Multi-Effect

Top 79 Multi-Effect VST plugins 2020

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We have collected for you the top 79 VST plugins Multi-Effect according to PluginBoutique.

VST list navigation:

  1. Stutter Edit
  2. Cableguys HalfTime Half Speed Effect
  3. Axis
  4. Excalibur
  5. Convex
  6. Paradox
  7. Cryogen
  8. Kinetik
  9. Space Strip
  10. Texture
  11. Glitch Bitch
  12. Tantra
  13. Sugar Bytes Effectrix MIDI Multi-Effect
  14. Looperator
  15. Gross Beat
  16. Turnado
  17. Super VHS
  18. Vinyl Strip
  19. Physion
  20. ANIMATE
  21. Movement
  22. Tantra + Expansions Bundle
  23. The Sweeper + FREE Slappy
  24. KiloHearts Multipass Modular Multi-Effect
  25. WORMHOLE
  26. Fraction
  27. Kombinat Tri
  28. Nuxx
  29. ToneSpot Acoustic Express
  30. ToneSpot Drum Express
  31. Artillery2
  32. Hexonator
  33. Bass XL + FREE Slappy
  34. ToneSpot Bass Pro
  35. Frostbite 2
  36. ToneSpot Bass Express
  37. Finisher NEO
  38. Zenith
  39. Molecule
  40. Sick Individuals Focus One
  41. The Sauce
  42. MRhythmizerMB
  43. ToneSpot Acoustic Pro
  44. ToneSpot Electric Express
  45. ToneSpot Drum Pro
  46. TimeShaper 2
  47. BIAS FX 2 Pro
  48. ToneSpot Electric Pro
  49. FireCobra
  50. Blue Cat’s Axiom
  51. inTone 2
  52. Melda Production MXXX Modular Multi-Effect
  53. XY-Transfer
  54. BIAS FX 2 Standard
  55. R.A.M.S.E.S.
  56. MPhatik
  57. FireMaster
  58. Finisher VOODOO
  59. Nebula
  60. Glitch
  61. Fracture XT
  62. Hiku
  63. SphereQuad
  64. Renegade Mini
  65. That Thing
  66. Glitch Machine
  67. Pedals
  68. Enso
  69. Hologram
  70. OTO Biscuit 8-bit Effects
  71. I Wish
  72. MXXXCore
  73. MSuperLooper
  74. Loop Lab
  75. BIAS FX 2 Elite
  76. Weaponiser Basic
  77. Weaponiser Fully Loaded
  78. The Sauce+ Bundle
  79. Doppler + Air

1. Stutter Edit

by iZotope

Stutter Edit

Stutter Edit: Play Effects Like an Instrument

It’s an effect. It’s an instrument. It’s Stutter Edit—an innovative tool for both studio and stage, designed by BT and developed by iZotope.

Tear up your tracks in real-time, building thrilling fills, complex effects, shimmering sweeps, and staggering stutters that will leave your listeners screaming for more. They’ll think you spent hours slaving over the slices…but all it took was a press of a key. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell.)

Key Features:

  • Play effects like an instrument
  • Remix in real-time, on stage or in the studio
  • Cutting edge audio slicing and manipulation
  • Elegant and intuitive MIDI control

Who is it for?

Laptop Performers 

Produce studio-quality flourishes on the fly. Effects that once took hours of complex editing are readily available at your creative command. Flawless tempo sync and timing grids help you drop the beat perfectly. Whether your game is electronica, hip-hop, pop, or beyond, Stutter Edit adds dynamics, tension, drama and artistry to even the simplest tracks and loops.

A star on the stage, Stutter Edit has been a key component of major music tours, played live to millions of people worldwide. It’s the perfect complement to programs like Ableton Live for revitalizing remixes, mashups, or arrangements.

Producers

Tired of every hook in the book? Exploit Stutter Edit’s sonic capabilities and the next hot trend could be yours. Stutters are just the start…unleash your own style of razor-sharp rhythmic gate, pan, digital distortion, delay and filter effects. Whether you’re producing for yourself or others, Stutter Edit is a breakthrough for anyone willing to defy convention.

Your intuition reigns with this versatile tool. Take a break from painstaking cuts, slicing, and complex editing. Fruitless trial and error is over: fast-forward to inspiration by performing musically useful experiments with just a MIDI controller and your favorite host.

Sound Designers

From loading screens to battle scenes, play up the fresh factor in sound effects for games, films, radio transitions and stings. Easily transform audio material into ear-catching delights. Enrich soundtracks and sound effects with unique spatial and temporal manipulations. Infuse your work with a modern sonic twist and leave your clients scratching their heads in wonder.

Bring the sound design process to your fingertips by experimenting in real-time with the full suite of stutter, gate, pan, digital distortion, delay, and filter effects, all of which can be tweaked, tuned, and adjusted with a press of a single key or pad.

Musicians

Stutter Edit has made its mark as a secret weapon on the Billboard charts. Now you too can freshen your track’s sound and explore new musical possibilities, whether you’re composing, recording, or just plain rocking out. The added effect of audio effects can inspire your next big hit!

Then imagine also playing those effects, wielding control over every parameter as if it were an instrument in itself. Stutter Edit goes far beyond simple effect automation: one press of a key can disintegrate a vocal line into a syncopated rhythmic roll, or transform each drum hit to an arpeggiated scale of pitches. Save time, enhance creativity and stay in control, whether on stage or in the studio.

How does it work?

Stutter Edit’s features revolve around an innovative engine that continuously samples live audio, storing that audio in a buffer that can be manipulated in a myriad of ways. The key to unlocking Stutter Edit’s capabilities is the use of Gestures: a set of effects and their associated timelines that reside on a single MIDI note. The audible result of a Gesture can vary from simple to complex—a Stutter Gesture could simply repeat a small chunk of audio at an 1/8 note rhythmic rate, or it could trigger a run of raging glitches that get decimated by a bit crusher before being filtered into a wash of echoes. Whoa.

Condensing such sonic adventures into a single key press is what makes Stutter Edit so playable, especially with its intelligent sense of timing. Stutter Edit is designed with musicality in mind, which frees you to make wild sounds that still feel like a natural part of your tracks. Outside of the studio, couple Stutter Edit with a host like Ableton Live to rocket your performances into a new world of organic improvisation.

The best way to learn more is to simply start playing, listening, and observing the power of Stutter Edit’s controls. Get started by checking out feature details and audio samples below, then download the demo and try for yourself!

Rhythmic Manipulation

Whether you’re constructing the next chart topper, sound effect or live performance, Stutter Edit’s cutting-edge audio slicing and manipulation saves you time. Abuse new rhythmic possibilities safe in the knowledge that everything’s synced perfectly to your timeline… unless, of course, you hit the mod wheel to override everything to granular infinity and beyond!

  • Create incredible sweeps that transition from one rhythmic value to another, or repeat audio at a rhythmic note value with the Stutter Module.
  • Choose a note value from 1/4 to 1/1024 for the Stutter Module to sweep or step between. That’s not enough? Make your audio repeat at a high enough frequency to turn it into musical pitches with the Stutter Matrix.
  • Create unheard-of stepping effects that transform your audio into complex rolls, trills and even arpeggios, using the Quantize Module. With Quantize off, Stutter Edit sweeps between note values continuously.
  • Dice drum loops. Jump between notes in a vocal phrase. Use the Buffer Position’s slick radar screen to choose where Stutter Edit pulls audio out of the buffer. You can even randomize playback order for unexpected results.

Colorful Effects

Inject new colors and textures into your music with the real-time, instantly gratifying audio effects built right in to the Stutter Edit engine. Ride the new, real-time wave-changing paradigm. Whether combining filter sweeps with beat repeats, delays with reverse swoops or bit crushers with granular break-downs, let your music and effects do the talking, not countless hours of editing.

  • Make aggressive resonant sweeps or create LFO-like modulation that locks to each Gesture’s timeline using the Filter Module. Shape the sound of each key-controlled Gesture individually, or use the Global Filter to apply a buildup/breakdown filter sweep to your entire audio track.
  • Fly from a subtle chorus to a springy rubber-band effect with the deep Delay Module. Dedicated resonant band-pass filters provide perfectly tweakable results to your wet, delayed signal.
  • Get a dose of digital distortion crunch or add a periodic growl using the Bit Reduction Module. Like every Stutter Edit module, it’ll move in sync with the tempo.
  • Get back to the old-timey future with the Lo-Fi Module. Adjust the Lo-Fi settings to get a “vintage digital” vibe or bury the whole track in fuzz.

The Generator

While Stutter Gestures process audio, Generator Gestures mix noises and crashes with your track. The Generator gives you the ideal tool for creating washes of noise, dramatic build-ups, and hits that add excitement to a track.

For performance, choose where you want the Generator Gesture to end, and no matter where you trigger it, it will intelligently stop on the perfect beat. You can even hold a Generator Gesture as you jump between different Stutter Gestures. The result: an improvised arrangement that sounds like you’ve spent hours toiling in the studio.

  • Build tension, or drop a breakdown via a downward swoosh of noise, with the Generator’s Pitch Module. Scale the pitch of the Generator’s noise tables over twelve octaves automatically.
  • Add a little more bite by adding the Lo-Fi Module in the Generator Gesture for a grainy, gritty noise wash or stab.
  • Release a dramatic build-up into a trail of decaying echoes with the Generator’s dedicated Delay Module, ensuring a perfectly smooth transition.
  • Automate the Generator’s resonant Band-pass filter to shape and squelch blasts of noise.

Stutter Edit Presets

Stutter Edit comes with over 35 preset banks and over 800 gestures, all designed for a vast variety of musical genres or specific types of effects.

  • Cut, jump, and reimagine your rhythmic pulse with the Cuts and Jumps and BT Signature category presets, Stutter Edit’s bread and butter.
  • Warp all sense of time (while staying on grid and in tempo!) using the Time Warp category presets.
  • Mix your audio 360 degrees through the audio space/time continuum by launching one of the Space and Delay or Stereo Tricks category presets.
  • Bring back the sounds of old with presets laced in chip-tune, arcade-style nostalgia for glitches and beat juggling that marries the past with futuristic rhythms.
  • Why stop there? Expansion Packs are available here as free downloads to further enhance your Stutter Edit experience.

Other Highlights

  • Elegant and intuitive MIDI control allows for simple setup, letting you focus on your music and your sound. Claim back those hours wasted adjusting hundreds of parameters in multiple third-party effects with mouse control.
  • Variable curves enhance the modulation characteristics of the parameters themselves, creating interesting textures that develop over time.
  • Automatic host sync, with custom definitions available for both Gesture Length and Release Mode, allows you full control over the music without the need to trigger effects perfectly in time.
  • Super low CPU and rock-solid stability allows for reliable live use.

System Requirements

Operating Systems:

  • Mac: OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion – macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • PC: Win XP (32–bit Service Pack 3) – Win 10

Plugin Formats:

  • AAX (64–bit), AU, RTAS (32–bit), VST, VST3

Supported Hosts:

  • Ableton Live 9–10, Cubase 9.5, Digital Performer 9, FL Studio 12, Logic Pro X, Nuendo 8, Pro Tools 10–12, Reaper 5, Reason 10, Studio One 3–4

Note: Stutter Edit works differently than other audio effect plug-ins, it requires MIDI input from your host to trigger its effects. Not all hosts allow you to send MIDI to audio effects.


2. Cableguys HalfTime Half Speed Effect

by Cableguys

Cableguys HalfTime Half Speed Effect

Instant Creative Half-Speed Effect

For Trap • EDM • Hip-Hop • Techno • House • And More

Enter a world of spaced-out, slowed-down sound with HalfTime, the only plugin 100% dedicated to half-speed effects, in use by Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, members of 808 Mafia, The Chemical Brothers and more.

HalfTime transforms any audio into a dark, downtempo version of itself, giving your tracks huge mood and atmosphere. Lead synths mutate into heavyweight EDM bass monsters. Plinky piano lines become haunting trap melodies. Percussion thickens, expanding to reveal new rhythmic possibilities.

Just add the plugin for an instant half-speed effect with zero set-up, or go in deep with powerful creative controls. HalfTime works on loops, virtual instruments or even live audio input, inspiring you in seconds.

The hands-on ‘Power’ button makes it easy to fit HalfTime into your tracks – create a rapid switch or sink in slowly with smooth fades up to 16 bars.

Three-speed ‘Modes’ give you classic half-speed, tight harmonies and shuffling swing rhythms, and drugged-out quad-time playback. Adjustable ‘Loop’ length allows multi-bar slow-downs, funky syncopations and totally new grooves.

Slow only the lows, mids or highs with the ‘Band’ split – generate deep bass movement, fatten midrange percussion, or flip your top-end on its head.

Features

  • Instant setup: Add the plugin – get an instant half-speed effect with no further setup.
  • Power button: Punch the large central button to activate the effect – automate in your DAW.
  • Fade In/Out: Introduce the effect instantly, or fade in gradually, across up to 16 bars.
  • 3-speed Modes: 2x for the classic “half-speed” effect. 1.5x for perfect fifth harmonies and triplet rhythms. 4x speed for drugged-out quad-time playback.
  • Band Split: Half-speed just the bass, treble or midrange for trippy effects.
  • Band Solo: Hear just the slowed frequency range – use it to hone the effect, as a filter, or to blend using the Mix control.
  • Dry/Wet Mix: Blend the original and slowed audio.
  • Loop Length: Set the Loop from 1/16 up to 8 bars – keep the original timing, stretch it to half speed, or create catchy new rhythms.
  • Smooth: Preserve transient punch with ‘Percussive’ mode, and avoid clicks and pops on sustained material with ‘Sustain’ mode. Or push it to extremes with creative FX and Swell options.

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.8 and later
  • 32 and 64-bit compatible
  • 2 GHz Intel CPU

Formats:

  • Audio Units (AU)
  • VST

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 
  • 2 GHz CPU with SSE2 support 
  • 32 and 64-bit compatible

Format:

  • VST

3. Axis

by SoundSpot

SoundSpot Axis

When you’re mixing or mastering music, sometimes you may find yourself in a situation where you need to manipulate the audio in a way that falls outside the realms of what a conventional plugin can do, and with this in mind, SoundSpot set out to create a plugin that can solve this problem.
 
Introducing the Axis… The Axis is a combination of two of their most popular plugins, the MSW1 & Propane with the addition of a brand new upwards and downwards compressor that is capable of dual directional compression which can be both subtle and brutal. But it doesn’t end there! SoundSpot have made the whole unit multiband, for complete control over the incoming signal, allowing you to manipulate the audio to get punch, clarity, groove or sparkle without the need to load up a huge number of individual plugins.

The Axis linear phase has been made to be lightweight, so go wild… The only limit is your imagination. 

Features

  • Intuitive, easy to navigate user interface.
  • Designed to work flawlessly with touch controllers such as the Raven by Slate Media.
  • Multiband Layout
  • Individual Compressor, Imager & Metering module per band
  • Simultaneous Upwards & Downward compression
  • Parallel Compression mixing
  • Mid Side Panning
  • Mono Maker
  • Stereo Widener
  • Individual Band Anti Pop Bypass
  • Individual Band Isolation Mode
  • Preset Manager with new preset scrub through feature

Compressor Module

Compression is a key element to giving your music that professional sound, and each Axis compression module comes loaded with features to do just that. 

The most significant feature on the compression modules is the downward and upward compression parameter, that can add life to a dull mix, or make a snare drum snap through the mix. 

Imager Module

Good imaging makes all the difference in taking your music to the next level. By giving musical elements space to breath, the mix will instantly sound clearer and less fatiguing the listener. 

The Axis imager module is loaded with features that allow you to manipulate the audio positioning in ways that no other singular plugin can do. 

Metering Module

Gain staging is an important aspect in achieving a well balanced mix, so the Axis features it’s own per band dedicated metering and gain levelling module. The module also includes an RMS meter, so you can check your perceived loudness at a glance. 

Band Isolation

The band isolation parameters allow you to cut the signal to other bands that you are not working with. This is useful when you need to tune your settings on a band as all other signals will mute. 

Band Bypass

Each module has a band bypass function, which allows you to switch between the original and affected signal. This is useful when doing A/B comparisons, and can be especially useful to check your edits in context to the whole mix. 

New Preset Manager

 A preset manager that allows you to switch between presets with a click is now included. 

System Requirements

Mac

  • 10.12 – 10.14 (Catalina not supported)

Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)

Formats: 

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

4. Excalibur

by iZotope

Excalibur

Creative effects for music and sound design

Excalibur is a stereo multi-effects plug-in unlike any other. With several modulation, pitch-shifting, and dynamics effect modules, Excalibur has the creative tools to tackle any music production, post production, or sound design project. Four independent voice oscillators can subtly change the timbre of your recordings or drastically transform any audio source with swirling kinetic effects.

Imagination, meet innovation

Born of the same DSP algorithms that cemented Exponential Audio as a manufacturer of indispensable reverb tools, Excalibur takes this effect processing technology with a totally unique approach to effect routing. Excalibur is driven by four independent voice modules, which can be used to route audio signal and effect parameters through one another, creating unique modulation effects you’ve never experienced before.

A multi-effects workbench in one plug-in

Excalibur is an entire effects toolbox in a single plug-in. Complete with several pitch shifting, modulation, and distortion functions, all with the ability to sync to your session tempo, you can be sure that Excalibur has the right tools to color your audio just the way you want.

Distinct interactive effects engine

With Excalibur, not only can you implement creative modulation features and time- and pitch-based effects, you can also route your processed audio signals to interact with and modulate one another, producing otherwise unachievable, one-of-a-kind sounds.

Four voices of sonic versatility

With four discrete Voice modules, Excalibur lets you combine and modulate effects using its unique signal routing capabilities and tempo-syncable LFOs, giving you unprecedented control over the sounds you create.

Key Features

  • Versatile multi-effects plug-in
  • Independently process 4 signal change or have them modulate one another
  • Effects include pitch shifting, modulation, distortion, and more
  • Sync modulators to tempo
  • Low CPU demand for studio or live use

System Requirements

Operating Systems

  • Mac: OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion – macOS 10.15 (64-bit only)
  • PC: Win 7 – Win 10

Hardware Requirements

  • CPU: Multicore processor, 2 GHz or greater
  • RAM: 2 GB or greater
  • Display: 1024 x 768 or greater

Plug-in Formats

  • AAX, AU, VST, VST3 (all formats 64-bit only)

Channel Formats

  • Mono, Stereo

Authorization

  • iLok License Manager required
  • iLok2, iLok3, or iLok Machine License

Important Notes:

  • Exponential Audio products are not available in iZotope’s Product Portal
  • You are only provided with 1 x iLok computer activation for each Exponential Audio product licence.

5. Convex

by Glitchmachines

Convex

Dueling Multi-Effects

Convex is a multi-effects processor designed to facilitate the creation of contorted artifacts, syncopated patterns and skewed digital textures.

Based around three classic effects; multimode filter, pitch shifter and delay, Convex generates dynamic variations of the input signal by crossfading between two instances of each effect and modulating their key parameters using an extensive array of control modules.

From mellow dub delays to mind-blowing glitch sequences, Convex brings a broad range of exciting effects to your sound design arsenal.

Features

  • Dual Pitch, Delay & Filter FX
  • Dual Env Followers
  • 4 Flexible LFOs with Sync
  • Dual Mixers, Mults & Inverters
  • Scalable User Interface
  • 70+ Factory Presets
  • Win/Mac  VST/AU 32/64bit

Changes in v1.3:

  • User Interface Refinements
  • User Guide Refinements
  • Minor Bugfixes
  • New Mac OS Installers

Convex features two Pitch Shifters, two Digital Delays and two Multimode Filters. You can crossfade between each instance of the processors, making it possible to create complex morphing effects. Driving its core are 4 LFOs with optional tempo sync and 2 envelope followers which can have their output inverted or combined using mixers and multipliers.

Several key parameters can be modulated using the LFOs, envelope followers, mod mixers, mod multipliers and mod inverters. These parameters feature dedicated mod source menus and depth knobs. Aside from processing audio signals within your DAW, real-time processing of external signals is especially interesting in combination with the envelope followers.

System Requirements

Mac:

  • Mac OS X 10.8+ (PPC not supported)
  • Internet connection for download
  • VST/AU host: Ableton Live, Logic Pro, etc.
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • CPU with SSE2 support
  • Minimum CPU: Core 2 Duo, 2GHz

Windows:

  • Windows 8+
  • ​Internet connection for download
  • VST host: Ableton Live etc.
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • CPU with SSE2 support
  • Minimum CPU: Core 2 Duo, 2GHz

6. Paradox

by SoundSpot

Paradox

Paradox is a multi-fx plug-in that features an advanced push-pull equalizer and a variable RMS-time parallel compressor, both offering stereo, mid and side options. Its clever signal path has an extremely pronounced character and lets you bring out certain elements in your mixes with incredible ease. 

Features

  • Intuitive, easy-to-navigate user interface
  • Designed to work flawlessly with touch controllers such as the Raven by Slate Media
  • Four powerful push-pull filters with intuitive and simplified controls, with stereo, mid and side mode 
  • Variable slope high pass and low pass filter with stereo, mid and side mode
  • Variable RMS-time compressor for analog emulation
  • High pass sidechain-filter for compressing tracks with loud kick and bass parts
  • Mix control for creating parallel compression
  • Preset manager to save & share your own effects

Push & Pull Equalizer

The ‘Equalizer’ module on the Paradox is designed to make push-pull filtering easy. This powerful equalization technique, with its recognisable filter curves, can help you bring your mixes to life, by adding uncanny definition to drums, bass, guitar, synths and vocals. Besides the filter’s ‘Frequency’ and ‘Gain’ controls, Paradox gives you three controls to dial in the push-pull shape in an easy and intuitive way. The ‘Curve’ control sets the width of the filter, the ‘Balance’ control sets the complementary filter boost, and the ‘Twist’ control biases the push-pull filter to the left or right. With the additional choose between stereo, mid and side mode per filter, the paradox ‘Equalizer’ provides you with an extremely musical workflow that delivers pronounced filtering effects in no time.

Compressor

The ‘Compressor’ module on the Paradox uses SoundSpot’s ‘infinite’ gain reduction setup, and lets you emulate the behaviour of analog compression with its continuous ‘RMS-time’ control. Together with it’s continuous ‘mix’ feature, the Paradox ‘Compressor’ module lets you apply smooth compression in a very flexible way, as well as different parallel compression styles like ‘New York Compression’. In addition, the Compressor features a high pass sidechain-filter that allows you to ignore heavy kick and bass parts to achieve steady and predictable results even when compressing powerful electronic tracks.

System Requirements

Mac

  • 10.12 – 10.14 (Catalina not supported)

Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)

Formats: 

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

7. Cryogen

by Glitchmachines

Cryogen

Modular Buffer Effects

Cryogen is Modular Buffer Effects Processor Designed to Generate Abstract Musical Malfunctions

Cryogen features dual buffer effects, dual multimode filters and dual bit crusher effects. With the advent of its flexible architecture and fully modular drag & drop modulation matrix, Cryogen is capable of generating everything from subtle glitches to stunning signal mutations, making it an exciting creative tool for electronic musicians and sound designers.

Between its flexible routing matrix, multiple effects processors and extensive modulation options, Cryogen enables you to dial in vast variations of special effects. Cryogen takes buffer effects one step closer to the edge!

Cryogen’s LFOs feature optional 100X rate multipliers, making it possible to also use them as dirty tone generators within your patches. In combination with the signal mixers, you can take these LFOs far beyond traditional modulation duties. Another one of Cryogen’s highlights is the ability to use incoming audio signals to modulate nearly every parameter.

On top of that, the convolving signal multipliers can intertwine audio signals with modulation signals in any combination. These unconventional features are the key to effects that would be impossible to achieve with more conservative plugins.

Features

  • Dual Buffer & Bit Crusher FX
  • Dual Multi-Mode Filters
  • Drag & Drop Modulation Matrix
  • Extensive Modulation Options
  • 140 Factory Presets

System Requirements

Mac:

  • OS X 10.8 or higher (PPC not supported)
  • Approximately 1.5 GB of hard drive space
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • Minimum recommended CPU: Core 2 Duo, 2GHz
  • CPU with SSE2 support
  • Broadband Internet connection required for product download
  • VST/AU host such as Ableton Live, Logic Pro, etc.

Windows:

  • Windows 8+
  • Approximately 1.5 GB of hard drive space
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • Minimum recommended CPU: Core 2 Duo, 2GHz
  • CPU with SSE2 support
  • Broadband Internet connection required for product download
  • VST host such as Ableton Live, etc.

8. Kinetik

by SoundSpot

Kinetik

After years of creating professional audio tools used by some of the worlds most prolific and successful producers, the SoundSpot team have decided to introduce a series of artist plugins that will bring the workflow of these world-renowned professionals into the hands of music creators worldwide.

The first in our range kicks off with KINETIK, a plugin we have closely developed with STANDERWICK, who in just 5 years has become one of the top-selling global electronic dance music producers with multiple No.1 selling tracks and remixes for Armin Van Buuren and Tiesto to name a few.

This plugin encapsulates and represents STANDERWICK”s production workflow and is a unique tool that bridges across all music genres. We have created something that we are confident will find its way into your production workflow and become a definite reach-to plugin you will use on all of your projects.

KINETIK is a Compressor, EQ and Overdrive in one single easy to use plugin that you’re going to find very useful indeed!

Below is an overview of the plugin’s parameters and how to use the Kinetik to achieve results that will transform your mixes.

The signal chain runs from left to right, starting with the Reduction Parameter.

As an optical style compressor, there is no need for attack and release parameters. You simply pull back the rotary slide to begin the signal reduction. Attached to the reduction function is an option to select between, Transparent (Circles Icon), Analog (Flame Icon) & Optimised (Transient Icon). Each of these settings introduce a different character to the sound allowing you to achieve the best results based on your source material.

Next is the EQ section. This is a 4 band parametric EQ that included high & low shelf/cut options, and also a bell filter for notching or boosting select frequencies. The bandwidth is set to a permanent 12dB oct which after extensive testing has proved to deliver the most natural results. Each EQ can be selected by clicking one of the slide icons.

The final parameter in the chain is the Drive section, which allows you to increase additional harmonics to the sound. The drive function also has the option to select between, Transparent (Circles Icon), Analog (Flame Icon) & Optimised (Transient Icon) the same as found on the Reduction parameter.

To the lower left and right of Kinetik you will find input and output sliders, this allows you to control the gain of the plugin.

The bottom of the plugin we have included a signal flip parameter which changes the order of the compressor and EQ, along with a global bypass button.

Each of the parameters in the Kinetik includes an individual bypass control allowing for precise A/B testing.

The meter section displays input gain, output gain and reduction. The reduction meter can be flipped from 0 to -12 display to 0 to -4 display for more accurate monitoring.

Getting the best results

To get the very best results from the Kinetik, you need to ensure that the input and output meters are bouncing into the green lines using the input and output sliders. You’ll know if you’ve gone too far as clip lights will be displayed when signals are pushed too hard. Also keeping the gain reduction around -3dB to -4dB will give the best results on most material, however, this may need to be driven a little harder on some material.

System Requirements

Mac

  • 10.12 – 10.14 (Catalina not supported)

Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)

Formats: 

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

9. Space Strip

by AudioThing

Space Strip

Modular Multi-Effect Channel Strip

Space Strip is a multi-effect plugin featuring 6 modules: Contour, Vibe, Slapback, Ambience, Ensemble, and Stereo. The modules can be arranged in any combination by simple drag-n-drop. Space Strip will add depth and space to your sounds, especially synth and keyboards. The plugin is optimised to be lightweight on the CPU.

Drag and Drop

You can customize your channel strip with a simple drag-and-drop. By default, all modules (except the Master module) can be moved and re-arranged to create different signal flows.

Features

  • 6 modules: Contour, Vibe, Slapback, Ambience, Ensemble, and Stereo
  • All modules can be arranged by drag-n-drop
  • Lightweight on CPU
  • Preset system with randomizer

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.7 – macOS 10.14 (64 bit only)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM
  • VST2, VST3, AU, or AAX, 64-bit host

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8, 10 (64 bit only)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 4 GB RAM
  • VST2, VST3, or AAX, 64-bit host

10. Texture

by Devious Machines

Texture

The Effects Plugin with the Heart of a Synth

A New Breed of Effect

Drawing from a library of over 300 acoustic and electronic sources, Texture synthesises new layers which track the dynamics of your sound. Want to “glue” your hi-hats transients by adding dynamic filtered noise? Or how about beefing up that kick drum by automatically adding a low sine wave? Texture makes this is easy, intuitive and fast.

But its uses don’t stop at mix enhancement. Experimental musicians and sound designers will find a plethora of leftfield sound at their fingertips. How about having bubbling water track a keyboard part, or adding ferocious fire crackle to the roar of a monster? Texture makes all this and more possible.

Enhance, Shape and Transform

  • 340+ inspirational textures to choose from
  • Instantly add body or bite to drums
  • Use as a subharmonic synth for heavyweight bass
  • Inspire your beats and breathe new movement into lifeless rhythm tracks
  • Add sonic glue to programmed drum tracks
  • Overlay instant dirt with vinyl crackle, tape hiss and digital noise
  • Increase width and depth with percussive reverb tails
  • Generate radical new sounds from rhythmic source material
  • Add organic layers including Foley, crowd noise and ambience
  • Quickly whip up risers and pitch modulated special FX
  • And much more…

Features

  • Over 340 sampled, granular and generative sound sources
  • Advanced envelope with attack, hold and decay controls
  • Dual filter, to quickly shape your chosen texture
  • Independent EQ sections for the wet and dry signal paths
  • Source-specific synthesis controls include colour, pitch, density and octave.
  • Modulate a Texture’s controls and filter cutoff using LFO and envelope signals
  • Tweak the response to the source signal with the sidechain filter
  • Squash the Texture sound using limiting and make-up gain
  • Global control of Texture level, Mix and Master level
  • Intuitive user interface, for fast results

New in Texture 1.5

  • Import your own samples and manipulate with four sampling types
  • Use your existing audio to trigger and sequence sample playback
  • Familiar sampler controls including Start Time, End Time, Looping
  • Transform your sounds with granular synthesis, including random mode
  • Repitch, Compress and ReColour your imported audio material
  • Drag and Drop from your Browser, DAW or anywhere else
  • Define playback behaviour of your own samples with trigger parameters
  • Expanded control set for easy tweaking of sampling and triggering
  • More detailed audio analysis from within the onboard EQs

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows 7 or later (32/64-bit)

Mac

  • OSX 10.9 or later (64-bit)

Formats

  • VST/AU/AAX

11. Glitch Bitch

by Vengeance Sound

Glitch Bitch

Important Note: You must have an eLicencer dongle to use Vengeance Sound products – you can purchase one HERE.

This plugin is your source for the craziest glitch and stutter effects you ever heard! In modern clubmusic, these effects are mandatory for every production. VPS Glitch Bitch is your new favourite tool, when it comes to mangle your audio tracks: shorten or increase buffer sizes, sync buffers to your host tempo, add HP- or LP filters, apply rate reducing, reverse the buffers, use the ‘advance buffer mode’ to create unheard effects, pitch down your buffers, apply volume and pan modulations, draw your custom envelopes (n-point envelopes), use the internal sequencer for triggering – the possibilities are overwhelming! GlitchBitch is the only destroying tool you’ll ever need, go and get her now!

