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GTO, GTX, QB-3 and ClipStar are all released for free – Compressors, EQ and clipper

Thanks to the generous Bedroom Producers Blog, who are kindly hosting my downloads, I can release a few more plugins without worrying about dropbox limits, so here’s a fresh batch….

Today’s freeware fun brings you two muscle-car compressors, a character EQ and an innovative clipper.


GTOGTXGTO and GTX are a pair of vintage style ‘character’ compressors, designed like their muscle car name-sakes for brute power, pure speed and to make a loud noise. They have everything you’d expect in a thorough-bred compressor, but are tuned for maximum control and ease of use, each with their own unique vintage colouring on top.

GTO is a peak compressor, designed for raw power and lightning response. GTX has a smoother RMS delivery with further refinement in the shape of a knee control. They both feature super-fast attack and release times and have a wide range of threshold, ratio and output boost, so they can cover everything from subtle correction to death-by-compression, with everything in between. With an external sidechain, wet/dry mix for NY compression and a hard limiter too, you can really push these babies to get pumping bass and block-rockin’ beats. The metering covers input, output and gain reduction, showing real-time and peak levels.

Download GTO
Download GTX


 

QB3QB3 is a vintage-style, 3-band EQ plug-in, with its own unique colouring and a few tricks up its sleeve. For each band you can adjust the centre frequency and gain. For the low and high shelving bands you can adjust the steepness of the slope, whilst for the mid peaking band you can adjust the bandwidth. This allows a range of sounds from steep, sharp cuts to smooth and gentle boosts. But the Queen Bee is not a super clean and transparent plug-in. QB-3 features a pleasing combination of harmonics, saturation and low level noise to bring a subtle mojo to your sound. You also have the option to switch on a 40Hz cut to boost your low frequency headroom and a limiter to curb any peaks.

Download QB-3


 

ClipStarClipStar is a soft clipper effect plugin, designed to prevent peaks in a subtler way than hard clipping, increase loudness and add pleasing saturation.

Where ClipStar differs from other clippers is that it can leave the low frequencies untouched, where distortion is more evident, and allow a greater boost in gain without noticeably degrading the signal. You can use ClipStar for peak protection, for loudness gain or for sympathetic distortion depending on your mood and the phase of the moon.

Download ClipStar


 

All of these plugins used to be payware, but are now free to download. However, if you like and use any of my plugins, please consider donating to Cancer Research UK in order to help care for and find a cure for cancer sufferers.

cruk_c_logoAny amount you can afford is appreciated and will help to fund international research projects in all aspects of cancer.


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unstable – pitch modulation VST – is released for free

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unstable likes to mess around with your audio pitch, with 3 subtle pitch modulation modes to simulate the unpredictable but lovable pitch instability of an old tape machine or an analogue synth. It doesn’t only do subtle though, you can also put it in ‘insane’ mode if you’d rather just FSU

features

  • 3 modes of continuously random pitch modulation
    • buzz – rapid, fuzzy modulation
    • wobble – medium, jerky modulation
    • drift – slow, gentle modulation
  • adjustable frequency and level for each modulation mode
  • master level mode to adjust overall subtlety of effect
  • wet / dry mix level control
  • insane mode – removes all subtlety and smacks your pitch up
  • all controls mapped to midi CC values


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used to be a payware plugin, but is now free to download. However, if you like and use any of my plugins, please consider donating to Cancer Research UK in order to help care for and find a cure for cancer sufferers.

cruk_c_logoAny amount you can afford is appreciated and will help to fund international research projects in all aspects of cancer.

Big thanks to Bedroom Producers Blog for hosting the download for unstable!
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truc2 – modulated multi-effect – is now free

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truc2 is a multi-effect plug-in with 4 different effect modules and two automated XY pads to modulate their levels and parameters. It is designed to add variation and movement, anywhere along the scale of subtle to overkill and is suitable for any material

The 4 effect modules are DIRT, GRAIN, RING and DELAY. The first XY pad modulates the volume/mix level of each module, whilst the second XY pad modulates any 4 of the 15 automatable parameters. Both XY pads can be moved manually and additionally automated with a variety of LFO shapes, speeds and depths

truc2 is a complete rewrite of the original from new. The main improvements over the first version are;

