This weeks collection of the best free plug-ins brings us a filter and distortion effect, a versatile impulse response loader and a classic panning effect that should be in everyone’s collection. Here’s Dirty Filter, FenrIR and PanCake 2.
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BPB Dirty Filter
Bedroom Producers Blog has released this cool little filter and distortion plug-in. The name pretty much sums it up: Dirty Filter is a pair of filters with some added dirt in the form of emulated analog tube distortion. The high pass and low pass filters have a huge range and the slope can be adjusted from 12 dB to a very steep 48 dB/octave. It’s a great way to add anything from saturation to filter sweeps to heavy distortion to your tracks, and it’s completely free.
Dirty Filter is available for macOS and Windows in VST, VST3, AU and AAX formats.
Aurora DSP FenrIR
Named after the monstrous wolf in Norse mythology, FenrIR by Aurora DSP is a simple impulse response loader. The developer says that it’s designed to be very easy to use. You can drag and drop IR files onto the plug-in, blend them, and start playing. FenrIR also offers waveform and spectral displays, so you can see the changes you make in real time. The final result can be saved as a new IR in a WAV file. The plug-in comes with a bunch of impulse responses to get you started.
FenrIR is available for macOS and Windows in VST3, AU and AAX formats.
Cableguys PanCake 2
Here’s a classic that should be in everyone’s collection. PanCake 2 by Cableguys is a versatile panning effect that lets you draw your own modulation shapes. PanCake 2 also offers an LFO that syncs to your DAW and can be triggered via MIDI. The vertical waveform display provides visual feedback. It’s one of the plug-ins that laid the foundation for Cableguys’ many creative, rhythmic effects like TimeShaper and CrushShaper that make up the Shaperbox bundle.
PanCake 2 is available for macOS and Windows in VST and AU formats.