In this, the 13th episode of Stay Plugged In, we bring you a variety of free plugins that may assist you in creating that next audio masterpiece.
Blue Cat Audio FreqAnalyst
FreqAnalyst is a spectrum analyzer. That is, it allows you to visualize the frequencies of audio files. FreqAnalyst is useful for getting a visual baseline for effects or equalization that you may want to apply to audio. It utilizes smooth interpolation algorithms to display variations even at very high frequency resolutions. The controls are very straightforward and allow you to zoom in on key parts of the display graph. FreqAnalyst is available in Windows VST and Mac Audio Units and RTAS formats.
- Mono and stereo real time spectrum analyzer
- Total control over the audio to frequencies transformation
- Smart interpolation algorithm for extreme display smoothness
- Zoomable display with multiple sizes
- Custom absolute and relative thresholds
CFA Sound FilterGrizzly 2
FilterGrizzly 2 is a free filter plugin that utilizes a tube emulated filter drive unit for saturation and analog-style 4-pole low pass and 2-pole high pass filters. The controls are simple to use and laid out neatly on its ergonomic interface. FilterGrizzly 2 sounds great and allows you to easily add great sounding filter sweeps. It is available in Windows VST format.
- 2x oversampling and anti-aliasing algorithm
- Tube-based filter drive unit
- Classic analog ladder filter design
- 4-pole low pass and 2-pole high pass filter
- Passive controlled feedback circuit
Archetype Instruments Lokomotiv
Lokomotiv is an analog modeled eight-voice single oscillator plus sub-oscillator synth. It is designed “to make your sounds more powerful and create (a) wide range of sounds.” Just playing with the 64 factory presets you can get some very useful and versatile sounds. We were impressed with the SoundCloud demo track (below) that just makes use of factory presets, no effects, and a maximum of two instances used at a time. Lokomotiv is available in native 64-bit Windows VST and Mac Audio Units formats.
- 1 X OSC (Saw + Pulse) + 1 Sub OSC. Noise Generator
- 1 X multimode Filter with Drive
- 1 X LFO, 1 X Envelop Generator
- 8 polyphonic voices, Mono and Legato mode supported
- 64 Factory presets included
- Native 64-bit, Mac and Windows OS supported
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