The winners of the KVR Developer Challenge 2021 have been announced. This year’s challenge sparked the development of over 30 great freeware plug-ins and software synths, some of which we’ve featured in our freeware section. So, which one’s the best?
KVR Developer Challenge 2021
Kvraudio.com has announced the winners of this years Developer Challenge. Software developers from around the world had submitted many creative effect plug-ins, software synthesizers and even soundware to the challenge. All in all, there were 37 entries.
One of the requirements of the challenge is that all submissions must be available for free, in order to give everyone a chance to try them. Even after the closing of the challenge, all of the entries will continue to be free. Be sure to check out all of the amazing plug-ins and synths from this year’s challenge – there’s a lot to discover.
The first prize went to a prolific developer with a long record of excellent plug-ins under their belt. Full Bucket Music took the top spot with the fantastic WhispAir wavetable synth, which is available for Windows and macOS in VST and AU formats.
Phuturetone came in second place with GR-8, an inspiring 8-voice virtual analog synthesizer with built-in effects and an arpeggiator. GR-8 is also available for Windows and macOS in VST3 and AU formats.
The top 5 is completed by Full Bucket Music’s second entry Grain Strain, the sequenced resonator distortion plug-in FKFX Influx and Laras Composition, a Java-based music composition tool.
We’ve featured our favorite plug-ins from the challenge in our weekly freeware column:
- Our three favorite synths (including Whispair and GR-8)
- Our three favorite effect plug-ins (including Grain Strain and FKFX Influx)
While the plug-ins are free, you can still donate to the KVR Developer Challenge and add to the final prize fund, which is distributed among the winners. Donations are open until August 17, 2021.