Analog Obsession GrapHack is as unique as it is awesome: a graphic EQ with individual per-band saturation! Besides this excellent idea, our roundup of the best free plugins includes a stereo widener by Polyverse and three cool little freebies from the new developer Outobugi.
Analog Obsession GrapHack: Graphic EQ with Saturation
GrapHack by Analog Obsession is a strange beast indeed: The free plugin combines an American-style (API) graphic equalizer with individual saturators per band. You can switch each band to EQ or saturation mode, or use both at the same time. That allows for some pretty drastic frequency shaping! In addition, GrapHack offers a Mix slider for blending the wet and dry signals. To quote a commenter on Analog Obsession’s Patreon page: “This is what I didn’t know I wanted.”
GrapHack is available for macOS and Windows in VST3, AU, and AAX Native formats.
Polyverse Wider 2.0
Polyverse Wider 2.0 is an update of the excellent pseudo-stereo widener plugin. It can increase the stereo width of any mono signal by up to 200% to create exaggerated stereo effects. The developer says that Wider avoids any phase issues and creates a fully mono-compatible output signal. The new version features a button that lets you check for mono compatibility. Furthermore, there’s now a Low Bypass knob for excluding the low frequencies from the effect, thus keeping the bass intact.
Wider 2.0 is available for macOS and Windows in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX formats.
Outobugi Dynastia, Bimono and Clamp
New developer Outobugi has released three nice-looking free plugins for Windows. Dynastia is a multiband upwards/downwards compressor that delivers the classic OTT effect, but with an additional M/S mode, a stereo width control, and distortion. Bimono is a mono-compatible stereo widener. Finally, Clamp is a hard-hitting clipper with 4x oversampling that’ll obliterate your audio tracks, drums, or even your master bus. I’m curious to find out what else is in the works!
Dynastia, Bimono and Clamp are currently only available for Windows in VST3 format.
For many more free plugins like GrapHack, check out our huge archive!
Videos about GrapHack and other free plugins
- analog-obsession-graphack: Analog Obsession
- polyverse-wider-2-0: Polyverse
- outobugi-dynastia-bimono-clamp: Outobugi