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    They are RTAS?
    Are there any RTAS-to-VST wrappers?
    I believe VST-to-RTAS exists...
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    They are RTAS?
    Are there any RTAS-to-VST wrappers?
    I believe VST-to-RTAS exists...
    I understand that MOA had a bit of a hissy fit when someone tried to make and market an RTAS to VST wrapper... RTAS being a proprietary format and such, y'see... guess they want you to, like, buy a license to use RTAS, or something.

    But yes, you can go the other way.
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    What's the catch with the Massey stuff?
    Catch? None, IMHO...

    The "free versions" are basically demos("Better demos"?) with unlimited use. No 48kHz<, no bypass and settings don't save with the session... (Some folks take screenshots around this, I hear. Cheapskates. :P )

    Anyway, the real catch is that they are so darn cheap and usable that you will most likely end up buying them after installing the free versions. The new stomp box plug(THC) is mondo cool too.



    -Yeah, Fxpansion makes a VST-RTAS wrapper, but I haven't heard of the opposite being made...

    http://www.fxpansion.com/index.php?page=31

    Oh. They also seem to have a free synth up.

    http://www.fxpansion.com/index.php?page=12&tab=60
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    How about Massey Plug-Ins? I haven't seen anybody mention them.

    You love their plugz, dontcha Al?
    I certainly do! And at just $69 each, I loved them so much,
    I bought the company...no wait...just all the plugz, that's it!

    But you can have all of them for free if you don't mind
    using them @ 44.1 and losing your settings when you
    close the session. But, you can hardly resist picking
    them up for such a low price.

    The vt3 eq and Tape Head are my two favs.
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    Hello everyone. First timer here. I heard of this forum from PSN. Great podcast. Well, here's my two cents.
    Free plug-ins, RTAS.

    iZotope Vinyl
    http://www.izotope.com/products/audio/vinyl/

    Inspector
    http://www.rogernicholsdigital.com/inspector.htm

    Nomad Factory NF Free Bundle
    http://www.macmusic.org/software/ver...ng/en/id/3941/

    SynthMaster Free PC only
    http://www.kv331audio.com/downloads.aspx

    Cycling '74 PLuggo Junior
    http://www.cycling74.com/downloads/pluggo

    Ohm Force Frogmage
    http://www.ohmforce.com/ViewProduct.do?p=Frohmage

    Plugsound Free
    http://www.dontcrack.com/freeware/do...lugsound-free/

    Prosoniq NorthPole
    http://www.prosoniq.com/

    UltimateSoundBank Universal UVI Player
    http://www.ultimatesoundbank.com/demo.html

    Digidesign's:
    SignalTools, TimeShift, EQ III, and Dynamics III.
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    Great side chain pluggin for SX :

    http://www.twistedlemon.nl/site/inde...d=19&Itemid=32


    for PC though :(

    at least the sidechaining will be implemented in Cubase/Nuendo 4

    was about time

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    The following aren't all free but in the very low budget
    categorie. The free ones I use are already mentioned anyway :

    C3 Multi Band Compressor (VST, PC/Mac, free):
    http://www.macmusic.org/software/vie...ng/en/id/2916/

    Not the best sounding compressor, but a great tool to make
    single tracks cut through the mix better.
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    Voxengo Elephant (AU/VST, PC only, $70):
    http://www.voxengo.com/product/elephant/

    This is a very good sounding limiter, if you're that kind of guy
    you can make things really LOUD before it starts to become
    messy.
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    Voxengo Marquis Compressor (VST, PC only, $70):
    http://www.voxengo.com/product/marquiscomp/

    Good sound and tons of options.
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    Voxengo Soniformer (VST, PC only, $50):
    http://www.voxengo.com/product/soniformer/

    It's a compressor, but gets more used like some kind of eq.
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    Remark: the Voxengo plugs are a bit CPU hungry, so if you plan
    to use them on individual tracks in realtime double check your
    latency settings.
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    dB-D dynamics processor (DirectX, PC only, $39):
    http://www.db-audioware.com/dB-D-dyn...essor-more.htm

    Actually it's not the best compressor on this planet, but it has a
    nice sidechain feature which I often (combined with the expander)
    use to trigger other plugs
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    dB-S de-esser (DirectX, PC only, $39):
    http://www.db-audioware.com/dB-S-de-esser-more.htm

    Like the compressor above, not very good but has a nice 'test'
    feature to locate the frequencies you want to process. Saved
    me a ton of time.
    -----------------------------------------------------------

    And just in case you're using Soundforge 8, the internal effects
    are actually DirectX plug-ins which can be used with every
    other software that supports DirectX.
    I love using their paragraphic EQ in Cubase. Too bad Steinberg
    dropped the DirectX support with Cubase 4 (shame on you,
    Steinberg. You've lost one customer for this. Do the same with Nuendo and I'm out.
    ).
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    Thanx, Mac for the great post + all the detail. Very informative + useful.

