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The Best Spectral Analysis VST Plugins (Free & Paid) 2022

Are you looking for the best spectral analysis VST plugins? You found the right place. We’ll show you below the best spectral analysis plugins in both free and paid format.

MMultiAnalyzer Spectral Analysis by MeldaProduction (Paid)

MMultiAnalyzer is a unique multitrack analyzer and sonogram, which looks inside your audio material and reveals problems and frequency collisions quickly, easily, and with astonishing accuracy. Just put an instance on each track you are interested in and the plugins automatically find each other.

Features

  • The most advanced user interface on the market – stylable, resizable, GPU accelerated
  • Unique visualisation engine with classic meters and time graphs
  • exceptionally versatile modulators
  • Adjustable oscillator shape technology
  • 4 multiparameters
  • M/S, single channel, up to 8 channels surround processing…
  • Smart randomisation
  • Automatic gain compensation (AGC)
  • Safety limiter
  • Adjustable up-sampling 1x-16x
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn
  • Very fast, optimised for SSE/SSE2/SSE3 processors
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange
  • Supports VST, VST3, AU and AAX interfaces on Windows & Mac, both 32-bit and 64-bit
  • No dongle nor internet access is required for activation
  • Free-for-life updates

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Blue Cat’s Oscilloscope Multi Spectral Analysis by Blue Cat Audio (Paid)

Blue Cat’s Oscilloscope Multi is a unique multi-track real-time waveform renderer and comparator. It lets you visualize and compare the contents of several audio tracks on the same screen thanks to its X-Y view. The plugin offers stereo or mid-side channel waveform extraction as well as several synchronization modes. The zooming and precise measurement capabilities let you analyze the waveform in detail and the XY phase scope view will help you track phase issues within an effect chain or while recording with multiple microphones.

Features

  • Multiple tracks real-time oscilloscope: visualize and compare the waveform of several audio tracks on the same screen
  • Waveform display with loop, flow and trigger modes
  • Histogram display
  • Dual-channel XY phasescope view (Lissajous) for easy phase cancellation and mono compatibility issues detection on multiple tracks or within an effect chain
  • Latency compensation capability to align waveforms
  • Choose a name for each curve for easier sharing
  • Animated zoom for all displays
  • Precise measurement capabilities
  • Save the curves for easy A/B comparison
  • Left-Right or Mid-Side operation modes
  • Unique data sharing technology with multi-core processors support
  • Opacity control for the user interface
  • Native DSP code for optimal performance
  • Full MIDI control and automation support with silent, zipper-free parameters update, advanced response control and MIDI Learn
  • No CPU load on idle: when the plug-in is fed with silence, the processing smoothly shuts down, to optimize the CPU usage of your DAW
  • Skinnable and customizable user interface with transparency management
  • Smooth Bypass: activate/deactivate the plug-in with absolutely no noise
  • Undo/Redo
  • Import/Export presets in a host independent format

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spiral Spectral Analysis by Photosounder (Paid)

Spiral is a music analysis plugin. It’s a fresh take on spectral analysis focused on allowing you to see and understand music and the notes that make it up instantly. This is achieved mainly by coiling the spectrum into a spiral framed by a chromatic circle, thus allowing you to instantly see what’s happening musically and spectrally. Several other factors help you see better what you’re listening to:

Features

  • The colours represent position in the stereo mix which means that quite often instruments have their own colour.
  • Portions of the sound can be recorded in Spiral’s memory and then played back at a much slower rate (between 0% and 100%). This is quite necessary and handy when writing down notes or analysing chords.
  • Analysis resolution can be adjusted. You’ll want to lower it when analysis notes played very fast as it gives you more precision in time, and increase it when analysing complex chords, bass instruments or when tuning an instrument.
  • The spiral visualisation can be rotated so that you may have the root of the scale on top and thus be able to recognise notes more readily.
  • By clicking on the visualisation you can create overlays that represent the harmonics for a given note. Adjusting those overlays can greatly help you in identifying the individual notes that make up a chord.

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Insight 2 Spectral Analysis by iZotope (Paid)

Insight 2 is a comprehensive metering and audio analysis plug-in that is a core component of award-winning post production studios, music studios, and broadcast facilities. It is perfect for visualizing changes made during mixing and mastering, troubleshooting problematic mixes, monitoring the intelligibility of your dialogue, and ensuring compliance with broadcast loudness standards.

Insight 2 includes meters for:

  • Loudness
  • Levels
  • Sound Field
  • History
  • Intelligibility
  • Spectrum
  • Spectrogram

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Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst Pro Spectral Analysis by Blue Cat Audio (Paid)

Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst Pro is a real-time spectrum analyzer with advanced functionalities. It uses the same smooth algorithms as its little brother (Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst free plug-in). It has been designed to provide extreme smoothness and high resolution for both time and frequency. The frequency analysis can be fine-tuned. Manage precision and rate and apply an offset or slope to the measured spectrum. Two threshold systems are available and the time response can be changed thanks to the attack and release parameters.

Features

  • Mono, stereo or mid/side real-time spectrum analyzer
  • Total control over the analysis parameters, with slope and offset correction
  • Smart interpolation algorithm for extreme display smoothness
  • Spectrum and spectrogram views
  • Animated zoom for all displays
  • Precise measurement capabilities, with note info display
  • 3D waterfall view with full 3D control
  • Solid or wireframe 3D surface display
  • Instant, peak and average curves display for each channel
  • Save the curves for easy A/B comparison
  • Opacity control for the user interface
  • Custom absolute and relative threshold control
  • Native DSP code for optimal performance.Full MIDI control and automation support with silent, zipper-free parameters update, advanced response control and MIDI Learn
  • No CPU load on idle: when the plug-in is fed with silence, the processing smoothly shuts down, to optimize the CPU usage of your DAW
  • Skinnable and customizable user interface with transparency management
  • Automation and MIDI output: record output parameters as automation curves or send MIDI CC messages to other plug-ins for powerful side chain effects 
  • Smooth Bypass: activate/deactivate the plug-in with absolutely no noise.
  • Undo/Redo
  • Import/Export presets in a host independent format

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MLoudnessAnalyzer Spectral Analysis by MeldaProduction (Free)

Features

  • M/S, single channel, up to 8 channels surround processing – our plugins can handle not only mono and stereo signals, but also mono/stereo encoding, separate channels and encodings, and up to 8 channels of surround audio, which makes them ideal for audio production for movies, games etc.
  • Extremely advanced and easy-to-use user interface – our products are always designed to enhance the workflow. You can easily change all values, fine-tune each control in multiple ways. Easy orientation in a standardized GUI, textual editing and smooth visualization with almost unlimited zooming are standard in all of our plugins. Moreover our plugins are the world first (and still the only ones), which support resizable and stylable GUI’s.
  • Very fast, optimized for SSE and SSE2 processors.
  • Fully automatable.

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Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst Spectral Analysis by Blue Cat Audio (Free)

Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst is a free spectrum analyzer plug-in that lets you monitor the spectral content of your audio signal in real-time. This plug-in has been designed to provide extreme smoothness and high resolution for both time and frequency: unlike most spectrum analyzers, Blue Cat’s FreqAnalyst is able to display continuous variations even with a very high-frequency resolution, thanks to its unique smooth interpolation algorithms.

Features

  • Mono and stereo real-time spectrum analyzer.
  • Total control over the audio to frequencies transformation.
  • Smart interpolation algorithm for extreme display smoothness.
  • Zoomable display with multiple sizes.
  • Custom absolute and relative thresholds.
  • Full MIDI control and automation support with silent, zipper-free parameters update, advanced response control and MIDI Learn.
  • No CPU load on idle: when the plug-in is fed with silence, the processing smoothly shuts down, to optimize the CPU usage of your Digital Audio Workstation.
  • Skinnable and customizable user interface with transparency management.
  • Smooth Bypass: activate/deactivate the plug-in with absolutely no noise.
  • Undo/Redo.
  • Full-featured integrated presets manager.
  • Any sample rate supported.

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The Best Stereo Width VST Plugins (Free & Paid) 2022

We all love wide mixes and stereo width plugins can help a lot. But which are the best stereo width VST plugins available? Let’s find out below in both free and paid format.

MicroShift Stereo Width by Soundtoys (Paid)

Need some width for your background vocals? Want to make a lead guitar or synth sound larger than life? MicroShift gives you three different flavours of a classic stereo widening trick at the push of a button. It uses a special recipe of pitch shifting, and delay that varies over time, to create rich stereo width. It’s incredibly simple to use and perfect for spicing up important instruments, or for blending background vocals subtly into a mix.

