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In-depth Feature:  Podcast: Freeware AU Plugins Round-up
In this podcast, Mark Tinley discovers that free stuff rocks if you look hard enough
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11:8 mins
Podcast Notes
These are the show notes for the Podcast from Mark Tinley covering his selection of the finest Freeware AU plugins available.

The podcast was first made available during the first few days of 2007.

CRITERIA
Universal binaries must be available
Units must validate in LOGIC and Garage Band
Must need no additional software (PLUGGO MAX MSP RUNTIMES)

SOUND GENERATORS
automat
http://www.alphakanal.de/
overview: three osc synth with vowel filters and shapers

crystal
http://www.greenoak.com/crystal/
overview: FM and subtractive synth
additional + 20mb sound fonts

triple cheese
http://www.u-he.com/TripleCheese/index.html
http://www.digitalmusician.net/index.php?id=63
overview: comb synthesiser
favourite: spooky fondue and clavi phase

destroyfx turntablist (not really an instrument but too good a sound generator not to list)
http://destroyfx.smartelectronix.com/audiounits.html
http://www.bioroid.com/plugins.html
overview: load a sound sample into the plug-in and it acts like a turntable with hands on control of the sample

EFFECTS
BEST DELAY EFFECT (INCLUDING GRANULAR)
PPC plugin of note: Kingdubby
http://www.lowcoders.net/kd.html

Bouncing Ball Delay
Crazy Ivan
SupaTrigga
http://bram.smartelectronix.com/

KTGranulator
http://www.koen.smartelectronix.com/KTGranulator/

Fire
LiveCut
http://mdsp.smartelectronix.com/2004/01/audio-units.php
overview: granular style delay and autoedit fx

BEST REVERB EFFECT
freeverb on dfx site overview: sounds a bit like an AMS

Convolver2
http://www.teragon.org/products/Convolver/index.php
overview: convolution reverb

BEST MODULATION EFFECT
destroyfx.Transverb

BEST DISTORTION FILTER
PPC plugin of note: Frohmage
http://www.ohmforce.com/ViewProduct.do?p=Frohmage

mda.Combo
http://www.mda-vst.com/
overview: amp and speaker simulator
favourite: 4 X 12 close miked

plugin installs with rest of following package

mda.Degrade - Sample quality reduction
mda.Detune - Simple up/down pitch shifting thickener
mda.DubDelay - Delay with feedback saturation and time/pitch modulation
mda.Dynamics - Compressor / Limiter / Gate
mda.Leslie - Rotary speaker simulator
mda.Re-Psycho! - Drum loop pitch changer
mda.RingMod - Simple ring modulator
mda.RoundPan - 3D panner
mda.Shepard - Continuously rising/falling tone generator
mda.Talkbox - High resolution vocoder
mda.TestTone - Signal generator with pink and white noise, 1/3 octaves and sweeps
mda.Tracker - Pitch tracking oscillator, or pitch tracking EQ

BEST LEVEL COMPENSATION
PPC plugins of note:
Blockfish - compressor
Spitfish - de-esser
Floorfish - expander/gate

http://www.digitalfishphones.com/main.php?item=2&subItem=5
SSL LMC-1 PPC
http://www.tsamm.com/TSAMM_ssl_duende_en.html#LMC1

CamelCrusher
http://www.camelaudio.com/camelcrusher.php

soundhack +compand
http://www.soundhack.com

BEST UTILITY
soundhack +phasescope

Sonalksis Free G
http://www.sonalksis.com/index.php?section_id=99
overview: long fader / fine metering plug-in

BEST SFX PLUG-IN
mda.RingMod - Simple ring modulator
mda.RoundPan - 3D panner
destroyfx - Geometer
destroyfx - Polarizer
destroyfx Scrubby
destroyfx Skidder
destroyfx Buffer Override
http://destroyfx.smartelectronix.com/audiounits.html
overview: insane granular delay fx and worse :-)

USEFUL OTHERS
voxReducer
http://primo-media.com/?page_Request=Downloads

Vinyl
http://izotope.com/products/audio/vinyl/
overview: record deck background noise sim
favourite: crackle

About Mark Tinley
Mark is a talented musician/sound artist with many years of professional experience. His recent years have been occupied working for Duran Duran and especially Nick Rhodes, with whom he has a close working relationship. he is also a regular contributor to the Sonic TALK weekly podcast. There is much more to him than just this though - take a trip over to www.funnymachine.com for the bigger picture.

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   2 Comments...  
Wellcome    Said...

Wait...

DigitalPhishPhones is a UB?

12-May-07 03:32 PM


Kent Sandvik    Said...

One of the most funny/entertaining/interesting podcasts I've listed to this summmer.

15-Jul-07 05:21 AM


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