Features

  • Synced buffer sizes
  • Advance buffer mode
  • Reversible buffers
  • Buffer gate time
  • HP- and LP filtersRate reducer
  • Volume and pan modulations
  • Internal sequencer
  • Note value synced envelope mode
  • 4 independent n-point envelopes
  • Pitch effect
  • Synced and free start modes
  • Intelligent and precise timing
  • 2 different dry/wet modes
  • 140 dancefloor destroying presets by Manuel Schleis

Our Installer Contains

  • 32Bit & 64Bit versions
  • VST2 and VST3 versions
  • AU version
  • AAX version

System Requirements

Windows:

Mac:

  • IntelMac 1.5Ghz
  • 2GB RAM
  • Mac OSX 10.8
  • VST 2.4 or AU compliant host
  • No Power Mac supported
  • eLicenser USB dongle

Important Notes:


12. Tantra

by DS Audio

Tantra

Note: Also available within Tantra + Expansions Bundle.

Tantra is a rhythmic multi-effect plug-in with a rich feature set and high-quality processing modules. With Tantra you can get any kind of sound and turn it into a complex rhythmic progression, with lots of movements among the deep produced sound space.

Multi-stage modulators

The core of Tantra is a set of 8 multi-mode modulators, which generate rhythmic 32-step multi-stage envelopes with adjustable shape and different operating modes.

High-quality effects

6 high-quality effects process audio in Tantra and in response to the applied modulations form rhythmic pulsations in your sounds. All popular effects included: analog filter, distortion and lo-fi sections, flexible delay and flanger. Special Glitch module brings the modern “Stutter” effect on the board.

All the effects are organized as two independent layers, which allows you to produce deep and complex audio rhythms, consist of two sub-patterns.

Master equalizer and reverb at the output will help you to shape your final sound and breathe air into it.

System Requirements

Although Tantra doesn’t require powerful processor to run, it is recommended to use modern processors with at least two cores. Please make sure you have the following system specifications:

  • Modern processor with SSE3 support
  • Windows Vista or higher
  • OSX 10.9.X or higher
  • VST 2.4 or AU or AAX compatible host software

13. Sugar Bytes Effectrix MIDI Multi-Effect

by Sugar Bytes

Sugar Bytes Effectrix MIDI Multi-Effect

Creative Multi Effect

Effectrix is a professional multi-effect sequencer, a game-changer in the way contemporary music is made. By painting coloured blocks across a sequencer, quite simply, your tracks metamorphose into fireworks. Looping, Scratching, Reverse & Stretching – in real-time and on-the-fly.

Enter Effectrix!

Playful, Immediate & Intuitive

A motley crew of 14 top-quality effects, well designed and innovative each and everyone of them… Start mixing them, paint the matrix and the magic of Effectrix begins: A wide spectrum from classy standards to scandalising splatter sprees.

The playful approach creates an atmosphere of immediacy and intuition. Abundant factory presets & randomisers, the familiar structure of a sequencer will assist and channel your creativity.

A transparent workflow, refined algorithms and a caring implementation of effect parameters lead to outstanding results – fast!

Creative Sound Design

Others Might Have Pretty Faces but Effectrix is More Capable

Effectrix is our most popular product. Sigur Ros, Armin van Buuren, Diplo and many others value its inspiring aspects.

Most of all: it sounds good. Its effects algorithms excel the often limited creative potential of conventional multi-effects.

Thanks to Effectrix, nailing effects to the grid has become a standard production method in all the sound kitchens worldwide.

Sequential Modulation

Detailed Parameters per Effect

Each effect has two modulation tracks. All parameters can be controlled and via LFO, envelope follower or external MIDI hardware and automated. Bottom line is: two parameters per effect can be automated pattern-based.

You can store up to 12 different sequences within a single Effectrix preset and flip between these via onscreen controls or external MIDI keyboard.

Instant Inspiration

The Industry Standard for EDM and Glitch FX

Effectrix is the highly addictive games compendium for demanding sound fetishists. With its ultra-flexible operational concept, it’s your door into a wonderland of sound- and rhythm mutation.

Use Effectrix to refine your beats, enrich them with scratches or give them further complexity by looping, delaying, or reverberating phrases. Using the “Tonal Delay” you can create melodies out of any material. “Stutter” provides classical gating as well as sequenced panning and enveloping (working out transients).

On Stage

Effectrix as a Versatile Performance Tool

Effectrix is easily synced with DAWs or any DJ Software, so you can enrich your Mix-out with the classics (Reverb, Delay, Filter…) or sprinkle some Glitch and stutter effects onto your material.

Patterns can also be assigned to any other MIDI input you care to mention and for those with some imagination, the possibilities of such a set-up are remarkably broad: the patterns could be assigned to be triggered by footswitch in performances to spice up the stage show.

Sounds & Presets

Dive into a world of endless possibilities:

  • Play with grooves like never before. Put a reverb exactly onto the snare, introduce delay lines on certain places in your groove, create new kinds of sounds by re-looping looped or scratched stuff. Effectrix comes with an endless depth of possibilities
  • Tweak your beats, create new rhythms, reverse parts, stretch others, apply delay lines; even create melodies with atonal material. If you like, do it all at once. Have it your way!

Features

  • 16-Step Sequencer with Tempo Divider
  • 14 synced Effects from classic to advanced
  • Recall 12 Patterns via MIDI keyboard
  • Swing Feature
  • Copy/Paste, Chaos button & Loop Length
  • Unique Parameters per effect
  • 2 Modulation Tracks
  • Hundreds of global presets and per effect

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.9 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Audio Unit (AU)
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Windows

  • Windows 7 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Important note: Ths software is only available in 64-bit format for both Windows and macOS and will not function on 32-bit systems.


14. Looperator

by Sugar Bytes

Looperator

Enter the FX Matrix!

Looperator chops up your audio and turns it into something new. In the process, you can dispose of the classics like Filters and Reverbs, but also trippy Loop and Vinyl manipulations. Looperator makes you sound as if you worked on your track for hours and hours and really all it took was a click of a button.

Patterns Over your Sound

Plug in and let Loose!

Looperator unites two concepts: you can re-arrange the material with the Slicer and place effects with surgical precision. Right from the start, we aimed at a tool that is easy to handle and produces favourable results.

The preset tools make creating of rolls, loops and stutter edits, that can be fiddly to build in a DAW, a matter of a few mouse clicks.

And when inspiration has left the room, the smart random algorithms with detailed programming options will generate sequences with a high chance of sounding balanced and useable.

Hands-On Control

Extensive MIDI Integration & Modest on your CPU

Looperator can be triggered in sync with the DAW’s transport controls, or via notes from a MIDI track. In a classic DJ setup, it syncs with your DJ software.

You can assign complete effect sequences to MIDI notes – this way you can trigger individual patterns. This gives you plenty of flexibility when it comes to applying magic to audio signals in a live environment.

Find a boring drum loop! In under a minute, you’ll have something sounding not only completely different, but truly compelling.

It’s undemanding on your resources, so running a number of instances and incorporating the results into a broader project is a truly effortless process.

User Steps

The Beauty of Under-the-Hood Editing Power

Despite its simple interface, Looperator is a surprisingly deep plug-in if you really dig in.

Each effect holds its individual parameters (5 settings), each of which can be controlled by one of 20 selectable and adjustable envelope shapes, a simple automation-ready parameter dial, an envelope follower, or a randomiser.

Much of the time, you won’t need to go any further than the ready-made steps, but when you do, the four user-defined steps per track give you full and precise control of vital effect parameters on a per-step basis.

When it comes to animating lively sequences on a detailed level, the possibilities are literally endless.

Free Signal Flow

Dynamics and Depth

The processing chain runs from top to bottom and you can alter the order of the six lanes by a simple vertical drag–and–drop.

If for example, the Slicer is below FX1, then the results of FX1 will be included in the slices as you sequence them—after which they’ll be filtered, looped and processed through FX2 and the envelopes.

Each effect module has an individual dry/wet and the global mix control boasts 6 different setups.

All UI elements put the spotlight on the task at hand and directly respond to every user action with visual feedback.

In Other Words: Go Outside and Play!

Take a Peek at the Manual, or Don’t…

Don’t overthink it! Looperator allows unlimited undo steps. This security encourages experimentation. Silence your critical voice, paint some patterns, and when it sounds good, save the preset.

Features and logic will become apparent through use and you’ll hear for yourself that Looperator’s output of new ideas from the first moment is intoxicating.

From subtle enhancements to spectacular effect pyrotechnics: Looperator’s expressive potential quickly approaches the character of an instrument.

Sounds & Presets

Rearrange your groove..!

Looperator comes with over 300 presets, ready to instantly transform your sounds. The factory library is categorised, making it easy to tell at a glance what sort of sonic role each set of patches is best suited to.

Here’s a run-down of all the categories. In each example, you’ll hear an unprocessed loop followed by the same loop again with Looperator brought to bear on it.

Features

  • 16-Step Sample Slicer
  • Looper with Reverse Mode
  • Time Stretch & Talkbox Filter
  • Recall presets with MIDI notes
  • Independent Control for left/right Channel
  • Unlimited Undo/Redo
  • Intelligent Random
  • 5 Parameters per effect and step

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.9 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Audio Unit (AU)
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Windows

  • Windows 7 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Important note: Ths software is only available in 64-bit format for both Windows and macOS and will not function on 32-bit systems.


15. Gross Beat

by Image Line

Gross Beat

Note – This software is Windows compatible only and will not function on Mac computers.

Play with time! Gross Beat is a time manipulation effect designed for repetition and scratching effects.

Instant and Powerful …Gross beat is perfect for real-time or rendered gating, glitch, repeat, scratching and stutter performances. Gross Beat stores audio in a 2-bar rolling buffer under the control of 36 user definable time and volume envelopes, giving you unlimited creative control.Live or Automated PerformanceGross Beat Time and Volume presets can be linked to a keyboard, pad controller or automation source for on-the-fly changes to the preset. Preset slots can be set to momentary (key-held), return to base (slot 1) or hold mode on a per-preset basis. Preset-change synchronization can be set from immediate through to 4 beats (1 bar).Gating & Volume EffectsIn addition to the gating possibilities afforded by the spline based envelope, Gross Beat is perfect for side-chain effects without the need to link to an audio source. Just select one of the ducking-style presets for instant side-chain pumping.Used on the TRON movie…

Gross beat makes an appearance in Daft Punk’s Tron Legacy soundtrack.

Features

  • Powerful MIDI controlled envelopes.
  • 2 bar audio buffer.
  • Real time effect, perfect for live performance.
  • 36 volume/gating envelopes with user-controlled smoothing.
  • Linked or independent volume & gating slot operation.
  • A large number of creative presets ready to go.

System Requirements

  • Windows XP (SP2), Vista, Win7, Win8, Win8.1, Win10 – (32 & 64 Bit)#
  • 2Ghz AMD or Intel Pentium 3 compatible CPU with full SSE1 support
  • 512 Mb RAM
  • 130 Mb disc space
  • DirectSound or ASIO compatible soundcard
  • VST2 compatible host

Please Note: This is a PC only product and will not work on a Mac system. 

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16. Turnado

by Sugar Bytes

Turnado

The Ultimate Audio-Mangler

Keep it simple! Turnado comes with 8 knobs, each firing up an effect and varying it with their dial. It invites play and experimentation with one or several effects. Customise 24 effects in expert mode. If you want it even more compact: in Dictator Mode, you can control all 8 effects simultaneously with a single fader.

Remix Digital Audio

Re-Interpret Existing Material

Describing Turnado as a multi-effects processor perhaps doesn’t capture the essence of what it’s about. You can use reverb and delay in a subtle way – but what makes it very different from a conventional multi-effects unit is the combination of effects types available and its real-time control options.

The GUI is clutter free with bright and clean graphics. Open it up, and you’ll instantly understand the concept.

Turnado is rock solid and light on CPU, if you plan to use it in a live performance or, say, in a dozen instances simultaneously.

The World’s Most Controllable Effect

Maximum Transparency with as few Controls as Possible

As a plug-in in the studio or on stage, Turnado will prove as a surprisingly versatile tool while its operation is cast into a bare minimum of controls.

If you’re not an octopus, the “Dictator” is probably a feature of interest: this fader provides a unique way of controlling multiple knobs with just one slide. Here you can set up for each knob, when and how much to be rotated.

You can of course automate all controls in Turnado. Or, if you’re looking for a more natural approach, remote-control them via MIDI.

Turnado in the Beardytron 5000 mkII

Building Beardyman’s Ultimate Live-Production System

What Beardyman dreamt about doing couldn’t be done: Technology simply couldn’t keep up with his demands. To pull off his sets the way he wanted, he spent six years and $30,000 building a complex live setup: Beardytron 5000 mkII.

For Beardyman, the name of the game is being able to control things like high- and low-pass filtering, build-ups and drops, and muting and unmuting of channels in real-time with just two hands: “Without having Turnado, there would be literally no way for me to do it.”

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Turnado is Deep if you Choose to Dive Deeper

When you open up one of the effects’ edit panels, you quickly begin to realise how powerful Turnado really is. With the ability to tweak five different parameters, the degree of control available is staggering.

Each of these five knobs can be tied to the main-screen knob, which is what gives them the magic! If you want some hands-off automation as well, each slot has two LFOs/step sequencers and an envelope follower that can be used to modulate. These can be assigned to any effect parameter.

Dynamic Signal Flow

The Art of Routing

There are two options when it comes to routing the signal through the effects: going through each in series (from bank 1-8) or Dynamic Signal Flow mode, where it follows the order in which each effect is activated.

Setting up the order of effects is an art in itself – and the ability to swap effects by dragging one onto another allows you to quickly audition how a different order can have a drastic effect on the overall sound.

This can also be handy if, for example, you always want a reverb to come last in a chain regardless of when it’s active.

Sounds & Presets

Crafted for massive real-time audio Manipulation:

  • With its instantaneous, one-knob, multi-parameter modulation features, Turnado will lay waste to the audio landscape. Giving you the power to crunch, chop, twist, mash and elevate your music to new levels, Turnado will have you creating wicked new sounds that will blow any crowd away.
  • With instant access to eight effects and immediate control over key parameters, Turnado is guaranteed to cause devastation on the dance floor, shredding beats and crunking breaks to insane proportions.

Features

  • The Silver Bullet of Audio Manipulation
  • 24 Effects in 8 Slots
  • Classic: Delay, Reverb, Amplifier, Filter
  • Hi-Tech: Modulation, Transformation, Loops & DJ
  • Modulation via 2 LFOs & Step Sequencer
  • Dynamic Signal Flow
  • Dictator Mode
  • Runs stable and low on CPU Load
  • NKS support for Komplete Kontrol and Maschine

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.9 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Audio Unit (AU)
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2
  • NKS support for Komplete Kontrol and Maschine

Windows

  • Windows 7 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2
  • NKS support for Komplete Kontrol and Maschine

Important note: Ths software is only available in 64-bit format for both Windows and macOS and will not function on 32-bit systems.


17. Super VHS

by Baby Audio

Super VHS

Creative Multi FX

Feel the lofi magic of the VHS era — with six unique effects in one strange plugin.

LoFi Vibes from a Strange Decade

As kids of the 80s, the Baby Audio team have always been drawn to the sound of slightly out-of-tune synths, warm tape saturation, gritty samples and grainy reverbs.

So they set out on a mission to capture the lofi spirit of our favorite decade — and bring it into a new decade. Meet a complex algorithm with eight simple knobs. They named it ‘Super’ for its powers and ‘VHS’ for its sound.

Features

A chain of six meticulously crafted ‘one-knob’ effects:

  • 1. STATIC — Static noise synthesizer
  • 2. HEAT — ‘Analog tape’ saturator
  • 3. SHAPE — Sample rate reducer
  • 4. MAGIC — Dark chorus FX
  • 5. DRIFT — Pitch fluctuation LFO
  • 6. WASH — ‘Bad hall’ reverb
  • + Internal/hidden EQ, bit-crusher and limiter.

Rewind to the VHS Era

Baby Audio wanted this plugin to be like sending your sounds back in time, then re-discovering them on a worn-out VHS tape 30 years later. All with the click of a single button, right inside your DAW.

The result is six unique effects coming together in a versatile signal chain. Super VHS will add some lofi authenticity to whatever clean sound you run through it — from a subtle touch of character to extreme sonic twists that leave your head spinning. Each effect has just a single control, but multiple parameters under the hood, allowing you to find endless combinations to transform your synths, samples, guitars, drums, vocals and beyond.

Effects Overview

  • STATIC: A synthesized hum, generated by a pink noise oscillator mixed with a digital saw wave. 
  • HEAT: A warm sounding saturation algorithm inspired by ‘consumer-grade’ tape machines from the early 1980s. 
  • SHAPE: A sample rate reducer (with some extras) inspired by 1980s 8-bit samplers. 
  • MAGIC: A lush “Juno style” chorus — but modeled with a slightly darker and more detuned tone.
  • DRIFT: An internal LFO creating unpredictable pitch and time fluctuations, ranging from ‘natural’ to ‘supernatural’. 
  • WASH: A grainy, unnatural sounding, hall reverb, inspired by digital rack effects from the VHS-era. 
  • MIX: Controls the over-all wet/dry balance. 
  • OUTPUT: Controls the global output. 
  • HIDDEN PROCESSING: High shelf EQ attenuation, bit-crusher, limiter.

Wait, where are the Presets?

Like the ‘I Heart NY’ parallel compressor, Super VHS isn’t designed for preset browsing. Instead, you have all the controls you need at your fingertips — allowing you to create the right sound for any purpose in a simple and intuitive way (faster and more rewarding than by clicking through presets). The effect algorithms respond very differently to different sounds and instruments — so you never quite know where you’ll end up.

And a final word of warning: Super VHS is not a ‘one-size fits all’ kind of effect. Its six algorithms can sound heavenly on some things and totally destroy others. More often than not a little goes a long way!

System Requirements

Mac

  • Platform: Mac OS 10.7 and up.
  • Plugin formats: VST, VST3, AU, AAX
  • DAWs supported: Ableton Live, Cubase, Logic Pro, Nuendo, Pro Tools, FL Studio, Reaper, Reason + more.
  • Compatibility: 64-bit compatible only.

Windows

  • Platform: PC Windows 7 and up.
  • Plugin formats: VST, VST3, AAX
  • DAWs supported: Ableton Live, Cubase, Nuendo, Pro Tools, FL Studio, Reaper, Reason + more.
  • Compatibility: 64-bit and 32-bit compatible.

Note: An internet connection is required to authorise this software.


18. Vinyl Strip

by AudioThing

Vinyl Strip

Modular Multi-Effect Channel Strip

Vinyl Strip is a multi-effect plugin featuring 6 modules: Distortion, Compressor, Bit Crusher, Tilt EQ, Vintage Reverb, and Vinylizer. The modules can be arranged in any combination by simple drag-n-drop. Vinyl Strip will add life and an old school touch to your samples and tracks, and achieve that classic vinyl record sound in your digital environment. The plugin is optimised to be lightweight on the CPU.

Features

  • 6 modules: Distortion, Compressor, Bit Crusher, Tilt EQ, Vintage Reverb, and Vinylizer
  • All modules can be arranged by drag-n-drop
  • Lightweight on CPU
  • Preset system with randomizer
  • Formats: VST, AU, and AAX (32/64bit)
  • Platforms: OSX, Windows

New in v1.5 – Drag and Drop

You can customize your channel strip with a simple drag-and-drop. By default, all modules (except the Master module) can be moved and re-arranged to create different signal flows.

For example, you can decide to add the compressor module after the Vinyl emulation, or vice versa.

System Requirements

Important Note: v1.5 is 64bit only.

Mac:

  • OSX 10.6.8 or later
  • Core Duo 2GHz
  • 2 GB RAM / 500 MB HD
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2, AU, and AAX (64-bit)

Windows:

  • Windows XP SP2 or later
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz / AMD Athlon 64 or equivalent
  • 2 GB RAM / 500 MB HD
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768
  • VST2 and AAX (64-bit)

19. Physion

by Eventide

Physion

When in Doubt, Split It

Physion is the first plug-in to use our ground-breaking Structural Effects technology – A new method for processing audio. It allows you to split a sound into its transient and tonal parts, independently manipulate them using Eventide’s world-class effects and then fuse them back together. With the ability to add effects and dynamic controls to the transient and tonal sections, you can produce a wide range of effects, from the subtle to the extreme.

Features

  • Split audio into “Transient” and “Tonal” components
  • Radically re-shape a sound by soloing the Tonal and Transient channels. Tighten up drums by dropping the tonal section, or tune a guitar into an ambient sweep by losing the transients
  • Split, modify and reassemble any sound
  • Fine-tune the split using the four “Structural Split” controls
  • Six Transient effects available: Delay, Tap Delay, Dynamics, Phaser, Reverb, Gate + EQ
  • Seven Tonal effects available: Delay, Compressor, Pitch, Chorus, Reverb, Tremolo, EQ
  • Waveform display for clear tracking of Transient/Tonal audio in real time
  • Artists presets include Richard Devine, Chris Carter, Suzanne Ciani, Joe Chiccarelli, John Agnello, Stewart Lerman, Steve Rosenthal, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and more

Sound Design

Physion is a versatile tool for sound designers. Splitting and manipulating audio allow you to create and explore sounds never heard before. Remove transients from pianos or guitars to create bowed sounds,or go even further by adding extreme effects to the independent channels.

Drum Tuning

Physion allows you to easily re-tune a drum without affecting the transient. Delay the cracking transient of a rimshot while leaving the tonal ring as-is. Solo out the transients to tighten up a sound and add some compression to tighten further.

Articulation

Physion’s structural split can be used to modify vocals in subtle or drastic ways. Emphasize or reduce sibilance, add or remove resonance, or turn robust vocals into whispers.

Transient Shaping

Physion is not a traditional transient shaper – it’s a transient separator. It goes beyond what has been possible by allowing you to surgically tune the transient and tonal response independently.

Audio Restoration

Remove unwanted tonal ring and hiss, or just reduce it with compression/expansion. Beef up the transients from old instrumental recordings to improve presence in a mix without squashing the life out of the tonal material.

Loop Mangling

Use various instances of Physion to morph and transform your loops using independent tonal and transient delays.

Explore The Structural Controls – Click On + For More Information

Explore the Effects – Six Transient Effects

  • Delay – A standard Delay echo effect with Tempo Sync capability and low and high cut filtering
  • Tap Delay – A multi-tap delay-line with Tempo Sync capability. Useful for rhythmic delays, wacky comb filtering, volume swells, or unique reverberant sounds
  • Dynamics – A combined Compressor/Limiter and Expander/Gate (function is determined by Ratio control)
  • Phaser – A classic multi-stage all pass based Phaser effect, which can be controlled via LFO or Envelope
  • Reverb – A room Reverb designed with high echo density, imparting a fast and smooth build-up of reflections. This pairs nicely with transient sounds to create a sense of space without obvious echo slap back
  • Gate + EQ – A Gate followed by a 3-band overdrive-able EQ

Seven Tonal Effects

  • Compressor – A standard Compressor/Limiter
  • Chorus – Multi-voiced chorus with randomized modulation
  • EQ – A 3-band overdrive-able EQ
  • Delay – A standard Delay echo effect with Tempo Sync capability, modulation, and low and high cut filtering.
  • Reverb – A large space Reverb designed with lower echo density (compared to Transient Reverb) and targeted high modal density with little to no modulation to avoid a chorusing sound on the tails. This allows the tonal audio to breathe in the space, yet evolve into dense pad-like reverberant tails
  • PitchShift – A 3-voice Pitch Shifter with +/- 1 octave shift per voice and an overall fine-tuning control. Useful for retuning drums, creating harmonies, or micro pitch chorusing/double-tracking all without transient slapback or smearing
  • Tremolo – A standard Tremolo effect which is driven by an LFO in (optional) combination with the Envelope of the plug-in’s input

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows 7+ (32/64-bit)

Formats:

  • AAX 32/64-bit
  • VST2 32/64-bit

MAC

  • macOS 10.7+ (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX 64-bit
  • AU 64-bit,
  • VST2 64-bit

Notes:

  • We test our desktop plugins in Ableton Live, Cubase, FL Studio, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, and Studio One. However, our plugins should work with any compatible host.
  • New 32-bit macOS installers are no longer being made for this product.
  • No iLok dongle is required to run this software – only a FREE iLok account/Manager is required for authorisation of this software.

20. ANIMATE

by Mastering The Mix

ANIMATE

ANIMATE helps you inject life into your mixes in a precise, versatile and colourful way. With four different movement modes, each with individual frequency assignments and mid/side functionality, you’ll get your music jumping out of the speakers precisely how you want.

Each individual module of the ANIMATE multi-effect plugin is also available as a separate product.

Expand

Expand mode allows you to dial in a pristinely clean sounding upward expansion. This increases the volume of signals over the threshold, giving your audio more dynamic range in a transparent way.

Punch

Punch mode enhances the transients of your audio to help them bite through the mix. Whether you want to subtly accentuate the high-frequency transients in the mid-channel of your master or bring out serious smack on an individual channel, Punch can handle the task.

Ignite

Ignite mode allows you to dial in rich harmonic distortion in a dynamic way based on the input signal. Ignite can increase the perceived loudness, power and presence of a channel without the pumping effects of a compressor.

Grow

Grow mode lets you increase the width of the selected frequencies using a psychoacoustic precedence effect. Grow can be applied in a dynamic way meaning only the signal surpassing the threshold is widened. This along with the frequency selection gives you a new realm of movement to inject into your music.

System Requirements

Mac:

  •  OS X 10.8 or higher. 32-bit or 64-bit AU, VST 2/3 or AAX host.

Windows:

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10. 32-bit or 64-bit VST 2/3 or AAX host.

Available in VST, VST3, Audio Units and AAX formats (all both 64-bit and 32-bit).


21. Movement

by Output

Movement

Rhythm FX Engine: Your Sounds – Powerful Rhythms.

Welcome to MOVEMENT, an exciting and powerful effects engine that adds simple to mind-bending rhythms to any input in real time – from guitars and keyboards to synths, pads, drums and even full mixes. Built equally for studio use and live performance, the creators of EXHALE, SIGNAL and REV bring you a tool that pushes the possibilities of your music.  

Your Sounds. Powerful Rhythms: The basis of MOVEMENT is simple: dial in a rhythm from one of 300+ presets or build from scratch and then use the XY pad to tweak in real time. Perform live with it, automate it in your DAW or just find the perfect blend of the original input and the rhythms. You’ll quickly see that no matter how subtle or crazy the tempo-locked rhythms are, they’re built to be musical.

Behind the Engine: Movement’s power comes from blending the original source with 4 unique rhythm engines, each with Sidechain, LFO, & Step Sequencer based modulation, as well as Output’s proprietary Flux and Randomizer. In addition, there are 76 parameters available to modulate and help add motion to the sound. Reverbs and compressors pumping, analog modeled filters and EQ’s opening and closing, delays morphing and tube distortion warming and cooling the input are a few examples. And as the source is split from the onset, you can bring rhythm in and out to taste.

Advanced Sidechain: A feature unique to MOVEMENT is the advanced sidechain modulation, allowing the user to modulate up to 38 separate parameters using the input source. Beyond the typical kick / compressor sidechain combination, you can now use that input to modulate filters, reverb, distortion, EQ, delays and more, all at one time. 

Intuitive, fast and easy to use: MOVEMENT is designed to be simple, intuitive and fast but also a powerhouse in the background. Whether you’re tweaking a preset or building a rhythm from scratch, the possibilities are endless. Push yourself to be creative.  

Features

  • 300+ Presets for instant playability
  • Input any sound, instrument or track
  • Modulate any parameter with any rhythm in real time
  • Sidechain, LFO, Step Sequencer rhythm modulation
  • Output’s proprietary Flux and Randomizer
  • Advanced sidechain modulation – modulate any parameter
  • Analog filters, EQ, delay, distortion, compression and reverb effects
  • XY pad for performance
  • Built for live performance and for the studio
  • Simple design and ease of use

New in Movement V1.1

  • Reverse delay
  • Hi-pass/Low-pass EQ mode
  • Faster load time/ Less CPU Load

System Requirements

  • Comes in VST, VST3, AU, AAX
  • 32 and 64 bit compatible
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher
  • Windows 7 or higher
  • 4GB of RAM required, 8GB recommended
  • At least 500 MB of free drive space
  • Reliable internet connection for download delivery and product activation
  • Allows for activation on two computers per serial code

22. Tantra + Expansions Bundle

by DS Audio

Tantra + Expansions Bundle

Tantra is a rhythmic multi-effect plug-in with a rich feature set and high-quality processing modules. With Tantra you can get any kind of sound and turn it into a complex rhythmic progression, with lots of movements among the deep produced sound space.

Multi-stage modulators

The core of Tantra is a set of 8 multi-mode modulators, which generate rhythmic 32-step multi-stage envelopes with adjustable shape and different operating modes.

High-quality effects

6 high-quality effects process audio in Tantra and in response to the applied modulations form rhythmic pulsations in your sounds. All popular effects included: analog filter, distortion and lo-fi sections, flexible delay and flanger. Special Glitch module brings the modern “Stutter” effect on the board.

All the effects are organized as two independent layers, which allows you to produce deep and complex audio rhythms, consist of two sub-patterns.

Master equalizer and reverb at the output will help you to shape your final sound and breathe air into it.

Factory Expansion 1, 2 and 3

Factory Expansion 1, 2 and 3 are collections of 64 presets each for Tantra. The soundsets include expressive rhythmic patches suitable for processing any kind of sounds, no matter whether it is electronic or recorded in the real world.

Features

  • 192 Presets​

System Requirements

Although Tantra doesn’t require powerful processor to run, it is recommended to use modern processors with at least two cores. Please make sure you have the following system specifications:

  • Modern processor with SSE3 support
  • Windows Vista or higher
  • OSX 10.9.X or higher
  • VST 2.4 or AU or AAX compatible host software

23. The Sweeper + FREE Slappy

by denise

The Sweeper + FREE Slappy

Shape Your Sound

Dynamic frequency Sweeping is a new way to be creative and open up your mix. It’s a more natural alternative to side-chain compression and gating and a creative tool that lets you completely reshape your sound.

How does it work?

The Sweeper plugin is a dynamic envelope following filter with sidechain input. The plugin works by responding to a received input, either directly or via the sidechain, and moving a low pass filter or high pass filter to the shape of that input. This gives the plugin incredible flexibility and a broad range of uses, whether that’s with generating effects, or being used more precisely as a mixing tool. The plugin is suitable as a more natural-sounding and precise alternative to sidechain compression, for example.

Key Features

  • Adaptive filter: The Sweeper sets its frequency based on the loudness of the source or side chain signal.
  • Resonance: Go from subtle to extreme resonance for a wide range of use cases.
  • Side Chain: Shape the frequency response of one track using another track as a trigger signal. Invent new sounds and to create space in your mix.
  • Interactive graph: See in real-time how the filter response to the source signal or side-chain.
  • Attack & Release: Precisely control the filter’s behaviour over time.
  • Start & end-frequency: Define the filter’s desired start and end frequency with the option to flip its direction.

System Requirements

Mac:

  • OSX 10.7 or newer (64-bit only)
  • VST, VST3, AU, AAX

​Windows: 

  • Windows 7 or newer
  • VST, VST3, AAX

24. KiloHearts Multipass Modular Multi-Effect

by kiloHearts

KiloHearts Multipass Modular Multi-Effect

Let’s Go Splitsies!

Please note: This Multipass package does not include all Snapins, but the 5 listed on this product page.

When adding effects to a sound, it’s not uncommon to want to apply these effects to just a certain part of the sound. For example, you might not want a complex chorus to affect your bass too much, or a hard distortion to totally fry your high end. Either way, multiband processing adds a dimension to effect chains that really opens up a new world of options in sound design. Multipass helps you with this, allowing you to split the input sound into up to 5 easily tweakable frequency bands and applying an unlimited number of effects to each band. Pitch-shifted auto pan with a filtered chorus delay distortion? Coming right up!