Features

  • Widen vocals, lead guitars, synths and more
  • Get big sounds fast with a clean, simple interface
  • Put the spotlight on important instruments, or blend them into the background
  • Select from 3 different flavours of widening based on sought-after hardware
  • Add width to a specific frequency range with the Focus knob
  • Control the Detune amount and Delay range of the effect

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StereoSavage Stereo Width by Plugin Boutique (Paid)

Achieve the stunning stereo your mix deserves. StereoSavage provides an innovative stereo toolbox, combining tried and tested studio techniques with emulations of modern and classic tools that will bring your mix to life.

Generate stereo from mono with the ‘Vox’, ‘Delay’, ‘Expand’ and ‘Split’ programs. Place sounds precisely in the stereo field with the ‘Width’, ‘Pan’ and ‘Rotation’ adjustment tools. Create movement and chorus-like effects with the ‘LFO’ function, and retain a solid low end with the adjustable ‘Bass Bypass’ tool. 

StereoSavage includes all of these features in a single plugin for the first time, offering the flexibility to enhance your track with dramatic effects, or add the perfect subtle finishing touches. 

Features

  • Create stereo from mono sources for richer soundscapes.
  • Control the placement and width of stereo sources. Separate instruments within the stereo field.
  • Use the rotation effect for an incredibly natural sounding pan.
  • Get lush wide vocals in seconds.
  • Quick simple controls for achieving a ‘big sound’.
  • Add motion and excitement with modulation.
  • Retain great mono compatibility with the bass bypass feature.
  • Reduce the number of vocal takes required for rich, tight, backing vocals. 

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MSW2 Stereo Width by SoundSpot (Paid)

After the soaring success of our MSW1 single band mono maker and stereo expander, SoundSpot decided it was time to give this hugely popular plugin a new lease of life. With that in mind, they started the development of the MSW2.

The new MSW2 is a complete overhaul in terms of code, interface & creativity, it can be used both subtly for better mixes, or pushed to the extreme to achieve a host of creative possibilities in the stereo field.

Features

  • Intuitive, easy to navigate user interface.
  • Designed to work flawlessly with touch controllers such as the Raven by Slate Media.
  • Advanced Fourier Transform Stereo Analysis
  • 2 Band Stereo Enhancement
  • 2 Band Mono Collapse
  • 2 Band Variable Slope Crossover network  (12dB, 24dB, 48dB and 96dB per octave)
  • 2 Band Creative LFO

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Haas Snapin Stereo Width by Kilohearts (Paid)

Panning sound is key in mixing and sound placement, but amplitude is only part  of how humans determine the direction of sound. The Haas effect targets another  mechanism that detects small differences in time between left and right to position sound.

Bottom line, it brings stereo width to sounds where there previously was none. Simple as that.

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Magic Stereo Stereo Width by Singomakers (Paid)

Best-selling Sound Design label Singomakers and REZONE (artist of Ultra Music, Mixmash, Big & Dirty, Skint, Toolroom) are very proud to present their first VST/AU plugin Magic Stereo.

Expand the stereo image of elements in your track with this professional stereo imaging tool. With it’s simple intuitive controls Magic Stereo offers wide to super wide spatial widening without losing anything within the mono signal.

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Ozone Imager 2 Stereo Width by iZotope (Free)

Newly updated for 2019 with immersive, fluid visuals, full resizability, and a smooth new Stereoize mode, this free plug-in offers a wider world of possibilities for imaging in your mix.

Control the width of any track, perfect for making super-wide sounds or creating narrow, mono-like sources. Make your pianos, synths, and cymbals fill up your stereo image, or tighten up your low end by narrowing bass and kick drums!

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Wider Stereo Width by Polyverse (Free)

Wider takes the massively popular stereo section from its sibling, Manipulator, and creates the illusion of an expanded stereo image of a mono signal to an awe-inspiring amount of width. However, Wider is a unique stereo plugin in the sense that it is completely “mono-compatible”, meaning that any signal that has been extended will always remain in phase with itself, even if summed to mono.

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The Best Preamp VST Plugins (Free & Paid) 2022

Everyone loves the sound of a great preamp. But which are the top preamp plugins? We show you below the best preamp VST plugins in both free and paid format.

Pre X7 Preamp by Audiority (Paid)

Pre X7 is an analog modelled preamplifier based on an iconic vintage tube unit primarily designed for bass guitar and that we modified to make it work with several audio sources.
Both input and output 12AX7 tube models are calculated in real-time, bringing you all the subtle non-linearities that will make each instance of this plugin unique without phase issues. A high-pass filter followed by a Tone control lets you shape the input signal before the output tubes. Furthermore, we included a brickwall clipping limiter to help you retain the distortion on extreme settings.

Features

  • Real-time 12AX7 tube models
  • 4 steps Low Cut (pre or post input tube)
  • Input/Output Linking
  • Baxandall tone control
  • Boost, Pad and Phase switches
  • Brickwall clipping limiter

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Front DAW Preamp by United Plugins (Paid)

The digital world with its clarity and accuracy sometimes lacks some of the vibe from the old times. This is why English producer and remixer Greg Brimson approached United with his idea for a dream plugin. ‘Create a front door for every recording, and call it Front DAW. So that every track would have a true analogue input.’ Thanks to him you can turn your DAW Mixer into a real Analogue Console.

Every Track Different with VARM

Take advantage of United Plugins’ Variable Analogue Random Modeling technology. VARM is technology based on knowledge of chaotic behaviour and randomness of the analogue world. Thanks to VARM, each plugin instance acts slightly different. VARM models randomness of the subtle differences of the values of the electrical parts – exactly as is the case in the real electrical units and real console channels.

Three Types of Saturation

BR/US/GE buttons represent three types of analogue circuits you may choose from. BR represents classic fat British consoles, US stands for legendary punchy American style input. Switching to GE will give you velvet sounding colourful vintage German tube console.

The Mojo

Turning the Mojo knob lets you decide the amount of saturation your tracks get. The effect is rather subtle and gentle because Front DAW is intended to be used on many tracks simultaneously.

Saturate Every Track

Thanks to advanced modelling technology, Front DAW is very CPU-friendly. It is designed to be used on every single track of your mix (if desired).

Hassle-Free Software Protection

No iLok, no dongle or internet access is required for activation. This software uses licence files to activate your software. You can freely use the purchased software on all your computers as long as you are the user.

Realistic 3D Yet Flexible GUI

The photorealistic graphic user interface of the plugin gives you the feeling you are touching the real hardware. You can always drag the arrow in the bottom right corner to change its size – make it smaller to save the valuable screen space, or enlarge it to make it easier to use.

15-Days Unlimited Trial Version for Free

All the descriptions are nothing compared to putting hands on the plugin yourself. No saving limits. No noises. No boundaries. Engage the plugin in your project and fully exploit its powers for two weeks.

64-bit Audio Quality at ANY Sampling Rate

The plugin provides the maximum audio quality you can get. It uses internal 64-bit audio processing and can handle any sampling rate. 192 kHz or even higher.

Smart Bypass

The intelligent way this plugin manages bypassing ensures that you don’t get any clicks or harmful noises when automating the parameter.

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Pre TridA Preamp by Arturia (Paid)

One of the most prized, rare, and exclusive channel strips ever made has been reborn in your DAW.

Features

  • Comprehensive set of presets
  • State-of-the-art TAE® analog modelling
  • 1 & 2 Channels Plugin Versions

Virtual Recreation of Rare and Prized Classic Preamp

  • 40 dB virtual continuous input gain
  • +/- 24 dB Output trim level

Complete Switchable EQ Section:

  • Include bypass & phase Inversion switch

3 Switchable Low Pass Filters:

  • Cut frequency at 9kHz, 12kHz and 15kHz
  • -12 dB/oct slope
  • distinct filter cut combinations with unusual curves when 2 or 3 filters are combined.

High Shelf Filter:

  • +/- 15dB gain
  • 4 selectable frequencies : 8kHz, 10kHz, 12kHz, 15kHz

High Midrange Bell Filter:

  • +/- 15dB gain
  • 4 selectable frequencies : 3kHz, 5kHz, 7kHz, 9kHz

Low Midrange Bell Filter:

  • +/- 15dB gain
  • 4 selectable frequencies : 250Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz

Low Shelf Filter:

  • +/- 15dB gain
  • 4 selectable frequencies : 50Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 150Hz

High Pass Filter:

  • Cut frequency at 25Hz, 50Hz and 100Hz
  • -18dB/oct. Slope
  • distinct filter cut combinations with unusual curves when 2 or 3 filters are combined

3 Stereo Modes:

  • Stereo Link
  • Dual Mono Channels
  • Mid/side (M/S) encoding-decoding for advanced stereo processing

Output Analog VU Meter:

  • 3 calibrations mode (-18dBFs, -12dBS, -8 dBFs)
  • Analog clipping LED indicator

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Pre V76 Preamp by Arturia (Paid)

The sound that defined 60s pop music, rediscovered as a plugin for your virtual studio.