  • Correct real-time rendering of all XY modulations
  • Enhanced XY pad LFO modulation options
  • XY pucks can be dragged whilst being modulated by LFO
  • Graphical representation of modulations on XY pads and parameter knobs
  • More dirt options
  • More ring mod / pan / vol mod options
  • Completely new GUI

features

  • 4 effect modules
    • DIRT – 18 flavours of distortion, 3 types of degrading and a resonant state-variable filter
    • GRAIN – Tempo-sync Granulising with 6 envelope shapes and pitch/size/rate randomisation
    • RING – Ring modulation with LFO, 14 tones, 11 LFO waveforms, vol and pan modulation
    • DELAY – Tempo-sync delay with reverse, ping-pong and resonant LP filter
  • 2 XY pads with simultaneous manual and automatic modulation
    • Modulate the effect module overall volume or wet/dry mix level
    • Modulate any 4 from 15 of the parameters in the 4 effect modules
  • Tempo-sync LFO for each XY pad axis, with 16 waveforms and adjustable depth and phase
  • Dragable XY pucks for manual modulation, even when automated by LFO
  • Graphical representation of XY and parameter modulation to see at a glance what is automated
  • 120 presets
  • bonus truc2 mini plug-in

 
truc2 used to be a payware plugin, but is now free to download. However, if you like and use any of my plugins, please consider donating to Cancer Research UK in order to help care for and find a cure for cancer sufferers.

cruk_c_logoAny amount you can afford is appreciated and will help to fund international research projects in all aspects of cancer.

sixtyfive compressor – dbx 165A style – is now free

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sixtyfive is a vintage-style, RMS Compressor, inspired by the dbx® 165A, a classic 1970’s compressor found in many studios, but it also adds a couple of new twists.

It’s a soft-knee RMS compressor with a vintage flavour. The RMS detection and soft-knee help to give a smooth and musical compression experience, the non-linear response imparts character and the gentle saturation brings colour and warmth. As well as all of the originals features, this version adds parallel compression, extended knob ranges and peak metering

sixtyfive can deliver a range of compression from gentle smoothing of vocal performances to brutal slamming of your drum buss. Enjoy!

Note: dbx® is a trademark of dbx Inc. which is not associated with de la Mancha LLP. The trademark is used solely to identify the product that was used as inspiration during the development of the dlM sixtyfive plug-in. Use of the dbx® trademark is for informational purposes only and does not imply an endorsement or sponsorship of de la Mancha products

features

  • Vintage style RMS compressors with non-linear response, parallel compression and comprehensive metering
  • Subtle colouring from a unique blend of harmonics, saturation and noise
  • RMS detection offers natural response
  • Soft Knee makes for a less obvious transition
  • Wet/Dry control allows blending of dry uncompressed signal for phase-free NY style parallel compression
  • Non-linear attack/release curves give unique character
  • Auto attack/release with manual option
  • Manual attack/release has ultra-low values
  • Distortion reduction for very short release times
  • Linked Stereo input detection, can be unlinked
  • Internal or external sidechain routing
  • Additional ‘Internal sidechain only’ version
  • Optional hard limiting on final output
  • Metering covers stereo input, output and gain reduction. All meters show actual and peak levels with adjustable peak hold time
  • LED display to indicate above and below threshold, and in the knee
  • Non-linear knobs for precise control at small values
  • 18 presets covering different configurations


If you would like to donate…

cruk_c_logoIf you like and use any of my plugins, please consider donating to Cancer Research UK in order to help care for and find a cure for cancer sufferers. Any amount you can afford is appreciated and will help to fund international research projects in all aspects of cancer.

GTA compressor now available to download

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GTA is a vintage style ‘character’ compressor, designed like its muscle car name-sake for brute power, pure speed and to make a loud noise. It is stripped down for ease of use and has a unique vintage colouring on top.

GTA is a peak compressor featuring super-fast attack and release times and has a wide range of threshold, ratio and output boost as well as a  wet/dry mix for NY compression. The metering covers input, output and gain reduction, showing both real-time and peak levels.

features

  • Vintage style Peak compressor with parallel compression and comprehensive metering
  • Subtle colouring from a home-made blend of harmonics, saturation and dynamic noise
  • Ultra-fast attack and release times
  • Wet/Dry mix control allows phase-free blending of dry uncompressed signal for NY style parallel compression
  • Distortion reduction for very short release times
  • Metering covers stereo input, output and gain reduction. All meters show actual and peak levels
  • Adjustable peak meter hold time
  • Non-linear knobs for precise control at small values

GTA was previously unavailable to purchase or download, it was an extra bonus plugin if you bought the GTO/GTX compressors. Now they are no longer available to buy, I’d thought I’d let GTA go free.