Time to phase the music

Band splitting comes with a bit of a price. It’s unavoidable (without adding latency) to mess a bit with the phase of the sound. Usually, this is not a problem, but when chaining multiple multiband effects this can add up to a lot of phase distortion. In Multipass, the band splitting is only done once no matter how many effects you add, leaving the phase as minimally harmed as possible. It also sorts out dry/wet mixing of effect lanes properly without phasing where possible. Parallel multiband compression, here we come!

Modulation station

While adding four filters a frequency shifter and a stereo width modifier can be interesting in itself, adding four filters with sweeping cutoff retriggered by audio threshold, a frequency shifter bound to the MIDI note and stereo width scaled by the input RMS can be… Well, probably strange. But it may be amazing, and trying it out is just a couple of clicks away. Try it!

You have to focus, Trinity

When you’re tweaking a specific frequency band, the other bands and effects involved can sometimes make it hard to properly hear what’s going on. Mute or solo effect lanes to quickly home in on what you’re doing. And if you automate it, it can even be an effect in itself!

Honey, I’m 4 ms late

Don’t worry about latency. No matter how you route things or what effects you add, Multipass makes sure everything is as in sync as they can be to make sure all modulation aligns properly and to avoid phasing issues.

What’s a Snapin?

Well, snapins are regular old VST/AU plugins that you can use for a multitude of purposes. They come in a bunch of different flavours and we create more all the time. The thing is that they also work as modular effect pieces that you can combine in our snapin host plugins, as you can see above. Nifty!

To give you some feel for what you can do with snapins these first 5 are on the house!

You can buy as many, or as few, additional snapins as you like. But if you are looking to save some money, why don’t you get one of our bundles?

Multipass Bundle 

Chorus

The Chorus enhances the stereo effect and presence of a sound by mixing it with delayed versions of itself. It’s like your own personal choir!

Delay

While large echoing cavernous chambers seldom are the first pick for a good acoustic space, Delay effects have been ubiquitous in sound processing for a long time.

The kHs Delay can be run both free-running and tempo-synced with various stereo and feedback options. Most notable however is the duck feature, which optionally only lets the echoed sound through when there is no dry input signal. This allows for long and heavy delays while still avoiding clutter over the original sound. Clever!

Gain

Sound loud? Make softer. Sound quiet? Make louder.

Limiter

Whether you want to crank the last drops of gain out of your track or just want to control a few loud peaks, a Limiter can be the weapon of choice.

By looking a little bit into the future, a limiter can make sure your signal never goes louder than you want it to without distorting or destroying transients. Even with the knob turned to 11.

Stereo

Width and panning.

Left speaker.                                      Right speaker.

          W             i             d             e

                             Narrow

That’s what this plugin does. Questions?

System Requirements

These are the minimum recommended system requirements for running snapins.

CPU:

  • 2 GHz or faster

Memory:

  • 1 GB or more

Operating System:

  • Windows (7 or newer) or Mac OS X (10.7 or newer)

Software:

  • A VST / Audio Unit / AAX compatible DAW

Supported formats:

  • AAX
  • AU
  • VST2
  • Snapin

Please note: If you use a lot of snapins at the same time in your patch the CPU usage will increase accordingly. Thus, we cannot guarantee that the snapins will work flawlessly in all use cases even if your system does meet the minimum recommended system requirements.


25. WORMHOLE

by Zynaptiq

WORMHOLE

Otherworldly Audio Effects

From beautifully shimmering detuned guitar widening and glassy ambient octave-shift tails, to surreal ambiences, starship drones, alien, monster, and robot voices — WORMHOLE is the new indispensable multi-effects powerhouse for sound designers, music producers and film composers alike. Combining ultra-clean pitch/frequency shifting, eccentric spectral warping, dual lush reverbs, and unique dry/wet morphing, WORMHOLE delivers sounds so unearthly you’ll swear they’re from a parallel universe.

Key Features:

  • High-quality multieffects processing ranging from the sublime to the extreme.
  • WARP spectral inversion & warping module.
  • SHIFT unique topology combined pitch-/frequency-shifting module with SMOOTH, TIGHT and two DETUNE modes.
  • Dual lush randomized hall reverbs.
  • Unique dry/wet morphing. 
  • Very wide +- 4 octaves pitch-shift and +-4000Hz frequency shift range, fully aliasing free, with 96dB/oct (!!) carrier and side-band attenuation.

Powerhouse

WORMHOLE consists of 5 highly synergistic processing modules: the spectral WARP, the pitch/frequency SHIFT, the dual random modulated hall REVERB, a nifty little DELAY, and the dry/wet morphing FX BLEND sections. In combination with a flexible signal path, this makes WORMHOLE an ultra-fast and easy-to-use, high-end multieffects processor, that covers the full range from the subtle to the (very) extreme. Whether you’re a sound designer, music producer or ambient artist, WORMHOLE is for you.

So What Is This For?

While WORMHOLE excels at making the usually time-consuming workflows of creating high-quality Sci-Fi sounds and creature voices fast, easy, fun and extremely hi-fi, it actually covers a very broad range of applications – including musical sweetening and ambient effects from the grungy to the shimmering and lush, bread-and-butter mixing effects like creating suboctaves, widening, chorusing, filtering, harmonic shaping and reverberation, and some seriously psychedelic electronica colors and mangling effects. Here are some of the things WORMHOLE is great at.

Alien, Robot and Monster Voices & Space-Age Transmission FX

WORMHOLE is insanely good for making all sorts of creature and robotic voices, as well as making them sound like the gravitometric faster-than-light transceiver went out-of-range. The WARP and SHIFT sections provide the mangling, while the dry/wet morphing ensures intelligibility (even with extreme transformations) and serves to fine-tune the alienification amount – reigning even the strongest processing back in if so desired. Or use the morphing to gradually transition from clean to mutated in an otherwise impossible, cool way. 

Surreal Soundscapes and SFX

With WORMHOLE, spaceship atmospheres and neutrino accelerator field fluctuation induced interference oscillations are unbelievably easy to make – and sound unbelievably good, too. Turn cute metal clangs into huge impacts of intergalactic proportions, aircondition rumble into ancient planetoid displacement machinery hum, and synthesizer waveforms into mutated cyborg production facility power plant drones. Then, animate the sound organically by moving the dry/wet morph and section dry/wet mixes just a little bit. Or go crazy and automate everything all over the place, of course.

Musical Effects – Shimmering, Ambient, Lush, Beautiful

Guitars, pianos, pads all love WORMHOLE. It does just that thing that you’d typically reach for your really awesome vintage rack multi-effects units for, and feed them back into each other through the console…if they weren’t out for service. Again. With unknown ETA due to the parts being unobtainium. And actually, WORMHOLE is the space-age version of that approach. No pitch-shifter induced disharmonic sidebands or graininess. Just pure, lushly blissfull glassy ambient fifths and octaves, micro-detuning shimmers, and more. Did we mention the dual, cascadable random modulated hall reverbs yet? 

Mixing Effects – Widening, Chorusing & More

Since we gave WORMHOLE a really great pitch shifter, we figured: it would be smart to also make it do the L/R Detuning-Widening-Chorusing Thing. As we try to be smart as much as we can, we taught WORMHOLE how to do just that. The pitch-shifter has two dedicated L/R detuning modes and, taking the approach up another notch, we also created what we believe to be the first center-balanced widening delay. Together with the dry/wet morphing and the dual reverb engines, this makes for organic sounds from the sublimely subtle to the…well, NOT-so-subtle-at-all. 

Far-Out Electronic Musical Effects & Destruction

Create sounds that mimic oscillator sync using any sound as the source. Even after the fact. Apply super-high fidelity frequency shifting, create wild pumping textures that sound far more aggressive than possible with a compressor, use the WARP circuit for emulating sample rate reduction and for creating unique lo-fi tones in a hi-fi way. Or, more generally speaking: transform your sounds in otherworldly ways. That’s WORMHOLE. If you dig modular synths (like we do), you’ll love it.

Simplexity

None of this complexity translates into your workflow, though – the WORMHOLE user interface is strikingly simple, and the plug-in is a breeze to use. A huge selection of meticulously crafted factory presets and a weighted randomization feature make exploring space beyond the WORMHOLE superluminally fast. Easy to use MIDI Learn for all controls makes fine-tuning parameters easier than translocating into a parallel universe. Well, quite a bit easier, actually. Give the free trial a spin to experience this multi-dimensional joyride for yourself!

System Requirements:

PC:

  • Windows 7 or newer
  • CPU with at least 2 Cores; Intel CPU recommended, i7 or better recommended.
  • Steinberg VST 2.4, VST 3 or Avid RTAS/AAX compatible Host software
  • For AAX Native 32-bit, the minimum required Pro Tools version is 10.3.6
  • iLok.com account for machine- or iLok 2 based activation (of full as well as demo versions) DOES NOT REQUIRE ILOK KEY
  • Internet Connection for Software Activation (though not necessarily on the computer used for audio)

MAC:  

  • Apple Mac computer
  • OSX 10.8.x or newer
  • Intel CPU with at least 2 Cores; i7 or better recommended.
  • Apple AU (AudioUnits), Steinberg VST 2.4, VST 3 or Avid RTAS/AAX compatible Host software
  • For AAX Native 32-bit, the minimum required Pro Tools version is 10.3.6
  • iLok.com account for machine- or iLok 2 based activation (of full as well as demo versions) DOES NOT REQUIRE ILOK KEY
  • Internet Connection for Software Activation (though not necessarily on the computer used for audio)

Formats:

WORMHOLE is available for a variety of formats.

Mac OS X:

  • Apple AudioUnits (32/64bit)
  • Avid RTAS
  • Avid AAX Native including AudioSuite (32/64bit)
  • Steinberg VST 2.4 (32/64bit)

Windows:

  • Avid RTAS
  • Avid AAX Native including AudioSuite (32/64bit)
  • Steinberg VST 2.4 (32/64bit)

Copy Protection

ADAPTIVERB uses the latest PACE copy protection, which allows you to place your activation on your machine or on an iLok 2* (not included). You will need a free iLok.com account to use our software, even for the the demos – but you do not necessarily need the iLok 2 dongle, if your machine has internet access (activation of a system without internet connectivity requires an iLok 2 device). All required software is installed along with our plugins, but we generally recommend downloading the latest versions directly from iLok.com.

Please note: The older, first generation (blue) iLok is not supported!


26. Fraction

by Sinevibes

Fraction

Audio Slicing Workstation

Important note: This software is Mac compatible only (Audio Units) and will not function on PC computers.

Fraction is a plugin for deep on-the-fly remixing and mangling of sound. It features 8x independent slicers which record and repeat short pieces of incoming audio at defined points in time, either mixing with or replacing the original input. Each slicer has options for variable trigger probability and intelligent randomization for producing infinite variations in the arrangement instead of repeating the same loop over and over. Fraction also includes as many as 24x multi-effect processors (three for every slicer) with a diverse collection of finely tuned algorithms, plus effect parameter animation hard-linked to slicer’s timing. With such immense power Fraction is not just a great tool for intricate stutters, fills, breaks and transitions – it’s more like a little sampling groovebox that operates fully in real time.

Features

Sound Engine

  • 8x audio slice repeaters with individual size, repeat count, playback direction and trigger probability.
  • Intelligent real-time randomization functions with adaptive random number distribution.
  • 3x serial effect processors per slice, each with 16 types: low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and band-reject filters, phaser, barber-pole phaser, positive and negative flangers, chorus, bit depth and sample rate reduction, analog drive, circuit-bent filter, frequency shifter, pitch shifter, ring modulator.
  • Per-slice output stage with separate duck/mix setting, gate time, pan and level.
  • 4x parameter animation generators per slice, hard-linked to slice repeat timing.

Graphic Interface

  • Color-coded graphics with subtle animations.
  • Live input audio waveform for visual slice marker placement.
  • Fully hardware-accelerated rendering with support for retina screen resolution.
  • Multiple utility and randomization functions.
  • Additional functionality and haptic feedback available on compatible trackpads.

Update 1.4.0

  • Thoroughly redesigned user interface with bolder shapes and thicker font.
  • New arrow-style status indicators above slice markers which light up when the respective slices are processing audio.
  • New “random” slice playback mode that shuffles between forward, reverse & forward-reverse modes.
  • Increased audio waveform rendering resolution for retina screens.
  • New “intelligent” algorithms for slice size and slice repeats randomization that adapt random number distribution depending on parameter range and current value.
  • Extended function support for force-touch trackpads.
  • Reduced processor load thanks to all-new, more efficient parameter and modulation lag filters.
  • Reduced processor load and improved memory handling in main slice repeater algorithm.
  • Reduced GPU load from audio waveform graphic.
  • Multiple improvements in user manual, including block diagram.
  • New factory presets (over 80 presets now included).

System Requirements

  • Supports OS X 10.6 or later, running on 32 or 64-bit Intel Macs
  • Works with any application that supports Audio Unit (AU) effect plugins

Important Notes: 

  • This software is Mac compatible only (Audio Units) 
  • An Audio Units (AU) compatible DAW is also required to run this software
  • This software will not function on PC computers

27. Kombinat Tri

by Audio Damage

Kombinat Tri

From mild tone-shaping or adding a bit of grit to full-on total waveform destruction, Kombinat Tri is a complete toolbox of sonic warfare and a complete top-to-bottom rebuild of our popular Kombinat series. 

With 13 different options in each of the three distortion engines (plus pass-through), Kombinat Tri is capable of sophisticated and unique sounds. Want to add a ring mod to the low end, a mild tube clip to the mids, and a bit-reduction algorithm to the high end? No problem. Want to run your signal through three sine-warps or fuzz algorithms in series? This is your box. 

Kombinat’s signal structure allows for a fairly broad palette of sounds, as each segment of the overall effect is a versatile tool in its own right. On the front end is a full “DJ-style” band-killer EQ; this leads to the three distortion engines, which may be used in multi-band mode for subtle surgery, or in series mode for complete signal destruction. The engines lead to a multi-mode filter with 12 different topologies, and then on to a compressor which we have configured for one-control operation.

Taken as a whole, Kombinat is a tweaker’s paradise, yet designed so that it is easy to just grab one of the presets and touch it up a bit to suit the source material.

Features

Crossover: Kombinat Tri features a DJ-style three-band isolator EQ for band-killing effects and extreme tone-carving on the front end. This leads to the three distortion engines, which can be run in crossover (multi) mode, or in series.

Multiple Distortion Types: Kombinat Tri has 13 different distortion and tone-shaping algorithms, and you can mix-and-match, with each of the three bands getting its own selector. From subtle tube-style clipping to the bizarre distorto-delay of the Nerd Rage algorithm, Kombinat Tri can cover all the bases without unnecessary complexity.

Feedback: If the algorithms weren’t enough, Kombinat Tri has an internal feedback control, tied to an envelope follower. Results may vary, but are always hairy. 

Filter: Kombinat Tri has 12 different filter topologies, from subtle 2-pole lowpass, through synth-style filters, to surgical notch. Several are self-resonant. 

One-Kontrol Kompressor: A favourite feature of the original Kombinat and Kombinat Dva, the one-knob compressor, tuned for collapsing distorted signals to roadkill, remains in Kombinat Tri. 

Mix Control: Kombinat Tri adds an oft-requested feature: a mix knob for better control over the signal path. 

Presets: Kombinat Tri includes a selection of presets from Kombinat and Kombinat Dva, some all-new presets to take advantage of the new features, and a selection of Designer presets from Ken Flux Pierce and Don Gunn.

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows 8.1 or newer and a 64-bit DAW.
  • VST (64-bit only)
  • VST3 (64-bit only)
  • AAX (64-bit only)

Mac

  • 10.11 El Capitan or newer and a 64-bit DAW. 
  • VST (64-bit only)
  • VST3 (64-bit only)
  • AAX (64-bit only)
  • Audio Unit (64-bit only)

28. Nuxx

by Audiaire

Nuxx

Sequencer Powered Multi FX

Powerful multi-FX processor with dedicated parameter sequencer and 30 effects types.

Explore limitless possibilities by modifying each effect parameter in its own independent sequencer lane, on one screen. Choose from filters, delay, reverb, distortion, pitch shift, bit crusher, phaser, chorus, ring mod and more.

Nuxx can be used in two distinct modes. In its simplest form the sequencer can be hidden allowing use as a simple 6-knob multi-FX unit, or as a powerful glitch machine with real time automation on every FX parameter.

Nuxx includes 187 bespoke presets, 55 parameter sequencer lanes with complex tools for modifying lane behaviour, including the addition of popular scales, arpeggios and patterns.

Features

Extensive Preset Library

187 Presets designed by some of the world’s leading patch designers with cutting edge DSP by Sinevibes and Moditone.

Effect Types

30 insert FX types including compression, chorus, delay, distortion, decimator, flanger, phaser and barber-pole phaser, pitch shifter, low-pass, band-pass and high-pass filters, ring modulation and more.

Sequence Lane Presets

55 global and unipolar parameter sequencer lanes  and 6 fully assignable, colour-coded macros, responsive to real time lane automation.

Forward Thinking Interface

Clearly laid out, scalable GUI designed for ease-of- use with one page editing. Numerous lane modification tools including increase/decrease and shift steps modifiers plus 10 popular arpeggios and 13 scales.

Powerful Sequencer Options

27 lane and global sequencer speeds. Individual lane step mutes and independently selectable sequence lengths. Sequencer +/- swing and probability controls.

System Requirements

Mac

  • OSX 10.9+ (64-bit Only)
  • 2GB Ram (8GB Recommended)
  • VST or AU compatible host software

Windows

  • Windows 7+
  • 2GB Ram (8GB Recommended)
  • VST compatible host software

29. ToneSpot Acoustic Express

by Audified

ToneSpot Acoustic Express

Best tone of string instruments spotted easily.

Improves the tone of stringed acoustic instruments such as acoustic guitar, piano, violin or cello.

No more tweaking. Get inspired by the sound and explore some new colors. Across genres & styles, Immediatelly. Dirt cheap. Express delivers exactly the same sound quality and exactly the same amount of processing power, but with minimum controls so you can get the sweetspot of your tone super-fast. ToneSpot Acoustic Express is a preset-based plug-in that improves your tone in one click.

Features

  • Best mixing tricks and creative effects for stringed acoustic instruments processing
  • Monstrous processing power and flexibility
  • Musically labelled controls
  • Settings based on the analysis of thousands of world-class records
  • Time-saver: No need to use many amp sims
  • Intelligent gain staging

Tone Hunting

You need that outstanding tone you are hearing on your favourite album. So you bought an awesome instrument and a fantastic amp. Maybe you have also bought some beautiful stomp boxes, expensive rack units and phenomenal microphones. You use many hi-end plug-ins. But what? Your dream-tone is not there when recorded and mixed with the rest of the band? You are endlessly tweaking and tweaking your sound, you tried everything. No success.

Why?

Acoustic instruments can take a lot of processing even the natural tone is needed. It’s because of the context. Acoustic instruments can fight against busy arrangement with several layers of instruments clashing into each other. Or the recordings are sounding too sterile, thin or harsh. So you need the tone that can cut through. The tone has to be harmonically rich and fat sounding, but it also needs to have a lot of clarity and tightness at the same time. But it’s not all! Even if the instrument is heavily processed, it also has to be very natural sounding at some point so everyone knows what instrument is played.

And that’s why you need ToneSpot.

Let’s talk engineering for a while, shall we?

“When a professional audio engineer is building that awesome tone in the studio, he is often running it through some heavy lifting. Blending several re-amping chains with massive filtering, heavy compression, equalization, saturation or even some multiband processing and maybe some other crazy stuff. And it is no secret that the top engineers often run the signal through their chains twice or three times in series until both the engineer and the artist are 100% satisfied with the result. So there is a lot of stuff to do when building a perfect tone.

There are very few products tailored for acoustic instruments post-processing, but most today’s engineers use very similar workflow.”

Standard Acoustic Instrument Rigs

Mostly it’s not enough to run the acoustic instrument through a preamp or DI-box to get the standards we are hearing on today’s records.
At the end of the day, we need a ton of surgical plugins, a ton of effects, simulation plugins that eat a significant portion of CPU power.

ToneSpot Solution

There is a simpler solution. Tone Spot is just one processor doing everything. One missing product you need for every stringed acoustic instrument. It is a key to success full of tricks, extensive know-how and still with a lot of freedom.

What matters? Music or Sound?

Both.

Great musical ideas need a great sound. Music industry changed over years. The quality of sound and sound aesthetics often determine the success of the music. It’s not enough to write good music anymore. You need breathtaking sound to get attention. 

And…

If you have an inspiring sound, you write and play better music. You have the ideas, we have the tool, so…

Lets get inspired by the sound!

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.9 – Mac OS X 10.14
  • AAX 32b, AAX 64b, AU 32b, AU 64b, VST2 32b, VST2 64b, VST3 32b, VST3 64b

Windows

  • Windows 7 – Windows 10
  • AAX 32b, AAX 64b, VST2 32b, VST2 64b, VST3 32b, VST3 64b

30. ToneSpot Drum Express

by Audified

ToneSpot Drum Express

Best drum tone spotted easily.

Improves the tone of acoustic, electric or synth drums and percussion. Express is a little brother of the Pro version.

No more tweaking. Get inspired by the sound and explore some new colours. Across genres & styles, immediately. Dirt cheap. Express delivers exactly the same sound quality and exactly the same amount of processing power, but with minimum controls so you can get the sweet spot of your tone super-fast. ToneSpot Drum Express is a preset-based plug-in that improves your tone in one click.

Features

  • Best mixing tricks for drums processing
  • Monstrous processing power and flexibility
  • Musically labelled controls
  • Settings based on the analysis of thousands of world-class records
  • Time-saver: No need to use many plug-ins
  • Intelligent gain staging

Tone Hunting

You need that outstanding drum tone you are hearing on your favourite album. So you bought an awesome drumkit or a drum machine. Maybe you have also bought some quality triggers and beautiful drum samples to extend your tonal palette, you have bought expensive rack units and phenomenal microphones. You use many hi-end plugins. But what? Your dream-tone is not there when recorded and mixed with the rest of the band? You are endlessly tweaking and tweaking your sound, you tried everything. No success.

Why?

Drums can take a lot of processing. It’s because the drums get a lot of attention in the music and for some genres are really crucial. So it´s very important to get the drums sound just right. Drums can fight against busy arrangement with several layers of instruments. Or the recordings are sounding too sterile, thin or harsh. So you need the tone that can cut through. The drum tone has to be punchy and fat sounding, but it also needs to have a lot of clarity and tightness at the same time. But it’s not all! Even if the drums are heavily processed, sometimes they still also have to be very natural sounding at some point.

And that’s why you need ToneSpot.

Let’s talk engineering for a while, shall we?

When a professional audio engineer is building that awesome tone in the studio, he is often running it through some heavy lifting. Blending several drum samples with massive filtering, heavy compression, equalization, saturation or even some multiband processing and maybe some other crazy stuff. And it is no secret that the top engineers often run the signal through their chains twice or three times in series until both the engineer and the artist are 100% satisfied with the result. So there is a lot of stuff to do when building a perfect drum tone.

There are very few products tailored for the drums post-processing, but most today’s engineers use very similar workflow.

Standard Drums Processing Rigs

Mostly it’s not enough to run the drum tracks through a basic channel strip or to just use some fancy drum samples to get the standards we are hearing on today’s records. 

At the end of the day, we need a ton of plugins that eat a significant portion of CPU power.

ToneSpot Solution

There is a simpler solution. Tone Spot is just one processor doing everything. One missing product you need for every drum track. It is a key to success full of tricks, extensive know-how and still with a lot of freedom.

What Matters? Music or Sound?

Both.

Great musical ideas need a great sound. Music industry changed over years. The quality of sound and sound aesthetics often determine the success of the music. It’s not enough to write good music anymore. You need breathtaking sound to get attention. 

And…

If you have an inspiring sound, you write and play better music.  You have the ideas, we have the tool, so… lets get inspired by the sound!

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.9 – Mac OS X 10.15
  • AAX 32b, AAX 64b, AU 32b, AU 64b, VST2 32b, VST2 64b, VST3 32b, VST3 64b

Windows

  • Windows 7 – Windows 10
  • AAX 32b, AAX 64b, VST2 32b, VST2 64b, VST3 32b, VST3 64b

31. Artillery2

by Sugar Bytes

Artillery2

A Sugar Bytes Classic

The concept is as simple as it is effective: An arsenal of 28 effects can be assigned to zones on your keyboard. Then fire up the effects with your keyboard! Artillery simply is a great product, allowing you to create mad effect orgies in an intuitive manner. As you become familiar with its possibilities, you’ll find yourself turning to Artillery more and more often, be it on stage or in production.

Intelligent & Versatile

Chances are Artillery Will Substitute a Few of your Plug-ins

Effect zones are set up by drawing boxes across ranges of keys on the on-screen keyboard. The collection of processors (6 categories) ranges from standard filters and delays to advanced granular processing and even a vocoder.

We surely did work on the sound of Artillery: it spans a dazzling array from traditional filter sweeps, dead-on delays to extreme granular, loop- and vocoder effects.

Another focus of our development were resources. You can stack as many of the effects as you like: cpu load will rarely be in the double digits.

Universal Modulator

Transparent & Versatile Control

Once you have defined your keyzone, a specific set of controls appears on screen. Each effect has its own parameters that can be modulated by Key Tracking (which note you play on the keyboard inside the range), an LFO, an envelope, or a step sequencer.

Having a different modifier for each parameter of a single effect can be a little daunting in the beginning, but it allows for some really intricate sounding effects.

An animated green ring around each parameter knob shows the strength of the modulation as it takes place, so you can, for example, see the ring pulsing in time to an assigned LFO.

Key Tracking

Modulate According to the Pitch of the Played Note

The key tracking option allows you to apply one effect to a group of keys and have each key modify the effect.

You could apply a delay to an octave of keys and have the delay time or feedback change as you work your way up or down the octave.

Or have a looper where the size of the loop changes as you work your way up the keyboard, creating 8th note to 16th note to 32nd note stutters before a big impact.

Host Integration

Setting up Artillery in your DAW

It’s really simple, here’s FL Studio as an example: Open up Artillery on any channel, and create a MIDI Out layer just like you would any other type of layer.

Set the output to any number and go into Artillery, click the button that looks like a gear in the upper left-hand corner, and set the input and output to the same number as in your MIDI out layer.

Sounds & Presets

Unlimited creative possibilities:

  • Use Artillery 2 to do magic with your tracks or live signals on stage, in your VST/AU/AAX compatible DJ software or in your studio setup
  • Turn an EQ into a multiband comp with a set of envelope followers, let the Looper scratch its buffer using a step sequencer, play pitched delay times on the keyboard, or let Ring modulators pitch jam along the transients of your audio!

Features

  • Multi-Effect with definable keyboard zones
  • 28 Effect Algorithms
  • Consistent MIDI Integration and Host Sync
  • Flexible Modulation System with Key Tracking and Universal Modulator
  • Dedicated Modulation, Env. & Dry/Wet per effect
  • Each Parameter: LFO, Env-Foll. & Sequencer
  • Vocoder
  • MIDI-Out

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.9 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Audio Unit (AU)
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Windows

  • Windows 7 or higher (64-bit only)

Formats:

  • AAX
  • Standalone Application
  • VST2

Important note: Ths software is only available in 64-bit format for both Windows and macOS and will not function on 32-bit systems.


32. Hexonator

by Sinevibes

Hexonator

Melodic Resonator

Important note: This software is Mac compatible only (Audio Units) and will not function on PC computers.

Here is a unique spectral effect that creates organic chord progressions, tasty melodic textures, or ambient drones out of almost anything.

Hexonator is built upon six melodically tuned resonators which isolate and emphasise matching frequency components in the incoming signal. With its chord sequencer, it makes it possible to “play” these resonators musically, producing fresh synthetic sounds that are full of life and character. Hexonator also includes a multi-mode filter for final shaping, and everything can be animated using two powerful modulators with multiple waveforms and adjustable chaos.

Just like with all Sinevibes products, Hexonator offers an incredibly simple, lightweight yet attractive user interface. It is comprised of high-contrast, colour-coded shapes for instantly intuitive operation. There are clever animations and transitions built it which makes the whole experience even more fun and engaging.

Features

  • Six melodically tuned resonators with positive/negative feedback, adjustable bandwidth
  • Chord sequencer with up to 32 steps, variable timing, shuffle and glide
  • Multi-mode filter: low-pass, band-pass, and high-pass at -12 dB and -24 dB per octave
  • Two modulators with 8 waveforms and adjustable chaos

System Requirements

  • Supports OS X 10.6 or later, running on 32 or 64-bit Intel Macs
  • Works with any application that supports Audio Unit (AU) effect plugins
  • Supports Retina screen resolution

Compatibility

Hologram works with Logic, GarageBand, Live, MainStage, ReNoise, Reaper, Studio One, Digital Performer, Tracktion and other software that supports Audio Unit effect plugins. It comes in 32/64 bit format for Intel Macs running OS X 10.6 or later, and supports Retina screen resolution.

Important Notes: 

  • This software is Mac compatible only (Audio Units) 
  • An Audio Units (AU) compatible DAW is also required to run this software
  • This software will not function on PC computers

33. Bass XL + FREE Slappy

by denise

Bass XL + FREE Slappy

Buy denise God Mode & receive a FREE denise Slappy delay unit.

(Note: The 100% off Slappy coupon is attached to the serial) 

(Offer Ends June 1st)

Lazer sharp tool for creating a massive and controlled low end for your tracks in seconds. compression and eq: eat your heart out.

The Bass XL adds weight, and also works great on melodic content. Enhance a bass or electric guitar, a kick drum, sub bass, percussion track or a whole drum sub mix.

Features

  • Tone dial: for full control over the character and color of your boost.
  • Ability to solo the added bass signal in order for reference or apply additional effects like saturation or distortion.
  • Volume independent drive: for a consistent sound in dynamic tracks..
  • Different filter slopes for a defined sound.
  • Low CPU usage.
  • No need for dongles or complex licence managers.

What’s great about the Bass XL is how fast and precisely you can work with it. Choose which  frequency to boost, apply the boost with the mix control and then choose a filter slope to set the width of the boost. Steep slopes make the boost sound more resonant and precise, while gentle slopes make the boost sound more gradual and warm. Saturate and colour the sound with the drive and tone control. Repeat steps until happy with the results. For an extra tight or loose sound, use the ‘position’ to move the bass boost backwards and forwards in time.

Use Cases

1. “You like your mix, but it’s not sounding fat enough in the low end.” Creating a fat sounding track requires a powerful but defined and controlled low end, which is not an easy thing to accomplish. Regular EQ and compression might only take you so far. With the Bass XL you can quickly dial in a defined low end boost that will push and color the low end of your mix or bus in an extremely controlled and precise way.
 
2. “You like the overall sound and attack of your kick drum, but the low end is not consistent enough.” It can be hard to control the low end dynamics of an inconsistent kick drum or any live recorded percussion instrument with regular EQ and compression. With the Bass XL you can easily dial in a consistent punchy sound around 80hz to 100hz, additional chesty sub around 60hz, or general warmth to even out the low end of your recordings, especially with higher drive settings.
 
3. “Your bass line’s low end lacks definition or power on certain notes and won’t sustain your mix.” Recording a stable bass part can be difficult, especially when recorded in a room with compromised acoustics. When certain notes in your recording lack definition or power, or are overly resonant, you can apply small EQ cuts to even out the bass completely and then apply Bass XL to boost the low end as a whole again for a more balanced low end.

System Requirements

  • OSX: VST, VST3, AU
  • Windows: VST, VST3

34. ToneSpot Bass Pro

by Audified

ToneSpot Bass Pro

Best bass tone spotted easily.

Improves the tone no matter what amp, pedal or plugin you are using for your bass guitar processing.

