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    Default FREE (Cheap) Indispensable Plugz

    There used to be a thread about great inexpensive plug-ins... which was a huge help for a lot of people, let's kick Mk. 2 into gear shall we?

    My first picks:

    http://www.greenoak.com/crystal/

    Crystal is still a free synth that will make your CPU groan but will produce amazing results.

    http://www.digitalfishphones.com/

    The digital fishphones plugins have served me well, free, great sounding and not too heavy on your CPU
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    Could we post which platform etc the plugins are suitable for?
    Gearwire.com Drum Mixing Tutorial: The best way of course is an oscilloscope... but, we don't have that, we don't have that here, so we have to use our ears...
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    Glad you decided to revisit this.

    ColorTone FREE

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    Works for Mac and PC

    RTAS, AU and VST via the Pluggo Runtime wrapper
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    VintageMeter
    Platform:
    MacOSX: AU, VST, RTAS
    PC: VST DirectX RTAS


    Sonalksis FreeG
    Platform:
    MacOSX: AU (UB), VST, RTAS
    PC: VST, RTAS
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    Crystal and the Digital Fishphones stuff. Yeah.

    Both get used daily in my little world.

    Moving forward:
    http://www.kjaerhusaudio.com/classic-series.php

    (VST)

    Useful stuff.


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    I'm going to request that the actual computer platforms also be stated. Knowing that something is VST is fine and dandy, but not if it's VST on the PC and all you have is a Mac (and you're not running Parallels or some such).

    For example, (and this will work when you're getting a jones to run down the middle section of Come Sail Away):

    Crazy Diamonds by Rumpelrausch Taips
    Solina/ARP String Ensemble emulator
    VST for Windows and OS X
    free
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    You fans of pre-Wavestation vector synthesis might find much to like here-- a bit heavy on the CPU but gets the job done. Only comes weith a very few presets, so get ready to edit....

    Augur by Smart Electronix
    Prophet 2000 emulator
    VST for Windows
    free
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    I use the Digital Fishphones comp a LOT.

    I don't remember who makes it, but there's one called "Rubytube"...basically a dirt limiter style thing.

    SSL has an emulation of their 2-buss. Not sure if it actually emulates that, but it sure is fun on drums.
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    I don't remember who makes it, but there's one called "Rubytube"...basically a dirt limiter style thing.
    I do... Silverspike. Works under both Wintel and OS X.

    SSL has an emulation of their 2-buss. Not sure if it actually emulates that, but it sure is fun on drums.
    I've found that it operates in principle pretty much the same way that Blockfish does... you really have to use your ears for these; you can't just dial in a threshold of -18dB for example.

    Also, while it is a free plug, SSL makes you register at their site so they can spam you before they'll hook you up with the plug. This, too, works both sides of the great computer divide.
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    This is rapidly becoming my go-to reverb, even above the Lexicon Pantheon. It sits quite nicely in my mixes.

    Glaceverb by DaSample
    VST for Windows
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    Some people like to see things as well as hear them. I use these two when my eyes need a bit of excitement.

    SPAN by Voxengo
    spectrum analyzer with metering
    VST for Windows

    Gonio by UKMusic
    goniometer/phase correlation meter
    VST for Windows
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    SSL has an emulation of their 2-buss. Not sure if it actually emulates that, but it sure is fun on drums.
    Isn't it(the free VST) actually an emulation of their listen mic compressor?
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    Isn't it(the free VST) actually an emulation of their listen mic compressor?

    Thats the one.
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    Glad you decided to revisit this.

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    Hey big Al,

    I loved that review on your last show :

    the plug that makes a choir out of a singing drummer (pun intended) :

    http://www.cloneensemble.com/

    the clone ensemble : pretty neat plugg

    congrats for your show

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    Default Re: The free (Or nearly) indispensable plug-in thread

    Isn't it(the free VST) actually an emulation of their listen mic compressor?


    Uh, yeah. Rather significant difference.

    You will suffer greatly for putting that sucker on your mix buss.

    Awesome, though, for really extreme shit. Pretty cool on drum room tracks, too. Lops off a ton of low end, though, often too much. I use it mostly just as an effect. A really damn cool effect.



    (None of this was really directed at you, Skwai. I know your 'question' was rhetorical and polite. I don't do 'polite'.)
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    DestroyFX Geometer

    http://destroyfx.smartelectronix.com/

    Windows VST, Mac VST and AU (Non universal sadly)

    If you want to destroy audio with style this is THE tool... it can create wonderful digital distortions and stutter-style patterns

    Dronebox (GBP 25, not free)

    http://www.oli.adbe.org/dronebox.shtml

    Windows VST

    Six resonant, tuneable filters... it's just amazing
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    Default Re: The free (Or nearly) indispensable plug-in thread

    the plug that makes a choir out of a singing drummer (pun intended) :

    http://www.cloneensemble.com/

    the clone ensemble : pretty neat plugg
    Thanks Malice!

    Hey, when you don't want to drop a load of cash on
    something like AVOX for a special effect like this,
    it's hard to beat (say it with me) FREEEEEEEEEeeee.
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    Mike + Al over @ PSN are the experts @ FREEEeee plugz.

    I, OTOH, could learn a lot from this thread.

    Thanks everyone for posting.


    How about Massey Plug-Ins? I haven't seen anybody mention them.

    You love their plugz, dontcha Al?
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    How about Massey Plug-Ins? I haven't seen anybody mention them.

    You love their plugz, dontcha Al?
    Ditto on Massey, was just about to post that...
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    Ditto on Massey, was just about to post that...
    What's the catch with the Massey stuff?
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