It’s time for this week’s selection of the finest free plug-ins! This edition is all about handy tools that can make your life as a musician a bit easier. We’ve also included some nice free drum samples. Be sure to check out Time Tracker, GT Analyser, and Ambient Electronic Drum Machine Sounds.
Digital Steam Time Tracker
This useful little plug-in won’t do anything to your audio, but it can help with your timing (pun intended). Time Tracker does just what it says: It tracks the time you spend working on a project and individual sessions. You can even assign a MIDI note to start and stop the timer remotely. It’s a kind of logbook for DAW users. Need to figure out how long a certain type of job usually takes you, so you can provide better estimates to your clients? That’s just one of the many uses for Time Tracker that I can think of. Simply insert it into an open plug-in slot, and forget about it. Time Tracker runs on Windows systems as a stand-alone application or VST3 plug-in.
Gramotech GT Analyser
This is a highly customizable spectrum analyzer with great looks. In addition to the frequency analyzer, the plug-in includes level and correlation meters. With an M/S mode and the option to take snapshots, GT Analyser has all the necessary ingredients that make up a useful studio tool. The developers say that its algorithm does well in the bass range, which is often problematic with other analyzers. You can customize the behavior of the meters, as well as the colors. GT Analyser is available for Windows (VST3) and macOS (VST3, AU). Be sure to hit the donation button when you download the plug-in!
Computer Music Ambient Electronic Drummachine Sounds
I’ll admit that this isn’t a plug-in, so why does it appear in this post? Well, you can never have enough sounds, especially when it comes to drums. Computer Music Magazine was nice enough to release this free sample pack with 98 drum machine sounds for ambient electronic music. Some of them sound like they came straight out of the Stranger Things soundtrack. If you’re into ambient and need a solid foundation for your synth lines, these sounds will come in handy. They’re in 44.1 kHz / 16 bit WAV format, available in mono and stereo versions, and completely free.