Swiss Army Knife for all tone hunters. Designed to fit the extreme heavy genres as well as the more traditional ones.

Features

  • Best mixing tricks for bass guitar processing
  • Monstrous processing power and flexibility
  • Musically labeled controls
  • Settings based on the analysis of thousands of world-class records
  • Time-saver: No need to use many amp sims
  • Intelligent gain staging

Tone Hunting

You need that outstanding bass guitar tone you are hearing on your favourite album.
So you bought an awesome instrument and a fantastic amp. Maybe you have also bought some beautiful stomp boxes, expensive rack units and phenomenal microphones. Or you rather use some amp simulation plugins.
But what? Your dream-tone is not there when recorded and mixed with the rest of the band? You are endlessly tweaking and tweaking your sound, you tried everything. No success.

Why?

Bass guitar can take a lot of processing. It’s because the bass often fights against heavily distorted and harmonically rich layers of guitars or synths. So you need the tone that can cut through. The bass has to be super-consistent, and tight but it also needs to have balls in the bottom-end and pretty nasty midrange at the same time. Sometimes it needs to be almost as distorted as the synth stuff so it can’t be overlooked in the mix. 

But it’s not all! Even if the bass is heavily distorted, it also has to be clear at some point so everyone knows which note is played, right? And that’s why you need ToneSpot.

Let’s Talk Engineering For A While, Shall We?

When a professional audio engineer is building that awesome tone in the studio, he is often running it through some heavy lifting. Blending several re-amping chains with massive filtering, heavy compression, equalization, saturation or even some multiband processing and maybe some other crazy stuff. And it is no secret that the top engineers often run the signal through their chains twice or three times in series until both the engineer and the artist are 100% satisfied with the result. So there is a lot of stuff to do when building a perfect bass guitar tone.

There are very few products tailored for bass instruments post-processing, but most today’s engineers use very similar workflow.

Standard Bass Guitar Rigs

Mostly it’s not enough to run the bass through a real tube amp or guitar amp simulation plugin to get the standards we are hearing on today’s records.

At the end of the day, we need a ton of plugins, a ton of real amps, a ton of simulation plugins that eat a significant portion of CPU power.

ToneSpot Solution

There is a simpler solution. Tone Spot is just one processor doing everything. One missing product you need for every amp or simulation. It is a key to success full of tricks, extensive know-how and still with a lot of freedom.

What Matters? Music or Sound?

Both.

Great musical ideas need a great sound. Music industry changed over the years. The quality of sound and sound aesthetics often determine the success of the music. It’s not enough to write good music anymore. You need breathtaking sound to get attention. 

And…

If you have an inspiring sound, you write and play better music.  You have the ideas, we have the tool, so… Let’s get inspired by the sound!

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.9 – Mac OS X 10.14
  • AAX 32b, AAX 64b, AU 32b, AU 64b, VST2 32b, VST2 64b, VST3 32b, VST3 64b

Windows

  • Windows 7 – Windows 10
  • AAX 32b, AAX 64b, VST2 32b, VST2 64b, VST3 32b, VST3 64b

35. Frostbite 2

by AudioThing

Frostbite 2

Spectral Freeze, Ring Mod, Feedback

Frostbite is a spectral freezing plugin combined with a Ring Modulator and a Feedback module. With the three freezing modes (spectral, reverb, convolution), you can transform any sound into ambient textures, soundscapes, or just frozen reverbs.

Frostbite can also be used for extreme sonic experiments by entirely mangling any source with extreme modulations. The Signal Flow is flexible, you can rearrange the modules with a simple drag-and-drop, and selects between the two modes: serial and parallel.

With the internal LFO you can modulate most of the parameters on each module, creating evolving eerie soundscapes.

Three Freeze Modes

The Freeze module has three freeze modes that you can choose:

  • Spectral, uses FFT to store several analysis windows in memory and replay them randomizing their phases.
  • Reverb, a classic reverb algorithm with multiple comb and all-pass filters that can have an infinite decay.
  • Convolution, multiplies the input signal with a randomly generated noise impulse, up to 60 seconds

Drag and Drop


Frostbite 2 can be used in serial or parallel mode. When used in serial mode, you can rearrange the modules with a simple drag-and-drop to change the signal flow.

Features

  • Freeze (Spectral, Reverb, Convolution)
  • Ring Modulator
  • Feedback
  • Flexible Routing (Drag and Drop)
  • 1 LFO with multiple destinations
  • 70+ Presets
  • Resizable Window
  • Preset system with randomizer

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8, 10 (64 bit)
  • Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2, 4 GB RAM
  • VST2, VST3, or AAX, 64-bit host

Mac

  • OS X 10.7 – macOS 10.15
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM
  • VST2, VST3, AU, or AAX, 64-bit host

36. ToneSpot Bass Express

by Audified

ToneSpot Bass Express

Best Bass Tone Spotted Easily

Improve the tone no matter what amp, pedal or plug-in you are using for your bass guitar processing. Express is a little brother of the Pro version.

Features

No more tweaking. Get inspired by the sound and explore some new colours. Across genres & styles, Immediately. Dirt cheap. Express delivers exactly the same sound quality and exactly the same amount of processing power, but with minimum controls so you can get the sweet spot of your tone super-fast. ToneSpot Bass Express is a preset-based plug-in that improves your tone in one click.

  • Best mixing tricks for bass guitar processing
  • Monstrous processing power and flexibility
  • Minimal controls for super-fast results
  • Settings based on the analysis of thousands of world-class records
  • Time-saver: No need to use many plug-ins
  • Intelligent gain staging

Tone Hunting

You need that outstanding bass guitar tone you are hearing on your favourite album.
So you bought an awesome instrument and a fantastic amp. Maybe you have also bought some beautiful stomp boxes, expensive rack units and phenomenal microphones. Or you rather use some amp simulation plugins.
But what? Your dream-tone is not there when recorded and mixed with the rest of the band? You are endlessly tweaking and tweaking your sound, you tried everything. No success.

Why?

Bass guitar can take a lot of processing. It’s because the bass often fights against heavily distorted and harmonically rich layers of guitars or synths. So you need the tone that can cut through. The bass has to be super-consistent, and tight but it also needs to have balls in the bottom-end and pretty nasty midrange at the same time. Sometimes it needs to be almost as distorted as the synth stuff so it can’t be overlooked in the mix. 

But it’s not all! Even if the bass is heavily distorted, it also has to be clear at some point so everyone knows which note is played, right? And that’s why you need ToneSpot.

Let’s Talk Engineering For A While, Shall We?

When a professional audio engineer is building that awesome tone in the studio, he is often running it through some heavy lifting. Blending several re-amping chains with massive filtering, heavy compression, equalization, saturation or even some multiband processing and maybe some other crazy stuff. And it is no secret that the top engineers often run the signal through their chains twice or three times in series until both the engineer and the artist are 100% satisfied with the result. So there is a lot of stuff to do when building a perfect bass guitar tone.

There are very few products tailored for bass instruments post-processing, but most today’s engineers use very similar workflow.

Standard Bass Guitar Rigs

Mostly it’s not enough to run the bass through a real tube amp or guitar amp simulation plugin to get the standards we are hearing on today’s records.

At the end of the day, we need a ton of plugins, a ton of real amps, a ton of simulation plugins that eat a significant portion of CPU power.

ToneSpot Solution

There is a simpler solution. Tone Spot is just one processor doing everything. One missing product you need for every amp or simulation. It is a key to success full of tricks, extensive know-how and still with a lot of freedom.

What Matters? Music or Sound?

Both.

Great musical ideas need a great sound. Music industry changed over the years. The quality of sound and sound aesthetics often determine the success of the music. It’s not enough to write good music anymore. You need breathtaking sound to get attention. 

And…

If you have an inspiring sound, you write and play better music.  You have the ideas, we have the tool, so… Let’s get inspired by the sound!

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.9 – Mac OS X 10.14
  • AAX 32b, AAX 64b, AU 32b, AU 64b, VST2 32b, VST2 64b, VST3 32b, VST3 64b

Windows

  • Windows 7 – Windows 10
  • AAX 32b, AAX 64b, VST2 32b, VST2 64b, VST3 32b, VST3 64b

37. Finisher NEO

by UJAM

Finisher NEO

Infinite Instant Inspiration

NEO delivers endless sonic variety and takes you where no audio effect has gone before.

Inspiration – Without Getting Lost

The Finisher is a new series of audio effect plug-ins for contemporary sound design. It was designed to combine the whole range of audio processors and effects while guaranteeing fail-proof operations, as you are used to with UJAM products. Best of all, it prevents you from composing a bland and boring track ever again.

What’s in There?

  • Pro-grade audio effect plug-in
  • 27 algorithms from granular pitch to multi-band distortion
  • 50 Modes – complex multi-effect chains made by pro sound designers
  • Uber-easy operation via macro controls

Futuristic FX

NEO stands for forward-thinking and bold exploration of new frontiers, that’s exactly what this plug-in is about. It’s the first of its kind in the world, and a sheer endless source of inspiration for modern, epic, action-packed and thrilling audio effects. Imagine a channel strip with virtually unlimited slots for effect processors, all of which can be switched on and off at the change of the Mode.

Features at a Glance

Finisher NEO comes with 50 carefully sound-designed effect configurations built from 27 different algorithms – from Grain Pitch to Multiband Distortion, from simple Stereo Delays to Convolution. Three macro knobs give you full control without the hassle. Tweak or automate the Effect knob for musically stunning sonic shifts, and adjust Variation and Ambience to make every effect your own.

The Variation knob lets you adjust musically useful changes to the current Mode – switch delay times, set EQ characteristics, change distortion curves and much more, often at the same time.

Keep It Simple and Focus on Your music

UJAM helps you focus on the only important thing: Your music! The interface is kept extremely simple to inspire sound design but without the headaches. There is no complicated setup, no tons of knobs and buttons. So, without a learning curve or sound designer knowledge, it is great for musicians, producers, and even podcasters. You just flip through the ready-made Modes (scripted and automated multi-effect chains under the hood) and enjoy the most straight-forward and delightful sound-design process ever.

Enjoy being freed from the pressure to know what’s going on. Trust your ears to be inspired – and make your tracks more beautiful, interesting, bigger, tougher, or change them entirely – while your focus remains on your music.

System Requirements

Operating Systems

  • Windows 8 or later
  • Mac OS X 10.11 or later
  • 64 bit only
  • You may run it on earlier versions but UJAM don’t support and fully qualify them.

Minimum Requirements

  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 0.2 GB of Disk Space
  • 1280x768px Display
  • Internet Connection

Plug-in Formats

  • VST
  • AU 2
  • AAX

Additional Information

  • Comes as a downloadable installer file.
  • Authorize by email address and password for ujam.com within the plug-in.
  • Supports MIDI standard.

Note: If you want to move your .blob file to an external drive, UJAM recommend the use of an SSD to prevent dropouts.


38. Zenith

by Audiaire

Zenith

Powerful MIDI Controller and Sequencer

Zenith is an advanced MIDI processor that allows any continuous controllers in a device to be modified by an independent sequencer lane, with each lane running at a unique rate and number of steps. Take control of hardware and software instruments like never before. Unlock and hack functionality. Write patterns and design sound with unparalleled flexibility.

Unique Dual Operation

As a feature-rich MIDI processor with a host of filters, chorder, scaler, LFOs, envelopes, and 24 x 32 step sequencers controlling MIDI CCs, pitch, velocity and gate at a variety of rates – with complex tools and presets for modifying lanes. Or as a handy custom interface for simply controlling MIDI and SysEx receiving gear.

Zenith features 200+ presets, with pre-configured maps for over 100 devices and is AU / VST2 compatible for PC/Mac.

Features

An Extensive Preset Library

  • 200+ presets offering default maps for popular software/hardware including Serum, Massive, Sylenth, Roland Juno 106, MKS-80, Yamaha DX7 and much more.

Customisable Control Surface

  • Easily map knobs, faders, sliders, LFOs, filters, and envelopes to MIDI CC and SysEx functions in any device – realise unparalleled sound generation functionality in MIDI gear and soft synths.

Powerful MIDI CC Sequencer

  • Individual sequencers for up to 24 x MIDI CCs, each running at up to 27 unique rates with 100 sequence lane presets and a variety of unique lane modifiers.

Chorder, Scaler, Velocity Limiter

  • Smart chord generator with support for up to 792 individual chords, automatic scale generation and note velocity manipulation.

Custom Sysex Scripting

  • Easily add obscure SysEx devices and unlock unique functionality in rare, vintage hardware – or simple MIDI learn functions for compatible soft synths.


System Requirements

Mac

  • OS 10.10 or higher. (64 bit only).
  • 2GB RAM (8GB recommended).
  • VST2 or AU compatible host software.

PC

  • Windows 8 or higher.
  • 2GB RAM (8GB recommended).
  • VST2 compatible host software.

Note: Zenith does not currently run on Propellerhead’s Reason software due to lack of MIDI routing functionality. Note also that Zenith installs as a VST2 and must be used with a VST2 compatible DAW, as VST3 does not presently allow for extensive MIDI routing.


39. Molecule

by Sinevibes

Molecule

Multi-Band Processor

Important note: This software is Mac compatible only (Audio Units) and will not function on PC computers.

Molecule is a multi-band processor that allows you to split the sound into three frequency bands – low, mid, high – and pass them independently through different effects. It includes a vast array of algorithms such as comb filter, chorus ensemble, frequency shifter as well as barber-pole phaser, circuit-bent filter, digital- and analog-style distortion. Each of the three bands also gets its own tempo-synchronised modulator with multiple waveforms and realtime randomisation. Moreover, Molecule lets you store up to eight complete snapshots of itself and switch between them in realtime or via host automation.

The graphic interface in Molecule uses a new design language with bold, colour-coded shapes that openly show all of the building blocks and their interconnections. With hardware-accelerated rendering and all-round parameter smoothing, it offers pleasant and intuitive operation. Altogether this makes Molecule a fun yet productive tool that goes as far as you want it to – from careful spicing-up to complete reconstruction.

Features

  • Three crossover filters with -24 dB/octave slope
  • Multiple processing algorithms: comb filter, chorus ensemble, ring modulator, frequency shifter, barber-pole phaser, sample rate and bit depth reduction, analog drive, hard clip, circuit-bent filter, fold-back distortion, two wave transformers
  • Three modulation generators with 8 different waveforms, per-cycle chaos function and lag switch
  • Eight full parameter snapshots for realtime switching and automation
  • Advanced transport sync algorithm with support for tempo and time signature automation

System Requirements

  • Supports OS X 10.6 or later, running on 32 or 64-bit Intel Macs
  • Works with any application that supports Audio Unit (AU) effect plugins
  • Supports Retina screen resolution

Compatibility

Hologram works with Logic, GarageBand, Live, MainStage, ReNoise, Reaper, Studio One, Digital Performer, Tracktion and other software that supports Audio Unit effect plugins. It comes in 32/64 bit format for Intel Macs running OS X 10.6 or later, and supports Retina screen resolution.

Important Notes: 

  • This software is Mac compatible only (Audio Units) 
  • An Audio Units (AU) compatible DAW is also required to run this software
  • This software will not function on PC computers

40. Sick Individuals Focus One

by Prolody

Sick Individuals Focus One

Designed and used by producer & DJ duo SICK INDIVIDUALS, the ‘FOCUS ONE’ plugin has five high-level effects that provide everything you need to make your synths sound big, cut through the mix and work together perfectly with your beats. Created in partnership with Prolody and Moditone

Features

Focus

  • Advanced compression that slams your sound in a unique way. Toughen up your mix.

Boost

  • A specialized EQ to boost your leads. Enhance your sound and cut through the mix.

Drive

  • High-resolution distortion to give more crunch and punch. Add harmonics to your sounds.

Widen

  • Mid-side effect that opens up your stereo image, adding substantial size to your mix. Make everything sound huge.

Pulse

  • A smart tremolo effect, automatically synced to your BPM. Create excitement and energy.

Extreme Mode

  • Switch to extreme mode and push your mix beyond the limits. Make it SICK.

System Requirements

  • Windows
  • Mac
  • 64-bit 
  • VST2
  • VST3
  • AU

41. The Sauce

by DJ Swivel

The Sauce

DJ Swivel’s First Premier Creative Tool for Dramatic Vocal Manipulation

The Sauce brings you all the essential ingredients you need to creatively transform your vocals in one simple plugin. Oh, and it sounds great on drums and instruments too. Find your flavour with The Sauce now!

Main Features

Flavour

Sculpt & shift the pitch and formant modulation of both mono and polyphonic audio in real-time. These effects are commonly used to manipulate vocals, giving that “vocal chop” sound heard in countless Pop, Dance, and Hip-Hop hits. But if you’re feeling adventurous try it on drums, you won’t be disappointed!

Sugar & Spice

Every sauce needs a little sugar and spice. Add your choice of harmonic saturation or overdrive distortion on the Spice knob, and chorus or flanger effects on the Sugar knob.

Squeeze / Smoke

Use these two parallel compressor options in Squeeze to tame or aggressively squeeze your input signal. These two compressor options can also be fed by a sidechain input.

With Smoke, add a little air with 3 different convolution reverb options, all modelled after some of DJ Swivel’s favourites from both past and present. A small room, a medium plate, or a large hall. This knob is treated as a mix knob allowing a 100% wet signal, enabling The Sauce to be used as an FX return.

Drip

Drip is a classic modern delay and echo modulation, with built-in high and low pass filters, along with a ping pong option. Simple, yet effective.

Multiband

The Sauce allows for all of the above effects to be processed both as a whole or individually across three user-definable multiband layers. This allows for endless possibilities of sounds and effects never heard before.

Additional Features

  • Make your sounds wide with Spread, a natural-sounding stereo imager.
  • Hi and Low pass output filters with resonance switches for a more musical filter sound.
  • Output / Mix toggle allowing the main output knob to be used as both a volume gain stage and an FX mix.
  • Save, store, and recall your own recipes (presets).
  • A / B two different recipe options.
  • GUI optimized for retina displays.
  • Easy plugin authorization.
  • Adjust the size of the plugin to fit your monitor.

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.11 or later (64-bit only)
  • AAX, AU, VST3
  • Minimum 44.1 KHz, Maximum 192 kHz Sample Rates.

PC

  • Windows 7 or later (64-bit only)
  • AAX, VST3
  • Minimum 44.1 KHz, Maximum 192 kHz Sample Rates.

Supported Hosts:

  • Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton, Cubase, FL Studio, Reason, Reaper, Studio One, Nuendo

Notes:

  • An internet connection is required at the time of activation.
  • The Sauce does not support VST2 or earlier formats

42. MRhythmizerMB

by MeldaProduction

MRhythmizerMB

From gating to glitching, repeating to scratching, all with stunning audio quality and up to 6 distinct bands, that’s MRhythmizerMB. A unique time manipulation effect that uses an integrated sequencer to control time, volume and filters. MMultiBandRhythmizer brings your music to life, say goodbye to boring audio performances!

36 Sequences for Each Time, Volume and Filter

The integrated sequencers will bring life into otherwise static performances. Switch between sequences using the controller you like the most, whether it is MIDI keyboard, MIDI pad-type controller, automation or you can even attach it to a modulator so that it switches automatically!

Multiband Scratching

We all know scratches, but with MRhythmizerMB you can scratch multiple bands using a simple slider, or you can use modulators and the plugin will do it automatically

Modulation Heaven

Does you music sound a little static? Well not anymore. You can modulate any parameter, and each modulator can work as an LFO, audio level follower, enveloper, randomizer and even pitch detector.

Features

  • The most advanced user interface on the market – stylable, resizable, GPU accelerated
  • Unique visualisation engine with classic meters and time graphs
  • 4 exceptionally versatile modulators
  • Adjustable oscillator shape technology
  • 4 multiparameters
  • M/S, single channel, up to 8 channels surround processing…
  • Automatic gain compensation (AGC)
  • Safety limiter
  • Sinc interpolation
  • Synchronization to host tempo
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn
  • Extremely fast, optimized for newest AVX capable processor
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange
  • Supports VST, VST3, AU and AAX interfaces on Windows & Mac, both 32-bit and 64-bit
  • No dongle nor internet access is required for activation
  • Free-for-life updates

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can’t work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X (10.7 and newer, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.


43. ToneSpot Acoustic Pro

by Audified

ToneSpot Acoustic Pro

Best tone of string instruments spotted easily.

Improves the tone of stringed acoustic instruments such as acoustic guitar, piano, violin or cello.

Swiss Army Knife solution for all tone hunters. Designed to fit the modern genres as well as the more traditional ones.

Features

  • Best mixing tricks and creative effects for stringed acoustic instruments processing
  • Monstrous processing power and flexibility
  • Musically labelled controls
  • Settings based on the analysis of thousands of world-class records
  • Time-saver: No need to use many amp sims
  • Intelligent gain staging

Tone Hunting

You need that outstanding tone you are hearing on your favourite album. So you bought an awesome instrument and a fantastic amp. Maybe you have also bought some beautiful stomp boxes, expensive rack units and phenomenal microphones. You use many hi-end plug-ins. But what? Your dream-tone is not there when recorded and mixed with the rest of the band? You are endlessly tweaking and tweaking your sound, you tried everything. No success.

Why?

Acoustic instruments can take a lot of processing even the natural tone is needed. It’s because of the context. Acoustic instruments can fight against busy arrangement with several layers of instruments clashing into each other. Or the recordings are sounding too sterile, thin or harsh. So you need the tone that can cut through. The tone has to be harmonically rich and fat sounding, but it also needs to have a lot of clarity and tightness at the same time. But it’s not all! Even if the instrument is heavily processed, it also has to be very natural sounding at some point so everyone knows what instrument is played.

And that’s why you need ToneSpot.

Let’s talk engineering for a while, shall we?

“When a professional audio engineer is building that awesome tone in the studio, he is often running it through some heavy lifting. Blending several re-amping chains with massive filtering, heavy compression, equalization, saturation or even some multiband processing and maybe some other crazy stuff. And it is no secret that the top engineers often run the signal through their chains twice or three times in series until both the engineer and the artist are 100% satisfied with the result. So there is a lot of stuff to do when building a perfect tone.

There are very few products tailored for acoustic instruments post-processing, but most today’s engineers use very similar workflow.”

Standard Acoustic Instrument Rigs

Mostly it’s not enough to run the acoustic instrument through a preamp or DI-box to get the standards we are hearing on today’s records.
At the end of the day, we need a ton of surgical plugins, a ton of effects, simulation plugins that eat a significant portion of CPU power.

ToneSpot Solution

There is a simpler solution. Tone Spot is just one processor doing everything. One missing product you need for every stringed acoustic instrument. It is a key to success full of tricks, extensive know-how and still with a lot of freedom.

What matters? Music or Sound?

Both.

Great musical ideas need a great sound. Music industry changed over years. The quality of sound and sound aesthetics often determine the success of the music. It’s not enough to write good music anymore. You need breathtaking sound to get attention. 

And…

If you have an inspiring sound, you write and play better music. You have the ideas, we have the tool, so…

Lets get inspired by the sound!

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.9 – Mac OS X 10.14
  • AAX 32b, AAX 64b, AU 32b, AU 64b, VST2 32b, VST2 64b, VST3 32b, VST3 64b

Windows

  • Windows 7 – Windows 10
  • AAX 32b, AAX 64b, VST2 32b, VST2 64b, VST3 32b, VST3 64b

44. ToneSpot Electric Express

by Audified

ToneSpot Electric Express

Best electric guitar tone spotted easily.

Improves the tone no matter what amp, pedal or plugin you are using for your electric guitar processing.

No more tweaking. Get inspired by the sound and explore some new colours. Across genres & styles, Immediately. Dirt cheap. Express delivers exactly the same sound quality and exactly the same amount of processing power, but with minimum controls so you can get the sweet spot of your tone super-fast. ToneSpot Electric Express is a preset-based plug-in that improves your tone in one click.

Features

  • Best mixing tricks for electric guitar processing
  • Monstrous processing power and flexibility
  • Minimal controls for super-fast results
  • Settings based on the analysis of thousands of world-class records
  • Time-saver: No need to use many plug-ins
  • Intelligent gain staging

Tone Hunting

You need the outstanding electric guitar tone you are hearing on your favourite album. So you bought an awesome instrument and a fantastic amp. Maybe you have also bought some beautiful stompboxes, expensive rack units, and phenomenal microphones. Or you rather use some amp simulation plugins. But what? Your dream-tone is not there when recorded and mixed with the rest of the band? You are endlessly tweaking and tweaking your sound, you tried everything. No success.

Why?

Electric guitars can take a lot of processing. It’s because guitars can get a lot of attention to the music and for some genres are really crucial. So it´s very important to get the guitar sound just right. Guitars can fight with several layers of instruments clashing into each other. Or the recordings are sounding too sterile, thin or harsh. On the opposite side, recorded guitars can sound too dark and muddy. So you need the tone that can cut through. The guitar tone has to be punchy and fat sounding, but it also needs to have a lot of clarity and tightness at the same time.

But that’s not all! Even if the guitars are heavily processed, sometimes they still also have to be very natural sounding at some point.

And that’s why you need ToneSpot.

Let’s talk engineering for a while, shall we?

When a professional audio engineer is building that awesome tone in the studio, he is often running it through some heavy lifting. Blending several re-amping chains with massive filtering, compression, equalization, saturation or even some multiband processing and maybe some other crazy stuff. And it is no secret that the top engineers often run the signal through their chains twice or three times in series until both the engineer and the artist are 100% satisfied with the result. So there is a lot of stuff to do when building a perfect electric guitar tone.

There are very few products tailored for electric guitar instruments post-processing, but most of today’s engineers use a very similar workflow.

Standard Electric Guitar Rigs

Mostly it’s not enough to run the electric guitars through a real tube amp or guitar amp simulation plugin to get the standards we are hearing on today’s records.

At the end of the day, we need a ton of plugins that eat a significant portion of CPU power. And maybe we are still not completely satisfied with our tone.

Tonespot Solution

There is a simpler solution. ToneSpot is just one processor doing that magic. One missing product you need for every tube amp or simulation. It is a key to success full of tricks, extensive know-how and still with a lot of freedom.

What matters? Music or Sound?

Both.

Great musical ideas need great sound. The music industry changed over the years. The quality of sound and sound aesthetics often determine the success of the music. It’s not enough to write good music anymore. You need breathtaking sound to get attention.

And… if you have an inspiring sound, you write and play better music. You have the ideas, Audified have the tool, so… let’s get inspired by the sound!

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.9 – Mac OS X 10.14
  • AAX, AU, VST2, VST3 (32/64 bit)

Windows

  • Windows 7 – Windows 10
  • AAX, VST2, VST3 (32/64 bit)

45. ToneSpot Drum Pro

by Audified

ToneSpot Drum Pro

The Best Drum Tone Spotted Easily.

Improves the tone of acoustic, electric or synth drums and percussion.

Swiss Army Knife solution for all tone hunters. Designed to fit the modern genres as well as the more traditional ones.

Features

  • Best mixing tricks for drums processing
  • Monstrous processing power and flexibility
  • Musically labelled controls
  • Settings based on the analysis of thousands of world-class records
  • Time-saver: No need to use many plug-ins
  • Intelligent gain staging

Tone Hunting

You need that outstanding drum tone you are hearing on your favorite album. So you bought an awesome drumkit or a drum machine. Maybe you have also bought some quality triggers and beautiful drum samples to extend your tonal palette, you have bought expensive rack units and phenomenal microphones. You use many hi-end plugins. But what? Your dream-tone is not there when recorded and mixed with the rest of the band? You are endlessly tweaking and tweaking your sound, you tried everything. No success.

Why?

Drums can take a lot of processing. It’s because the drums get a lot of attention in the music and for some genres are really crucial. So it´s very important to get the drums sound just right. Drums can fight against busy arrangement with several layers of instruments. Or the recordings are sounding too sterile, thin or harsh. So you need the tone that can cut through. The drum tone has to be punchy and fat sounding, but it also needs to have a lot of clarity and tightness at the same time. But it’s not all! Even if the drums are heavily processed, sometimes they still also have to be very natural sounding at some point.

And that’s why you need ToneSpot.

Let’s Talk Engineering For A While, Shall We?

“When a professional audio engineer is building that awesome tone in the studio, he is often running it through some heavy lifting. Blending several drum samples with massive filtering, heavy compression, equalization, saturation or even some multiband processing and maybe some other crazy stuff. And it is no secret that the top engineers often run the signal through their chains twice or three times in series until both the engineer and the artist are 100% satisfied with the result. So there is a lot of stuff to do when building a perfect drum tone.

There are very few products tailored for the drums post-processing, but most of today’s engineers use very similar workflow.

Standard Drums Processing Rigs

Mostly it’s not enough to run the drum tracks through a basic channel strip or to just use some fancy drum samples to get the standards we are hearing on today’s records.

Loopcloud Music App from Loopmasters.com

At the end of the day, we need a ton of plugins that eat a significant portion of CPU power.

ToneSpot Solution

There is a simpler solution. Tone Spot is just one processor doing everything. One missing product you need for every drum track. It is a key to success full of tricks, extensive know-how and still with a lot of freedom.

What Matters? Music or Sound?

Both.

Great musical ideas need a great sound. Music industry changed over years. The quality of sound and sound aesthetics often determine the success of the music. It’s not enough to write good music anymore. You need breathtaking sound to get attention.

And… if you have an inspiring sound, you write and play better music. You have the ideas, we have the tool, so… lets get inspired by the sound!

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.9 – Mac OS X 10.14
  • AAX 32b, AAX 64b, AU 32b, AU 64b, VST2 32b, VST2 64b, VST3 32b, VST3 64b

Windows

  • Windows 7 – Windows 10
  • AAX 32b, AAX 64b, VST2 32b, VST2 64b, VST3 32b, VST3 64b

46. TimeShaper 2

by Cableguys

TimeShaper 2

Multiband Stutter • Half-Time • Reverse • Scratch • Tape-Stop

Just like a DJ working vinyl, TimeShaper 2 lets you freely manipulate the flow of time, slowing down or accelerating your music. Simply draw the exact LFO shapes you need – our unique curve-editing tools make it fast and easy. Warp pitch and time to create everything from essential everyday FX to extreme multiband transformations.

Running inside Cableguys’ ShaperBox 2 effects plugin, use TimeShaper 2 on its own or with other Shapers — they all work in exactly the same way, stacking up to create elaborate, multilayered effects that’ll make your productions stand out.

Do all this with TimeShaper 2

  • Rearrange the beat
  • Scratch like a DJ & Scratch on time
  • Drop-in a tape-stop
  • Add a retro vinyl ‘wow’
  • get the half-time effect
  • Reverse in real-time
  • Spilt the fx into multiple bands
  • Add custom chorus/flange FX

Features

LFOs that you design

TimeShaper 2’s drawable LFO controls the position of a virtual playhead. From catchy rhythmic repeats to wild pitch-bending transformations, any wave shape you can imagine is just clicks away with Cableguys’ easy waveform-editing tools.

Introducing Pens

Designing your dream TimeShaper 2 pattern just got even easier with three powerful, easy-to-grasp Pens. Draw crisp lines, arcs and S-curves. Create scratches in seconds, rapidly build rhythmic repeats, and much more. Switch back to classic single-node editing anytime.

Multiband made easy

TimeShaper 2 gives you a separate LFO for lows, mids and highs. Reverse the bass. Half-time the mids. Glitch the tops. Go nuts! Or keep it tasteful with frequency-focused shaping. New for Timeshaper 2: Steep 24dB crossovers join the classic 6 and 12dB models, for even greater precision.

Mighty Fine Mode

New for Timeshaper 2: Manipulate time on a microscopic level with Fine Mode. Choose from 3 range settings: 2.5, 10 and 20ms. Create vintage vinyl pitch wobbles and subtle retro tape flutter. Mix in the dry signal to create tight flanger swooshes and crisp chorus effects.