Features

  • Comprehensive set of presets
  • State-of-the-art TAE® analog modelling
  • 1 & 2 Channels Plugin Versions

Virtual Recreation of Vintage German Valve Preamp:

  • 73 dB virtual continuous input gain
  • +/- 24 dB Output trim level

Germanium EQ & Filter Section Emulation:

  • Include bypass & phase Inversion switch

High Tone Filter:

  • High Shelf band
  • +/- 10dB gain
  • 5kHz fixed frequency

Low Tone Filter:

  • Low Shelf band
  • +/- 10dB gain
  • 100Hz fixed frequency

High Pass Filter:

  • Cut frequency at 80Hz, 300Hz and 80+300Hz for steeper slope

3 Stereo Modes:

  • Stereo Link
  • Dual Mono Channels
  • Mid/side (M/S) encoding-decoding for advanced stereo processing

Vintage Glowing Output Meter:

  • 3 sensibility mode (-18dBFs, -12dBS, -8 dBFs)
  • Analog clipping indicated by bright red colour

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Pre 1973 Preamp by Arturia (Paid)

The iconic vintage sound of the world’s best studios, perfectly recreated for the modern producer.

Features

  • Comprehensive set of presets
  • State-of-the-art TAE® analog modeling
  • 1 & 2 channels plugin versions

Virtual Recreation of Famed Classic British Preamp:

  • 60 dB virtual continuous input gain
  • 2 type of output transformers
  • +/- 24 dB Output trim level

Complete switchable EQ section:

  • Include bypass & phase Inversion switch

High Shelf Filter:

  • +/- 18dB gain
  • Fixed frequency of 12kHz

Midrange Bell Filter:

  • +/- 18 dB gain
  • Continuous frequency range from 360Hz to 7.2kHz

Low Shelf Filter:

  • +/- 18dB gain
  • Continuous frequency range from 35Hz to 220Hz

High Pass Filter:

  • -18dB/oct. Slope
  • Continuous frequency range from 50Hz to 300Hz

3 Stereo Modes:

  • Stereo Link
  • Dual Mono Channels
  • Mid/side (M/S) encoding-decoding for advanced stereo processing

Output Analog VU meter:

  • 3 calibrations mode (-18dBFs, -12dBS, -8 dBFs)
  • Analog clipping LED indicator

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PreFET Preamp by Accentize (Free)

PreFET is a Machine-Learning based transistor pre-amp emulation which was designed using the same concept as PreTube. The included artificial neural network has learnt to precisely imitate the transistor pre-amp stage of a 70s tabletop cassette recorder. Depending on the Drive-Setting PreFET can colour your sounds from subtle analogue saturation to heavy overdrive.

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SGA1566 by Shattered Glass Audio (Free)

SGA1566 brings the authentic tone of a single channel vintage all tube mic preamplifier. The whole circuit is simulated in real time using the high performance circuit simulator to recreate every nuance of the preamp circuit, from subtle coloration to overdrive and distortion.

Use SGA1566 to add warmth to a track, as a saturation compressor, or to add “dirt” with tube overdrive.

Features

  • Authentic analog sound through real-time high-performance circuit simulation.
  • Two-band active Baxandall EQ that can be placed either before or after the preamp.
  • Up to 4x oversampling.
  • Mono or stereo processing mode.

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The Best Flanger VST Plugins (Free & Paid) 2022

Which are the best flanger VST plugins available? We have the answer for you. We’ve selected the best flanger plugins (free & paid).

Electric Matter Flanger by Audiority (Paid)

Electric Matter is a faithful simulation of the Electro-Harmonix® Deluxe Electric Mistress™, a late 70’s BBD flanger and filter matrix pedal.

This flanger, featuring a Reticon SAD1024 BBD chip, has been used by countless artists for either subtle, to make leads dreamy and divine, or more prominent to emulate Leslie rotors.

Compared to the classic version, the Deluxe models feature a different LFO and VCO circuit, leading to a wider range of settings.

Electric Matter goes further by fixing the tone sucking and volume drop often related to these hardware units.

Features

  • BBD Analog Flanger Simulation
  • Color, Range and Rate Controls
  • Filter Matrix Mode
  • Tempo Sync
  • Pre and Post Effect Gain
  • Mix Control
  • Resizable Interface

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Fix Flanger and Doubler Flanger by Softube (Paid)

From the mind of legendary audio equipment designer Paul Wolff comes the new Fix Flanger and Fix Doubler. They take the legacy and sound of classic flanging and vocal doubling of the 1960s, but with all the benefits of the digital world.

Features

  • Fix Flanger delivers the sound of classic flanging, with extreme control and flexibility
  • Unprecedented hands-on VSO flange control, with servo motor bounce emulation
  • Fix Doubler provides lush chorus and rich textures to your vocals
  • ‘Auto Double’ uses a unique method of accurate phase-cancellation to make a natural sounding doubler effect
  • No USB iLok key required

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Antresol Flanger by D16 Group (Paid)

In bringing the classic stompbox back to life, D16 have created a must-have effect plugin that will appeal not only to performing guitarists but to instrumentalists and producers of virtually any genre: whether it’s rock guitar riffs or melodic synth lines you’re into, you’ll find that the extreme attention to sonic detail coupled with the flexibility afforded by modern technology in Antresol make it the perfect example of what a flanger should be in the modern era. The original, conceived in the mid-70s, quickly became a benchmark for flanger-type effects by offering a uniquely rich character defined by luxuriously harmonious interacting resonances and has been heard ever since on countless classic recordings. That’s why D16 couldn’t resist the opportunity to resurrect the soul of this classic in a thoroughly modern incarnation with Antresol, D16’s newest effect in the SilverLine Collection!

Features

  • True emulation of BBD based analogue delay line
  • Optional independent parameter control for each stereo channel
  • Selectable L/R or M/S stereo processing modes
  • Mistress mode allows the whole unit to work the same as the classic flanger
  • LFO can be synchronized with your host application
  • 3 different LFO-to-BBD clock curves
  • Ultra-low-aliasing output
  • A highly musical and pleasant sound
  • Tag-based browser
  • Two alternative GUI sizes
  • MIDI-learn functionality throughout
  • 64bit internal processing

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BLEASS Flanger by BLEASS (Paid)

BLEASS Flanger is a rich sounding flanging effect offering a wide range of synchronised modulations which colours sound in a novel and unique way thanks to its complex algorithmic combinations.
This Flanger offers three stages of modulation as well as two LFOs, combined offering great sonic versatility – from classic sine flanger sounds to crazy rhythmic modulations courtesy of its 6 different LFO shapes.
The ability to easily synchronize the flanging effect with the beat makes it ideal to bring subtle flanging variations while evolving harmoniously with a song’s dynamics.
BLEASS’ customary interface design makes for a smooth and efficient UI with clear visual feedback, increasing the enjoyment and playability of sound designing. As with other BLEASS plugins, BLEASS Flanger is very low on CPU usage and works in all compatible hosts & DAWs.

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Eternal v2 Flanger by Sinevibes (Paid)

Eternal by Sinevibes is a barber-pole flanger effect. Unlike a traditional flanger which typically has its tone repeatedly go up and down, this is a flanger that goes upwards or downwards in a seemingly endless fashion. To accomplish this unique “barber-pole” effect, Eternal uses an array of three stereo flangers and six bespoke, thoroughly calibrated low-frequency oscillators. And since these oscillators have a “through-zero” design, it allows Eternal to seamlessly go from downwards to upwards motion and back at your fancy. With two distinct flanger tones thanks to positive or negative feedback, this plugin puts a whole arsenal of unique airy, bubbly and even psychedelic effects in your hands.

Features

  • Triple-layer flanger engine with positive or negative feedback
  • Multi-output, through-zero modulation generator with variable stereo phase offset
  • Low-cut filter to ensure stable operation even at the most extreme settings
  • Lag filters on all continuous parameters for smooth, click-free adjustment
  • Supports mono › mono, mono › stereo, and stereo › stereo channel configurations

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Blue Cat’s Flanger by Blue Cat Audio (Free)

Very famous during the ’70s and ’80s, the Flanger effect can be used on almost any audio track: on drums, voices synths or guitars, from a subtle effect to a deep alien-like voice effect, enjoy it! Despite its simple user interface, Blue Cat’s Flanger is very versatile: harsh and metallic or smooth and soft filtering effects, it can do them all, for free!

