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TDR Prism, BPB Dirty VHS, VPRE-72: Free Plugins of the Week

TDR Prism, BPB Dirty VHS, VPRE-72: Free Plugins of the Week  ·  Source: Fuse Audio Labs, Tokyo Dawn Records

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Is TDR Prism by Tokyo Dawn Records one of the best and most useful free analyzer plugins ever? You be the judge, but we think it could be! This week’s collection of the best free plugins also brings you a fun VHS simulator for tasty lo-fi vibes and an emulation of the legendary V72 preamp of the 1950s.

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Tokyo Dawn Records TDR Prism

There are loads of free frequency analyzers out there, but TDR Prism by Tokyo Dawn Records offers a level of refinement we rarely see in freeware. The frequency analyzer focuses on human audio perception to guide you to a great-sounding mix. The look of the high-resolution display is simply gorgeous, and you’ve got a choice of a wide range of tilting and weighting options to adapt the frequency plot to your requirements. Furthermore, TDR Prism offers support for sidechain inputs and external files, and it can link to other instances of itself. It even runs in full-screen mode on a separate monitor if you wish. Chances are you’re going to like this more than most paid analyzer plugins.

TDR Prism is available for macOS and Windows in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX formats.

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Tokyo Dawn Records TDR Prism

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Bedroom Producers Blog BPB Dirty VHS

Ah, VHS! If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, the sound of worn-out videotape will send you straight down memory lane. There’s something about that sound that just screams nostalgia. Inspired by a technique used by Boards of Canada and numerous other artists, BPB Dirty VHS emulates the effect of recording audio to a VHS tape and then re-sampling it. You can choose from no less than eight different combinations of VCRs and VHS tapes, each with their own unique characteristics. Then add Noise, Dirt, and Chorus and play with the Pitch and Tone knobs to dial in the desired amount of inconsistencies and filtering. There’s even a Whammy mode for extreme pitch effects. Nice work!

BPB Dirty VHS is available for macOS and Windows in VST3 and AU formats.

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Fuse Audio Labs VPRE-72

One look at this new freebie from Fuse Audio Labs and you know what it’s all about: VPRE-72 is of course an emulation of the iconic V72 preamp of the 1950s. This studio staple of a long-gone era was manufactured by Siemens, Maihak, and several other brands and later evolved into the V76 and eventually into the REDD.47 preamps used by the Beatles at Abbey Road Studios. Fuse Audio Labs says that the VPRE-72 plugin captures the authentic spirit of the original through faithful emulations of the transformers and the dual EF804 pentode circuit. Thanks to gain compensation, you can apply as much tube drive and saturation as you like without messing up your gain structure. They’ve also thrown in the high-cut and low-cut filters from the V76 for good measure. There’s even a grouping feature that lets you edit multiple instances of the plugin across several tracks. This is a free preamp you don’t want to miss!

VPRE-72 is available for macOS and Windows in VST, VST3, AU, and AAX formats.

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  • Tokyo Dawn Records TDR Prism: Tokyo Dawn Records
  • Bedroom Producers Blog BPB Dirty VHS: Bedroom Producers Blog
  • Fuse Audio Labs VPRE-72: Fuse Audio Labs
TDR Prism, BPB Dirty VHS, VPRE-72: Free Plugins of the Week

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