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OUTPUT FAVORITES: Freebies

There’s no shortage of free plug-ins, but which ones are truly worth it? We curated our top 12 must-have free tools for music making.


 

1. SIGNAL Free by Output

Test drive our SIGNAL Free demo version of the world’s most powerful pulse engine. Bringing a new approach to pulses with 2GB of mega-fat analog synths & artfully recorded live instruments for mind-blowing sounds.


 

2. SoundMagic Spectral by Michael Norris

A set of 23 wide-ranging effects specializes on real-time spectral sound processing and definitely a must-have! Easy to use and great for more simplistic elements in your mix to give new life and create fascinatingly unique results.

 

3. frohmage by ohmforce

Not only does it look funkilicious, but this goofy effect creates epic results. Great fun for atmospheric sound design effects…Here we used this crazy filter with the sample of a marble in a bowl and morphed it to sound as if it’s going through a giant water tunnel.

 


Dive into the studio session with producer P.Morris on capturing happy accidents and collaborating with a vocalist.


 

4. CamelCrusher by Camel Audio

If you make experimental music, leveraging the strength of randomization is crucial to the creative process. CamelCrusher’s randomization features two different distortion sounds that aids the composer to blend a wide range of timbral options with a single button.

 

5. Fracture by Glitchmachines

Forward-thinking tools from Glitchmachines are mad fun. Fracture is a buffer effect with an oddly intuitive interface for abstract textures and produces unpredictable results. Hysteresis is also a gnarly glitch delay processor for incredibly wild signal mutations definitely worth digging into.

 

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6. FreqEcho by ValhallaDSP

Cool delay plugin for subtle to extreme effects messing with the pitch of the delays or detuning the pitch of each delay. Valhalla describes this frequency shifter/analog echo emulator as “skull melting chaos.” Yum.

 

7. Audio Treasure by Max For Cats

Nothing is sweeter than a happy accident…and nothing worse than forgetting what you just did. Producer P.Morris shared this one during his studio session at Output and we have been obsessed since! Audio Treasure runs on your master track constantly recording audio into a 2 minute ring-buffer. Write it to disc and re-import into Live to save you those stress lines.

 


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8. Saturation Knob by Softube

A modeled output distortion dials in well placed harmonics for more body on your sounds and kicks. Plug it in and play with the parameters to hear what happens with a simple and clean single knob interface. Offers a bit more coloration than your built-in saturation options on Live/DAW of choice.

 

9. Vinyl by iZotope

Solid LoFi tool to dial in the warmth and vintage flair we all love from retro vinyls. A great effect in shaping small to big sections of your arrangement and give them a new feeling altogether with hisses, crackles, and saturation options.

 

10. Neutrino by iZotope

Sugar, spice, and everything nice! A subtle, versatile effect that adds the ‘shimmer’ by enhancing the clarity of your track. Simple to use with four modes (Voice, Instrument, Bass, Drums) to tinker with and polish your mix.

 

11. Anarchy Rhythms by Anarchy Effects

A hybrid between an effect and a drum machine to compose rhythmic patterns from the sonic timbre of your input by applying a user-controlled matrix of amplitude modulation, bandpass filtering, feedback loops, internal oscillation and compression.

 

12. Rack Spacer by Boz Digital Labs

We will let synthman speak for us on this one.

 

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