Inspiration inside

Get instantly inspired with 72 LFO wave presets, and share patches with others through the Cableguys Preset Cloud. New for Timeshaper 2: Work faster than ever with 1-click Quick Presets for essential effects like half-time and stutter. Just add TimeShaper 2, click and create.

Runs in ShaperBox 2

TimeShaper 2 runs in Cableguys’ ShaperBox 2 effects plugin. Use it on its own, or combine it with Volume, Filter, Pan and Width Shapers for elaborate, multilayered effects.

New Features

  • Redesigned interface with larger editing areas
  • Retina/HiDPI support for crisper, clearer graphics
  • Even better Smooth Step Mode, to avoid clicks in stepped patterns
  • Trigger Smoothing to reduce clicks when MIDI Triggering
  • Fine Mode with 2.5/10/20ms options, for subtle pitch ‘wow’ effects
  • Blend dry and Fine Mode for flanger and chorus effects
  • 1-click Quick Presets for Stutter, Scratch and Half-time
  • Dedicated selection tool for multinode editing
  • 2x/3x button — double or triple patterns with a click
  • Increased band-split range, now from 20Hz-20kHz
  • Improved multiband crossover filters
  • Smoother, more accurate spectrum view
  • Magnitude oscilloscope graph
  • Clearer oscilloscope waveforms and smoother LFO editing

Additional Features

  • Built-in help — hover over any control for description
  • Expandable LFO for detailed editing
  • Set LFO loop length in beats and bars, or Hertz
  • LFO loop length from 1/128 to 32 bars, with sample-accurate sync
  • Audio-rate modulation up to 5.24kHz for extreme sound design
  • Trigger LFO in any rhythm via MIDI
  • Dry/wet mix for each band
  • Solo bands for easy setup
  • Flip/resize/move/randomize wave or selection
  • Copy/paste waves between any Shapers
  • Unlimited undo/redo for LFO wave edits
  • 72 Wave Presets covering all common uses
  • 9 slots to store User Waves, saved with the patch
  • Switch User Waves via MIDI
  • Large, precise oscilloscope view with Freeze option

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.8 or later (64-bit only)
  • VST or AU host sequencer

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)
  • VST host sequencer

47. BIAS FX 2 Pro

by Positive Grid

BIAS FX 2 Pro

New Era of Tone

Easy. Insanely Comprehensive

Turn Your Computer Into an All-In-One Guitar Powerhouse

BIAS FX 2 is available in 3 versions:

Want access to famous classic and modern amplifiers and effects, right at your fingertips? BIAS FX 2 provides this and more like an intuitive, fully customizable virtual electric guitar, bass or acoustic guitar rig for Mac and PC. Works as a standalone app, allowing you to inject new tones and creativity into your playing, practising and jamming — no need for any other software or DAW.

New Features

  • Completely Re-Engineered – Completely re-engineered, higher-resolution DSP engine with hundreds of improvements deliver the ultimate in responsive, detailed and varied guitar tones
  • Hyper-realistic Guitar Match – Positive Grid’s newly developed, exclusive Guitar Match and emulation technologies virtually turn your guitar into another with startling realism
  • New Amps, Pedals & Racks – An extensive collection of all-new revamped amps, pedals and HD racks add unparalleled depth and width to your guitar sounds
  • Stunning Advanced Modelers – All-new Fuzz, Time and Harmonizer modellers pump up your productions with exciting, unique guitar tones and effects

Pedalboard Paradise (NEW!)

Thousands of Authentic, Analog-Like Pedals

BIAS FX 2’s stockpile of foot pedals can be expanded by downloading thousands of shared, custom foot pedals from ToneCloud®, Positive Grid’s worldwide social network of players, engineers and producers. But why stop there? With BIAS FX 2 you can easily hot rod your distortion, delay and modulation pedals using the fully integrated BIAS Pedal software included with BIAS FX 2 Elite, creating pedalboards and sounds nobody else has.

Groundbreaking Guitar Match (NEW!)

Hyper-Realistic, Precision Guitar Emulation

Forget swapping out real guitars in the studio to record the next track, or grabbing another guitar onstage for the next song. With BIAS FX 2’s groundbreaking Guitar Match technology, you can turn your guitar—any guitar— into a hoarder’s collection of legendary axes, each precisely recreated down to their pickups, body type and body thickness. No special pickup is required to make your guitar sound like a classic American guitar, a vintage LP and more.

Expansive – Next-Level Effects (NEW!)

Make Your Productions Sound More Melodic, Bold, Deep and Wide

New Harmonizer, Fuzz and Time modellers take your recordings and live performances beyond ordinary limits. BIAS FX 2’s advanced modelling suite lets you create vintage and modern fuzz pedals for more grit and sustain, time-based effects for more depth, and instantly create ensemble lead lines with multiple voices.

Supersize Your Tracks. All New Studio Rack Collection

From essential workhorse tools to creamy vintage effects and sparkling modern outboard gear, BIAS FX 2’s eight brand-new studio rack processors—Echo Tape Delay, Tri-Chorus, Tube Compress, Spring Reverb, Wah and more—polish your project to sound like a state-of-the-art studio’s ultra-high resolution production.

Explore History. Shape The Future

Shape your sound to perfection using advanced DSP emulation in the new Echorec Drum Delay, Tube Multiband Compressor, Rotary Speaker. A high-end collection of all-new and revamped racks adds unparalleled depth and width to your guitar and bass sounds. Each one is modelled at the component level with meticulous attention to detail.

Celestion® Inside

Official World-Class Celestion Cabs

We’ve partnered with Celestion, the most trusted name in guitar speakers. Celestion drivers have been used for killer guitar tones on more classic songs than any other brand. Their impulse responses (IRs) are the favourites of guitarists ranging from Pete Thorn and Scott Henderson to George Lynch. Forget loading individual files—just select a custom Celestion cab and start moving virtual mics around. BIAS FX 2 does the rest!

ToneCloud (NEW!)50,000+ Online Presets Open a Universe of Sounds to You

Forget endless hunting—and paying for—additional presets to expand your collection of guitar tones. You gain direct access to over 50,000 presets for custom amps, pedals and pedalboards shared by the ever-expanding ToneCloud® online community. There’s no need to open other software.

Greatly Improved Workflow Speed-Dials Your Patch Recalls

When inspiration strikes, you won’t have to go on a hunting expedition to find the perfect patch. With tags and keywords attached to all presets in ToneCloud®, it’s now much easier to quickly find and download the right preset to keep the creative juices flowing.

New Factory & Online Presets From The Best

New sounds inspire new riffs and songs. You’ll never have writer’s block with BIAS FX 2. Over 200 new factory pedalboard presets created by world-renowned artists, studio engineers and session players get your mojo cranking.

Recording and Performance (NEW!)

Tighten Up Song Transitions, Live Performances and Studio Mixes

Whether you’re an aspiring guitarist or an experienced pro, BIAS FX 2 makes it easier than ever to create instant song transitions, mind-blowing FX changes and ear-catching mixes—in the studio and onstage.

Introducing Scene – One Click Changes Your Pedalboard

Each preset in BIAS FX 2 has four “scenario” settings you can create and save, so you can recall multiple distinct but closely related pedalboard scenes. With one click, you can simultaneously turn overdrive and delay on for your lead solo and turn off the chorus effect you used on the song’s verse—all while preserving the rest of the preset’s settings. Or, instantly switch from one pedalboard setup to another—each with completely different EQ, reverb and other settings—for different song sections.

Redesigned Workflow for Easier, More Productive Recording Sessions

The redesigned user interface includes a new preset manager that makes it easy to organize and rapidly search, recall and preview your favourite pedalboard setups. Take a custom snapshot of each of your custom pedalboard setups, then switch instantly among them on the fly to A/B which is best for your current song. Or use the snapshots to instantly re-amp when switching from a crunchy rhythm guitar part to a soaring lead solo and back again.

Use MIDI Automation To Turbocharge And Streamline Complex Mixes

BIAS FX 2’s powerful MIDI features let you make startling, instantaneous mix changes and fluid, morphing transitions that captivate your fans, by automating parameter changes for each section of your song—while also shaving hours of work off your project. With BIAS FX 2, you can assign MIDI commands to virtually every parameter available, including volume control, individual effects parameters, guitar-emulation selection, Looper functions and more.

Create Unique Hybrid Amps and Sweeping Stereo Amp Setups

In BIAS FX 2, the amps you play through are limited only by your imagination. Use Dual Amp setup to cherry-pick parts from two separate amps—their impulse responses, cabs, EQs, even the mics they use—and combine them to create a one-of-a-kind hybrid amp nobody else has. Or keep the amps as they were, route them parallel to one another and hard pan them to create a Freightliner-wide stereo setup with totally different guitar tones in left and right channels.

Smart Recorder/Looper – Preserves Fleeting Ideas Before They’re Lost

Quickly record ideas for riffs, vamps and songs with a simple click when inspiration strikes, using BIAS FX 2’s built-in recorder. Then loop your recording while you play it back through BIAS FX 2’s foot pedals, amps and rack FX, fine-tuning the perfect custom preset to use with your new song idea. You’ll never lose that perfectly played riff—simply export it as a WAV file to import into a new track in your DAW. With BIAS FX 2, song ideas recorded in the looper can be used as the foundation for a new multitrack recording.

Features

Unlock even more amplifiers, effects and tonal possibilities:

  • 60 New Amplifiers Total
  • 100 New Effects Total
  • 120 New Factory Presets total
  • Guitar Match – Professional (6 Guitars)
  • New HD Racks (4 New Racks Total)
  • Brand New Custom Artist Presets
  • 100 “Rock Song” Presets on ToneCloud®
  • New MIDI/Automation functionality
  • Dedicated IR Loader
  • Greatly Improved New DSP Engine
  • New Easy-To-Use User Interface
  • Redesigned ToneCloud® Access
  • New Looper/Recorder Functionality
  • Dual Signal Path With Multiple Splitters
  • Hundreds Of Improvements Across The Board
  • Updated DSP engine (improved factory presets and effects)
  • New – MIDI function added!
  • New – Preset Migration added!

System Requirements

Minimal Requirements (Mac):

  • OS X 10.11 or macOS 10.12/10.13/10.14, Core i5
  • 4GB of RAM minimum, 8GB or more recommended
  • Audio plug-in formats: Audio Units, VST 2, AAX Native
  • 1GB free disk space
  • An Internet connection is required to activate your license and access ToneCloud. Positive Grid software products do not support offline activation at this moment. Offline mode is available after software activation.

Minimal Requirements (PC):

  • Windows 8 or later, Intel Core i5 or equivalent, 4 GB RAM
  • 4GB of RAM minimum, 8GB or more recommended
  • 1.5GHz Dual-core processor minimum, 2.0GHz Dual-core or more recommended
  • Audio plug-in formats: VST 2, AAX Native
  • 500MB free disk space (32 or 64-bit version)
  • An Internet connection is required to activate your license and access ToneCloud. Positive Grid software products do not support offline activation at this moment. Offline mode is available after software activation.

Compatible DAWs:

  • Ableton Live 8.0 or above
  • Avid Pro Tools 11 or above
  • Apple Logic Pro 9.0 or above
  • Apple GarageBand 6.0.5, 10.0 or above
  • Cockos REAPER 3.4 or above
  • Steinberg Cubase 8.0 or above
  • Steinberg Nuendo 7.1.4 or above
  • PreSonus Studio One Producer/Professional 2.65 or above
  • Propellerhead Reason 9.5 or above

Note: An Internet connection is required to activate your license and access ToneCloud. Positive Grid software products do not support offline activation at this moment. Offline mode is available after software activation.


48. ToneSpot Electric Pro

by Audified

ToneSpot Electric Pro

Best electric guitar tone spotted easily.

Improves the tone no matter what amp, pedal or plugin you are using for your electric guitar processing.

Swiss Army Knife for all tone hunters. Designed to fit the extreme heavy genres as well as the more traditional ones.

Features

  • Best mixing tricks for electric guitar processing
  • Monstrous processing power and flexibility
  • Musically labeled controls
  • Settings based on the analysis of thousands of world-class records
  • Time-saver: No need to use many plug-ins
  • Intelligent gain staging

Tone Hunting

You need that outstanding electric guitar tone you are hearing on your favorite album. So you bought an awesome instrument and a fantastic amp. Maybe you have also bought some beautiful stomp boxes, expensive rack units, and phenomenal microphones. Or you rather use some amp simulation plugins. But what? Your dream-tone is not there when recorded and mixed with the rest of the band? You are endlessly tweaking and tweaking your sound, you tried everything. No success.

Why?

Electric guitars can take a lot of processing. It’s because guitars can get a lot of attention to the music and for some genres are really crucial. So it´s very important to get the guitar sound just right. Guitars can fight with several layers of instruments clashing into each other. Or the recordings are sounding too sterile, thin or harsh. On the other hand, recorded guitars can sound too dark and muddy. So you need the tone that can cut through. The guitar tone has to be punchy and fat sounding, but it also needs to have a lot of clarity and tightness at the same time.

But it’s not all! Even if the guitars are heavily processed, sometimes they still also have to be very natural sounding at some point.

And that’s why you need ToneSpot.

Let’s talk engineering for a while, shall we?

When a professional audio engineer is building that awesome tone in the studio, he is often running it through some heavy lifting. Blending several re-amping chains with massive filtering, compression, equalization, saturation or even some multiband processing and maybe some other crazy stuff. And it is no secret that the top engineers often run the signal through their chains twice or three times in series until both the engineer and the artist are 100% satisfied with the result. So there is a lot of stuff to do when building a perfect electric guitar tone.

There are very few products tailored for electric guitar instruments post-processing, but most of today’s engineers use a very similar workflow.

Standard Electric Guitar Rigs

Mostly it’s not enough to run the electric guitars through a real tube amp or guitar amp simulation plugin to get the standards we are hearing on today’s records.

At the end of the day, we need a ton of plugins that eat a significant portion of CPU power. And maybe we are still not completely satisfied with our tone.

Tonespot Solution

There is a simpler solution. ToneSpot is just one processor doing that magic. One missing product you need for every tube amp or simulation. It is a key to success full of tricks, extensive know-how and still with a lot of freedom.

What matters? Music or Sound?

Both.

Great musical ideas need great sound. The music industry changed over the years. The quality of sound and sound aesthetics often determine the success of the music. It’s not enough to write good music anymore. You need breathtaking sound to get attention.

And… if you have an inspiring sound, you write and play better music. You have the ideas, we have the tool, so… let’s get inspired by the sound!

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.9 – Mac OS X 10.14
  • AAX 32b, AAX 64b, AU 32b, AU 64b, VST2 32b, VST2 64b, VST3 32b, VST3 64b

Windows

  • Windows 7 – Windows 10
  • AAX 32b, AAX 64b, VST2 32b, VST2 64b, VST3 32b, VST3 64b

49. FireCobra

by United Plugins

FireCobra

FireCobra combines the accuracy of the digital world with the live randomness of the analogue. Behind its simple user interface, there’s more technology than meets the eye. FireCobra intelligently analyses the audio signal and makes it sound punchier, more powerful and better in general. It makes the mixes better with nearly no time wasted on setting it up. Just put it on every track you’d like to enhance. FireCobra is quick, easy and sounds unbelievable.

Key Features

Intensify Your Audio Materials

Intensify is the main feature algorithm of FireCobra. It intelligently analyzes the input audio and makes the output sound tighter and fuller. It brings up the drowned and overheard elements that are hard to perceive and attenuates elements, which tend to kill and bury the others. And the best thing is that all it takes is a single knob!

Give it a Smack

Inspired by rare analogue devices, the Smack feature creates unique and pleasant harmonic distortion. It makes the audio sound dirtier but way more authentic and audible in the mix.

Analogize Your Tracks

The Analogize algorithm is based on a simulation of classic analogue saturation units. Most audio signals benefit from a bit of the analogue warm valve mojo.

CPU-Friendly – Use on Multiple Tracks

FireCobra is a highly optimized unit designed to take the most from your CPU and exploit the newest AVX2 and AVX512 architectures.

Ridiculously Simple to Use

In most cases, all you need is the DRY/WET knob. Increase its value to get more enhancement and vice versa. Keep in mind that sometimes less is better and if every track in your mix will be too powerful, the mix will become crowded. But that shouldn’t stop you from experimenting and tweaking your sound the way you wish.

Hassle-Free Software Protection

No iLok, no dongle or internet access is required for activation. This software uses licence files to activate your software. You can freely use the purchased software on all your computers as long as you are the user.

Realistic 3D Yet Flexible GUI

The photorealistic graphic user interface of the plugin gives you the feeling you are touching the real hardware. You can always drag the arrow in the bottom right corner to change its size – make it smaller to save the valuable screen space, or enlarge it to make it easier to use.

15-Days Unlimited Trial Version for Free

All the descriptions are nothing compared to putting hands on the plugin yourself. No saving limits. No noises. No boundaries. Engage the plugin in your project and fully exploit its powers for two weeks.

64-bit Audio Quality at ANY Sampling Rate

The plugin provides the maximum audio quality you can get. It uses internal 64-bit audio processing and can handle any sampling rate. 192 kHz or even higher.

Smart Bypass

The intelligent way this plugin manages bypassing ensures that you don’t get any clicks or harmful noises when automating the parameter.

System Requirements

Mac

  • macOS 10.10 and newer
  • 64-bit only
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support
  • VST2, VST3, AAX or AU compatible host

Windows

  • Windows 8-10
  • 32-bit or 64-bit
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support
  • VST2, VST3 or AAX compatible host

50. Blue Cat’s Axiom

by Blue Cat Audio

Blue Cat's Axiom

The Next Generation: Your Axe Beyond The Limits

Blue Cat’s Axiom is a powerful and open multi-effects processor and amp simulation software for guitar and bass. Based on the acclaimed Destructor plug-in for amp simulations, Axiom offers an infinite number of exceptional tones for your axe.

It includes two amp simulations channels (with pre and post effects) that can be mixed together or used alternatively like a real amp. You can choose your amp models from hundreds of presets or launch the amp editor to build your own, with complete control over the tone. Additional input and master sections let you adjust the tone at the input and the output of Axiom, with 4 additional effect slots each and an integrated high precision tuner. A brickwall limiter also protects the output from overshoot.

Axiom includes 44 built-in effects that can be loaded in any of the 32 plug-in slots, including a built-in version of Late Replies for creative delays and reverbs, and a built-in version of Destructor to add your own distortion pedals, cabinets or additional amp simulations.

Blue Cat’s Axiom is not limited to its built-in effects: these slots can also host third party Audio Unit, VST or VST3 plug-ins: you can use your favourite plug-ins anywhere in the signal chain and expand Axiom’s capabilities.

And because playing alone is not so much fun, we have added a tools section with 3 additional slots to load virtual instruments: add a metronome, a drum machine, sequencer or your keyboardist’s favourite synthesizer there to get it mixed with your guitar.

If you are looking for amp simulation software without the effects, see the Destructor plug-in. For a plug-in host & multi-effects processor without amp simulation, check out Blue Cat’s PatchWork.

Main Features

  • Powerful and unlimited multi-effects processor and amp modelling software for guitar and bass.
  • Realistic and fully customizable amp simulation based on Blue Cat’s Destructor.
  • Flexible routing: 2 parallel amp simulation channels with effects + input and master sections.
  • 44 high-quality built-in effects: wah, delays, reverb, pitch bender, EQ, filters, distortion units, compressor, gate, chorus, flanger…
  • Includes Blue Cat’s Re-GuitarDestructorHot Tuna and Late Replies as built-in effects.
  • Built-in high precision tuner.
  • Open and extensible: load any third party VST, VST3 or Audio Unit (AU) plug-in.
  • Load and manipulate impulse responses (IR) in the amp simulator or the built-in EQ plug-in.
  • Delivered with thousands of presets for all sections and built-in effects.
  • Load third party virtual instruments to play along.
  • Global stereo spread control.
  • Lock sections to prevent changes when loading presets.
  • No latency.

What’s New in V1.4?

  • New “stomp box” look & feel for built-in effects.
  • New built-in effect: Hot Tuna high-performance tuner.
  • The tone maps explorer for the amp simulation is now accessible directly from the main user interface.
  • Mac application now fully supports dark mode on Mac OS Mojave and newer.

Blue Cat Audio Standards:

  • Available as: Mac-AAX, Mac-AU, Mac-App, Mac-VST, Mac-VST3, Win-AAX, Win-App, Win-VST, Win-VST3, Win x64-AAX, Win x64-App, Win x64-VST, Win x64-VST3.
  • Native DSP code for optimal performance.
  • Full MIDI control and automation support with silent, zipper-free parameters update, advanced response control and MIDI Learn.
  • No CPU load on idle: when the plug-in is fed with silence, the processing smoothly shuts down, to optimize the CPU usage of your Digital Audio Workstation.
  • Customizable user interface with transparency management and zoom.
  • Smooth Bypass: activate/deactivate the plug-in with absolutely no noise.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Full-featured integrated presets manager.
  • Copy/paste the state of the plug-in between instances using the system clipboard.
  • Any sample rate supported.

System Requirements

Windows:

  • An SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or newer).
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 or 10.
  • For the plug-in, any VST / AAX compatible host software (32 or 64 bit).
  • For the standalone application, an ASIO, MME or WASAPI compatible audio interface (ASIO recommended).

Mac OS X:

  • An Intel processor.
  • Mac OS 10.7 or newer.
  • For the plug-in, any VST / Audio Unit (32/64-bit) / AAX compatible application.
  • For the standalone application, a Core Audio compatible audio interface.

51. inTone 2

by Audified

inTone 2

Audiffex inTone 2 gives you the opportunity to bring your favourite plugins to live production. Just choose the version that suits you best, boot your computer and off you go!

inTone can be anything. It is a simple jamming tool as well as sophisticated playback machine. It is live production mixer that processes multiple audio inputs with studio plug-ins, plays files and play virtual instruments, with ability to change a track, effect or instrument configuration in no time! It is also a multitrack recorder, but you can make it be something completely different.

Use inTone2 to Perform, Train, Record and Play Multiple Tracks…

It`s a host for amp simulating software, that spares you from lifting heavy gear. It`s a truck loaded with equipement that will meet any band`s raider. inTone 2 is a universal tool, that finds its place on stage, club or pub, in band`s rehersal rooms, at music schools, in home studios, in a touring bus, at a park bench, at a party… Just about anywhere, where you desire to make music.

Audio chains

InTone alows you to route any of your soundcard inputs into any audio chain. Each of them features gain knob, fx section, volume fader, bypass, mute and solo buttons, AUX sends and individual recorder. Any chain can be routed to any soundcard output or inTone`s Master Chain.

Virtual Instrument Chains

Plug in your keys or pads and use virtual samplers and synths in your live shows. Add sound of multiple virtual instruments to your mix at the same time.

Track Player

inTone Track Player is an advanced MP3/AAC/WAV/AIFF file player. It allows you to create playlists, change speed and tuning of songs and loop the playback. Sound of the tracks can be also effected.

Recorder

inTone allows to record the audio signal of any track at almost any point of the signal path. Record the whole mix, record in the Master Chain or simultaneously record multiple tracks of a live gig to mix them later. You may even record unprocessed audio, or even add a Track Recorder module to any place in the Effect section.

FX Section

Every track features 8 audio effect slots. You can use any of 36 included inTone effects. Their list matches Audiffex Pedals – including dynamic effects, EQs, amp simulation, filters etc. You can also enlarge your collection by any Audiffex plugins – ampLion for guitarists, GK Amplification 2 for bassists, Guitar or Studio Line FX. Also you can use 3rd party VST, DirectX or AudioUnit plugins.

MIDI

To improve live performance comfort inTone can be remotely controlled by any MIDI controller. Connect any MIDI controller and decide, what parameters you would like to control live while playing. Turn knobs, drag faders, switch FX on and off or change presets. Anything you desire is possible.

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.8 – Mac OS X 10.12
  • Standalone application

PC

  • Windows 7 – Windows 10
  • Standalone application

Note: This software is a standalone application and does not require the installation of a DAW – this product will not function within a software environment.


52. Melda Production MXXX Modular Multi-Effect

by MeldaProduction

Melda Production MXXX Modular Multi-Effect

MXXX is the ultimate effect. It is a modular beast containing all our effects in a simple interface with automatic routing matrix, super-versatile modulators and much more. It lets you do everything from simple equalization and compression to the wildest and most creative processing.

70+ Top Quality Processors

MXXX includes almost all of the MeldaProduction high-end creations. That’s more than 70 processors! As you know these are probably the most versatile and great sounding processors on the market.

Flanger, compressor, dynamic equalizer, filter, delay, reverb, convolution, harmonizer, spectral dynamics… everything! It even contains MPowerSynth! 

And now you have them all under the hood of a single super-plugin, so you can finally make the wildest dreams come true. Or just speed up your workflow…

Modular, Yet Easy to Use

Workflow is just as important as sound quality. MXXX excels at both. Insert any of the FX processors and the smart modular matrix will do the routing for you. It will connect all inputs and outputs into the most probable locations. But of course you can change anything… 

And before you ask, sure it can do feedback! It even has internal latency compensation…

500+ Active Presets, Each is Basically a Plugin!

MXXX comes with more than 500 active presets, designed by the community, post-processed by us. These are no classic presets. Each of them is essentially a plugin itself! Each of the active presets has its own set of processors and contains several controls you can use to tune the sound. Just like any plugin… Except, well, these are often way more advanced than the plugins you are currently using.

Inspires…

Inspiration is the most important thing for any artist and we all know the situation when you just “don’t know what to do now”. MXXX finally provides an easy solution – plugin MXXX, and just browse a few active presets, or even use the smart randomizer. It’s almost impossible to run out of inspiration like that…

Optimises Your Workflow…

Are you mixing? Mastering? Or maybe doing some specialized audio processing? Have you ever dreamed of having a single mastering processor, with just a few knobs, where you would do the whole job? Quickly and easily, but without limiting the possibilities? 
With MXXX you can optimize workflow anyhow you like, design your own active presets to get your desired “few knobs”, but whenever you need, you can always get under the hood and tweak whatever you like!

Extremely Versatile Modulators

All our creative plugins feature probably the most versatile modulators on the market, and MXXX is no exception. Whenever you wish to bring life to the sound, it is just a few clicks away. You can modulate literally anything using LFO, level follower, envelope, random generator, pitch detector, transient detector…

Features

  • The most advanced user interface on the market – stylable, resizable, GPU accelerated
  • Unique visualisation engine with classic meters and time graphs
  • 1-6 fully configurable independent bands
  • Modulators
  • Adjustable oscillator shape technology
  • Multi-parameters
  • M/S, single channel, up to 8 channels surround processing…
  • Smart randomization
  • Automatic gain compensation (AGC)
  • Safety limiter
  • Sinc interpolation
  • Adjustable up-sampling 1x-16x
  • Synchronization to host tempo
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn
  • 64-bit processing and an unlimited sampling rate
  • Extremely fast, optimized for newest AVX2 capable processors
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange
  • Supports VST, VST3, AU and AAX interfaces on Windows & Mac, both 32-bit and 64-bit
  • No dongle nor internet access is required for activation
  • Free-for-life updates

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can’t work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X (10.7 and newer, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.


53. XY-Transfer

by Rob Papen

XY-Transfer

Indeed, thinking out of the box is what Rob Papen loves to do and as always, this is the case with XY-Transfer! If you are familiar with any other RP instruments, you will know of the XY pad; it is a very creative effects tool for adding dynamic changes to a sound. XY-Transfer offers a filter bank with 36 different filter types which can be used in combination with 2 other FX, all with their own XY pad which can be recorded and played back in a variety of creative ways! All of this is then polished off with a flexible Stereo Delay.
 
Well, now you can use the exciting XY pad in combination with a cool range of effects! The unique thing about XY-Transfer is that each ‘BLOCK’ which holds one of the FX, also has its own XY field. So very complex effect types are possible which can lead to some unheard and creative effects! The available Block effects are:
 

  • Filter Bank
  • Comb Filter
  • Shaper
  • Room
  • Gater

These effects can be combined in these blocks and the Stereo Delay can also be placed in different combinations within with these 3 blocks. So, if you are looking for a Filter Bank and beyond, XY-Transfer will transfer your audio into something creatively new and unheard.

System Requirements

PC

  • Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10
  • VST (32 & 64bit) 
  • AAX (64bit) for PT 12 or higher

Mac

  • OS-X 10.9 – 10.15.
  • AU
  • VST
  • AAX (64bit) for PT 12 or higher

54. BIAS FX 2 Standard

by Positive Grid

BIAS FX 2 Standard

 

New Era of Tone

Easy. Insanely Comprehensive

Turn Your Computer Into an All-In-One Guitar Powerhouse

BIAS FX 2 is available in 3 versions:

Want access to famous classic and modern amplifiers and effects, right at your fingertips? BIAS FX 2 provides this and more like an intuitive, fully customizable virtual electric guitar, bass or acoustic guitar rig for Mac and PC. Works as a standalone app, allowing you to inject new tones and creativity into your playing, practising and jamming — no need for any other software or DAW.

New Features

  • Completely Re-Engineered – Completely re-engineered, higher-resolution DSP engine with hundreds of improvements deliver the ultimate in responsive, detailed and varied guitar tones
  • Hyper-realistic Guitar Match – Positive Grid’s newly developed, exclusive Guitar Match and emulation technologies virtually turn your guitar into another with startling realism
  • New Amps, Pedals & Racks – An extensive collection of all-new revamped amps, pedals and HD racks add unparalleled depth and width to your guitar sounds
  • Stunning Advanced Modelers – All-new Fuzz, Time and Harmonizer modellers pump up your productions with exciting, unique guitar tones and effects

Pedalboard Paradise (NEW!)

Thousands of Authentic, Analog-Like Pedals

BIAS FX 2’s stockpile of foot pedals can be expanded by downloading thousands of shared, custom foot pedals from ToneCloud®, Positive Grid’s worldwide social network of players, engineers and producers. But why stop there? With BIAS FX 2 you can easily hot rod your distortion, delay and modulation pedals using the fully integrated BIAS Pedal software included with BIAS FX 2 Elite, creating pedalboards and sounds nobody else has.

Groundbreaking Guitar Match (NEW!)

Hyper-Realistic, Precision Guitar Emulation

Forget swapping out real guitars in the studio to record the next track, or grabbing another guitar onstage for the next song. With BIAS FX 2’s groundbreaking Guitar Match technology, you can turn your guitar—any guitar— into a hoarder’s collection of legendary axes, each precisely recreated down to their pickups, body type and body thickness. No special pickup is required to make your guitar sound like a classic American guitar, a vintage LP and more.

Expansive – Next-Level Effects (NEW!)

Make Your Productions Sound More Melodic, Bold, Deep and Wide

New Harmonizer, Fuzz and Time modellers take your recordings and live performances beyond ordinary limits. BIAS FX 2’s advanced modelling suite lets you create vintage and modern fuzz pedals for more grit and sustain, time-based effects for more depth, and instantly create ensemble lead lines with multiple voices.

Supersize Your Tracks. All New Studio Rack Collection

From essential workhorse tools to creamy vintage effects and sparkling modern outboard gear, BIAS FX 2’s eight brand-new studio rack processors—Echo Tape Delay, Tri-Chorus, Tube Compress, Spring Reverb, Wah and more—polish your project to sound like a state-of-the-art studio’s ultra-high resolution production.

Explore History. Shape The Future

Shape your sound to perfection using advanced DSP emulation in the new Echorec Drum Delay, Tube Multiband Compressor, Rotary Speaker. A high-end collection of all-new and revamped racks adds unparalleled depth and width to your guitar and bass sounds. Each one is modelled at the component level with meticulous attention to detail.

