by Lyubomir Dobrev | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes

This week saw the release of two – only two – free plug-ins! However, quality makes up for quantity. The Krakli Arminator is a beast of a synth that will let you coax authentic 80s soundtrack tones with ease, while saschArt has cooked up a brutal, two-headed distortion unit. Both can find plenty of applications when encountering a creative mind. So check them out below and consider downloading them for your collection. Mind you – both are Windows-only. Alas, Mac users are on the back-burner this time around.


Krakli Arminator

Krakli Arminator

The Krakli Arminator emulates the Yamaha CS-80 classic synthesizer. · Source: Ian Webster

The Arminator by Ian Webster, a seasoned free synthesizer developer that keeps going strong, is an emulation of the Yamaha CS-80 synth. If 80s sci fi movie soundtracks are your sonic happy place, this plug-in features the same type of sounds. The detailed interface, inspired by the classic synth, is thoroughly impressive and likeable. Webster could have easily grabbed a few bucks with this enthusiastic recreation!

Unfortunately, the plug-in is only available in 32-bit VSTi format for Windows systems, as it was created with the aged SynthEdit program – think Reaktor minus all the NI polish and 64-bit compatibility. Of course, the plug-in will run inside your DAW or host if there’s a 32-bit bridge available in it. Head over to Krakli Plugins’ Facebook page to download Arminator.

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SaschArt twinCrusher

Twin Crusher

Twin Crusher is a clean-sounding two-band overdrive. · Source:

twinCrusher by SaschArt is a two-band overdrive with low CPU usage and an anti-aliasing feature. Each band has adjustable gain and drive amounts, and there’s a Round knob to smooth the sound out, reducing peaks and harshness. You can add some nice over-the-top harmonics by running audio through this unit, so give it a fair try. Again, Windows only, though it supports both 32 and 64-bit systems. Head over to saschArt to get it.

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