    I gave your rep a bump for it.
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    Glad you decided to revisit this.

    ColorTone FREE

    TriTone Digital

    Works for Mac and PC

    RTAS, AU and VST via the Pluggo Runtime wrapper
    Tritone has another free plug up called the "PhaseTone". Same compatability as the ColorTone.
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    What's the catch with the Massey stuff?
    i believe the catch is that they are only for RTAS/TDM. Can't use those babies if you're not using PT. correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Well, i am, and I downloaded them and tried them out.

    No saving of presets, no bypass. Unlimited time demo, no beeps or noise or dropouts.
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    Hi Folks.

    These are all VST, and I wouldn't be surprised if most of them are PC. My apologies to my worthy Mac brethren.

    I offer them here because there are a bajillion free VST plugs out there, and when you come across one that works well, it's worth telling people about. I actually chose Cubase, specifically on PC -- MANY, many versions ago -- because of the open VST architecture and the idea that a bajillion wonky kids would eventually put their crazy ideas into code and I would be the -- OCCASIONALLY lucky -- beneficiary. These aren't the crazy ones here, but I've found those below to be useful tools that do a great job of supplementing the (vastly more expensive) bread and butter software tools that we all know and love.

    So here, submitted for your approval, is the Short List of Not So Shabby Freebies (including a couple of real stunners).


    Compressors
    Endorphin
    Endorphin was the first comp made by the guy who eventually gave us Digital Fish, already mentioned above. Only one instantiation per session, but lovely, quick and dirty.
    SSL LMC-1
    Has the SSL talkback compressor been mentioned? Worth the hassle of their registration process.

    Limiters
    TLs Pocket Limiter (TLs Maximizer, TubeLimit)
    This guy made some tasty limiters. The Pocket Limiter doesn't brickwall, so it's trickier to use, but if you ever run across his TLs Maximizer or TubeLimit, they're great fast solutions to stomping your foot down on a troublesome channel till you can get back to it later. And sometimes they stay on the channel.

    Dynamic Eq

    ID4gui
    Ok, this is an unqualified gem. Believe this one came out before Sonalksis brought out their similar plugs. A multiband...err...eq...err...compressor...err...eq .... Well, it compresses on frequencies you choose, at the Q you choose, with the attack and release and ratio you choose. AND it has Mid/Side capability! AND it doesn't stop there. It has downward and upward compression AND downward and upward expansion! What does that mean!?! It means you can set the threshold to mark signal that either passes above OR falls below it, and then you decide whether you want compression or expansion to happen when this occurs! In other words, get it! Don't crowd around now! One at a time! Hey, don't PUSH! (Really, it's not bad at all.)

    Delay
    mgTempoDelay
    MILLIONS of free delays out there, many of them get QUITE freaky. This one's not so freaky, but a great workhorse. Has a pretty fabulous feature set (ducking, filters, etc.) and what do you know!...sounds pretty darn good.

    Distortions
    CamelPhatFree (mono)
    CamelCrusher
    Can't seem to find CamelPhatFree anymore, but I love the little sucker. Quick and dirty...um...dirt. CamelCrusher is their current free offering, and it's both better and worse than the original.
    Cyanide2
    The drag about most digital distortions is that they're insanely and unpleasantly harsh. This one isn't so bad on that score, and it's pretty configurable. It's no overdriven V72S from Oliver Archut, but it's not bad.
    TriDirt
    Multiband distortion, highly configurable, definitely a nice tool. If trash is your goal, they've got your number.

    SimulAnalog Guitar Suite
    Bad news, all mono. Good news, two REALLY decent guitar amp sims and some DAMN nice modulation effects ala classic guitar pedals. Worth your time. (Oh. Umm...no interface. Don't let it scare you. )

    Filters
    LittleDuck
    Me likey. LFO, pretty smooth. Nice.
    Flybaby
    I have the beta, which acts as an interesting filter. (Mick Ronson, anyone?) If this official release sucks, it's my fault, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.
    Galleoneer Filter Mk1
    Another decent free filter.

    Misc
    SidekickV3 (sidechainer)
    This is a sidechainer that will help you get around the fact that a lot of software compressors make it damn difficult to duck and key. Bit of a learning curve, but worth it in the end. [Edit: Apologies, Malice! Saw your post after this, daddy-o. Malice was here first!]
    Wow n Flutter
    Is that right? You want to ADD wow and flutter?!? You betcha. This is the very tip of the TIP of the iceberg when it comes to the category of WEIRD VST plugs, but it sure gives you the idea.

    Tuner
    GTune

    Stuttering Gates
    KillerGate
    mgTriggerGate
    Thee..ee..ee..ss..se.....a..a..a..ar..rr..re.....n n..nii..ii..icc..ce.....tt..to..oo..oo! (Pause, pause) EVERYBODY DANCE!