Celestion® Inside

Official World-Class Celestion Cabs

We’ve partnered with Celestion, the most trusted name in guitar speakers. Celestion drivers have been used for killer guitar tones on more classic songs than any other brand. Their impulse responses (IRs) are the favourites of guitarists ranging from Pete Thorn and Scott Henderson to George Lynch. Forget loading individual files—just select a custom Celestion cab and start moving virtual mics around. BIAS FX 2 does the rest!

ToneCloud (NEW!)

50,000+ Online Presets Open a Universe of Sounds to You

Forget endless hunting—and paying for—additional presets to expand your collection of guitar tones. You gain direct access to over 50,000 presets for custom amps, pedals and pedalboards shared by the ever-expanding ToneCloud® online community. There’s no need to open other software.

Greatly Improved Workflow Speed-Dials Your Patch Recalls

When inspiration strikes, you won’t have to go on a hunting expedition to find the perfect patch. With tags and keywords attached to all presets in ToneCloud®, it’s now much easier to quickly find and download the right preset to keep the creative juices flowing.

New Factory & Online Presets From The Best

New sounds inspire new riffs and songs. You’ll never have writer’s block with BIAS FX 2. Over 200 new factory pedalboard presets created by world-renowned artists, studio engineers and session players get your mojo cranking.

Recording and Performance (NEW!)

Tighten Up Song Transitions, Live Performances and Studio Mixes

Whether you’re an aspiring guitarist or an experienced pro, BIAS FX 2 makes it easier than ever to create instant song transitions, mind-blowing FX changes and ear-catching mixes—in the studio and onstage.

Introducing Scene – One Click Changes Your Pedalboard

Each preset in BIAS FX 2 has four “scenario” settings you can create and save, so you can recall multiple distinct but closely related pedalboard scenes. With one click, you can simultaneously turn overdrive and delay on for your lead solo and turn off the chorus effect you used on the song’s verse—all while preserving the rest of the preset’s settings. Or, instantly switch from one pedalboard setup to another—each with completely different EQ, reverb and other settings—for different song sections.

Redesigned Workflow for Easier, More Productive Recording Sessions

The redesigned user interface includes a new preset manager that makes it easy to organize and rapidly search, recall and preview your favourite pedalboard setups. Take a custom snapshot of each of your custom pedalboard setups, then switch instantly among them on the fly to A/B which is best for your current song. Or use the snapshots to instantly re-amp when switching from a crunchy rhythm guitar part to a soaring lead solo and back again.

Use MIDI Automation To Turbocharge And Streamline Complex Mixes

BIAS FX 2’s powerful MIDI features let you make startling, instantaneous mix changes and fluid, morphing transitions that captivate your fans, by automating parameter changes for each section of your song—while also shaving hours of work off your project. With BIAS FX 2, you can assign MIDI commands to virtually every parameter available, including volume control, individual effects parameters, guitar-emulation selection, Looper functions and more.

Create Unique Hybrid Amps and Sweeping Stereo Amp Setups

In BIAS FX 2, the amps you play through are limited only by your imagination. Use Dual Amp setup to cherry-pick parts from two separate amps—their impulse responses, cabs, EQs, even the mics they use—and combine them to create a one-of-a-kind hybrid amp nobody else has. Or keep the amps as they were, route them parallel to one another and hard pan them to create a Freightliner-wide stereo setup with totally different guitar tones in left and right channels.

Smart Recorder/Looper – Preserves Fleeting Ideas Before They’re Lost

Quickly record ideas for riffs, vamps and songs with a simple click when inspiration strikes, using BIAS FX 2’s built-in recorder. Then loop your recording while you play it back through BIAS FX 2’s foot pedals, amps and rack FX, fine-tuning the perfect custom preset to use with your new song idea. You’ll never lose that perfectly played riff—simply export it as a WAV file to import into a new track in your DAW. With BIAS FX 2, song ideas recorded in the looper can be used as the foundation for a new multitrack recording.

Features

Ultra-customizable guitar amp and effects processor:

  • 30 New Amplifiers Total
  • 45 New Effects Total
  • 60 New Factory Presets
  • Guitar Match – Standard (2 Guitars)
  • Greatly Improved New DSP Engine
  • New Easy-To-Use User Interface
  • Redesigned ToneCloud® Access
  • New Looper/Recorder Functionality
  • Dual Signal Path With Multiple Splitters
  • Hundreds Of Improvements Across The Board
  • Updated DSP engine (improved factory presets and effects)
  • New – MIDI function added!
  • New – Preset Migration added!

System Requirements

Minimal Requirements (Mac):

  • OS X 10.11 or macOS 10.12/10.13/10.14, Core i5
  • 4GB of RAM minimum, 8GB or more recommended
  • Audio plug-in formats: Audio Units, VST 2, AAX Native
  • 1GB free disk space
  • An Internet connection is required to activate your license and access ToneCloud. Positive Grid software products do not support offline activation at this moment. Offline mode is available after software activation.

Minimal Requirements (PC):

  • Windows 8 or later, Intel Core i5 or equivalent, 4 GB RAM
  • 4GB of RAM minimum, 8GB or more recommended
  • 1.5GHz Dual-core processor minimum, 2.0GHz Dual-core or more recommended
  • Audio plug-in formats: VST 2, AAX Native
  • 500MB free disk space (32 or 64-bit version)
  • An Internet connection is required to activate your license and access ToneCloud. Positive Grid software products do not support offline activation at this moment. Offline mode is available after software activation.

Compatible DAWs:

  • Ableton Live 8.0 or above
  • Avid Pro Tools 11 or above
  • Apple Logic Pro 9.0 or above
  • Apple GarageBand 6.0.5, 10.0 or above
  • Cockos REAPER 3.4 or above
  • Steinberg Cubase 8.0 or above
  • Steinberg Nuendo 7.1.4 or above
  • PreSonus Studio One Producer/Professional 2.65 or above
  • Propellerhead Reason 9.5 or above

Note: An Internet connection is required to activate your license and access ToneCloud. Positive Grid software products do not support offline activation at this moment. Offline mode is available after software activation.


55. R.A.M.S.E.S.

by XILS Lab

R.A.M.S.E.S.

R.A.M.S.E.S. will bring any signal to life with rhythm and motion:

  • Add true stereo depth and space, or take it all away.
  • Re-shape, re- filter, re-envelope and sculpt every source.
  • Create hypnotic or robotic sequences or subtle complex human rhythms.
  • Make digital signals sound analog or add velocity to your vintage true analog synth

Core Engine:

  • Pristine Analog Multimode Filter with exclusive Xils-lab 0-Delay-Feedback and Advanced Modelling Technologies
  • Full True Stereo Engine with Dynamic Balance ( Pan) and Stereo Width Dynamic Control
  • Dynamic control of all volumes and gains ( Vca ) in Stereo Path
  • Exclusive Spray Delay Effect : Easy, fast and intuitive to set, Impressive to listen to
  • Crusher Effect with Dynamic control Combines 5 essential effects with zero compromise audio quality for the price of one
  • Performance, Modulations, and Dynamic Control Engines

Performance, Modulations and Dynamic Control Engines:

  • RITA Performance Module (Realtime Interactive Transformation Area) : Control R.A.M.S.E.S.  by playing live on a MIDI keyboard only using Note On, Note pitch, Velocity, Mod Wheel, Aftertouch, Control Pedal, Keyboard tracking etc.
  • Filter Control : Get total control of the multimode Analog filter with dedicated hardwired Enveloppe, LFOs, and the incredibly powerfull exclusive Xils-Lab-Le Lotus Bleu *Masks Technology.
  • Pan-Level Control : Control Pan and Volume with dedicated Envelope, Multiwave LFO, and another complete *Grid-Masks combo
  • Advanced Area : Modulate any of  91 R.A.M.S.E.S. parameters using a third *Grid-Mask area.
  • Direct Midi Assignation : Automate via MIDI CC up to 91 R.A.M.S.E.S. parameters

What are the Masks?

Mask can be seen as advanced StepSequencers, with the main difference that the length and time position of each step/Mask is completely FREE.
Simplicity and depth

Simplicity and Depth:

Easy and intuitive

Want to keep it simple?  Ramses includes tons of presets to get you started. Grid-Masks Combos and RITA Live module also have their own dedicated templates, and you can save your own. Need instant inspiration? Use the Random button, and generate myriads of rythmic patterns in a flash.

Intermodulations and depth in programming

A simple example: In R.A.M.S.E.S., each Mask-Step can re-trigger one LFO, while this LFO can control the Decay of the filter envelope, and the filter CutOff as well. You could still control the output level of this LFO with the Mod Wheel, while controlling it’s rate with the Pitch Bend. Etc. You can go that deep!

Features

The very short list of what R.A.M.S.E.S. can do:

Autopan, Auto-wah, Tremoloes, TranceGates, FilterGates, Turn Pad to rythms, all with dynamic control. Mix sophisticated automodulations patterns ( Up to 3 synced Masks Sequencers controlling any RAMSES parameters ) with real time playing control. On the fly Re-Creation of drumloops, or loops of any instrument. Total Space control : Stereo Width, Balance, Gain. Transform a simple oscillator into an analog synthesizer. Complex Grooves and Shuffles bypassing the rigid character of Step Sequencers ( Mask Technology ). Up to 4 bars long polyrythmic patterns. Dubbyfy any incoming audio material ( Spray Delay. Add bright and pure overtone to incoming signal in a dynamic way ( Filters autoOscillating in all modes ). Build incredible sequences with the highest level of control.

And so much more: Ramses is only limited by your imagination!

R.A.M.S.E.S. provides three independent LeMasque based grids for incredible rhythm creation:

Filter panel: a LeMasque grid dedicated to the filter cutoff frequency and resonance

Panoramic/Level Panel: a grid dedicated to the panoramic (Balance) and  Level

Advanced Panel: a grid which can modulate almost all R.A.M.S.E.S. parameters (Filter, Spray, Delay, Balance, Stereo, Crush effect, Envelopes, LFOs, …)

R.A.M.S.E.S. core engine is a full analog like multi mode self-oscillating filter, with Low-pas12db, Low-pass 24db, Band-Pass 6db, Band-pass 12db and High-pass 12 dB and drive knob setting.

R.A.M.S.E.S. Filter is following by a True Stereo engine with a Stereo width setting, level and crush effect.

System Requirements

R.A.M.S.E.S. is available in the following formats:

  • Mac OSX 10.5 and later : VST, Audio Unit,  RTAS (Protools 7.0 and later), AAX (32&64 bits, native)
  • Windows XP, Vista and 7&8 ; VST,  RTAS (Protools 7.0 and later), AAX (32&64 bits, native)

R.A.M.S.E.S is a 32 and 64 bit plug-in protected with a serial number.

Minimum system requirements: 1 Gigabyte of RAM and a 1 GHz processor.

R.A.M.S.E.S. is a plug-in and is not available in a standalone application.


56. MPhatik

by MeldaProduction

MPhatik

MPhatik is a unique dynamic multi-effect featuring an amp, convolution and a compressor, which lets you warm up your audio and then restore the original dynamics. And that’s just the beginning without being creative yet…

Don’t lose the dynamics!

Amping/distortion/saturation are the classic methods for getting some warmth to just about any audio, but the problem is, these processes remove dynamics by nature. MPhatik analyses the input level envelope, processes your audio signal, analyses the level envelope of the output and applies a gain to make the output envelope the same as the input. In other words it restores the dynamics. Now you can finally phatten up any audio material without loosing dynamics, which is an inevitable result of using any classic methods, whether it is a digital distortion, analog saturation, tape…

All tools you need to phatten up anything…

MPhatik comes equipped with a powerful amp simulator, convolution reverb (featuring all kinds of impulse responses from plate reverbs to halls, rooms etc., plus your own files of course) and a compressor. If that’s not enough, you can still use the side-chain input to drive MPhatik and process the audio with your own tools.

Apply dynamics of one track onto another one?

So how about applying a level envelope of drums on a pad to get a rhythmical pad? Or avoiding collisions between drums? Make no mistake, this isn’t something you can do with classic tools such as gates or compressors, because these tools use only a single level detector. In other words, they don’t care about what audio you are processing. MPhatik does!

MeldaProduction goodies

Like always you’ll find the standard MeldaProduction features: M/S, surround support as well as other channel modes, A-H presets for easy comparisons, our easy to use integrated help system, automatic gain compensation and much more.

The most advanced user interface on the market – stylable, resizable, GPU accelerated.

  • Modern user interfaces must not only be easy and quick to use, but also versatile and the whole visual appearance should inspire you. MPhatik features the most advanced GUI engine on the market. It is still the first and only GUI engine, which is freely resizable and stylable. It also lets you choose between knobs, sliders or buttons, whichever you like the most.
  • The plugin can look as an ancient vintage gear, if you are working on old-school rock music. Or as super-modern futuristic device if you are working on modern electronic music.
  • If your display doesn’t have a high resolution, you can make the plugin smaller. If the fonts are too small, you can make the plugin bigger and save your eyes.
  • All the graphics is accelerated using your GPU, graphical interface, providing ultimately quick response and keep your CPU focused on the audio.

Unique visualisation engine with classic meters and time graphs.

  • Your ears should always be the main judge, but a smart metering system can often be a huge help. MPhatik provides the most advanced metering system out there. The plugin can display the measurements of all relevant values using classic meters, or it can even show them in time using the time graphs. Everything is customisable as usual.

4 exceptionally versatile modulators.

  • MPhatik provides 4 fully-featured modulators which can control any set of parameters including other modulators. Each modulator works as an LFO, level follower, midi/audio triggered ADSR enveloper, randomizer or pitch detector, or even a combination and can listen to the plugin\’s side-chain.
  • You can make the sound move in time, be less static and more interesting. You can make various parameters depend on the input (or the sidechain) level or even listen to the input pitch.

Adjustable oscillator shape technology.

  • Every oscillator in MPhatik uses the most versatile oscillator algorithm on the market. It provides mix of predefined oscillator shapes, custom waveforms edited using our MeldaProduction Envelope System (MES), a step-sequencer and several methods for algorithmic postprocessing.
  • It also provides a harmonic mode, which lets you control the harmonic content instead of oscillator shape. This is especially useful for high frequency oscillators.

4 multiparameters.

  • MPhatik lets you control multiple parameters using a single so-called multiparameter. This may not only come handy for automation for example, but the multiparameters are very smart units and you can use them to smartly morph between banks of settings for example. All in the name of creativity!

M/S, single channel, up to 8 channels surround processing…

  • MPhatik can handle not only mono and stereo signals, but also mid/side encoding for stereo field processing, separate left & right channels, separate mid or side signal and up to 8 channels of surround audio. It is perfect for audio production for music, movies, games…

Smart Randomization

  • Being creative is sometimes complicated and one often needs an inspiration. By clicking a single button you can walk through the billions of possible settings and find the best one for you. The smart randomization algorithm wisely selects good sounding combinations of parameters. It can even randomize modulators for you. And if that\’s too much, you can just hold ctrl and MPhatik will just slightly modify existing settings.

Automatic Gain Compensation (AGC)

  • Most plugins change loudness of the output audio, which makes browsing presets inconvenient, not mentioning randomization. MPhatik includes automatic gain compensation, which quickly adapts to current settings and ensures the output sounds as loud as the input. This even protects you from thinking that something sounds better in cases it is just louder.

Safety Limiter

  • Some plugins can intensely increase gain when exposed to specific audio materials. MPhatik provides a safety brickwall limiter, which ensures the output stays below 0dB and prevents your equipment and your ears from potential danger automatically.

Adjustable Up-Sampling 1x-16x

  • Digital audio provides very superior audio quality compared to ancient analog gear, but there are problems too. The main problem is the aliasing, which may be noticeable, when using nonlinear processes such as compression or saturation. MPhatik includes both minimum-phase and high-quality linear-phase upsampling algorithms, which avoids the aliasing.

Synchronization to Host Tempo

  • Every oscillator and modulator in the plugin can automatically synchronize to the host. But it can be out-of-sync if you want of course.

MIDI Controllers with MIDI Learn

  • MPhatik contains a powerful MIDI processor, which listen to MIDI controllers and MIDI keyboard and control any parameters realtime.

64-bit Processing and an Unlimited Sampling Rate

  • MPhatik provides the maximum audio quality you can get. It uses 64-bit audio processing and can handle any sampling rate. It does not make much sense to go over 192kHz, but if you think it is a good idea, the plugin can do that.

Extremely Fast, Optimized for Newest AVX Capable Processors

  • Computers are now extremely fast, but the algorithms are more complex and projects bigger, so we still need to use the processing power with care. MPhatik uses the fastest algorithms, takes advantage of the newest processor capabilities, lets your GPU hangle the graphics, and shares the resources with other MeldaProduction plugins. The plugin is among the fastest on the market, yet it provides the best possible audio quality.

Global Preset Management and Online Preset Exchange

  • MPhatik presets are carefully stored in a system database and you can quickly access then from any project in any host. The plugin can automatically share your presets and download presets of other users from our servers. We are building a community and you can be a part of it!

Supports VST, VST3, AU and AAX Interfaces on Windows & Mac, both 32-bit and 64-bit

  • MPhatik supports all major hosts on both platforms. Check system requirements for information about compatibility and installation.

No Dongle nor Internet Access is Required for Activation

  • How many times did you forget your USB dongle? We are an honest company and expect the same from our customers. Our software uses licence files to activate your software. And the licences are to-person, so you can use it on all your computers as long as you are the user.

Free-for-Life Updates

  • When you buy the software you are entitled to free updates, forever. No more money wasted on major upgrades like it is with other companies. And we upgrade our software a lot!

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can’t work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X (10.7 and newer, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.


57. FireMaster

by United Plugins

FireMaster

Your tracks might already be great but perhaps you still feel it needs a little extra polish? Give those tracks a cherry on top and a gentle push to perfection with FireSonic’s FireMaster. This ultimate finisher and sonic exciter will give your tracks more body, air and perfect balance.

Key Features

Give Your Track the Final Touch

FireMaster is meant to be inserted as the last effect on any track to give it the final polish. It is the extra push that will make your bass, vocals, drums or final mix sound stronger than your competition.

The Body and Colour

The sophisticated core algorithm is divided between two controls: Depth and Colour. These controls are responsible for the psychoacoustic feel of great space and strong body provided by this plugin.

Manage Highs and Lows

Don’t reach for external EQs. FireMaster has precisely tuned controls for mastering bass and treble. It will give your tracks perfect bottoms and a great amount of high-end air.

Maximal Ease of Use

The ease of use is made even more simple by the large number of presets. You can select one that fits your needs and then just by driving the Wet/Dry control you can dial-in the desired amount of perfection.

CPU-Friendly

Although FireMaster is meant mainly for master tracks the unit is highly optimized for use on multiple tracks without draining too much CPU power.

Be Creative, Be Gentle

Although the name FireMaster suggests the plugin is made for mastering you’d better be gentle and add just a little amount of effects on master tracks. The truth is FireMaster can be used with great results on vocals, bass, drums or any other tracks. Creativity knows no limits.

Hassle-Free Software Protection

No iLok, no dongle or internet access is required for activation. This software uses licence files to activate your software. You can freely use the purchased software on all your computers as long as you are the user.

Realistic 3D Yet Flexible GUI

The photorealistic graphic user interface of the plugin gives you the feeling you are touching the real hardware. You can always drag the arrow in the bottom right corner to change its size – make it smaller to save the valuable screen space, or enlarge it to make it easier to use.

15-Days Unlimited Trial Version for Free

All the descriptions are nothing compared to putting hands on the plugin yourself. No saving limits. No noises. No boundaries. Engage the plugin in your project and fully exploit its powers for two weeks.

64-bit Audio Quality at ANY Sampling Rate

The plugin provides the maximum audio quality you can get. It uses internal 64-bit audio processing and can handle any sampling rate. 192 kHz or even higher.

Smart Bypass

The intelligent way this plugin manages bypassing ensures that you don’t get any clicks or harmful noises when automating the parameter.

System Requirements

Mac

  • macOS 10.10 and newer
  • 64-bit only
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support
  • VST2, VST3, AAX or AU compatible host

Windows

  • Windows 8-10
  • 32-bit or 64-bit
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support
  • VST2, VST3 or AAX compatible host

58. Finisher VOODOO

by UJAM

UJAM Finisher VOODOO - Main Image

Black Magic Soundscapes

Creative guitar effects like no other

The Finisher effect series is designed to combine the power and flexibility of a full rack of audio processors with the instant gratification that UJAM products are famous for. VOODOO is custom-designed for all sorts of guitar sounds, real or virtual, electric or acoustic, direct or amped.

It also works phenomenally well with keyboards, synths, even vocals and other signals. Add VOODOO to anything for organic warmth, magical textures or just a dash of inspiration.

What’s in There?

  • 50 Modes configuring up to 40 effect modules.
  • Finisher knob and 4 Variation knobs – each macro-programmed into the effect configuration.
  • From multiband compression and distortion, convolution, modulation effects, Filters, EQs to envelope following and granular Effects – all combined and meticulously sound-designed into 50 complex Modes that you can easily tweak.
  • Automation and MIDI Learn to connect pedals and add extra articulation to your performances.
  • More than 150 signature sound designer presets.

A Magical Mystery Tour

VOODOO creates a world of organic, distorted, spicy, colourful, often magical and dark textures, often with an element of surprise, adding limitless possibilities to your guitar. From High gain lead to strummed acoustic or bluesy crunch tone – there are plenty of sound designs to enhance every style. Your source for inspiration for live guitar playing, virtual instruments like the Virtual Guitarist series – or whatever you dare to try. Make your sound float, rumble, glow and scream. With just a sprinkle of magic.

Pinch the Doll

If you’re already using guitar tools like amplifiers and stompbox emulations, VOODOO is a perfect companion. Instant inspiration dialled in and customized within seconds. You focus on your music. VOODOO takes care of the magic.

Virtual Guitarist’s Best Friend

Do you own a Virtual Guitarist? Add VOODOO to the family and you won’t believe your ears – promised. Whether AMBERs acoustic strumming, IRONs power chords, SILKs silky arpeggios, SPARKLEs electric riffs and even CARBONs high-gain chugs – it’s a different world with VOODOO.

Features at a Glance

Finisher VOODOO features 50 carefully sound-designed effect configurations and more than 150 presets combining 40 distinct algorithms – everything from convolution and modulation to dynamics, distortion and EQs – even multiband – to granular and twisted effects. Five macro knobs give you full sonic control. Direct, live and intuitive. Play with pedals or knobs and automate to your heart’s content. Create musically stunning dynamic shifts and make every effect your own.

Variety

With VOODOO’s Variation controls you adjust musically useful changes to the current Mode – switch delay times, set EQ characteristics, change distortion curves and much more, often at the same time.

Highlighter

All VOODOO Modes come with UJAM’s proprietary Highlighter. A combination of low and high pass filters to place your track exactly where it belongs in the mix.

Can You Cope With Magic?

Potions, spells and spices… if terms like that describe what you like for a guitar sound, now is the time to play with VOODOO. The magic is in the sound, not in the words. Cast a spell on your guitars today.

System Requirements

Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 or later
  • macOS X 10.11 or later
  • 64bit only
  • You may have success on earlier versions but UJAM doesn’t support and fully qualify them.

Minimum Requirements

  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 0.4 GB of free Disk Space
  • 1280x768px Display
  • Internet Connection

Plug-in Formats

  • VST
  • AU (AU 2 version only compatible with Logic Pro X and newer)
  • AAX

Additional Information

  • Comes as a downloadable installer file.
  • Authorize by email address and password for ujam.com within the plug-in.
  • Supports MIDI standard.

Note: If you want to move your .blob file to an external drive, UJAM recommend the use of an SSD to prevent dropouts.


59. Nebula

by SoundSpot

Nebula

Following the release of our creative reverb plugin ‘Oracle’, we’ve since been inundated with customer requests asking if we could release the ‘Flanger’ as a plugin in its own right. We thought this was a great idea, however, we felt we could further improve this and so began the development of Nebula.

Nebula is a multi-fx plugin that features Stereo Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Filter & LFO sections that can be used to add serious sonic madness to your music.

The signal path of Nebula is one that has been used by our in-house sound designers over the last 3 years, and has featured in a plethora of sample packs.

Following the combination of the signal path and 5x powerful effects, as well as an intuitive interface and super lightweight code, Nebula was born.

Features

  • Intuitive, easy-to-navigate user interface
  • Designed to work flawlessly with touch controllers such as the Raven by Slate Media
  • Stereo delay with visual feedback
  • Quick target LFO for creating signal movement
  • Bandpass delay filter to sculpt the sound and remove unwanted frequencies
  • Flanger effect for creating unique movement to the delay
  • Global bandpass filter that can be modulated
  • Chorus effect for creating unique movement to the delay
  • Preset manager to save & share your own delay designs

5 FX Modules

The 5 FX modules in the Nebula can be used individually, as well as within the predefined signal path. Simply click the power icons at the top of each module button to activate the effect. The power buttons work independently from the module select buttons, which is useful when working in another module and wanting to quickly bypass other effects to A/B test.

Delay

The ‘Delay’ module on the Nebula contains a host of features that allow you to create depth and space to your sounds. You can remove any unwanted frequencies using the filter button, which flips into its own dedicated section – work in mono or stereo mode by linking the left and right channels, add dotted or triplet variations to the left or right signal and control the feedback and mix of the effect with ease. The display provides you with visual feedback, enabling you to make accurate decisions when designing your delayed signal.

Chorus

The ‘Chorus’ module can be used to add additional width to your sound by creating a detuned effect. The rate parameter allows you to select the speed of the effect, whilst the depth controls the amount of pitch variation required. Feedback controls the amount of modulated signal that is fed back into itself, and the mix parameter allows you to blend the effect with the original signal. There is also an option to flip between a mono and stereo effect.

LFO

The ‘LFO’ module is where the magic happens and can be used to bring your sound design to life. The left-hand side of the module has target selectors, allowing you to control various parameters within the other modules. The LFO itself has 4x different waveshapes, including sawtooth, sine, triangle and square. Each of the waveshapes can be flipped independently to create a polar opposite of the effect. The LFO time can be set from 1/32 to 32 bars and can be used to create percussive-grooves, or an effect that modulates over a longer period of time. The range parameter specifies how much of the LFO is applied to the original signal.

Flanger

The ‘Flanger’ module can be used to add additional movement to the sound. Using a slow ‘Rate’ will create subtle movement, whilst using a fast ‘Rate’ will create a dramatic effect. ‘Depth’ controls the detuning of the signal and ‘Feedback’ controls the amount of modulated signal that is fed back into itself. The ‘Mix’ parameter can be used to blend the effect into the mix, as well as being controllable via the LFO to gradually or quickly change over time. The Flanger also includes the same mono stereo controls as the ‘Chorus’, which means you can have one effect working in the middle, whilst the other takes control of the full stereo image.

Filter Cut

The ‘Filter’ cut works on the entire signal and can be manipulated to great effect by the LFO. The module has mid, side and stereo modes giving you great flexibility for manipulating the end of the signal path. The filter features a low-cut and high-cut controls which range from 20 Hz to 20 kHz, as well as slope controls that cover 12 dB per octave through to 48 dB.

System Requirements

Mac

  • 10.12 – 10.14 (Catalina not supported)

Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)

Formats: 

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

60. Glitch

by SoundSpot

Glitch

Glitch is an fx plug-in that lets you bring rhythm and movement to your mixes, featuring a host-synced trance-gate and multi-tab delay, and the signature ‘glitch’ effect that rhythmically alters the playback speed of your track in real-time. This combination of effects lets you quickly create interesting vocal-chops and modern syncopated beats, or transform any track into an almost unrecognisable rhythmic mix element, allowing for new and unexpected flavours. 

Features

  • Intuitive, easy-to-navigate user interface
  • Designed to work flawlessly with touch controllers such as the Raven by Slate Media
  • Host-synced trance-gate with continuous smoothing control
  • One-knob host-synced multi-tab delay
  • Host-synced signature ‘glitch’ effect
  • High pass and low pass filter
  • Additional one-knob drive
  • Smoothed bypass and input and output volume controls
  • Preset manager to save & share your own effects

Glitch gives you several ways of transforming your tracks into flavourful and rhythmically interesting ways. The trance-gate lets you turn on and off 16 tabs to form a rhythmical pattern that syncs to your DAW project, either a full bar long or sped up multiple times. The gate’s continuous ‘Smooth’ feature lets you soften the transitions between the gaps, allowing you to fine-tune its response for different pattern speeds. 

For a more extreme and unexpected effect, the ‘Glitch’ control allows you to rhythmically alter the playback speed of your track, creating interesting host-synced pitch-shifting effects at different speeds, introducing multiple aliased frequencies in the process. 

The ‘Space’ control at the end of the chain gives you six multi-tap delay presets with different filtering and panning to create more elaborate patterns and expand the stereo image of your track. For additional control, the plug-in features a high pass and low pass filter and a drive control, as well as a smoothed bypass control and input and out volume control allowing for unhindered A/B testing. All in all, Glitch lets you transform your tracks in unexpected ways, giving new and exciting creative options.

System Requirements

Mac

  • 10.12 – 10.14 (Catalina not supported)

Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)

Formats: 

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

61.  Fracture XT

by Glitchmachines

Fracture XT

 

Granular Buffer Effects

Fracture XT is a granular glitch processor designed to facilitate the creation of mind-bending malfunctions, contorted articulations and evolving digital textures.

Fracture XT is based on our free & critically acclaimed Fracture plugin and builds on its strengths with the addition of a new granular processor as well as improved buffer, delay and multi-mode filter algorithms. Our grains processor makes it possible to create anything from moody drones to pointillist patterns. Fracture XT’s many enhancements and new features bring a broad range of exciting effects to your sonic toolbox.

From mellow dub delays to dense holographic grain clouds, Fracture XT’s diverse processing functions make it simple to inject your projects with endlessly compelling sonic landscapes.

Features

  • Granular, Buffer & Delay FX
  • Patchable Modulation Matrix
  • 4 Flexible LFOs with Sync
  • 6 Randomizers & 100+ Presets
  • Scalable User Interface
  • Win/Mac  VST/AU  32/64bit

Fracture XT features a new Granular Processor, a totally revamped Buffer Effects Processor, a revamped Delay Effects Processor and dedicated multi-mode filters. In addition, you have access to 4 LFOs with various waveshapes, slow rates, sync to host and the ability to feed multiple modulation targets simultaneously.

The Delay processor features an input routing parameter that allows you to either take the signal from the Buffer or Grains modules, or blend between both as desired. Together with a patchable modulation matrix and extensive randomization options, you get a worthy evolution of one of our most popular plugins.

System Requirements

  • VST/AU host: Live, Logic Pro, etc.
  • Mac OS X 10.8+
  • Windows 8+
  • Minimum 2 GB RAM
  • CPU with SSE2 support
  • Minimum CPU: Core 2 Duo, 2GHz

62. Hiku

by SoundSpot

Hiku

Punch, Warmth and Presence, instantly.

Give your masters, buses or individual tracks extra polish with this smart effect. HIKU might only have three controls, but under the hood, there’s a precise mix of processing tailored to add warmth, power and clarity to any audio signal. 

As well as sounding great on single tracks or groups, HIKU is a vital stage in any mastering chain.

HIKU’s processing is split into two bands. You can control the frequency of this split using the frequency dial. Both the low and high bands are processed using saturation for crunch and character, parallel processing for punch and control, and stereo imaging for definition. The algorithms on each side of the frequency split are tailored towards the different processing needs of low-frequency and high-frequency audio.

The central Mix parameter dials in the amount of HIKU’s effect that’s applied to the signal. Set it to low levels to subtly cook the audio, and push it to higher levels to bring life back into stale sounds.

