Who wants some free plug-ins? You! Yes – you. Everyone loves free stuff, and the quality of free plug-ins sometimes comfortably rivals that of paid ones that cost a hundred dollars or more. This week, we have four excellent products to consider. Check them out, give them a test drive on your system, and hopefully walk away a happy producer!
Mercuriall Audio Greed Smasher
A free plug-in for guitar players and anyone into brutal distortion, the Greed Smasher emulates Mesa/Boogie’s Grid Slammer overdrive pedal. The recreation is supposedly very detailed, based on the original circuit and all that. So don’t be surprised if this thing roars with a might unexpected from a virtual effect. The user interface replicates the original pedal, which is itself a spin on the good old Tube Screamer, the green essential of many a high-gain guitar rigs. Feel free to use this beast on synthesizers, vocals, and virtually anything in need of a shake-up. The results could be rather dramatic!
Grid Smasher is available from Mercuriall Audio Software in 32-bit and 64-bit VST, AU, and AAX formats for PC and Mac.
Accusonus Regroover Essential is Free Until Monday, June 20
Regroover Essential is a slick 99 USD tool for chopping and re-arranging beats with the power of artificial intelligence that’s gone free until June 20. With Regroover, your loops are automatically analyzed and prepared for duty. The plug-in’s shtick is to split your loops into layers and let you manipulate individual elements by adjusting their volume or re-ordering them as you wish. You can go even further by applying effects like gate, EQ, and compression. Overall, Regroover is one tool you can use for coming up with unique-sounding arrangements and chops by creatively abusing its controls and features. The deal is highly recommended! Head over here and treat yourself to it. Regroover Essential is available in VST, AU, and AAX formats for PC and Mac.
Venn Audio Quick Haas
A distinctly simple plug-in for achieving the Haas audio effect with minimal fuss. In case you don’t know about it or your memory is rusty, the Haas effect (a.k.a. the Precedence Effect) is a Psychoacoustic Effect described by Helmut Haas as the ability of our ears to localize sounds coming from anywhere around us. You can easily imagine where this is going, right? Mostly in circles around your ears, it is! Haas Effect is exceedingly simple to use, with a single knob to adjust the effect amount and four buttons for choosing input signal routing (mono, stereo, dual left, dual right). Try out on guitars and vocals for a subtle doubling effect, or go crazy with it and completely wreck your audio – it is up to you.
Quick Haas is available from Venn Audio in 32-bit and 64-bit VST and AU formats for PC and Mac.
Physical Audio PA3 Derailer
Physical Audio released a free public beta of an interesting new instrument, the PA3 Derailer. This is a physical modeling synthesizer not unlike Logic Pro’s Sculpture – though much, much less complex. It consists of two elements – a metal bar that you virtually strike or bow, and a nonlinear mass/spring connection. By vibrating one of the bars, you create resonance in the other. Join multiple bars together and you’ll have a whole bunch of metal singing spaced-out songs to you in no time. Up to 37 strike bars, up to 5 bars, and up to 81 mass/sprint connections are supported.
Unfortunately, PA3 Derailer is Mac-only. It’s available for macOS 10.9 or above, and you can grab it from Physical Audio.
- Greed Slammer is a circuit-accurate emulation of a Mesa/Boogie overdrive pedal.: mercuriall.com/
- Accusonus Regroover Essential cuts up your drum loops using AI power.: https://accusonus.com/
- Get a quick Haas fix for free, courtesy of Venn Audio!: vennaudio.com
- Get your physical modelling game going with the free PA3!: physicalaudio.co.uk