If you would like to donate…

cruk_c_logoIf you like and use any of my plugins, please consider donating to Cancer Research UK in order to help care for and find a cure for cancer sufferers. Any amount you can afford is appreciated and will help to fund international research projects in all aspects of cancer.

the original truc back for download

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truc is a multi-effect VST plug-in, with 4 banks of effects controlled by the movement of 2 pucks. The top puck controls the level of each effect bank, the bottom puck modulates any 4 of 13 parameters within the effect banks. This allows continuous morphing of the sound by moving the pucks to vary the impact of each effect bank

As well as manually controlling each puck (either by mouse or midi controller) you can lock the pucks together and/or set them to move automatically, either randomly or by a configurable LFO, all in sync with your project tempo

truc was co-developed by de la Mancha and sink for the KVR Developer Challenge 2007 where it finished in 4th place. It was replaced when truc 2 was released as payware, but now it is back available for download (since none of the payware is available anymore).

Note: truc is primarily a ‘live performance’ plugin and is written in a way as to minimise CPU use. This means the modulation you hear in real-time is not rendered in the usual way in your host. Instead, you will need to record the audio in real-time in your host or use an audio recorder plugin (see below for details)

features

  • 4 effect banks
    • dirtifier – overdrive, bit crush, sample rate, variable state filter
    • modulator – flanger, tempo sync LFO modulates auto-pan or ring mod
    • delay – tempo sync delay with reverse, ping-pong and LP filter options
    • granulator – tempo sync granulator, pitch shift and gate with random options
  • 2 independent xy pucks control;
    • effect bank wet/dry level and/or relative volume
    • any 4 of 13 effect parameters
  • set the minimum levels of the pucks to change the sensitivity
  • lock bottom puck to the top puck to control both with one movement
  • either or both pucks can be independently set to ‘auto’, which moves the puck either randomly or by a configurable LFO, all in sync with host tempo
  • seeded randomisation with option to loop
  • switch unused effect banks off saves CPU
  • master volume and wet/dry levels
  • over 100 presets, from subtle to mental
  • all controls have MIDI CC’s assigned with MIDI learn option


Rendering and real-time audio recording

The focus of truc is as a live performance tool, and minimising CPU is an important factor. To achieve this, truc has been written in a way that uses a low CPU method for modulating the pucks and effects, but the minor drawback is that this modulation is not rendered in the usual way from your host. To get technogeeky for a minute, truc uses the GUI processes for modulation, instead of the Audio processes, which means that it doesn’t work if you can’t see it on the screen (if you minimise the plugin window, you will not hear the modulation). This means Rendering or Freezing will not capture the modulations within truc either and it will sound static

Solution: You will need to record the audio from the mixer channel containing truc as real-time audio in your host, with truc visible on the screen.

Most hosts can do real-time recording in a few simple steps, recording the mixer channel output to .wav, which you then import back into your project. If your host does not support this function, you can use Voxengo Recorder to perform the same function

We appreciate that this extra step is more work for you, but if the modulation was done in the usual way, then truc would eat 50-60% of your CPU for breakfast and demand “More!”. This way, truc is useable in a live or studio situation and keeps to a strict CPU diet

combover comes back from the archives

comboverdownloadcombover is a comb delay, and four more comb delays, and a step sequencer that does odd things, and a pool of prime numbers that make stuff happen, and some mix n match pitch detection. It also has an xy pad and wet / dry controls that let some stuff through and other stuff not. It does crazy stuff, you should stop reading these words and find out for yourself.

combover was developed by de la Mancha and runagate, who together formed the evil alliance. It hasn’t been available for download for a while, but following the new dlM wordpress site, I am going to carry on uploading a few archived and previously unavailable plugins. Hope you enjoy the madness 🙂

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thrummaschine

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thrummaschine is a 3-band distortion effect with independant, LFO-driven filters. Make your bass, mid and high frequencies oscillate at different speeds, shapes and pan, with whatever flavour and level of distortion you dial in for each band

!!WARNING!! Thrummaschine is capable of nasty loudness if you push the settings hard, keep volumes low while you play with the controls

features

  • 3 user-defined bands for bass, mid and high freqencies, with overlap if required
  • 3 filters with tempo-sync LFO, for each freq band
  • overdrive, distortion and bitcrush effects
  • send level for each band to each effect
  • pan and volume for each band

envy

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envy is a two channel, midi-triggered volume envelope plug with added features

features

  • 2 envelopes, for L&R channel
  • 2 ‘hit me’ buttons to start each envelope independantly
  • control both envelopes from one ‘hit me’ if required
  • run both L&R channels through one envelope if required
  • ‘hit me’ can be assigned to any midi key and can be latched if required
  • either or both channels can be inverted so volume decreases instead of increases

moot

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moot is a flexible audio mute plugin with a number of additional features. The mute switch (Hit Me) can be assigned to a single midi keyboard key and act in 3 ways

