This weeks selection of free plug-ins is all about synths: A semi-modular vintage synth and pattern sequencer, a drum synth and an awesome Roland Jupiter emulation for NI Reaktor. Check out Trans Computer Machine, Bong, and JP-80.
Cescato Musiktechnologie Trans Computer Maschine
If we’re talking free plug-ins, this beautifully crafted emulation of the ARP 2600 must be included. The Trans Computer Maschine by Cescato models the look and sound of the legendary analog original. It’s been out for a while and has received rave reviews, so it’s about time that we feature it here. In addition to the synth, the plug-in includes a massive step sequencer, which is why Cescato calls it “the ultimate modular pattern creator”. Everything is MIDI-controllable and all parameters can be automated in your DAW. The Trans Computer Maschine looks like a great alternative to some much more expensive competitors. It’s quite unbelievable that this thing is actually free, so you might want to consider donating a few bucks in recognition of what the developers have done here. The plug-in is available for Windows in a VST format.
Nope, this isn’t for smoking, though you might end up creating some smokin’ beats with Xoxos Bong. It’s a very flexible drum and percussion synthesizer that offers a total of 41 models and timbres, for a wide variety of electronic drum sounds. According to the makers, it was inspired by a modified Boss DR-110 drum machine. The plug-in has a huge amount of knobs for tweaking, making it an interesting tool for any sound designer. Bong is a VST plug-in for Windows.
This remarkable Reaktor ensemble by developer Trial’N’Error is a Roland Jupiter emulation. It looks like a combination of the JP-8 and JP-6. The GUI reminds me very much of the Roland Boutique JP-08, so there’s something for everybody. The Reaktor synth has now reached version 1.6, and every Reaktor owner needs it. It works on Windows and macOS and requires Native Instruments Reaktor 6 or higher.