Welcome, friends, to the parade of free plugins we call Stay Plugged In. This week we deliver a variety of synths to fuel your tonal tendencies.
Oatmeal is a feature-laden polyphonic subtractive synth with a high tweakability factor. It has tons of features that are all controlled by the myriad knobs, selectors, and even an x-y interface on its control surface. A wide variety of sounds can be created with Oatmeal. The random patch generator is a great feature to create some very usable sounds as well. The default skin leaves a lot to be desired, so poke around the web and you can find more appealing ones. Oatmeal is available in Windows VST format.
- 2 Oscillators
- 1 Noise source
- 5 Envelopes
- 2 LFOs
- X-Y Pad
- Delay, chorus, reverb, EQ, distortion effects
- Waveform editor
Magix Independence Free
Independence Free combines the Independence Sampler Workstation with virtual instrument technology and sound libraries into one powerful software solution, based on the Independence Audio Engine. Independence Free also allows import of up to 25 audio files. This is a very versatile platform that even allows VST effect plugin import so you can insert your third-party VST effect plugins. Independence Free has a very well laid out interface that is easy to use after you spend a little time with it. It is available in Windows/Mac Standalone and Windows VST versions as well as Mac VST, Audio Units, and RTAS formats.
- VST effect plugin support
- Audio import of up to 25 files
- Virtual keyboard
- Time stretching and pitch shifting
- Multi-core processor support
SonicXTC B-line 303
B-Line 303 is a monophonic dual-oscillator bass line synthesizer. It allows you to recreate the acid techno bass lines of the old 70s and 80s bass synths. This little synth is extremely fun to use with its simple control surface. The sounds you can create are extremely usable. New in version 3 is a Pattern Control Filter (PCF) that allows the user to add flavor to any MIDI pattern. B-Line 303 includes 50 presets and has room for a total of 200. It is available in Windows VST format.
- Pattern control filter
- Groove sequencer
- Stereo doppler chorus and stereo echo effects
- Midi automation
- 50 custom presets included
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