  • as a latch (one press mute, release stays muted, next press unmute, release stays unmuted)
  • in default mode (hold down to mute, release to play audio)
  • in invert mode (hold down to play audio, release to mute)

The minimum and maximum volume can be set so that as well as muting, moot can act as a switch between a high and low volume

In addition there is an audio gate to chop the audio and a smooth control to add a small attack/decay between changes

features

  • specify any midi key as the trigger
  • can act as a mute, unmute or latch
  • can switch between lower and upper volume settings
  • tempo sync gate with smoothing
  • midi learn

black box

black_boxdownloadthe legend

the black box slight disorder was found by pawn shop owner, Jesus “Buffa” Martinez, in the wreckage of a secret experimental gyrocopter that crashed landed in Times Square, New York on Friday 8th January, 1969. Buffa sold it on to an anonymous collector, thought to be a wealthy rock star in a band-du-jour and it has since been stolen, smuggled in and out of all 17 continents, used as a door stop, an assault weapon, integrated into the Soyuz Space Station, survived 2 assasination attempts and came 3rd in last years Big Brother. Although several theories have been put forward, no-one knows exactly how it works. Teams of scientists, engineers, conspiracy theorists and reiki masters have all failed to gain entry to this enigmatic box of tricks. What is known is that it will take an audio input and spit out a modified signal, seemingly using a system of things and other stuff that make you go mmmmmmm.

The rythmic, choppy, buffered and tempo sync output is especially pleasing on drums, but works for most instruments and vocals too. It has no controls, only a red LED display that runs from 000 to 099, each number would appear to change the algorythymic undertones that affect the things and stuff inside differently. Some of these so-called ‘programs’ appear to loop the effect, others don’t. Sometimes the things are faster and the stuff slower, othertimes it’s the opposite.

The original black box is now retired from public life, but de la Mancha was lucky enough to get access for a few short days and using revolutionary new tele-sampling techniques was able to bring you this perfect software emulation of the legendary black box.

 

kitchen sync

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kitchen sync is a tempo-sync complex LFO that modulates 4 functions

  • 4 state filter (LP, HP, BP, notch)
  • flanger
  • volume
  • panning

features

  • tempo-sync LFO with multiple waveforms modulated by second LFO and/or ADSR envelope
  • both LFOs can be synced to start cycle by any midi note on message
  • ADSR envelope can be triggered by any midi note on message
  • 4 effects can be modulated: filter cutoff, flanger, volume, pan
  • LFO 1 phase, depth and offset can be different for each effect
  • LFO 2 phase, strength and origin can be different fo each effect
  • ADSR envelope is independant for each effect
  • LFO depth can be randomised each cycle
  • full midi CC / midi learn
  • plugin wet/dry mix control

fr33some

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fr33some is a 3-band, stereo splitter. You can use it to define 3 frequency ranges for low, mid and high frequencies, and output each band to a different stereo output, for individual processing.

features

  • 3 band splitter
  • Split stereo input into 3 stereo outputs for low, mid and high frequencies
  • 3 frequency ranges are user definable using non-linear knobs
  • Zero phasing band splits using inversion rather than crossover

faderratic

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faderratic brings you cross-fading of 2 stereo inputs, but with a mind of its own and a ton of options to change the fade shape, length, limits, frequency and probability. faderratic works by generating a pulse on a tempo-sync frequency, and depending on the probability it may trigger a cross-fade event. You can optionally make the fader auto-return to either side and if you feel like it, trigger a fade manually or control the fader movement totally manually.