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    StereoTools
    A nice little workhorse. Make your signal mono, flip the phase on a channel, raise/lower levels, etc.

    Modulation
    Tiny Chorus
    There's a vast world of scratchy, digital-sounding free modulation plugins out there. This one is not bad. Doesn't suck at all, in fact.
    MDA Detune
    Ahh, an oldie but a goodie. It's always sounded pretty darn good to me. It comes in a pack, but it's a small download, and there might be one or two other things in there you like. Some applications experience a small bug in the Detune -- to alter a parameter, you need to make the change, flip to the next preset and then click back to your original preset (two clicks) to get it to take. STILL worth it.
    KTGranulator
    Grain synthesis. A bit of a freaky plug. Deep. Weird.
    Discord $40. Stereo pitch-shifter with LFOs.
    Audio Damage is a nice little company. This is the only plug I'm listing that costs anything, because it does something that no free plug I know of does -- that funny "a few cents on the left, a few cents on the right" jazz. Does it fairly well, too.

    Reverbs
    SIR convolution reverb
    Okay, I just have to mention this guy, because he's the guy who started it all. Long before anyone else jumped on the convolution reverb bandwagon, this guy put out this convolution engine for free and said to the world -- ENJOY! The actual mathematical process of convolution is centuries old, but this plug was the first time anyone was able to enjoy something that sounded even DIMLY like a Lex in their humble PC. Worth a salute, if you ask me.

    Noisevault
    And here's where you can get some nice impulse responses -- but the quality of them varies, so, as always, use your ears and YMMV.


    Putting together this list, my friends, was a HUGE pain in the ass but I've learned a WHOLE lot from Charles over the years and so it's my own imperfect, wonky way of saying Thank You. Pity he's on a non-VST, Mac system. Isn't that just like life?

    It's not a completely comprehensive list, but it does feature some of the better ones I've found over the years. Really hope one or two of you find at least SOME of these useful.


    Cheers.
    Last edited by Empty Planet; January 13th, 2007 at 10:28 PM.
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    Double Post! Genius!
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    StereoTools
    A nice little workhorse. Make your signal mono, flip the phase on a channel, raise/lower levels, etc.
    Wow, that's a quite impressive list, thanks a lot.
    This StereoTools thingy with its M/S feature looks interesting.
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    Very nice, EP. Thanx for all the killer info!!

    I actually plan on gettin' a wrapper + checking out some VST plugz.

    I'll start with ur list. Thanks for taking the time to put it together.

    And you're very welcome.


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    Well, in spite of my crabbing, it was fun to do.

    Just hope it's useful for folks.


    Cheers!




    PS. Actually, at the moment I'm following what's (to me at least) the weirdest and most interesting plugin innovation I've seen in years . It's called Nebula, and it uses a process called dynamic Volterra kerneling to give a sort of "3D" convolution, convolution that happens over time (thus providing much more realistic emulations of gear). It has issues at the moment -- multithreading has to be disabled in apps like PT, for instance, it's PC and VST only, the interface is almost identical to multiscreened samplers from the 80s, and it is a GIANT CPU hog (and that last issue isn't going away because it's an intensive process).

    But the sound, at least on a couple of settings on their freebie (the actual plug hasn't been released yet) is astonishing, in my humble opinion. It does modulation, compression, eq, you name it. It sounds too freaking good to be true. But I've used the freebie, in spite of all the hoops one has to jump through, and the sound is truly something else. It's an Italian company called Acusticaudio (and they're not fluent English speakers), and their target price for the thing is something like 25 bucks or so, so it's going to fit right into the subject of this thread. If someone doesn't do so before me, I may resurrect this thread when it's released (supposedly at the end of Februrary.)

    Interesting times to be living in.
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    Nebula is incredibly cool and by the looks of it it's gonna be a fun ride because one can design customized kernels and emulations in the final (paid) version. Kinda like a self contained convolving version of Reaktor.

    And the damned bastard kills my MBP (Core 2 Duo 2.33GHz) under Bootcamp, it is THAT resource intensive.
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    Yeah, I pulled Nebula down from their site, too, along with all the libraries and the PDFs. Haven't actually installed it yet.

    I guess this is gonna be one for mastering, if it's that CPU intensive I can't see myself mixing with it unless I am very very sure of what I want and only Nebula can get me that sound.
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    Yeah, I pulled Nebula down from their site, too, along with all the libraries and the PDFs. Haven't actually installed it yet.

    I guess this is gonna be one for mastering, if it's that CPU intensive I can't see myself mixing with it unless I am very very sure of what I want and only Nebula can get me that sound.
    Yes but don't limit yourself to just that... certainly it can do great compressors and limiters but it can do much more... just tweak and freeze.

    BTW Charles, could we make this a sticky?
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    Done + stuck. Excellent suggestion, Z.

    Thanks to everyone for your information + link rich posts!



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