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It seems in the last couple of years Pro Tools users have gone from having almost no free plug-ins to now having over 100.
Some read the word ‘free’ and then assume it means ‘rubbish’ - in many cases this could not be further from the truth. Many of these free plug-ins are regulalry used by top engineers and producers and find their way onto big hits.
Here are a few of the the ones that are really worth checking out.
Softube Saturation Knob
A favourite of the team here, the Softube Saturation Knob is a great way to add character to the sound of any track or entire mix. Watch our video demonstartion of it here.
Shipped as part of Pro Tools, yet often overlooked by many Pro Tools users, Xpand2 is a very useful rompler.
Xpand2 offers a lot of power and is a great tools for using when writing. It appears on more top tracks than perhaps we realise, Russ spoke to top producer 40 about using Xpand2 here.
We also have a whole video tutorial section of tips for those wanting to get the best from Xpand2.
ClipShifter is a wave-shaping clipping-style limiter that can be used in various points of a mix. It is now in AAX and RTAS beta.
LVC Clipshifter - Free Version
ClipShifter uses what the developer describes as ‘a unique threshold control to change the clipping threshold dynamically based on the transient characteristics of the incoming audio.’
The clipping distortion can be altered to offer various effects ranging from hard, brickwall-style clipping, to softer saturation with compression. Get in deeper and tweak the sdditional parameters to control the even- and odd-order components of the saturation.
ClipShifter is released as a free and paid-for plug-in.
LVC Clipshifter - Paid Version
The paid version adds
- oversampling (2, 4, and 8 times) with selectable double processing,
- mid/side processing, and a 3-way multiband frequency control.
The multiband frequency control can be used to apply clipping to certain frequency bands independently, while the free version applies the audio clipping to the entire frequency spectrum.
LVC Clipshifter - Download
Eventide who were generous enough to give away their $250 Ultrachannel plug-in have released an update to fix some nasty bugs. They have also partnered with Groove 3 to offer some free Eventide Ultrachannel tutorial videos to those who wish to use them.
To get your free Eventide Ultrachannel turorials just go to https://www.groove3.com/str/redeem_code.php and enter in the promo code: eventide30day
Release Notes for UltraChannel Version 2.0.151.
- Fixed several bugs related to session tempo and session restore when tempo sync is on.2.
- Fixed default install location for 32 bit Windows VST. Version 2.0.91.
- Fixed various issues related to Delay loading, tempo sync, and control.2.
- Fixed an issue where EQ wouldn’t pass audio, or would oscillate on plug-in load in some very rare cases.3.
- Fixed pop on plug-in instantiation or session load if XFormer was engaged.4. Improved session tempo compatibility with Logic5.
- Fixed an issue which was causing extreme CPU loading on some processors in some DAWs6.
- Corrected typos and improved User Guide
Our friends over at Avid want to make sure you get the best from the free instruments that come bundled with Pro Tools. Many of them are hidden gems with many features that are easy to overlook.
Pro Tools ships with 6 virtual instruments from AIR, Boom drum machine and sequencer, DB-33 tonewheel organ emulator with rotating speaker simulation, Mini Grand acoustic grand piano, Structure Free sample player (based on AIR Structure), AIR Vacuum monophonic vacuum tube synthesizer, and AIR Xpand!2 multitimbral synth.
So we’ve worked with them to compile a large collection of tips and tricks videos for Xpand, DB33, Boom and many other Pro Tools plug-ins.
Our friends at Dynaudio have released a free monitor calibration guide and test files. The test files are available in stereo and surround and although the guide has been developed for their AIR monitors they tell us that most of the guidelines and the test files can be used on any monitor setup.
This is really helpful for anyone having to mix and deliver to one of the loudness standards like R128 in Europe or ATSC A/85 in US and Canada as calibrated monitoring is a cornerstone for mixing to the new loudness standards and I know of sound mixers who are regularly mixing live programmes to within 0.5dB of the standard because they have calibrated their monitors.
Russ gives a show and tell of Acon Digital Multiply plug-in, the awesome free modulation plug-in. In this video he shows you it in action on guitars, synths and loops.
James is back with more signature sounds for the Avid Eleven Rack. In this Free video tutorial James takes a look at creating the Eric Johnson guitar sound.He shows which guitar amps, cabs and effects he uses.
Eric Johnson Eleven Rack Amp Settings
Eric Johnson Eleven Rack Reverb Settings
Eric Johnson Eleven Rack Echo Settings
Our friends at Acon Digital have released a great new free plug-in - Multiply. It’s great to see a small developer like Acon Digital take the time to build and release a free plug-in.
What Is Multiply?
Acon Digital Multiply is a free and versatile chorus effect with a unique twist. Each simulated voice is processed with a phase randomizing filter so that unpleasant comb filter effects are avoided. The effect can be used to simulate the effect of several performers playing the same tones simultaneously, to widen the spatial image or to create special effects for sound design. Multiply can simulate up to 6 additional voices and both the pitch and the loudness of the voices can be modulated. There is also an integrated equalizer consisting of low cut, low shelf, high shelf and high cut filters that can be applied to the effect signal. An integrated pre-delay section makes it possible to create modulated and diffuse echo effects.
What Does It Sound Like?
PC Version (Windows)
- A Pentium IV or higher
- Minimum 256 MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
- Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP
- A host application that is compatible with VST (32 bit or 64 bit) or AAX (Pro Tools 10 or higher)
Macintosh Version (OS X)
- 64 bit Intel CPU
- OS X 10.6 or later
- A host application that is compatible with AU, VST or AAX (Pro Tools 10 or higher)
Audiomodern create quirky sound libraries for both Kontakt and Ableton.
You can download four free Kontakt instruments of synths and glitches in exchange for your email address.
- Echotone: A multi-layered sytnh patch from a custom analog synthesizer with a unique sound
- Statique: A glitch & cuts rhythm generator
- Node: A Low end sytnh patch from a custom analog synthesizer with a unique Sub bass sound
- DeciBell: DeciBell is a Bell-tone analog synth patch routed to a TC Electronics Reverb 4000
Waves have updated their StudioRack Native installer to fix a install issue that meant some Pro Tools users were unable to install it.
In an email to customers they say “We have uploaded a new SoundGrid & Native Applications V9r2 installer which solves these difficulties. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
You can see the review video posted on this site earlier today.
The download can be found in Waves accounts.