There's a lot of free plugins around, it can be a little overwhelming, our free Pro Tools plugins list has over 130. So are they any good and if so what are the standout ones to use in a mix?
Over the coming weeks members of the team will be nominating their most used free plugin, this does not include the stuff that comes with Pro Tools but those created by 3rd party plugin developers, there are some real gems for both music and post production mixing.
Dan follows with his most used free plugin... the Blue Cat Audio Chorus
The Free Vintage Chorus
I remember the days when there wasn't that many plugins bundled into Pro Tools with the only Chorus effect being available as an AudioSuite version. Pro Tools users eventually got the AIR Chorus but I personally didn't really like the sound of it. When I first tried Blue Cat Audio's Chorus I remember loving it and the fact it was also available for free was a real privilege.
From a light ensemble to a deep destructive modulation effect, Blue Cat Audio's Chorus can just do anything, for free!
The Chorus effect was originally designed to simulate several voices, just as if several persons were playing together the same notes, but with a variable delay between them. This is one of the typical effects that you can get with Blue Cat's Chorus.
But this plug-in also enables you to drastically change the original sound and create deep pitch modulation or crazy 'bubbling' effects.
With the additional "Spread" control on the stereo version, the famous stereo widening and head spinning chorus effects are a few click away.
I like to use the Blue Cat Audio Chorus sparingly on large backing vocal sections and large electric guitar arrangements as by using a chorus gently in a mix it add shimmer and interest to tracks without changing the sound too much