. …

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Speculum – FREE Delay/Comb Filter Plugin

Speculum – FREE Delay/Comb Filter Plugin Decade Bridge recently released a unique plugin that we’re sharing with you and encouraging to check out, plus it’s free! Speculum is a Delay effect and Comb Filter combined int one unit that can be used for some pretty cool results. Switch between the effects and then send the audio signal through a low pass filter for further processing. The delay rate can be adjusted by moving the ‘Time’ dial to the specified amount (represented by divisions of time). The plugin really shines when you automate the parameters to produce flange/phase effects and it works particularly well for builds and drops. The interface is quite simple to follow with eight knobs dedicated to the typical controls you would see on a simple delay. Parameters such as Time, Feedback, Wet/Dry and Gain are all present but you get some additional controls as well for things like …

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DAW Cassette – Klevgrand Brings Back the Grit

DAW Cassette – Klevgrand Brings Back the Grit This week we want to share with you Klevgrand’s new plugin, DAW Cassette. DAW Cassette is a cassette tape emulation software that can immediately bring you back to the late 80’s/early 90’s for that classic sound only found on cassette. We played around with the plugin and it was extremely impressive, and we’re not being too generous, this was one of the coolest plugins we’ve reviewed in a while. Read our review then below that read an interview we had with the developers of DAW Cassette from Klevgrand. The interface is fun and easy to experiment with using the 6 buttons and 6 knobs to control each parameter. From left to right you have control over the Tape Quality, Head Quality, and Motor Quality, Input Gain, Output Gain, and finally a Dry/Wet Mix. The buttons available can alter the tape’s materials from Normal, …

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3D Cab Room – FREE Plugin from IK Multimedia

3D Cab Room – FREE Plugin from IK Multimedia IK Multimedia is a maker of many things in the music realm but today we are telling you about their recent move to make their 3D Cab Room plugin free. 3D Cab Room is an amplifier emulation plugin with the ability to position multiple microphones and simulate various rooms with different acoustic properties. Up until now, this was a locked feature exclusive to the paid version of Amplitube 4 Guitar Suite. The folks over at IK Multimedia decided it was time to share the love and made it available in the Amplitube Custom Shop software which is available to download FOR FREE from their website. Amplitube Custom Shop is a free software that has all sorts of cool features unlocked as part of it, but if you mind shelling out a few clams it has features that can be unlocked using their …

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KVR Audio Announces 2018 Developer Challenge

KVR Audio Announces 2018 Developer Challenge KVR Audio just announced their 2018 Developer Challenge, their seventh audio plug-in/audio application/soundware design competition. To enter you must create a completely new plugin/application/soundpack/sound library that can benefit the music community and release it for free. KVR members will vote on the entries and decide on the winner based on their definition of the best submission. This is where creativity counts the most, the plugin could be extremely innovative in the user interface or maybe it has a simple interface but is a killer under the hood. Play to your strengths, embrace your weaknesses, and have fun! Five winners will be selected to receive a cash prize along with a sixth ‘wildcard’ winner. The amount of prize money will be determined and funded by the KVR community via the Developer Challenge 2018 Donation Pool. Other sponsored prizes will be announced by KVR soon. Additionally, software prizes will be …

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Ultrakick – The Ultimate MaxforLive Device for Kick Drums (Interview)

Ultrakick – The Ultimate MaxforLive Device for Kick Drums (Interview) Today we want to share with you one of the most powerful and in-depth plugins we have ever seen for creating Kick drum sounds – Ultrakick. Ultrakick’s developer Daan Pothvaen reached out to us at Beat Lab so we checked out the plugin and were thoroughly impressed with what he created. A quick list of features is below; below that, we have a more in-depth review; finally, we had an opportunity to ask Daan some questions so check our interview too! 100% synthesis: no samples involved. 8 partials per oscillator with unprecedented options for sound design. Tuning: move all frequency-related envelopes up or down with a single click. Spread settings for frequency envelopes: create organic sounds with no effort. Action menus for quick actions like envelope randomization and osc partial presets. Accurate waveform image rendering. Numerical envelope point programming for high …

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