The stereo version also lets you smoothly transform it into a stereo flanging effect with a single knob. Push the “Spread” slider and hear the difference: the effect is turning around your head, and the sound takes another dimension, spread into the stereo field.

Features

  • Vintage flanger effect
  • Stereo spread control
  • Sine or triangle LFO shapes
  • In or out of phase feedforward and feedback paths
  • Full MIDI control and automation support with silent, zipper-free parameters update, advanced response control and MIDI Learn
  • No CPU load on idle: when the plug-in is fed with silence, the processing smoothly shuts down, to optimize the CPU usage of your Digital Audio Workstation
  • Skinnable and customizable user interface with transparency management
  • Smooth Bypass: activate/deactivate the plug-in with absolutely no noise
  • Undo/Redo
  • Full-featured integrated presets manager
  • Any sample rate supported

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TAL-Flanger by TAL Software (Free)

TAL-Flanger is a easy to tweak stereo flanger effect with its own special sound and some asymmetric analog like components in the feedback corner. Useful for a wide range of flanger effects from subtle to extreme.

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The Best Distortion VST Plugins (Free & Paid) 2022

Are you looking for the best distortion plugins? We help you find the best ones available in both free and paid format.

Trash 2 + Expansions Distortion by iZotope (Paid)

Trash 2’s multi-band, dual-stage distortions and advanced post-filtering enable immediate sonic transformation. Trash any track: not just guitars and basses, but drums, synths, pads, vocals, brass, woodwinds, and more.

Features

A Sampling of 30+ Impulses:

  • Voodoo, Muck, Gravel, Big Wheel, Magnum, Taxicab, Powerman, Ignite…

A Peek at 70 Patches:

  • Electric Blaze, Hard Cider, Parasite, Filter Shred, Bleached, Ugly Couch…

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Rift 2.0 Distortion by Minimal Audio (Paid)

Rift’s groundbreaking effects, extensive modulation, and all-around musical mindset put sought-after sounds at your fingertips.

Features

  • 400+ presets with deep macro control
  • Easy-to-use Play View and extensive Advanced View
  • A ground-breaking multi-polar distortion engine
  • 30 distortion types and up to 6 stages of processing
  • Physical modelling feedback and delay
  • State-of-the-art morphing filters
  • Flexible multi-band effects routing
  • Powerful modulation sequencing
  • Pitch snapping, transposition, and MIDI tracking
  • Beautifully designed dark and light UI modes
  • Intelligent randomization for endless preset variation
  • In-app tooltips make learning Rift a breeze
  • High-quality oversampling
  • CPU optimized algorithms and more

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BLEASS Phase Mutant Distortion by BLEASS (Paid)

BLEASS Phase Mutant is a plugin that can apply the principles of frequency modulation to literally any source material.

Where existing phase distortion plugins create their effect by using an audio input signal to modulate itself, BLEASS Phase Mutant takes things to an entirely new level with the addition of an oscillator that can modulate the input signal or be modulated by it. This allows BLEASS Phase Mutant to fully harness FM’s ability to create complex and colourful harmonic distortions, achingly expressive tonal variations, and fascinating sonic hooks.

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HEAT 2 Distortion by W.A. Production (Paid)

Presenting HEAT 2 – the original twin distortion powerhouse, now with a stunning refresh. This face-melting plugin features an intuitive new interface, more accurate frequency monitoring and a host of under-the-hood improvements. 

Features

  • Filtered Twin Saturation & Distortion 
  • 10 Unique Distortion Types
  • Signal Blending & Frequency Filtering
  • Responsive & CPU-Friendly
  • Click and Pop-Free Bypass
  • Resizable Interface
  • Factory Presets
  • Full PDF Manual & Tutorial Video

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Pyros Distortion by Audiority (Paid)

Pyros is an aggressive distortion effect ideal to give you a unique sound to your guitars, bass, synthesizers, drums and much more. 

Audiority programmed a rich sounding distortion to fit in both vintage and modern music styles.

Features

  • 20 Algorithms
  • Pre Distortion LF Cut
  • Input Biasing
  • Bipolar Feedback
  • Bipolar Envelope Follower
  • Hard / Soft Clipping
  • Input / Output / Mix Controls
  • Input / Output Metering
  • Resizable Interface

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Tube Screamer Distortion by Otto Audio (Free)

Not your typical green overdrive, modeled after the usual suspects – but with a few extra features.

In the analog world, different guitars with different pickups have very different signal levels at the output (some 0.7 volts some up to 7 volts) so the OTTO8 can have different signal levels at the input, which affects the character of the sound at the OTTO8 output.

In the digital world, the output levels of different guitars with different pickups are normalized to the same level when digitizing and, accordingly, the plug-in input will have the same signal level regardless of which guitar is connected.

Weight – adds a heft that most overdrives are missing. Blend to taste.

Give it a touch or push your amp sims way beyond overdrive with OTTO8.

Features

  • Independent Input And Output gain controls.
  • The input level control in OTTO8 emulates this real-world feature.
  • Input up to 12db gain
  • Output to 10db gain

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CHOW Klon Centaur Model Distortion by ChowDSP (Free)

This repository contains a digital model of the Klon Centaur guitar pedal. The goal is to use this circuit as a test bench for comparing/combining nodal analysis, wave digital filters, and neural network circuit modelling approaches.

The model is implemented as an audio plugin and as a guitar, pedal-style effect embedded on a Teensy microcontroller.

This work began as part of a class project for EE 292D at Stanford University.

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The Best De-Esser VST Plugins (Free & Paid) 2022

Are you looking for the perfect de-esser for your projects? Well, look no more! We show you the best de-esser plugins available (free & paid).

Weiss Deess De-Esser by Softube (Paid)

Whether you’re trying to tame sibilance in a lead vocal, rein in a sharp-sounding hi-hat, or reduce harshness while mastering, a truly great de-esser is as elusive as it is essential. Enter the Weiss Deess, available as an individual plug-in or as part of the Weiss DS1-MK3 collection.

Features

  • The best-sounding de-esser available, with code-ported algorithms from the industry standard DS1-MK3.
  • Two bands of de-essing. This is the only de-esser you’ll need.
  • Stunning and intuitive visualisations make this de-esser a breeze to use.
  • Clean tweak-and-go faceplate, with immensely detailed controls hidden in side-menu.
  • Ultra-professional tool, but without the daunting, complex look.
  • Low-latency mode allows you to de-ess while tracking a vocal.
  • All the versatility you need in terms of filter shapes, frequencies etc.

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FabFilter Pro-DS De-Esser by FabFilter (Paid)

Even when using the best mics, pre-amps and converters, sibilance in vocal recordings can easily get over-accentuated during post-processing like compression or saturation. But don’t worry, FabFilter Pro-DS comes to the rescue!

Features

  • Highly intelligent ‘Single Vocal’ detection, and classic ‘Allround’ detection
  • Transparent program-dependent compression/limiting
  • Adjustable Threshold, Range and detection HP and LP filtering settings
  • Wide Band or linear-phase Split Band processing
  • Optional look-ahead time up to 15 ms
  • Freely adjustable stereo linking
  • Optional mid-only or side-only processing
  • Up to four times linear-phase oversampling
  • Real-time de-essing display, clearly showing the affected parts of processed audio
  • Side-chain input meter, making it easy to choose a good Threshold value
  • Real-time spectrum analyzer built into the HP/LP filter controller
  • GPU-powered graphics acceleration
  • High-quality 64-bit internal processing
  • Double-click text entry of parameter values
  • Large and compact interface sizes
  • Stereo and mono plug-ins available
  • Supports common Pro Tools hardware control surfaces
  • MIDI Learn
  • Undo/redo and A/B comparison
  • Smart Parameter Interpolation
  • Sample-accurate automation of all parameters
  • Extensive help file with interactive help hints

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Esspresso De-Esser by Klevgrand (Paid)

Esspresso is a fast, beautiful & powerful de-esser for everyone doing audio recording. De-essers have previously been aimed towards highly professional audio producers that need full control over the sibilance (high-frequency noises) in their mix.

Features

  • Visual reduction RMS
  • Visual detector RMS
  • Detector sensitivity gain
  • Solo switch for the detector signal
  • Suppressor has three filter modes (all, band & high)
  • Intuitive and unique user interface

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SYBIL De-Esser by Antares (Paid)

Sybil​ is designed to tame excessive vocal sibilance (ess, tsss, ch, and sh sounds), with a flexible compressor and a variable-frequency high pass filter to ensure optimum de-essing for any vocal performance.

