With X-mas behind us, what do we have to fill the void until the new year? Free plug-ins, of course! We’ve got some more presents for you: a spatial analyzer, a wicked FM synth and a Euclidean rhythm generator. Vector, Esfera 2 and RhyGenerator One are our picks for this week’s best free plug-ins.
Do you like free stuff? We do, too! Check out our archives for many more free-plug-ins!
2CAudio has released Vector as a free gift to the audio community. The spatial analyzer plug-in helps you improve your mixes and masters with a large Lissajous phase meter. It also features long-term average level, phase and panning meters with large numerical values. It’s especially useful alongside the company’s psychoacoustic spatialization tools like Precedence and PBJ System. But even when used by itself, Vector can help with mono compatibility issues, or getting that level just right.
2CAudio Vector is a VST, AU and AAX plug-in for macOS 10.10 and up (Catalina support is in the works) and Windows 8 and up (64 bit only).
beatassist.eu Esfera 2
Esfera 2 by beatassist.eu is a virtual synth for “dark athmospheres [sic], soundscape, effects and pads”. It offers three independent “FM mini synths”, one for “low frequency” and two for atmospheric sounds. Each mini synth has four envelopes, two filters, and an LFO, as well as delay, chorus and reverb effects for further processing. There are also two 16-step stepper (parameter sequencer) modules per mini synth to get things moving. Thanks for this cool freebie!
Esfera 2 is only available for Windows 7 or newer in VST and VST3 versions (32/64 bit).
Hornet Plugins / HATEFISh RhyGenerator One
This cool little rhythm generator is a collaboration of Hornet Plugins and the electronic music artist HATEFISh. It generates rhythm patterns with up to 32 steps, based on the Euclidean algorithm. You can specify the number of steps and beats separately. The MIDI output note, length and velocity can also be adjusted. Algorithmic pattern generators can be very inspiring, and with RhyGenerator One, you can add one to your arsenal for free.
RhyGenerator One works on macOS 10.7 and up and Windows and comes in AU, VST, VST3 and AAX formats (64 bit).