You can raise the end-to-end crossover frequency dial to 20,000Hz to get HIKU’s low processing over the entire signal, or lower it to 20Hz to get HIKU’s high processing on a whole channel.

Use the top-left gain control to compensate for any level changes introduced by HIKU, and bypass the plugin to audition the signal before and after processing.

System Requirements

Mac

  • 10.12 – 10.14 (Catalina not supported)

Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)

Formats: 

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

63. SphereQuad

by W.A Production

SphereQuad

Semi Modular Multi Effect

Here at W. A. Production we’re always looking for clever ways to add movement and excitement to our tracks. However, it’s tiresome to keep loading up the same effects chains again and again. This is why we created SphereQuad as an easy and extremely flexible solution for bringing complex rhythmic movement, filter sweeps and stereo madness to your mixes.

The concept behind SphereQuad is a combination of stereo flanger, phaser and chorus effects fed into a stereo filter, combined with an onboard step sequencer that controls the filter. However, the execution of these effects is far more interesting as you can control the left and right filters independently to push sound around the stereo field. The flexible routing between the different modules can be quickly dialed in to create a huge variety of special effects.

Each of the Flanger, Phaser and Chorus modules has multiple parameters for adjusting the main characteristics. The modules can be activated individually, or mixed and routed in various combinations to create a wall of unusual effects. 

We’ve been using SphereQuad for a while now and find it incredibly useful for everything from spacey synth leads to making bass lines wobble. We’ve even dialed it in on full mixes to create DJ-style breakdowns with massive filter sweeps and extreme flanging. There’s no instrument we haven’t tried to transformed with SphereQuad and the effect is impressively huge every time. W. A. Production are real-life producers making creative plugins to help you achieve studio effects quickly and easily. Enjoy!

Features

  • 64 Creative Presets for one-click transformations
  • Stereo Flanger, Phaser & Chorus modules with multiple parameters
  • Mixer & Output controls with Saturation module
  • Flexible signal routing between all modules
  • 16 Step Sequencer
  • Independent left and right filter modules for true stereo manipulation
  • Sync to BPM
  • Real-time waveform display corresponding to the filter cutoff
  • Full PDF Manual


The 16 step sequencer controls the filter cutoff and can be synced to the BPM of your track or be set to flow completely independently. Feed the signal from the Flanger, Phaser and Chorus into this sequencer for ultimate rhythmic modulation. 

Independent left and right channel filter shapes, speeds, ranges and types can be programmed to make the filtered sound fly around the stereo field, creating some mind-bending sequences at the click of a button. 

The real-time waveform display shows the effect of the filter cutoff, giving visual feedback on the stereo effect of SphereQuad. Meanwhile, the master output module provides a Dry / Wet control and Saturation dial for increasing the odd harmonics and the overall intensity of the output.

Over 60 presets act as perfect jumping-off points for your own creative ideas. They are logically named by instrument group and effect making it easy to find the descriptive definition of a particular effect. 

System Requirements

  • Windows 7 or higher (32 / 64 bit)
  • Mac OSX 10.5 or higher (32 / 64 bit)
  • VST, VST3 & AU 
  • AAX – ProTools 11 or higher

64. Renegade Mini

by SoundSpot

Renegade Mini

Creating basslines in modern music can be tricky. Getting them distorted and wide, whilst retaining mono compatibility often takes a lot of fine-tuning and experimentation so we created the Renegade Mini to simplify this process, and speed up your workflow.

As the name suggests, this is a scaled-down version of its big brother which will be coming out later in the year. But don’t let it’s simple interface fool you, the Renegade Mini is packed with the same processing technology as it’s big brother, in fact, the only difference is the scaled down GUI and the signal processing is the equivalent to an 11 plugin signal chain, so there’s a lot going on in the background.

The Renegade Mini is designed to let you quickly enhance your basslines, and is particularly useful in modern dance music production.

Features

  • Intuitive, easy to navigate user interface.
  • Designed to work flawlessly with touch controllers such as the Raven by Slate Media.
  • Advanced Distortion Signal Path
  • Stereo Enhancement
  • Sidechain Volume Shaper


Drive

When set to 0%, the drive parameter is totally transparent, allowing the signal to pass through unprocessed. When the drive is increased, the signal is pushed through the signal path which is equivalent to 11 individual plugins, ranging from compression to stereo enhancement with much more in between.

When driven, the signal path created a wider more distorted signal, that will give your basslines more weight and presence. 

Whilst the Renegade Mini makes a huge difference to the stereo spread, it also retains it ’s integrity when the signal is collapsed to mono, so the additional colour will still shine through on club systems although less pronounced than stereo playback.

A WORD OF CAUTION… Always check your levels before increasing the drive too hard. By it’s very nature, the signal will become louder, so always remember to reduce the channel gain, before driving the parameter hard. You’re ears and monitors will thank you for it.

Sidechain

The Renegade Mini includes a sidechain volume shaper effect with 3 curves to choose from along with 6 x time settings. This enables you to create the pumping distorted swell that is commonplace in multiple dance music genres.

To select a curve simple click an icon to activate it. To select a time setting, simply click on the desired time found below the curve icons.

If required, the sidechain function can also be disabled by simply clicking on the “SIDECHAIN” label above the volume shaping icons.  

System Requirements

Mac

  • 10.12 – 10.14 (Catalina not supported)

Formats:

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AU
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Licensing: Internet access for activating licence key. Please ensure any outgoing connection blockers are deactivated.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

Windows

  • Windows 7, 8 or 10 (32 & 64-bit)

Formats: 

  • VST
  • VST3
  • AAX (Pro Tools 11.0.2 or higher)

Specification Requirements:

  • RAM: 8 GB RAM or more is recommended. Plus at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation.
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Sample Rates: Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.

65. That Thing

by BeatSkillz

That Thing

Multi FX Processor

Add Textures, Chorus, Bit Crusher and HP/LP Filters.

There was something about older drum machines and synths that made them sound punchier and more pleasing than today’s clinically perfect sounds.

That Thing is a multi-effects processor that has been designed to get you ‘That Thing’ missing from digitally perfect tracks today. It features a beautiful wide and deep chorus section great to thicken anything from synths, vocals, bass, pads drums and other sounds. The soundscape generator features samples of old vinyl players, tape machines, old radio, tube gear, atmospheres, ambiences etc – you can even add your own!

Features

  • Chorus FX: Analog Modelled Chorus for wide, thick and rich sounds
  • Soundscape Generator: Use our preset samples of Vinyl, Tape, Tube and Nature, or sample your own and use them!
  • Filters HP/LP: Analog Modelled Low-Cut and High-Cut Filters provide further sound shaping
  • Bit Crusher: Emulate Vintage Drum Machines and Samplers with the bit-crush feature, to induce more grit into the sound
  • Now includes ‘Dark Atmo’ texture bank

System Requirements

Mac:

  • macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 or later (Catalina not supported)
  • VST / AU / AAX (32-bit or 64-bit host)
  • Intel i3 or later  / AMD Athlon 64 or equivalent 
  • 2 GB RAM / 300 MB HD Required
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768

Windows:

  • Windows 10
  • VST / AAX (32-bit or 64-bit host)
  • Intel i3 or later  / AMD Athlon 64 or equivalent 
  • 2 GB RAM / 300 MB HD
  • Screen resolution: 1024×768

Important note: this software is not compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina and will not function on this system.


66. Glitch Machine

by Stagecraft

Glitch Machine

Syncing & Quantization

Our Glitch Machine gives you precise control over the probability that a stutter will occur at any point in the measure. This gives you many options for augmenting your beats; driving straight repeats, heavy offbeats, or more random and messy glitches are all easily available.

Variation

Because The stutter length, as well as timing and other characteristics all come equipped with many quantization options, you can easily switch to triplet timing, or dotted note lengths and timing. The pitch shift can be quantized to various scales as well. This is one smart glitcher!

Automation

The Glitch Machine plugin features full automation of all parameters. This powerful feature unlocks the full potential of the plugin, allowing you to create more complex and expressive sounds than possible with manual tweaking.

Presets

Save presets and (optionally) share them with other Glitchers online.

System Requirements:

Mac

  • OS X 10.7 or newer

Formats:

  • AAX
  • AU
  • VST
  • VST3

Windows

  • ­Windows 7 or newer

Formats:

  • AAX
  • VST
  • VST3

67. Pedals

by Audified

Pedals

A Complete Set of 36 Effects for Guitar, Bass and Vocals

Audified guitar pedals – the legendary product, released under our previous label DSound 10 years ago as one of the first professional guitar software solutions. Because of a strong demand to release this set also for ProTools and as a standalone product, we have released the complete set of our stomp-box effects in one package.

Pedals are exact models of real hardware devices. The set contains effects, amp models, cab models and a tuner. 

The complete set of Pedals is also included in inTone 2 and inTone 2 Solo applications.

Auto Tuner

AT-2 is an automatic chromatic tuner. It provides an accuracy of 1 cent. If the tone is in tune, the middle green indicator shines. Otherwise the deviation is shown by the red indicators.

AutoPan

This effect provides auto panning in stereo. It always creates stereo output so it can be used like a mono to stereo converter.

AutoWah

AW-2 delivers a wide variety of wah effects, including a dynamics-sensitive picking wah that changes with your picking strength and a modulation wah for automatic wah over a cycle of modulation.

Bass Chorus

Bass Chorus creates the classic “chorusing” effect, where the incoming signal appears to be doubled. Regard is taken to specifics of the bass sound, therefore the fat bass tones are not modulated.  

Bass Distortion

Bass Distortion creates the classic sound of guitar amplifier distortion, and is useful on many sound sources. The MIX parameter let’s you control the wet to dry signal ratio.

Bass Flanger


Bass Flanger creates the classic “flange” sound. Regard is taken to specifics of the bass sound, therefore the fat bass tones are not modulated.

Bass Graphic Equalizer

The GEB has seven bands ranging from 50 Hz to 10 kHz, ideal for bass sounds, with boost/cut of +/- 18 dB per band. This lets you completely control your sound.

Bass Overdrive

The Overdrive effect emulates the distortion of an overdriven tube amp. When saturated, it generates a distortion with response to your picking style, warmer-sounding than the Distortion effect. The MIX parameter let’s you control the wet to dry signal ratio.

Bass Phaser

The PHB can produce a natural, as well as an artificially sounding phasing effect. Regard is taken to specifics of the bass sound, therefore the fat bass tones are not modulated.

Bass Preamp

This effect is an exact simulation of a bass tube preamplifier. It brings a big variety of clean sounds. It is also possible to get very slightly overdriven sound by setting the maximum of the gain control.

Bass Speaker Simulator

This effect simulates a 2×10″ bass guitar cabinet. You can choose from 6 mic positions.

Bass Tone Control

TCB is an amp equalizer simulating 4 various types of bass amplifiers. It controls the volume of three frequency bands.

Blues Drive

This effect has been designed as a natural sounding distortion. It provides sounds from light bluesy to mid driven distortions. It is also excellent for driving following effects, especially tube preamps.

BPM Delay

BPM Delay is an effect that creates delayed repetitions of the incoming signal.

Chorus

Chorus creates the classic “chorusing” effect, where the incoming signal appears to be doubled.

Clean Preamp

This effect works as a tube preamplifier. It brings a big variety of clean sounds. It is also possible to get very slightly overdriven sound by setting the maximum of the gain control.  

Compressor

Compressor limits the dynamic range of the incoming signal.  

Crunch Preamp

The effect works as a tube preamplifier. It makes it possible to get sounds from clean to medium distorted crunch sounds.

Distortion

Distortion creates the classic sound of guitar amplifier distortion, and is useful on many sound sources.

Exciter

The Exciter has been designed as a sound modeling tool for guitars and basses. It makes instruments sound cleaner and more detailed by adding a small amount of high-frequency harmonics. In some cases, this effect can even compensate for the dull sound of old strings.

Expander Gate

Expander-Gate acts as a noise gate, muting the incoming signal when it falls below the set threshold, or as a downward expander, reducing the volume of the incoming signal when it falls below the set threshold.

Flanger

Flanger creates the classic “flange” sound.  

Graphic Equalizer

HiGain Preamp

The HG-2 operates as a tube preamplifier. It provides a variety of sounds: from clean, through medium distorted, up to modern HiGain sounds.

Level Control

This effect provides the easiest way to adjust the signal level in the effect chain. Many non-linear effects require a certain signal level to operate properly, e.g. the valve and transistor based distortions. Use the LC plug-in to adjust the optimum level. This plug-in also changes the stereo properties of the audio signal: It can merge both channels into one, create monophonic signal or swap the left and right channels. A stereo base enhancer is also available.

Noise Gate

Noise Gate is a dynamics effect. Its function is to remove unwanted audio material below a certain threshold.

Octaver

The OT-2 Octaver produces sound one octave above and under the original tone. These two tones can be freely mixed with the input signal.

Overdrive

The Overdrive effect emulates the distortion of an overdriven tube amp. When saturated, it generates a warmer-sounding distortion with response to your picking style than the Distortion effect.

Parametric Equalizer

PE-2 is a 1-band parametric equalizer. It can be used to boost or cut frequency bands from audio signal usig peak filter, adjust treble/bass using high/low shelving filters, or to completely cut highs, lows, or certain frequency range using high/low pass and notch filters.

Pedal Wah

Pedal Wah is an effect which simulates the wah-wah pedal. It has adjustable resonance, so it can be used for subtle or more pronounced sound and range setting, which was designated to tune the effects lower range, so it can be fine tuned to your guitar or bass.

Phaser

The PH-2 produces a natural as well as an artificially sounding phasing effect.

Power Amp

The Power Amp PA-2 effect is a software simulation of a tube power amplifier. It comprises simulations of four different tube combinations.

Reverb

The RV-2 is a high quality reverb effect which allows you to add space to your recordings. It includes seven high density reverb modes and creates a rich stereo output.

Speaker Simulator

This effect simulates guitar cabinets. You can choose from 15 simulations of 6 models, measured in the near field, far field, on-axis and off-axis.

Tone Control

TC-2 is an amp equalizer simulating 5 various types of amplifiers. It controls the volume of three frequency bands.

Tremolo

The TR-2 varies the volume of original sound which reproduces the classic tremolo effects of ’60s amps.  ​

System Requirements

Mac

  • OS X 10.6 – Mac OS X 10.11    

Formats:

  • AU (32 & 64-Bit)
  • RTAS (32-Bit)
  • VST2 (32 & 64-Bit)

PC:

  • Windows XP – Windows 10

Formats:

  • RTAS (32-Bit)
  • VST2 (32 & 64-Bit)

68. Enso

by Audio Damage

Enso

With decoupled recording and playback, multiple overdub styles and modes, four discrete loop Sectors and much more, it’s the last word in creative looping.

Enso has an architecturally unique and sonically characterful looping toolkit for producers and live performers, inspired by both modern looper pedals and vintage tape-based setups, Enso combines elegant and intuitive UI design with a deep but accessible feature set and stellar sound quality.

Giving you everything you need for limitlessly creative looping, on stage and in the studio, Enso is one of Audio Damage’s most beautifully realised plugins yet, and an empowering addition to any musician’s arsenal of effects. 

Loop!

Enso can record up to 10 minutes of stereo audio (at 48kHz sample rate; 5 minutes on iOS) and play it back in both directions at any speed, with one-button control to duplicate your favorite looper pedal workflow.

Create!

Enso’s play and record heads are entirely decoupled. This means you can play in one direction and speed, while recording in another direction and speed. Make amazing and unique looping beds with unlinked overdubbing.

Effect!

Enso has a suite of effects for tape simulation, filtering, and chorus, making it a completely self-contained looping station for ‘tronic-style tape looping.

Control!

Enso has a sophisticated MIDI learn system, for easily using a foot controller or other MIDI device to access the appropriate controls. Store your MIDI learn layout with your preset, for instant access to your preferred controller layout.

Features

  • Full Automatic Looping Engine: Enso’s looping engine is simple to learn, but exceedingly powerful, with “one button” looping control, both host-synced and free time.
  • Dub In Place: Enso can either work like a traditional digital looper, where the input is mixed with the buffer contents, then sent to effects, or like a tape looper, where the effects and speed changes are included in the feedback path.
  • Sector Crossfading: Define four different start and end points. Crossfade between them, and overdub or re-record within them.
  • Effects Section: Enso has user-controllable “tape style” saturation and hiss, high- and low-pass filters, and a stereo  chorus for thickening and carving your loop.
  • Full MIDI CC Implementation: Enso has an assignable MIDI CC page for controlling most features of the looping engine. It is tuned for foot control, but will work with any MIDI CC source.
  • Independent Play And Record Head Control: Both the play and record heads have a through-zero speed control, from -4x to +4x, with text entry values and selectable inc and dec values. 
  • Multi-Format Audio Loader: Enso can load AIFF, WAV, Broadcast WAV, FLAC, MP3, and Ogg in any sample rate, bit depth, and channel configuration. 
  • Buffer Save: Enso can save its buffer contents as a WAV file. 
  • Extra Long Loops: Enso can record or load up to 10 minutes of audio (5 minutes in iOS version) in Long Memory mode. 
  • Cross-Platform Preset Format: Enso utilizes an XML-based preset manager, and optionally stores the buffer within the preset for easy asset management. Work between multiple systems without troubles, make a preset on your desktop machine and paste it to the iOS version with Handoff, easily share your creations with your friends, or make a preset bundle to sell, no asset management required. 
  • Fully Resizable Hi-Dpi/Retina GUI: Enso’s vector-based GUI is resolution-agnostic, and displays the same on every system and resolution. Easily resize the UI (per instance) to match your visual needs, from postage stamp to poster-sized.

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows 8.1 or newer and a 32- or 64-bit DAW.
  • VST 32/64-bit
  • VST3 32/64-bit
  • AAX 64-bit

Mac

  • 10.9 Mavericks or newer and a 64-bit DAW. 
  • VST 64-bit
  • VST3 64-bit
  • AAX 64-bit
  • AudioUnit 64-bit

69. Hologram

by Sinevibes

Hologram

Spectral Audio Resynthesizer

Important note: This software is Mac compatible only (Audio Units) and will not function on PC computers.

Hologram is a creative effect processor that resynthesizes the sound in real time. It does this by splitting the input signal into multiple frequency bands, analyzing their dynamics, and then recreating the signal’s spectrum with an array of sine oscillators. The result is a wide variety of pleasantly smooth synthetic tones whose spectral and dynamic characteristics are controlled by the input audio. To take it even further, Hologram also has two highly flexible, multi-waveform modulators that apply rhythmic motion to its re-synthesis engine.

The plugin features a color-coded interface with sharp graphics, handy parameter value displays and lively animations. A large spectrogram view allows to precisely see what the effect is doing. And as usual with Sinevibes software, Hologram supports Retina screens and offers great responsiveness even on old or low-spec hardware.

Features

  • Spectrum analyzer with up to 64 frequency bands
  • Sine oscillator array for real-time signal resynthesis
  • Two separate modulators with 9 waveforms, adjustable chaos, lag and curve
  • Advanced transport sync algorithm with support for tempo and time signature automation

System Requirements

  • Supports OS X 10.6 or later, running on 32 or 64-bit Intel Macs
  • Works with any application that supports Audio Unit (AU) effect plugins
  • Supports Retina screen resolution

Compatibility

Hologram works with Logic, GarageBand, Live, MainStage, ReNoise, Reaper, Studio One, Digital Performer, Tracktion and other software that supports Audio Unit effect plugins. It comes in 32/64 bit format for Intel Macs running OS X 10.6 or later, and supports Retina screen resolution.

Important Notes: 

  • This software is Mac compatible only (Audio Units) 
  • An Audio Units (AU) compatible DAW is also required to run this software
  • This software will not function on PC computers

70. OTO Biscuit 8-bit Effects

by Softube

OTO Biscuit 8-bit Effects

OTO Biscuit 8-bit Effects

Vive Le Biscuit

Initially introduced in hardware in the late 00’s, the French-made OTO Biscuit quickly became a cult classic with DJs and electronic music producers around the world. Gritty bit-crushing, lo-fi multi-effects, a sweet and smooth analog filter, and a quality look and feel, made it a go-to awesome-sound-maker in clubs and studios alike.

Now it’s available in software, bringing those crunchy, dirty, edgy sounds closer to the DAW-based studio or laptop-based performance rig, and making it more intuitive than ever before.

The Biscuit offers incredibly detailed control of these essential sonic possibilities, with eight individually invertable or mutable bits, control of sample rate, waveshaping, delay, even pitch-shifting, and analog filtering (controllable manually or with a built-in step sequencer) to round off sharp edges and make even the harshest digital screech sound alive and organic.

Try it on a drum loop for gentle lo-fi digital distortion, or complete screaming chaos, and everything in-between. Take synth sounds to the next level, creating arcade game blips and bloops, adding insane aliasing and overtones, making pads move and swell with the filter. Even apply to vocals or guitars to turn analog sounds into electronic, robotic, futuristic fantasies.

We’ve modeled both the digital and analog parts of the Biscuit, with unrelenting detail, and the plug-in features a low-latency mode that makes live use possible – a particularly popular way to play with the Biscuit is to mangle drums or drops in a DJ set, or create seemingly studio-bound sounds live on stage.

And it’s simpler than ever before with the plug-in, as the added visualisations of the lower ‘brain’ section make working with the digital effects on board far easier and more enjoyable. See the shapes of the 8 different waves as you apply them to your signal. Drag delay time and feedback around with their own dedicated knobs, and sync to the DAW tempo or tap in your own. Pitch-shift and blend with your dry signal for ringing bell overtones or super-fat sub-bass.

At first, the Biscuit can seem like a novelty, only for crazy once-in-a-while sounds, a totally optional cherry on the cake. But dive in a little deeper and you’ll find it’s its very own confection, sweet and moreish. Before long you’ll be using it on pretty much every project and wondering if it’s good for your teeth.

In short

  • Lo-fi 8-bit magic in a fun and easy-to-use package.
  • Take control on a bit-by-bit level.
  • Slow the sample rate and hear that aliasing glitter fall.
  • Smooth analog filter.
  • Built in digital effects – waveshaping, delay, pitch-shifting.
  • 8-step sequencer to drive the filter.
  • Very distinctive sound, but good for many styles.
  • Turn any run-of-the-mill electronic track into a vibrant classic.

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.12 or newer (older OS versions may work but are not tested (64-bit only).
  • Windows 64-bit, versions 7, 8 or 10 (64-bit only).
  • Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 X2 or newer.
  • Screen resolution 1280×800 or larger.
  • Supported sample rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz, in both mono and stereo.
  • 8 GB RAM or more is recommended, as well as at least 8 GB hard disk space for installation (individual plug-ins take less space, while sample libraries may require additional disk space).
  • A Softube account is required to register and install the software.
  • An iLok account is required for authorisation of the software.
  • Internet access for downloading installer and managing licenses.
  • iLok generation 2 and up, if you intend to use a physical iLok dongle for authorizing your plug-ins (note that an iLok dongle is not a requirement).
  • In theory, any 64-bit VST, VST3, AU, or AAX (11.0.2 or higher) compatible host application should work.
  • The most recent maintenance release of the DAW application is recommended.

However, due to plug-in host differences between DAWs – and our own rigorous testing standards – we only officially test our plug-ins and instruments in the most recent versions of Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, Studio One, Digital Performer, Reaper and Sonar. Softube plugins are not tested in the non-listed systems, but they most likely work as long as the system requirements are met. We cannot guarantee a solution for issues in unsupported systems.

Important note: make sure that you always use the latest iLok License Manager. It is not included in the Softube installer but can be downloaded from www.ilok.com​


71. I Wish

by Polyverse

I Wish

The one and only pitch freezer plug-in.

I Wish is a pitch freezer plug-in. It allows you to take any sound – a vocal recording, a drum beat or even noise, and instantly freeze it in time and pitch. The pitch-frozen audio can then be manipulated and modulated to create highly musical mind-bending effects and sounds that have never been heard before! Is it a synthesizer? is it an effect? It’s both!

Take any sound in the world, freeze it in time and sculpt mind-bending sounds and music.

Features

  • The only pitch freezer plug-in on the market.
  • Modulate pitch and formant.
  • Real-time polyphonic Wavetable Synthesizer.
  • Pitch-based micro-editing on the fly.
  • Produce extremely controlled stutter effects.
  • Create attention-grabbing ear candies.
  • Endless creative possibilities.
  • Supports VST / AU / AAX plug-in formats

So what exactly does this plug-in do?

When you hit a note on your midi keyboard, the plugin creates a tiny loop, at the wavelength of that note.

I Wish allows you to freeze your audio in any pitch you like. There are various uses for this plug-in such as creating robotic voice effects, pitched stutter effects, musical drum beats, mind-bending ear candies – the possibilities are endless! It can even be used as a polyphonic synthesizer, with real-time wavetable oscillators! This essentially allows you to make music from noise. I Wish is the only plug-in that allows pitch based micro-editing on the fly. Since the result is heavily dependent on the audio and MIDI you feed the plug-in, it will always be highly personalized and unique to you.

Infected Mushroom’s Secret Weapon

The idea for this plug-in came from Infected Mushroom’s work on their track “I Wish”, in which they manually chopped and edited tiny loops for several days in order to achieve the desired special effect. This plugin creates the same effect, but instantly, instead of several days.

Polyverse Music have created a rough prototype VST of the plug-in for the group’s personal use. However, after two years of using the plug-in Infected Mushroom have decided the plug-in was too good to be kept for themselves and decided to release their secret weapon! By the time we have finished developing I Wish, Infected Mushroom have been using it extensively throughout their latest album “Converting Vegetarians 2”.

System Requirements

  • Platform – Mac/PC
  • Bit Depth 32/64
  • Format – AAX, VST, AU
  • Hardware Requirements – Mac: Intel Core 2 Duo or higher, 4GB RAM minimum
  • Hardware Requirements –  PC: Intel Core 2 Duo/AMD Athlon 64×2 or higher, 4GB RAM minimum
  • OS Requirements – Mac: OS X 10.6 or later
  • OS Requirements –  PC Windows 7 SP1 or later

72. MXXXCore

by MeldaProduction

MXXXCore

MXXXCore is an affordable way to get MXXX, the ultimate effect. It’s cheap and you can buy only those modules you actually want.

Which Processors Does MXXXCore Include?

MXXX includes almost all of the MeldaProduction processors, but it may also be a little expensive for non-professionals.

MXXXCore is a special licence, which includes only the basic building blocks. You will use MXXX as if you had the full licence, but not all processors will be available.

How to Get the Remaining Processors into MXXXCore

MXXXCore of course provides all of the modules MXXX does, but you need a licence to get the rest of them. For example, if you own MSpectralDynamics (or any bundle, which contains that plugin) then it will be enabled in MXXXCore as well. MXXXCore will not allow you to insert a processor you don’t own nor open a preset that uses it, and will tell you what you need to purchase in order to get it.

The following shows which licences you need to get any of the modules working in MXXX with MXXXCore licence. You can also use any bundle that contains a required plugin.

Modulation

Processor to unlock and the products that will unlock it:

  • Autopan – MAutopanMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Chorus – MFlangerMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Phaser – MPhaserMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Rotary – MRotary (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Tremolo – MTremoloMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Vintage Rotary – MVintageRotary (Product that would unlock the former processor)

Spectral

Processor to unlock and the products that will unlock it:

  • Character – MCharacter (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Frequency Shifter – MFreqShifterMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Harmonizer – MHarmonizerMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Ring Modulator – MRingModulatorMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Transformer – MTransformer (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Vibrato – MVibratoMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Vocoder – MVocoder (Product that would unlock the former processor)

Equalizer

Processor to unlock and the products that will unlock it:

  • Comb – MCombMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Dynamic Equalizer – MAutoDynamicEq or MDynamicEq (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Freeform Equalizer – MFreeformEqualizer (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Freeform Analog Equalizer – MFreeformAnalogEq (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Equalizer – MAutoEqualizer or MAutoDynamicEq or MDynamicEq (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Equalizer Linear Phase – MAutoEqualizer or MEqualizerLinearPhase (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Wobbler – MWobbler (Product that would unlock the former processor)

Dynamics

Processor to unlock and the products that will unlock it:

  • Auto-Volume – MAutoVolume (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Drum Enhancer – MDrumEnhancer (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Drum Leveler – MDrumLeveler (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Dynamics – MDynamics or MDynamicsMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Limiter – MDynamicsLimiter (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Modern Compressor – MModernCompressor (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Spectral Dynamics – MSpectralDynamics (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Transient – MTransient or MTransientMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)

Reverb & Delay

Processor to unlock and the products that will unlock it:

  • Convolution – MConvolutionMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Delay – MDelayMB (Product that would unlock the former processor) 
  • Granular – MGranularMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Reverb – MReverb or MReverbMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Rhythmizer – MRhythmizer or MRhythmizerMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)

Stereo

Processor to unlock and the products that will unlock it:

  • Stereo Generator – MStereoGenerator (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Stereo Spread – MStereoSpread (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Stereo Processor – MStereoProcessor (Product that would unlock the former processor)

Distortion

Processor to unlock and the products that will unlock it:

  • Amp – MAmp (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Bit-Fun – MBitFunMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Distortion – MDistortionMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Saturator – MSaturatorMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Wave-Shaper – MWaveShaperMB (Product that would unlock the former processor)

Utility

Processor to unlock and the products that will unlock it:

  • ​​​Auto-Align – MAutoAlign (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Compare – MCompare (Product that would unlock the former processor)
  • Multi-Analyzer – MMultiAnalyzer (Product that would unlock the former processor)

Synthesis

Processor to unlock and the products that will unlock it:

  • PowerSynth – MPowerSynth (Product that would unlock the former processor)

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts, or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!
 
64-bit plugins can’t work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do NOT use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.
 
Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X (10.7 and newer, 32-bit or 64-bit)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Intel/AMD processor with SSE2 support

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.


73. MSuperLooper

by MeldaProduction

MSuperLooper

MSuperLooper is the next generation looping tool designed for live performances, capturing ideas and getting creative.

Quick but Versatile Workflow

Live looping is all about workflow. MSuperLooper is quick and efficient, lets you do all the tasks you need to do, attach it to any MIDI controller, and control various aspects of the behaviour, so that you feel comfortable with it.

Up to 16 Tracks with Modular Effect Pipelines

Loopers used to have just a single track. That may be enough to quickly capture an idea, but it’s certainly not enough for a great live performance. MSuperLooper features up to 16 tracks, 4 loops in each for increased versatility, and each track has it’s own MXXX based modular pipeline so that you can actually play bass with your mouth for example.

Features

Advanced GUI

User interfaces need to be fast, simple to use and be easy on the eye. Everyone’s needs can be different, so flexibility is important. Melda solves this with the most advanced GUI engine on the market.

  • Stylable: From vintage hardware to super futuristic. You can choose the colours and style of the GUI, making MeldaProduction’s plugins personal to you.
  • Resizable: All Melda plugins are freely resizable. Many also feature pop-up windows. So no matter how many screens you have or what size they are, you will be able to arrange your plugins to keep a focus on what is important.
  • GPU Accelerated: All the elements in the GUI are accelerated by your GPU. This makes the graphics lightning-fast and frees up extra power for your CPU to focus on the audio.
  • Stunning Quality: Melda plugins support HDPI and Retina displays, so you will experience beautiful crisp resolutions. With adjustable frames per second up to 100, you will not miss a thing in MeldaProduction’s detailed analyzers.

MIDI Controllers with MIDI Learn

MSuperLooper contains a powerful MIDI processor, which listen to MIDI controllers and MIDI keyboard and control any parameters realtime.

64-bit Processing & An Unlimited Sampling Rate

MSuperLooper provides the maximum audio quality you can get. It uses 64-bit audio processing and can handle any sampling rate. It does not make much sense to go over 192kHz, but if you think it is a good idea, the plugin can do that.