The compressor​ section includes threshold​, ratio​, attack​ and release controls, and the high-pass​ frequency control lets you adjust which high frequency content will get compressed, to ensure that the sibilance is reduced while the rest of the voice remains pristine.

With Sybil, everything you need to get control of vocal sibilance is right at your fingertips.

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Oxford SuprEsser De-Esser by Sonnox (Paid)

The Oxford SuprEsser is both a very highly-featured professional De-Esser and a Dynamic EQ. There is a simple mode for quick fixes, but also an advanced mode for increased functionality and fine-tuning. The combination of an intuitive FFT display and three listen modes enables the user to easily see and hear exactly where the problem frequencies are, allowing the rapid reduction or removal of the offending audio. As well as being able to trigger the full band compression, only the offending frequencies can be carefully carved out. Since the SuprEsser can operate at all frequencies, ‘plosives’ and other annoyances can also be removed effortlessly, making it more than a simple De-Esser. Additional features include Automatic Level Tracking, Linear Phase Filtering and a Wet/Dry blend control for final balancing.

Features

  • 64-bit compliant (AAX / AU / VST)
  • Highly featured professional De-Esser
  • Linear Phase Dynamic EQ
  • Transparently controls aggressive frequencies
  • Automatic Level Tracking follows energy levels (no need to automate threshold)
  • Large intuitive graphic display makes finding frequencies very easy
  • Full Spectrum Operation (20Hz -20KHz)
  • Three different ‘Listen’ modes
  • Very easy to use
  • Advanced Mode for ultimate control of the Dynamic EQ
  • Many creative as well as corrective uses
  • Presets giving good starting points

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T-De-Esser Plus De-Esser by Techivation (Free)

A simplified and easy-to-use De-Esser that smoothes out high frequencies while maintaining a natural and musical sound. Brightening up audio has never been easier.

Features

  • Side Chain Frequency Modes – including four specific side-chained frequency bands to detect harsh sounds.
  • CPU Optimized – optimized for low CPU usage on both Windows and macOS.
  • GUI Scale – Scale up/down the GUI from 80% to 150% according to your preferences.
  • Undo/Redo function – built inside the plugin, you no longer need to worry about losing setting values.
  • A/B Switch – compare different options fast and easy to see which might work best.

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Spitfish by Digitalfishphones (Free)

SPITFISH is a very-easy to use de-esser, aimed mainly at mono or stereo vocal tracks. Just like classic analog de-essers, this unit dynamically filters out harsh, annoying s-like sounds that would otherwise ‘spit’ in your face.

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The Best Channel Strip VST Plugins (Free & Paid) 2022

Which are the best channel strip plugins available for the music producers? We’ve prepared for you a list with the best ones, in both free and paid.

Neutron 3 Elements Channel Strip by iZotope (Paid)

From the makers of popular audio plug-ins like RX and Ozone, Neutron 3 is designed to bring your mix workflows into the 21st century. The completely new Neutron Elements includes 4 powerful tools for great mixes for less than the cost of a single plug-in. At $129, it’s the easiest way to get your feet wet with all the tools Neutron has to offer and add some serious power to your plug-in collection. It’s the easiest, most intelligent way to bring unrivalled quality and speed to your mix. 

Features

  • 4 modern tools for great mixes: Compressor, Exciter, Transient Shaper, and EQ—now with Soft Saturation mode. 
  • Track Assistant listens to your audio and creates a custom preset for you based on what it hears.  
  • EQ with intellect: EQ Learn auto-detects frequencies that need your attention. 
  • Beautiful, smooth visualizations and a resizable interface invite you to step in and take control.

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SLAM2 Channel Strip by BeatSkillz (Paid)

SLAM2 comes from the original makers of the hit Slam series of plugins but with much more musical settings and a higher quality of sound. This plugin will keep you inspired and let you work fast & sound great!

SLAM2 is designed to hide the complex and great-sounding processing behind the scenes and present a simple and inspiring Interface that is very intuitive and has all controls needed to “Phatten” Channel, Drums, Vocals, Synths, or an entire mix with just a few controls. Behind this simple interface lies very very complex processing.

Features

  • Easy to use
  • Great on tracks, busses, and mixes
  • Punchy, clear, and wide sound
  • SLAM your drums, bass, vocals, synths, and other sounds
  • Dry and Wet controls built-in
  • Pro results without chains of plugins or confusing parameters

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Goliath V2 Channel Strip by Tone Empire (Paid)

Goliath V2 features 4 analogue modelled processing chains featuring ALLOY (Nickel, Iron, Steel based Transformers), TUBE, TAPE & VINYL with a drive control plus a FET based envelope and a 3 band EQ.

This is a truly revolutionary and “analogue” sounding tool. Be prepared to be pleasantly surprised!

Features

Analog Processing:

ALLOY

This is an analogue processing chain featuring the famous British 1081 sound which has characteristics of its transformer made of Nickel, Iron, Steel.

This gives you a taste of that clean silky analogue processing.

TUBE

The Tube chain is modelled using a modern/ classic valve processing chain with an AIR circuit. An immediately pleasing sound that will bring 2nd order harmonics to your material.

TAPE

Here Tone Empire have used the ATR – 700 Tape Recorder at 15ips to capture that warmth and compression of Tape. Immediately hear your transients being “warmed” up and also get third-order harmonic saturation.

VINYL

This one features an analogue mastering chain going to a Neumann vinyl cutting machine and multiple IRs sampled from the dubplate. Finally, get your record to sound like a “Record”!

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32C Bus Channel Strip by Harrison Consoles (Paid)

The 32C Bus combines 4 famous Harrison processing modules – the Mixbus32C Tape Saturation / Drive processor, a Bus Compressor with Harrison’s renowned 32C Hi-Pass filter, the Mixbus32C three-band Bus EQ and the Mixbus32C Master Strip Limiter – into a single comprehensive bus processing plugin.

The new cross-format 32C Bus plugin combines 4 famous Harrison processing modules – the Mixbus32C Tape Saturation / Drive processor, a Bus Compressor with Harrison’s renowned 32C Hi-Pass filter, the Mixbus32C three-band Bus EQ and the Mixbus32C Master Strip Limiter – into a single comprehensive bus processing plugin.

Provided in all major workstation formats: AAX, AudioUnit VST and VST3 for nearly any host DAW.

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Summit Audio Grand Channel Channel Strip by Softube (Paid)

Combining the smooth operating EQF-100 parametric passive equalizer with the mild but authoritative TLA-100A compressor, Summit Audio Grand Channel is a highly versatile channel strip that will cover a large part of your mixing needs.

The Grand Channel combines the warm and smooth tone sculpting Summit Audio EQF-100 Full Range Equalizer with the rich sounding and dead-easy-to-use Summit Audio TLA-100A Compressor. Having the two combined in a single plug-in makes adjustments easier, as you will often find that the compressor affects the equalizer and vice versa. By default, the sound reaches the equalizer before the compressor, but you can easily reverse the order with a single switch.

Features

  • Flexible and easy to use with huge sonic range
  • Individual bypass for each of the two units saves CPU power
  • Change the order of the equalizer and compressor with a single switch
  • Each and every component carefully modeled
  • Extremely analog behavior of frequencies, phase, distortion, attack, release, etc

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HOFA System Basic Channel Strip by HOFA-Plugins (Free)

SYSTEM basic is the freeware version of the popular EQ, dynamic & FX toolbox from HOFA. 29 plugins are available which you can use individually (also as inserts in your DAW) or connected to each other. The routing happens automatically in SYSTEM, with multiband, M/S and dual mono routing always available.

Load more than 150 HOFA presets, that can be edited to a limited extent.

There are two kinds of presets: plugin presets that correspond to the HOFA SYSTEM basic functionality can be used. For instance, all AlgoVerb plate presets can be used.

In addition to plugin presets, HOFA SYSTEM can save entire processing chains. These chains can be used and edited, as long as the presets use parameters that are available in the freeware version. If a chain preset contains plugins that require a special license, it can only be used if it is a factory preset. In this case it isn’t possible to change the routing or other parameters.

Features

  • 29 plugins with flexible routing and processing options
  • 150+ presets of the full version can be loaded
  • AlgoVerb Plate algorithm for more spatial depth in your productions
  • All plugins are usable in your DAW or in HOFA SYSTEM

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Code Red Free Channel Strip by Shattered Glass Audio (Free)

Code Red Free is inspired by a classic, all tube, British console form the late 60s. The original console was known for its EQ, bold and punchy character, and the warmth it imparted. The Beatles recorded most of their material using this, and other versions of this console. Easily recognized overdriven sound of the Beatles’ Revolution was created by chaining two preamps from this console.
Shattered Glass Audio has gone to considerable lengths to find accurate information and reproduce the original EQ curves and accurately model the preamp.