Extremely Fast

Even though computers are now extremely fast, algorithms are more complex and creative projects are bigger, so processing power still needs to be used with care. MSuperLooper uses the fastest algorithms, takes advantage of the newest processor capabilities, lets your GPU handle the graphics and shares the resources with other MeldaProduction plugins. The plugin is among the fastest on the market, yet it provides the best possible audio quality by being optimized for newest AVX2 and AVX512 capable processors.

Global Preset Management & Online Preset Exchange

MSuperLooper presets are carefully stored in a system database and you can quickly access them from any project in any host. The plugin can automatically share your presets and download presets of other users from MeldaProduction’s servers. Melda are building a community and you can be a part of it!

No Dongle/Internet Access Required for Activation

How many times did you forget your USB dongle? MeldaProduction are an honest company and expect the same from their customers. MeldaProduction’s software uses licence files to activate your software. And the licences are to-person, so you can use it on all your computers as long as you are the user.

Free-For-Life Updates

When you buy the software you are entitled to free updates, forever. No more money wasted on major updates like it is with other companies. And MeldaProduction update their software a lot!

System Requirements

Windows

  • Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
  • VST / VST3 / AAX compatible host (32-bit or 64-bit)

Always use 32-bit plugins in 32-bit hosts or 64-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts!

64-bit plugins can’t work in 32-bit hosts even if the operating system is 64-bit. Do Not use 32-bit plugins in 64-bit hosts. They would have to be bridged and can become slow and unstable.

Mac OS X

  • Mac OS X (10.9 and newer)
  • VST / VST3 / AU / AAX compatible host (64-bit only)

Note: Please check your product PDF documentation for more information and installation instructions.


74. Loop Lab

by Stagecraft

Loop Lab

What is Loop Lab?

Inspired by loved loopers of the past, Loop Lab expands the possibilities of live looping via modern UI design and innovative new features. Along with control over speed, pitch, tempo and stack delay, Loop Lab features the full suite of Stagecraft effects, including DJ Delay, Multiband EQ, Overdrive, BitCrusher and more, with wet/dry mix. Real-time visualization of the stereo field, full parameter automation, and saving and sharing of presets extend the possibilities further.

Controls

Control typical looping parameters such as speed, pitch, tempo, and stack delay. Add any of Stagecraft’s basic effects such as reverb, three band EQ, bitcrusher, chorus, flanger, and more to add complexity and texture to your creations.

Automation

The Loop Lab plugin features full automation of all parameters. This powerful feature unlocks the full potential of the plugin, allowing you to create more complex and expressive sounds than possible with manual tweaking.

System Requirements:

Mac OS X:

  • OS X 10.7 or newer

Formats:

  • AAX
  • AU
  • VST
  • VST 3

Windows:

  • ­Windows 7 or newer (64-bit only)
  • Windows 32-bit hosts are no longer supported

Formats:

  • AAX
  • VST
  • VST 3
  • Standalone

Note: Windows 32-bit hosts are no longer supported.


75. BIAS FX 2 Elite

by Positive Grid

BIAS FX 2 Elite

BIAS FX 2 is available in 3 versions:

Want access to famous classic and modern amplifiers and effects, right at your fingertips? BIAS FX 2 provides this and more like an intuitive, fully customizable virtual electric guitar, bass or acoustic guitar rig for Mac and PC. Works as a standalone app, allowing you to inject new tones and creativity into your playing, practising and jamming — no need for any other software or DAW.

New Features

  • Completely Re-Engineered – Completely re-engineered, higher-resolution DSP engine with hundreds of improvements deliver the ultimate in responsive, detailed and varied guitar tones
  • Hyper-realistic Guitar Match – Positive Grid’s newly developed, exclusive Guitar Match and emulation technologies virtually turn your guitar into another with startling realism
  • New Amps, Pedals & Racks – An extensive collection of all-new revamped amps, pedals and HD racks add unparalleled depth and width to your guitar sounds
  • Stunning Advanced Modelers – All-new Fuzz, Time and Harmonizer modellers pump up your productions with exciting, unique guitar tones and effects

Pedalboard Paradise (NEW!)

Thousands of Authentic, Analog-Like Pedals

BIAS FX 2’s stockpile of foot pedals can be expanded by downloading thousands of shared, custom foot pedals from ToneCloud®, Positive Grid’s worldwide social network of players, engineers and producers. But why stop there? With BIAS FX 2 you can easily hot rod your distortion, delay and modulation pedals using the fully integrated BIAS Pedal software included with BIAS FX 2 Elite, creating pedalboards and sounds nobody else has.

Groundbreaking Guitar Match (NEW!)

Hyper-Realistic, Precision Guitar Emulation

Forget swapping out real guitars in the studio to record the next track, or grabbing another guitar onstage for the next song. With BIAS FX 2’s groundbreaking Guitar Match technology, you can turn your guitar—any guitar— into a hoarder’s collection of legendary axes, each precisely recreated down to their pickups, body type and body thickness. No special pickup is required to make your guitar sound like a classic American guitar, a vintage LP and more.

Expansive – Next-Level Effects (NEW!)

Make Your Productions Sound More Melodic, Bold, Deep and Wide

New Harmonizer, Fuzz and Time modellers take your recordings and live performances beyond ordinary limits. BIAS FX 2’s advanced modelling suite lets you create vintage and modern fuzz pedals for more grit and sustain, time-based effects for more depth, and instantly create ensemble lead lines with multiple voices.

Supersize Your Tracks. All New Studio Rack Collection

From essential workhorse tools to creamy vintage effects and sparkling modern outboard gear, BIAS FX 2’s eight brand-new studio rack processors—Echo Tape Delay, Tri-Chorus, Tube Compress, Spring Reverb, Wah and more—polish your project to sound like a state-of-the-art studio’s ultra-high resolution production.

Explore History. Shape The Future

Shape your sound to perfection using advanced DSP emulation in the new Echorec Drum Delay, Tube Multiband Compressor, Rotary Speaker. A high-end collection of all-new and revamped racks adds unparalleled depth and width to your guitar and bass sounds. Each one is modelled at the component level with meticulous attention to detail.

Celestion® Inside

Official World-Class Celestion Cabs

We’ve partnered with Celestion, the most trusted name in guitar speakers. Celestion drivers have been used for killer guitar tones on more classic songs than any other brand. Their impulse responses (IRs) are the favourites of guitarists ranging from Pete Thorn and Scott Henderson to George Lynch. Forget loading individual files—just select a custom Celestion cab and start moving virtual mics around. BIAS FX 2 does the rest!

ToneCloud (NEW!)

50,000+ Online Presets Open a Universe of Sounds to You

Forget endless hunting—and paying for—additional presets to expand your collection of guitar tones. You gain direct access to over 50,000 presets for custom amps, pedals and pedalboards shared by the ever-expanding ToneCloud® online community. There’s no need to open other software.

Greatly Improved Workflow Speed-Dials Your Patch Recalls

When inspiration strikes, you won’t have to go on a hunting expedition to find the perfect patch. With tags and keywords attached to all presets in ToneCloud®, it’s now much easier to quickly find and download the right preset to keep the creative juices flowing.

New Factory & Online Presets From The Best

New sounds inspire new riffs and songs. You’ll never have writer’s block with BIAS FX 2. Over 200 new factory pedalboard presets created by world-renowned artists, studio engineers and session players get your mojo cranking.

Recording and Performance (NEW!)

Tighten Up Song Transitions, Live Performances and Studio Mixes

Whether you’re an aspiring guitarist or an experienced pro, BIAS FX 2 makes it easier than ever to create instant song transitions, mind-blowing FX changes and ear-catching mixes—in the studio and onstage.

Introducing Scene – One Click Changes Your Pedalboard

Each preset in BIAS FX 2 has four “scenario” settings you can create and save, so you can recall multiple distinct but closely related pedalboard scenes. With one click, you can simultaneously turn overdrive and delay on for your lead solo and turn off the chorus effect you used on the song’s verse—all while preserving the rest of the preset’s settings. Or, instantly switch from one pedalboard setup to another—each with completely different EQ, reverb and other settings—for different song sections.

Redesigned Workflow for Easier, More Productive Recording Sessions

The redesigned user interface includes a new preset manager that makes it easy to organize and rapidly search, recall and preview your favourite pedalboard setups. Take a custom snapshot of each of your custom pedalboard setups, then switch instantly among them on the fly to A/B which is best for your current song. Or use the snapshots to instantly re-amp when switching from a crunchy rhythm guitar part to a soaring lead solo and back again.

Use MIDI Automation To Turbocharge And Streamline Complex Mixes

BIAS FX 2’s powerful MIDI features let you make startling, instantaneous mix changes and fluid, morphing transitions that captivate your fans, by automating parameter changes for each section of your song—while also shaving hours of work off your project. With BIAS FX 2, you can assign MIDI commands to virtually every parameter available, including volume control, individual effects parameters, guitar-emulation selection, Looper functions and more.

Create Unique Hybrid Amps and Sweeping Stereo Amp Setups

In BIAS FX 2, the amps you play through are limited only by your imagination. Use Dual Amp setup to cherry-pick parts from two separate amps—their impulse responses, cabs, EQs, even the mics they use—and combine them to create a one-of-a-kind hybrid amp nobody else has. Or keep the amps as they were, route them parallel to one another and hard pan them to create a Freightliner-wide stereo setup with totally different guitar tones in left and right channels.

Smart Recorder/Looper – Preserves Fleeting Ideas Before They’re Lost

Quickly record ideas for riffs, vamps and songs with a simple click when inspiration strikes, using BIAS FX 2’s built-in recorder. Then loop your recording while you play it back through BIAS FX 2’s foot pedals, amps and rack FX, fine-tuning the perfect custom preset to use with your new song idea. You’ll never lose that perfectly played riff—simply export it as a WAV file to import into a new track in your DAW. With BIAS FX 2, song ideas recorded in the looper can be used as the foundation for a new multitrack recording.

Features

The ultimate in guitar amplifier and effects processing:

  • 100 New Amplifiers Total
  • 100 New Effects Total
  • 200 New Factory Presets Total
  • Guitar Match – Elite (18 Guitars)
  • New HD Racks (8 New Racks Total)
  • New Fuzz Modeler
  • New Time Modeler
  • New Harmonizer Modeler
  • BIAS Pedal Distortion, Delay, Modulation
  • Create and Download Thousands of Pedals on ToneCloud®
  • Brand New Custom Artist Presets
  • 100 “Rock Song” Presets on ToneCloud®
  • New MIDI/Automation functionality
  • Dedicated IR Loader
  • Greatly Improved New DSP Engine
  • New Easy-To-Use User Interface
  • Redesigned ToneCloud® Access
  • New Looper/Recorder Functionality
  • Dual Signal Path With Multiple Splitters
  • Hundreds Of Improvements Across The Board
  • Updated DSP engine (improved factory presets and effects)
  • New – MIDI function added!
  • New – Preset Migration added!

System Requirements

Minimal Requirements (Mac):

  • OS X 10.11 or macOS 10.12/10.13/10.14, Core i5
  • 4GB of RAM minimum, 8GB or more recommended
  • Audio plug-in formats: Audio Units, VST 2, AAX Native
  • 1GB free disk space
  • An Internet connection is required to activate your license and access ToneCloud. Positive Grid software products do not support offline activation at this moment. Offline mode is available after software activation.

Minimal Requirements (PC):

  • Windows 8 or later, Intel Core i5 or equivalent, 4 GB RAM
  • 4GB of RAM minimum, 8GB or more recommended
  • 1.5GHz Dual-core processor minimum, 2.0GHz Dual-core or more recommended
  • Audio plug-in formats: VST 2, AAX Native
  • 500MB free disk space (32 or 64-bit version)
  • An Internet connection is required to activate your license and access ToneCloud. Positive Grid software products do not support offline activation at this moment. Offline mode is available after software activation.

Compatible DAWs:

  • Ableton Live 8.0 or above
  • Avid Pro Tools 11 or above
  • Apple Logic Pro 9.0 or above
  • Apple GarageBand 6.0.5, 10.0 or above
  • Cockos REAPER 3.4 or above
  • Steinberg Cubase 8.0 or above
  • Steinberg Nuendo 7.1.4 or above
  • PreSonus Studio One Producer/Professional 2.65 or above
  • Propellerhead Reason 9.5 or above

Note: An Internet connection is required to activate your license and access ToneCloud. Positive Grid software products do not support offline activation at this moment. Offline mode is available after software activation.


76. Weaponiser Basic

by Krotos

Weaponiser Basic

Your Secret Sound Design Weapon

Weaponiser is an inspiring audio layering solution that allows you to design, customise, and perform a huge range of sound effects in real-time – all from within one plugin. Navigate a comprehensive range of built-in factory assets to layer, sequence and design unique sounds with ease. Customise and create endless variations to your sound effects instantly, and use MIDI and automation to programme or perform your variations with speed and precision.

Weaponiser gives you the power to experiment while keeping your project in sync. Effortlessly adjust presets and save hours of editing time for a smooth and creative process every step of the way. Quickly import your own sounds, and layer up to 80 audio files using 4 powerful engines and 3 built in synthesisers to create a huge range of sound effects.

The Ultimate Weapon Sound Design Solution

The ultimate weapon sound design and layering solution, Weaponiser Basic is the only all-in-one solution for weapon sound design and layering; providing a powerful and efficient workflow, a comprehensive library of professionally recorded weapons, carefully designed presets with high-end, real-time synthesis and unparalleled sound quality – making it the ultimate ‘go to’ tool-kit for creating dynamic assets.

Select from and customize up to 1594 weapon recordings, layer and process through four engines, synthesize, add fx, sequence to a built-in timeline and render.

Features

A Light Selection of 1,650 Included Factory Assets

Weaponiser Basic comes with a light selection of Krotos sounds included. Choose from a diverse range of library categories, easily accessible through the tag-driven browser via simple drag-and-drop. Weaponiser Basic also includes 124 designed presets, straight out of the box to get you started immediately.

Endless Variation with Speed and Precision

Create dynamic, responsive sound design and add in-depth variation to your sound effects quickly and easily in Weaponiser. Add speed and amplitude variation to any bank in any of the plugin’s four engines, and load up to five samples into each bank. That’s up to 80 different assets to be chosen on every trigger, with variation on 32 parameters!

Sync to Picture with MIDI Triggering

Use MIDI to trigger your engines and velocity sensitivity to programme or perform precise variations to your design. Trigger the entire plugin or individual engines via MIDI. Use automation or controllers, and trigger each engine from your DAW timeline to sync with footage.

Your FX Panel

Utilise our FX panel and to subtly tweak or totally destroy! Further chain your FX to effortlessly build up complex signal flows.

The FX modules included are:

  • EQ (5-bands, multimode)
  • Saturation (8 different algorithms) 
  • Compressor
  • Limiter
  • Ring Modulator
  • Transient Shaper
  • Flanger/Chorus
  • Noise gate (with sidechain)

Timeline

The timing and arrangement of the engines can be sequenced and offset by using the colour-coded built-in timeline. This allows more precise micro-timings between engines, and also additional flexibility through variation each time a sound is triggered.

Hit the Fire button to audition, activate Burst mode to create automatic bursts from one-shot assets, adjust the rate for creating different loop speeds, or press the Drunk button to randomise your timeline sequences, for subtle or wild changes in sound.

The timeline contains four waveforms, colour-coded and matched to each engine.

  • Onset
  • Body
  • Thump
  • Tail

Reverb

Built-in impulse response reverb for precise control of spatialisation and some interesting creative possibilities! Choose from the 39 included impulse responses or import your own. Trigger the reverb on the release of the fire button or MIDI note, allowing a cleaner mix or extra control when in Burst Mode.

Bank and Burst Mode Flexibility

Switch between random/round robin asset cycling per bank, and also allow Burst Mode to operate in round-robin mode, incrementing files in banks per round. Filling your banks with assets and randomising them decreases the chance of ever hearing the exact same sound.

Mixing Capabilities

Weaponiser’s mixer includes panning per engine and a Multi-Mode EQ (with a range of filter types supported on all bands) for each engine FX slot. This makes the mixing process easier and gives you tighter control over your sounds.

Tail Mode

A ‘Tail On Release’ system allows a tail to be triggered on the release of the fire button or MIDI note, making it easy to achieve a cleaner mix or extra control over tails when in Burst Mode. Use ‘Tail Mode’ to automatically set up or reload a sound in the tail engine, which will be triggered every time a burst finishes.

Export for Post-Production and Game Audio

Weaponiser allows the output of each engine to be routed back to your DAW with full flexibility for mixing or rendering layers of your design.

Easily combine Weaponiser with your existing workflow or process individual engine outputs and your favourite plugins with ease. Break out your sound elements onto a mixer for intuitive tweaking and dynamic mixing, and quickly render layers to your DAW or to export into a game engine or audio middleware solution.

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac Intel computer with a minimum of 2.4 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • OS X 10.9 or later

Windows

  • 2.4 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • Windows 7 64-bit or above

Other Information

  • 1.88 GB Hard Disk space
  • This software is a digital download
  • Formats (64-bit only): AAX Native/AudioSuite, VST, AU
  • Minimum sample rate: 44.1 kHz
  • Maximum sample rate: 192 kHz
  • An internet connection is required at the time of activation
  • Screen resolution of 1280×1024 or higher
  • A free iLok account is required to activate and use both the demo and full version of the software – an iLok USB dongle is NOT required
  • Weaponiser can only be activated on one computer at a time
  • Supported host applications: Pro Tools (11 or later), Logic Pro X, Nuendo, Live, Cubase, Reaper

Note: A free iLok account is required in order to activate this product. An iLok USB dongle is NOT required.


77. Weaponiser Fully Loaded

by Krotos

Weaponiser Fully Loaded

Your Secret Sound Design Weapon

Weaponiser is an inspiring audio layering solution that allows you to design, customise, and perform a huge range of sound effects in real-time – all from within one plugin.

Navigate a comprehensive range of built-in factory assets to layer, sequence and design unique sounds with ease. Customise and create endless variations to your sound effects instantly, and use MIDI and automation to programme or perform your variations with speed and precision.

Weaponiser gives you the power to experiment while keeping your project in sync. Effortlessly adjust presets and save hours of editing time for a smooth and creative process every step of the way.

Quickly import your own sounds, and layer up to 80 audio files using 4 powerful engines and 3 built-in synthesisers to create a huge range of sound effects.

Now Includes 9,746 Factory Assets

Weaponiser Fully Loaded comes with a variety of six Krotos sound libraries included at a fantastic value and also includes a huge range of designed presets, straight out of the box to get you started immediately.

Weapons Library
5.46 GB | 2828 files | 239 Presets

The Weapons Library offers out-of-the-box weaponry and gun sound effects, featuring a total of 2828 assets, 1596 edited weapon recordings, 13 weapons, 1088 sweeteners and 39 IRs. Also included are 239 presets from Bryan Celano (Dead Space, Gears of War 3, Metal Gear Solid) Jim Stout (Sound Ideas Library, Native Instruments) George Vlad (Mindful Audio, Door Kickers). 

Footsteps Bundle
699MB | 1885 files | 81 Presets

The Footsteps Bundle features a comprehensive collection of 1885 dynamic shoe, step and surface assets for flexible and responsive footstep sound design.

Whooshes Library
350MB | 574 files | 50 Presets

The Whooshes Library offers a complete collection of whoosh sound effects for creating a variety of movements, pass-bys, transitions, sweeps and impacts.

Magic Library
500MB | 476 files | 50 Presets

The Magic Library is filled with otherworldly, supernatural, cinematic sounds – the perfect mix to inspire and create your secret audio potions.

User Interface Library
423.7MB | 346 files | 73 Presets

The User Interface Library offers you a versatile collection of notification and interaction sounds for apps, interactive media, games, and devices.

Trailers Library
630MB | 178 files | 64 Presets

The Trailers Library is filled with cinematic transitions, massive impacts, synth swells, and dramatic risers – a perfect selection of sounds to boost your trailer project with the immediacy, suspense, drama or emotion it needs.

Features

Design any Sound Effect

Choose from a diverse range of library categories, easily accessible through the tag-driven browser via simple drag-and-drop. Import these into Weaponiser’s customised engines to design your components and layers with ease – Onset, Body, Thump and Tail.

Endless Variation with Speed and Precision

Create dynamic, responsive sound design and add in-depth variation to your sound effects quickly and easily in Weaponiser. Add speed and amplitude variation to any bank in any of the plugin’s four engines, and load up to five samples into each bank. That’s up to 80 different assets to be chosen on every trigger, with variation on 32 parameters!

Sync to Picture with MIDI Triggering

Use MIDI to trigger your engines and velocity sensitivity to programme or perform precise variations to your design. Trigger the entire plugin or individual engines via MIDI. Use automation or controllers, and trigger each engine from your DAW timeline to sync with footage.

Your FX Panel

Utilise our FX panel and to subtly tweak or totally destroy! Further chain your FX to effortlessly build up complex signal flows.

The FX modules included are:

  • EQ (5-bands, multimode)
  • Saturation (8 different algorithms) 
  • Compressor
  • Limiter
  • Ring Modulator
  • Transient Shaper
  • Flanger/Chorus
  • Noise gate (with sidechain)

Timeline

The timing and arrangement of the engines can be sequenced and offset by using the colour-coded built-in timeline. This allows more precise micro-timings between engines, and also additional flexibility through variation each time a sound is triggered.

Hit the Fire button to audition, activate Burst mode to create automatic bursts from one-shot assets, adjust the rate for creating different loop speeds, or press the Drunk button to randomise your timeline sequences, for subtle or wild changes in sound.

The timeline contains four waveforms, colour-coded and matched to each engine.

  • Onset
  • Body
  • Thump
  • Tail

Reverb

Built-in impulse response reverb for precise control of spatialisation and some interesting creative possibilities! Choose from the 39 included impulse responses or import your own. Trigger the reverb on the release of the fire button or MIDI note, allowing a cleaner mix or extra control when in Burst Mode.

Bank and Burst Mode Flexibility

Switch between random/round robin asset cycling per bank, and also allow Burst Mode to operate in round-robin mode, incrementing files in banks per round. Filling your banks with assets and randomising them decreases the chance of ever hearing the exact same sound.

Mixing Capabilities

Weaponiser’s mixer includes panning per engine and a Multi-Mode EQ (with a range of filter types supported on all bands) for each engine FX slot. This makes the mixing process easier and gives you tighter control over your sounds.

Tail Mode

A ‘Tail On Release’ system allows a tail to be triggered on the release of the fire button or MIDI note, making it easy to achieve a cleaner mix or extra control over tails when in Burst Mode. Use ‘Tail Mode’ to automatically set up or reload a sound in the tail engine, which will be triggered every time a burst finishes.

Export for Post-Production and Game Audio

Weaponiser allows the output of each engine to be routed back to your DAW with full flexibility for mixing or rendering layers of your design.

Easily combine Weaponiser with your existing workflow or process individual engine outputs and your favourite plugins with ease. Break out your sound elements onto a mixer for intuitive tweaking and dynamic mixing, and quickly render layers to your DAW or to export into a game engine or audio middleware solution.

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac Intel computer with a minimum of 2.4 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • OS X 10.9 or later (64-bit only)

Windows

  • 2.4 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • Windows 7 or above (64-bit only)

Other Information

  • 8 GB Hard Disk space (Can be installed on an external hard drive)
  • This software is a digital download
  • Formats (64-bit only): AAX Native/AudioSuite, VST, AU
  • Minimum sample rate: 44.1 kHz
  • Maximum sample rate: 192 kHz
  • An internet connection is required at the time of activation
  • Screen resolution of 1280×1024 or higher
  • A free iLok account is required to activate and use both the demo and full version of the software – an iLok USB dongle is NOT required
  • Weaponiser can only be activated on one computer at a time
  • Supported host applications: Pro Tools (11 or later), Logic Pro X, Nuendo, Live, Cubase, Reaper

Note: A free iLok account is required in order to activate this product. An iLok USB dongle is NOT required.


78. The Sauce+ Bundle

by DJ Swivel

 The Sauce+ Bundle

Find Your Flavour

DJ Swivel is a grammy award-winning producer & engineer whose credits include Beyonce, Kanye West and Jay-Z, to name a few. Now stepping into the world of audio plugins, he has introduced The Sauce, a powerful multi-effect for adding flavour to your vocal tracks.

The Sauce is the perfect choice for both professionals and beginners looking to achieve a unique vocal sound, and now for a limited time only, you can get The Sauce with DJ Swivel’s very own premier collection of vocal samples, plus two expertly crafted vocal sample packs from Loopmasters.

This bundle is exclusive to Plugin Boutique and available for a limited time only.

The Sauce brings you all the essential ingredients you need to creatively transform your vocals in one simple plugin. Oh, and it sounds great on drums and instruments too. Find your flavour with The Sauce now!

Features

  • Flavour: Sculpt & shift the pitch and formant modulation of both mono and polyphonic audio in real-time. These effects are commonly used to manipulate vocals, giving that “vocal chop” sound heard in countless Pop, Dance, and Hip-Hop hits. But if you’re feeling adventurous try it on drums, you won’t be disappointed!
  • Sugar & Spice: Every sauce needs a little sugar and spice. Add your choice of harmonic saturation or overdrive distortion on the Spice knob, and chorus or flanger effects on the Sugar knob.
  • Squeeze / Smoke: Use these two parallel compressor options in Squeeze to tame or aggressively squeeze your input signal. These two compressor options can also be fed by a sidechain input. With Smoke, add a little air with 3 different convolution reverb options, all modelled after some of DJ Swivel’s favourites from both past and present. A small room, a medium plate, or a large hall. This knob is treated as a mix knob allowing a 100% wet signal, enabling The Sauce to be used as an FX return.
  • Drip: Drip is a classic modern delay and echo modulation, with built-in high and low pass filters, along with a ping pong option. Simple, yet effective.
  • Multiband: The Sauce allows for all of the above effects to be processed both as a whole or individually across three user-definable multiband layers. This allows for endless possibilities of sounds and effects never heard before.

Learn more about DJ Swivel The Sauce.

Saucy Samples

This pack is filled with one-shots and loops, both clean and processed with the revolutionary new plugin by DJ Swivel called The Sauce.  Fire drums? Check. Vocal chops? Check. Instrument loops? Check. Modern? Check. Vintage? Check. Labelled with tempo and key? Check. These sounds are catered towards contemporary Hip Hop, Pop, and EDM music, and have been used on countless gold and platinum records by some of the biggest artists in the world today, including Beyonce, The Chainsmokers, BTS, Lil Nas X, Post Malone, Cardi B, and more.

Features

  • 1021 samples in total
  • 24-bit 44.1 khz WAV format
  • 547 MB

Learn more about Saucy Samples.

Elica Le Bon – Vocal Acapellas

Loopmasters present Elica Le Bon Vocal Acapellas – a stunning collection of contemporary urban vocals direct from the heart/streets of London. This royalty-free collection features serene vocals delivered in 24 Bit quality, packed with catchy hooks, warm harmonies and rich adlibs for your tracks.

Features

  • 641 MB
  • 24Bit 44.1KHZ
  • 5 Songs
  • 20 Chorus Loops
  • 19 Verse Loops
  • 10 Full Acapella Stems (5 Dry 5 Wet)
  • 5 Bridge Loops
  • 3 Mid Loops
  • 1 Outro Loop
  • 1 Hook
  • 31 Vocal Hits & Phrases
  • 96 Rex2 Files
  • 1 Soft Sampler Patch for Kontakt, Halion, EXS24, NN-XT and SFZ

Learn more about Elica Le Bon – Vocal Acapellas.

House Vocals

Papa Records House Vocals comes with over 140 Vocal recordings, with expert processing to lift the sound to a higher level. With 50 Vocal Phrases, from male and female singers each with multiple variations, you can create hooks galore from a single file! 74 Adlib Vocals give you flavours and forms to flow over your tracks, and 15 Processed Vocals will give you that instant studio sound. Each vocal is also delivered as a Rex2 Loop for immediate chopping, slicing and expansion of the sounds.

Features

  • 473 MB
  • 24Bit 44.1KHZ
  • 47 Female Adlib Vocal Loops
  • 40 Female Vocal Phrase Loops
  • 27 Male Adlib Vocal Loops
  • 18 Male Vocal Phrase Loops
  • 15 Processed Vocal Loops
  • 147 Rex2 Files

Learn more about House Vocals.

System Requirements

Mac

  • Mac OS X 10.11 or later.
  • 64-bit only
  • AAX, AU, VST3
  • Minimum 44.1 KHz, Maximum 192 kHz Sample Rates.

PC

  • Windows 7 or later.
  • 64-bit only
  • AAX, VST3
  • Minimum 44.1 KHz, Maximum 192 kHz Sample Rates.

Notes:

  • An internet connection is required at the time of activation.
  • The Sauce does not support VST2 or earlier formats (due to this The Sauce will not work with Reason).

79. Doppler + Air

by Sound Particles

Doppler + Air

Professional Audio Postproduction Plugins

Doppler + Air is a bundle of professional audio plugins (AAX Native, AU, VST and VST3), which may be used for sound design and audio post-production. They are perfect for simulating the physical behavior of sound moving through the air, turning your mix into an incredibly immersive sonic experience.

Doppler

Doppler simulates the behaviour of objects moving through air, providing audio with highly accurate characteristics of sounds passing-by. With control of all parameters that physically affect pitch, level and EQ in a real-world situation, Doppler gives you the most natural-sounding emulation for your work.

Features

  • Highly Accurate Doppler: Accurate means Natural – because the brain knows what is natural and what is fake, you need the most accurate tools. Doppler plugin uses the same engine of Sound Particles, used in many Hollywood studios for creating the most natural-sounding Doppler effects, but now available as a plugin.
  • Support for Immersive Audio: Simply select between different microphones, ranging from mono (omni, cardoid, figure-of-eight), stereo (MS, XY, ORTF, Blumlein, AB), 5.1, 7.1, 9.1 Dolby Atmos bed, or Ambisonics (up to 3rd order). The best Doppler for the best audio formats.
  • Perfect Image Sync: Specify the time where you want the peak of the Doppler, and all other parameters will adjust to get the perfect sync with the image.
  • Including Distance EQ: Besides volume and pitch, Doppler plugin also applies the perfect frequency response you would get from air dampening thru distance.
  • World Units: Do you prefer “meters” or “feet”? “Mph” or “km/h”? Full integration with Imperial and Metric units, for an easy and more welcoming workflow for everyone.
  • Control Surfaces: Use control surfaces (such as AVID S6) to edit the plug-ins’ parameters.

Air

Air simulates the natural dampening that happens to higher frequencies from sounds as they travel through air, providing perfectly simulated frequency responses to dialogue or effects that you want to sound naturally distant.

Features

  • Several Locations: Air already includes settings from different locations around the globe, from Antarctica to Death Valley, but you are always able to enter your one custom values.
  • Perfect result: Air is much more accurate than a simple low-pass filter, using exact frequency response values of air dampening.
  • Frequency Response: With Air, you can see the actual frequency response that is being applied to the sound.
  • Distance Attenuation: Control the volume over distance with the Distance Attenuation parameter.
  • World Units: Do you prefer “meters” or “feet”? “Mph” or “km/h”? Full integration with Imperial and Metric units, for an easy and more welcoming workflow for everyone.
  • Control Surfaces: Use control surfaces (such as AVID S6) to edit the plug-ins’ parameters.

 System Requirements

Operating System

  • Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Windows 7/8/10

Minimum Requirements

  • CPU – 2-core or higher
  • RAM – 4 GB or higher
  • Disk Space 600 MB

Recommended Requirements

  • CPU – 4-core or higher
  • RAM – 8 GB or higher
  • Disk Space – 600 MB
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