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The Best Amp Simulator VST Plugins (Free & Paid) 2022

Everybody loves the sound of a great guitar amp. Which are the best amp simulator plugins on the market? Find out below, we’ve compiled for you a list with the best amp simulator VST plugins in free and paid format.

Acoustic Feedback Amp Simulator by Softube (Paid)

One thing that is really hard to achieve with a guitar amplifier simulation plug-in or hardware is the interaction in a room between the guitar and an amplifier turned up loud. Enter Acoustic Feedback – because this plug-in does precisely that. Whether you just want single notes to keep hanging a little longer and gently fade to sustained feedback or you want instant and rampant howls for your noise rock, Acoustic Feedback is your friend. 

Acoustic Feedback comes bundled with a limited version of the White amp from Vintage Amp Room.

Features

  • Realistic simulation (physical modeling) of guitar feedback
  • Fully responsive to vibratos, bends, slides, tremolos etc
  • Simple user interface: Control amount of feedback with the Feedback knob, and the sensitivity with the Tolerance switch
  • Compatible with MIDI foot controls
  • Includes a stripped down*, but extremely useful, version of the White amp from Vintage Amp Room
  • Please note: Due to careless handling of the White amp, only the Master Volume and Mic position controls remain intact. All other pots have been broken off. Or something like that…

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Electrum Amp Simulator by United Plugins (Paid)

Electrum is the all-in-one single-screen guitar solution. The last amplifier and pedalboard your guitar will ever need. It matches any guitar style or technique. Rhythm guitar or solo. From jazz to modern metal. Achieve perfect sound for any electric guitar quickly and easily with all options available within a single window.

Features

Everything at Your Finger-tips

Ergonomy means efficiency. Most (even great sounding) guitar software products on the market suffer from the lack of the mentioned above. Don’t dive deep into menus, don’t look for hidden options. Electrum has every option in one screen to provide you with the fastest way from your idea to the perfect sound.

Smart Input Setting

Hit the ‘Analyse Input Level’ button and hit the strings of your guitar as hard as you intend to play. Electrum will set up the input level automatically to find the perfect sweet spot to match your signal’s strength, providing the ideal working point for each of the particular processors. Perfect gain-staging and volume balance helps to get the most out of Electrum.

Sound Like Your Heroes

EQ Matching is Electrum’s secret weapon. Make your guitar sound similar to the tracks that are already out there and you admire. Just load your favourite guitar performances into your track and loop-play them to analyze. Then analyze your guitar sound and let Electrum do the automatic match with incredible accuracy.

All Amps in One

Any guitar, any style. Electrum provides five guitar amps of different levels of gain and distortion. They share common controls for quick and easy setup with no confusion. United Plugins analyzed the most profound amps on the market and created Electrum with these in mind. But they also added several perks, which let you create an amp that is truly yours.

300+ Cabinets

Electrum’s unique guitar cab simulation brings 16 types of cabinet simulations combined with 21 alterations, over 300 models. Then it lets you add resonances and ambience. And it’s no simple IR set, our cabinet produces a great natural sound no IRs can provide.

The Best of all Distortions

Are you into rock and metal? Distortion pedals give clarity to the low end and get you some further drive you need. Electrum provides 3 of them and these again share the common controls for perfect user experience and fast workflow.

Double-Tracking Made Simple

Until now you probably used the classic double-tracking techniques for most guitar parts. So you know how difficult and time consuming it is to record the same thing twice with exactly the same feel and timing. Not anymore. Enable our doubler, record once and you are good to go.

Reverb

A great reverb is essential, especially for great guitar solos. Electrum provides the best of the best. Hall, Room, Plate, Cathedral, Shimmer, Ethereal… You name it. 18 high-end reverb algorithms. They all feature all necessary controls including high and low damping, ducking for the clarity of the guitar performance and much more.

Advanced PolyTuner

Your performance will never be out of tune unless you really want it. Electrum’s super-fast responding and super-accurate poly-tuner is based on advanced spectral analysis. Strike all your strings at once to see which one is out of tune. Or do it one by one with incredible accuracy.

Multi-Modulation

The Modulation section usually includes several stomp-boxes. United Plugins decided to merge them into one to let you blend unique effects. Chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, sweeper and any combination. How about a sweerus or trenger?

Delay? Just a Delay?

Flexible double-tap delay with sync, modulation, saturation… What more would you expect from a guitar delay pedal?

Magic EQ

A simple 7 bands EQ pedal with HP and LP filters would do the job for most guitar tones. But Electrum’s equalizer goes further. Long-time experience and the passion for the perfect tone helped us discover the magic guitar frequency (X) which will give your guitar tone something extra. You need to hear that!

Unnatural Order = Freedom

Electrum’s lets you easily reorder the modules it provides if you want to be extra creative. Perhaps you’d like the reverb heavily amped and then sent to a flanger? Maybe you’d like to try the distortion pedal after the amp? Maybe it is impossible with hardware, but certainly not for Electrum!

Tons of Presets

A lot of producers and professional guitarists were involved in creating the presets for Electrum. Not only you have the global presets that give you the perfect start but each section (each effect) can load and save its presets, too. Everything for a great workflow, so that you can play your guitar instead of clicking your mouse.

Choose your GUI style

Some people like 3D graphics better, some prefer flat design. Electrum provides both. You may choose which GUI suits your more and switch between 3D and 2D at any time. The graphic style has NO effect on the sound nor the CPU load.

Hassle-free software protection

No iLok, no dongle nor internet access is required for activation. United Plugins software uses licence files to activate your software. You can freely use the purchased software on all your computers as long as you are the user.

Realistic 3D Yet Flexible GUI

The photorealistic graphic user interface of the plugin gives you the feeling you are touching the real hardware. But it easily adapts to your needs. You can always drag the arrow in the bottom right corner to change its size – make it smaller to save valuable screen space, or enlarge it to make it easier to use.

64-bit Audio Quality at ANY Sampling Rate

The plugin provides the maximum audio quality you can get. It uses internal 64-bit audio processing and can handle any sampling rate. 192 kHz or even higher.

Smart Bypass

The intelligent way our plugins manage bypassing ensures that you don’t get any clicks or harmful noises when automating the parameter. It also compensates for latency ensuring that the bypass states are perfectly in sync with each other.

Intelligent Sleep on Silence

This plugin intelligently detects whether it makes sense to perform processing at all. And if not, it temporarily turns on sleep mode. In such a state, it requires virtually no CPU at all saves the computing sources for other processes.

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inValve Effects Amp Simulator by Audified (Paid)

2nd generation of plug-ins simulating proven valve devices with exact modelling of analog circuits and valve characteristics.

These affordable plugins were originally prepared for TC PowerCore, but they now run on native platforms (VST2/VST3/AU/AAX). The latest version is 64 bit and supports the current versions of operating systems. Plug-ins can handle 1-8 channels without a need to use the special multichannel version (standard and multi-channels versions merged into one universal version).

Features

  • inValve Preamp: a precise software emulation of a tube amplifier. The sound is not affected too much, it adds just warmth and smoothness you need for analog-like mixes
  • inValve Compressor: emulation of a standard analog compressor utilising the characteristics of tubes
  • inValve Equaliser: a four-band parametric EQ with additional HP and LP filters.

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Amplifikation Matchlock Amp Simulator by Kuassa (Paid)

Amplifikation Matchlock is inspired by Fender* combo amps and thanks to the 3rd gen Tube Simulation engine guarantees a more dynamic natural sounding, realistic amp recording experience for guitarists.

Features

  • 3 amp types, taken influence from Fender’s* popular amps ; Twin Reverb*, Super Reverb*, Custom Vibrolux Reverb*.
  • 2 channels for each amp; Clean and Boosted.
  • Power amp Sag and Bias feature / Five types of cabinets / High pass and low pass filters.
  • Seven types of workhorse mics: Shure* SM57, Sennheiser* MD421, Sennheiser* MD441, Shure* KSM313, Royer* R121, AKG* C414, Neumann* TLM103.
  • Freely adjustable dual-miking with mono or stereo configuration, just like a real-life guitar recording session with mix option.
  • Noise Gate and Limiter / Photorealistic graphics for lifelike guitar playing experience.
  • Straightforward and easy to use interface / Supports up to 8x oversampling.

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BIAS Amp 2 Elite Amp Simulator by Positive Grid (Paid)

BIAS AMP 2 is the ultimate virtual amp designer, authentically recreating the tone and feel of real tube amplifiers, while allowing you to mix and match components to create your ideal amp. You can use Amp Match to clone the tone of real hardware or a guitar track, or connect to the ToneCloud® to gain access to thousands of custom amps from artists and recording studios, or upload your own custom tones to the cloud. 

Features

  • New Dynamic Tone Engine
  • New Preamp Power Amp
  • New Tone Stacks and Transformers
  • New Cabinets Module with Dual Miking
  • New Tubes Cabs and Mic Options
  • New RTA EQ
  • New User Interface
  • New Amp Match Technology
  • 100 New Amp Match presets
  • Blues Expansion Pack
  • Bass Expansion Pack
  • New IR Loader File Manager

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Archetype: Nolly by Neural DSP (Paid)

Four state-of-the-art tube amplifier models of Nolly’s own modified amplifiers are at the core of this plugin. Perfectly captured for an uncannily natural feel, covering the vast tonal range the modern guitarist or producer requires in its entirety.

The result is a crystal-clear Clean, a beautifully rich Crunch, a massive sounding Rhythm and a powerful and defined Lead. The crown jewels of Nolly’s collection of guitar amplifiers are now at your disposal.

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L12X Solid State Amplifier Amp Simulator by Audiority (Free)

L12X is an analogue simulation inspired by the Marshall® Lead 12™ solid state amplifier of the late ‘80s. The original head was an op-amp based amplifier: instead of using tubes or transistors, the op-amp is able to provide a huge amount of gain with very little or no distortion. However, when the amplified signal reaches the voltage applied to power the op-amp, it gets clipped. Marshall engineers exploited that to provide a great sounding amplifier with very few components.

Features

  • Analog Modelled Solid State Amplifier
  • 2 Channels (Clean/Boost)
  • 3 bands tone stack
  • Contour
  • Integrated Cabinet Simulator
  • Resizable interface
  • No License File required

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Blue Cat’s Free Amp by Blue Cat Audio (Free)

Blue Cat’s Free Amp is a free guitar amp simulation plug-in offering three amp models created with the acclaimed Blue Cat’s Destructor amp simulation modeller.

Inspired by legendary guitar amplifiers from the real world, the included “classic clean”, “classic drive” and “modern drive” amp models cover a wide range of guitar amp tones, from clean vintage sounds from the early days of electric guitar to modern high gain metal tones.

Features

  • Free guitar amp simulation plug-in
  • 3 amp models inspired by legendary amplifiers: “classic clean”, “classic drive” and “modern drive”
  • Simulations based on the Destructor dynamic distortion and amp modelling engine
  • No latency
  • Full MIDI control and automation support with silent, zipper-free parameters update, advanced response control and MIDI Learn
  • No CPU load on idle: when the plug-in is fed with silence, the processing smoothly shuts down, to optimize the CPU usage of your Digital Audio Workstation
  • Customizable user interface with transparency management and zoom
  • Smooth Bypass: activate/deactivate the plug-in with absolutely no noise
  • Undo/Redo
  • Full-featured integrated presets manager
  • Copy/paste the state of the plug-in between instances using the system clipboard
  • Any sample rate supported

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AmpliTube 5 CS by IK Multimedia (Free)

AmpliTube Custom Shop offers a revolutionary new way to expand your virtual gear library: however you want! Over 400 gear models, available to demo and purchase a la carte, so you can unlock just the gear you want or need.

To start, you’ll get 42 iconic, “must-have” pedals, amps, speakers, cabinets, mics and rack FX. They’re yours free, forever, to use stand-alone or as a plug-in in your favorite recording software.

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Guitar Rig 6 Player by Native Instruments (Free)

GUITAR RIG 6 PLAYER is a free effects processor – great for building effects chains to warm up a signal, and of course for recording guitar. The included FACTORY SELECTION provides a British-style tube amp and matched cabinet, plus 13 effects and tools.

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The Best Vocoder VST Plugins (Free & Paid) 2022

We all love the sound of the vocoder. But which are the best vocoder VST plugins available today? We show you below the top vocoder plugins (free & paid).

Vocoder by Softube (Paid)

Softube Vocoder delivers the sensations of vintage machines with Softube sound quality and workflow. A built-in six-voice carrier synth with MIDI capability and an easy-to-use Attack Hold Decay Envelope, plus a visionary Freeze section, mean that you’re in for an array of sonic spectacle and revelry. Which is to say, you’re gonna have a real good time.

Features

  • The look and feel of vintage vocoding with Softube innovations
  • High-quality Softube sound, excellent shaping tools, and an inspiring workflow
  • A superb six-voice polyphonic carrier synth with four selectable waveforms and MIDI capability
  • An easy-to-use Attack Hold Decay Envelope
  • Transpose Chord Mode lets you create a chord with the on-screen keyboard and then transpose it via MIDI Notes
  • Control of plosive and high-frequency consonant sound reproduction via the Unvoiced section
  • Stereo widening that adjusts the amount of spread between even and odd bands
  • Spectral Tilt to swiftly set the spectral weight of the vocoder output
  • Variable band selection between 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20 bands
  • Unique Freeze section that allows rhythmic hold of certain formants manually and via MIDI Notes or a DAW Sync
  • Shape section that controls slop of resynthesis and Emphasis section to manage the response of each band
  • Add subtle vibrato to dramatic wobble effects with the Pitch Modulation section

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Vocodex Vocoder by Image Line (Paid)

Vocodex is simply one of the best sounding vocoders on the market today. Try the demo and hear why Vocodex is the last word in vocoding.

Features

  • Speech enhancement contouring of noise or modulator pass-through.
  • Modulator noise reduction to reduce ambient noise bleeding through carrier.
  • Voice doubling and reverb capabilities.
  • Built-in Soundgoodizer for limiting and warm output.
  • Up to 100 bands individually locatable anywhere in the spectrum.
  • Band unison to create a fat & lush sound.
  • Sidechain carrier & or modulator input.
  • Inbuilt carrier synthesizer powered by Sytrus.
  • & more per-band effects to discover…
  • only compatible with Windows operating systems.

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MVocoder Vocoder by MeldaProduction (Paid)

Robotic voices, singing synthesizers, morphing between multiple audio materials. That’s MVocoder, a vocoder with ultimate audio quality and extreme range of features as usual.

Features

  • The most advanced user interface on the market – stylable, resizable, GPU accelerated
  • Unique visualisation engine with classic meters and time graphs
  • exceptionally versatile modulators
  • Adjustable oscillator shape technology
  • 4 multiparameters
  • M/S, single channel, up to 8 channels surround processing…
  • Smart randomisation
  • Automatic gain compensation (AGC)
  • Safety limiter
  • Adjustable up-sampling 1x-16x
  • MIDI controllers with MIDI learn
  • Very fast, optimised for SSE/SSE2/SSE3 processors
  • Global preset management and online preset exchange
  • Supports VST, VST3, AU and AAX interfaces on Windows & Mac, both 32-bit and 64-bit
  • No dongle nor internet access is required for activation
  • Free-for-life updates

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RoCoder Vocoder by Rob Papen (Paid)

The RoCoder name is very close to that of the original Vocoders given title. However, as always with – Rob Papen – products you will find that there are many new and creative features onboard, so don’t expect a regular Vocoder!

Alongside a 32-band Vocoder, RoCoder also features an Additive mode, a combined Vocoder + Additive mode, Noise mode, Tuned Noise mode, and a Tuned Comb mode!

These new modes allow you to create many new types of sound next to the top-notch Vocoder sound!

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Vocoder V Vocoder by Arturia (Paid)

Vocoder V takes the iconic 16-Band Vocoder and retrofits it with advanced synth, sampler, and modulation capabilities. Venture beyond the classic robot voice with a sound that truly speaks for itself.

Features

  • 16 channel Vocoder virtual-analogue modelling
  • Integrated Synth Section: Dual-oscillator with FM, Waveshaping capabilities, Hard sync and fixed frequencies options, Chord and glide features, Stereo enhancing “ensemble” function.
  • External voice input with pitch tracking feature
  • Integrated Sample Player Engine: Cycle and keyboard play modes to play back up to 12 samples, 700+ included factory samples, Time-stretching to sync loops in bars to DAW bpm
  • Vocoder bands rerouting from patch bay
  • Advanced modulation capabilities (envelope follower, LFO and controls assignment)
  • 11 integrated effect types (Reverb Phaser, Flanger, Chorus, Overdrive, Delay, …)
  • Advanced Brightness, Timbre, Time and Movement macro controls
  • Over 250 factory presets

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La Voz Cantante Vocoder by MV’s Plugins (Free)

An FFT-based 1024-channel vocoder. The modulator input – usually a sung or simply spoken voice – is analyzed with respect to its spectral content, which is then applied to the other sound source. The latter may be any externally supplied signal ranging from pink noise, synth pads, guitar, or even drums. Alternatively, there is an internal, MIDI-driven synth that is optimized for best speech reproduction fidelity. You can blend the high frequencies with noise for natural-sounding sibilants. There is also a noise gate, a compressor, and a stereo reverb onboard.

Features

  • FFT based 1024-channel vocoder.
  • Stereo inputs for carrier and modulator, respectively.
  • Optional MIDI input to drive internal synth as carrier.
  • Polyphony with unlimited number of voices.
  • Up to three voices per note with adjustable relative detuning and stereo width.
  • Octave, semitone and fine tuning controls.
  • Option of noise blending for improved sibilant formation.
  • Built-in modulator noise gate with indicator.
  • Built-in soft knee limiter with color-coded LED indicator.
  • Built-in stereo reverb.
  • Master volume control with output clipping indicator.
  • LED indicators for inputs and outputs for quick check of signal routing.
  • FFT based 1024-channel vocoder.
  • Stereo inputs for carrier and modulator, respectively.
  • Optional MIDI input to drive internal synth as carrier.
  • Polyphony with unlimited number of voices.
  • Up to three voices per note with adjustable relative detuning and stereo width.
  • Octave, semitone and fine tuning controls.
  • Option of noise blending for improved sibilant formation.
  • Built-in modulator noise gate with indicator.
  • Built-in soft knee limiter with color-coded LED indicator.
  • Built-in stereo reverb.
  • Master volume control with output clipping indicator.
  • LED indicators for inputs and outputs for quick check of signal routing.

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TAL-Vocoder Vocoder by TAL (Free)

TAL-Vocoder is a vintage vocoder emulation with 11 bands that emulates the sound of vocoders from the early 80’s. It includes analog modeled components in combination with digital algorithms such as the SFFT (Short-Time Fast Fourier Transform). This vocoder does not make a direct convolution of the carrier and modulation signal as other digital vocoders maybe do. It includes an envelope follower for every of the eleven bands. This vocoder is optimized for voice processing and includes some algorithms for consonants to make the voice more intelligible.

The carrier signal is a VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) with a Pulse, Saw, Noise and SubOsc. But it’s also possible to use the left stereo input as carrier. This way every sound source can be used as carrier signal. This plug-in supports every sample rate. 

Features

  • 11 band vocoder engine.
  • Internal carrier synth (pulse, saw, sub osc, noise, mono, poly, portamento, sync mode, tune).
  • Possiblity to route an external carrier signal.
  • Harmonic control (adds more harmonics to any carrier signal)
  • “Ess” enhancer for a clean understandable voice, also with a carrier that hasnt much high frequencies.
  • Clip LED, glows if the input signal will be clipped.
  • Panic button stopps hanging notes within the synth.
  • Documentation shows different routing possiblities.
  • Low CPU usage.

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The Best Saturation VST Plugins (Free & Paid) 2022

Saturation: the secret ingredient for your mixes. It creates imperfection which everybody loves. We bring you below the best saturation VST plugins in free & paid format.

SSL Native X-Saturator Saturation by Solid State Logic (Paid)

Saturation is a mix engineer’s secret weapon. Add a little to a vocal, and it pops right out of a mix. Sprinkle some on a snare, and suddenly it’s cracky and full of life. Pile it on drum overheads for an aggressive sound that will grab your listeners by their ears. X-Saturator tackles all these tasks and more with aplomb.

Choose from second-order valve-style distortion, third-order transistor distortion, or blend the two for a perfect combination of tube warmth and transistor iron. Use X-Saturator with a light touch or drive it into grotesque, mangled distortion, which can be tucked back with the Shape control or folded underneath a mix with the Wet/Dry knob. Creamy and warm or biting and fierce, you’ve never heard a saturation plug-in quite like the SSL X-Saturator.

Features

  • Saturation plug-in with a huge range of distortion characteristics
  • Adds pleasing analog-style even- and odd-order harmonics
  • Choose from valve saturation or transistor saturation or blend the two
  • Control the edge of the distortion, ranging from smooth to hard
  • Wet/Dry knob for processing in parallel

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RC-20 Retro Color Saturation by XLN Audio (Paid)

RC-20 Retro Color is a creative effect plugin that adds life and texture to any recording. It easily recreates the warm, cozy feeling of vintage recording equipment, but also works perfectly in any modern production setting.

  • Adds life and texture inspired by classic gear
  • Great on drums, guitars, keys, bass and full mixes
  • Flux Engine adds warm, analog-style fluctuations

Features

6 Unique FX Modules

RC-20’s six unique FX modules can replicate everything from vinyl records to VHS machines, adding noise, wobble and dropouts to your tracks. Its raw distortion and crunchy bit reduction will add grit to your bass and drums. The space and chorus effects will make your guitar sing like never before and the filtering effects fit right into the most modern club track.

Flux Engine

Our exclusive Flux Engine adds subtle (or not so subtle) instability and fluctuations to all of the FX modules, providing the character, warmth and analog goodness of yesteryear’s best technology.

Magnitude Slider

The Magnitude slider controls the intensity of all processing. Easily accessible all the time — even when browsing presets — it makes it easy to find the perfect sound and processing amount. Automate this control for awesome intros, breakdowns and transitions in your song.

Presets

The included presets for drums, keys, guitars, bass, full mixes and post-production let you get to work right away. The RC-20 interface invites experimentation, and you can access the processing amount of each FX module while browsing.

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Tape Saturation by Softube (Paid)

Time to get reel! Softube’s Tape plug-in adds cohesion and weight to your mixes. But Tape goes far beyond your average tape machine emulation. It includes three distinctly different tape machine types, and it offers the ease of use and low CPU strain that today’s music creators rightfully expect. 

Features

  • Realistic analog tape sound
  • Three tape machine types included
  • Easy to use
  • Low CPU usage
  • Includes Tape Multitrack which can be used in the MixFX slot of Presonus Studio One—adding individual channel crosstalk and single interface control of all tracks

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Distinct! Saturation by Kiive Audio (Paid)

Based on the incredible harmonic saturation found in the Overstayer: Modular Channel “Distinct!” packs all of those rich harmonic characteristics into an easy to use plugin.

Create subtle saturation to warm up drums, vocals, and mix bus, or drive this plugin into oblivion to create crazy fuzz bass tones, distorted vocal fx, and insane synth sounds. Use the added HF and LF knob to shape your sound before hitting the distortion.

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DAW Cassette Saturation by Klevgrand (Paid)

DAW Cassette brings back the magic era of the 1980s by emulating the sound of a tape deck. Saturation, distortion, noise, wobble, it’s all there. While there’s no real rational logic to it, the sound color gives us chills down the spines, (or it might be the mullet haircut that tickles). Fresh.

Choose your preferred level of cassetteness with the different controls for input/output gain, tape/motor/head quality, and tape/noise type. Now, look in the mirror and get stunned by your new mullet haircut.

Features

  • Choose between three different tape types (Normal, Chrome, Metal)
  • Control the noise level with Dolby emulation (including a noise-free option, Dolby K)
  • Tape-, head- and motor quality knobs for dialing in the perfect sound
  • Additional input gain, output gain, and dry/wet mix parameters

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MIA Thin Saturation by MIA Laboratories (Free)

The most delicate member of the group, adds brilliance without harshness.

Recommended for dull sounds, will make them louder on smaller systems such as laptops, phones etc.

Dull sounding material becomes eloquently more defined especially on smaller systems such as laptops, smartphones, headphones etc.

Lift up that track and give it some ethereal essence.

Features

  • Lift up that track and give it some ethereal essence.
  • Recommended for material that may sound dull.

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FreeAMP Saturation by Klevgrand (Free)

ven though FreeAMP may look simple, all the algorithms from Klevgrand’s amplifying modeler plugin REAMP are still in there. In this free version, they’ve combined their favourite profiles from REAMP into one universal profile.

When processing audio through FreeAMP you’ll get the sound of tape and tube saturation at the same time. It can be used on anything that needs to be vitalized, from single tracks, stems, or full mixes. And the best thing is that it is totally free!

Features

  • Carefully trimmed combination of a modelled tape algorithm and a tube algorithm
  • Super-simple and friendly interface

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