NOTE: faderratic is a multi-input effect plugin, with 2 stereo inputs. You need a host that allows multi-input effects for the cross fading to work. If your host does not allow multi-input effects, you can still use faderratic as a gate, as it will cross-fade 1 stereo input with silence

features

  • probability based auto-cross-fader
  • cross-fade is triggered based on user defined frequency and probability
  • cross-fade duration in ms
  • 13 different envelope shapes for the cross-fade
  • trigger alternate fades or auto-return to either input pair
  • partial fades by scaling the throw and fader limits
  • 4 fade laws
  • manual trigger
  • option to manually control cross-fader
  • all controls assigned to midi CCs

machin

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machin is a random, probability-based, step-sequenced multi-fx device created in partnership with sink

– the step sequencer defines the probability that any single random effect will be triggered on that step
– the weighting defines the probability for each effect that it will be the one that is triggered

features

  • 6 effects (gate, crusher, filter, flanger, delay, reverb)
  • 2-32 step probability sequencer over a cycle of 2-32 beats
  • seeded randomisation with loop repeat over cycle of 2-100 beats
  • swing control for step sequencer
  • any effects can be turned off to save CPU
  • each effect has an attack/decay on triggering and pulse length to determine duration effect is on
  • master wet/dry mix control
  • all controls have MIDI learn

imperfection

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Imperfection is an effect plugin to put some lofi back into your pristine 64bit audio. Who wants hi fidelity reproduction when you can reduce the quality, take out some of that bottom end, add a smear of saturation and bring your noise floor back up. Hmmm, perfectly imperfect

features

  • 4 simple controls to take any lingering perfection away
  • Reduce audio quality to add some gritty texture
  • Filter out the low frequencies for some tinny speaker action
  • Pile on the dirt to give some lovely imperfect distortion
  • Raise your noise floor for some hum and fizz

sfilter

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sfilter creates a stepped filtered sequence, to create gating, sweeps or rhythmic modulation of filter cut-off. It uses a variable state filter, varying between 2 adjustable cut-off values according to a tempo-sync’d step sequencer. An LFO can also modulate the filter for extra movement

features

  • tempo-sync step sequencer, with 2 to 32 steps over a sequence length of 2 to 32 beats
  • resonant variable filter, LP, HP, BP and notch
  • filter cut-off varies between upper and lower cut-off values, in either direction
  • tempo sync LFO, with 6 waveforms and settings from 1/16 beat to 96 beats
  • random swing for step sequencer
  • wet/dry mix control
  • midi CC and midi learn

pfilter

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pfilter creates a steppy, gated effect, but using filter cut-off instead of volume to give a wider range of possibilities. It uses a variable state filter, triggered between 2 adjustable cut-off values by a tempo-sync’d probability-based step sequencer. An LFO can modulate the filter when triggered and trigger pulse length, attack and release can shape the sound

features

  • tempo-sync step sequencer, with 2 to 32 steps over a sequence length of 2 to 32 beats
  • can be programmed or random, by setting the probability of each step from 0-100%
  • seeded randomisation for repeatable loops up to 100 beats long
  • resonant variable filter, LP, HP, BP and notch
  • filter triggered between upper and lower cut-off values, in either direction
  • tempo sync LFO, with 6 waveforms and settings from 1/16 beat to 96 beats
  • adjustable pulse length, attack and decay for shaping the modulation
  • random swing for step sequencer
  • wet/dry mix control
  • midi CC and midi learn

gator

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gator creates a random gating effect, triggering volume between 2 adjustable values by a tempo-sync’d probability-based step sequencer. An LFO can modulate the volume when triggered and trigger pulse length, attack and release can shape the sound

features

  • tempo-sync step sequencer, with 2 to 32 steps over a sequence length of 2 to 32 beats
  • can be programmed or random, by setting the probability of each step from 0-100%
  • seeded randomisation for repeatable loops up to 100 beats long
  • volume triggered between upper and lower cut-off values, in either direction
  • tempo sync LFO, with 6 waveforms and settings from 1/16 beat to 96 beats
  • adjustable pulse length, attack and decay for shaping the modulation
  • random swing for step sequencer
  • wet/dry mix control
  • midi CC and midi learn

therapy

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therapy is an effect plugin that allows you to express your innermost feelings, neurotic ramblings or burning, muderous rage, and have the results presented in full stereo audio psychosis. Instead of the usual knobs or sliders, therapy invites you to type words to generate the psycho-somatic algorhythms that will shape, bend your audio according to your own twisted mind. Express yourself through free association, random babbling or drug-induced, histrionic word-vomiting. Type it in, hear the results, scream at the moon.

Warning: therapy is not a replacement for professional psychological help. Neither am I, I’m as messed up as you are

 features

  •  3 band granulizer effect with absolutely no ability to deliberately control any parameter
  • Word driven controls, even I don’t know how it works, but it does
  • Stares back at you without suggesting how to solve your problems, just like a real therapist
  • What was your relationship with your mother like?

freq show

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freq show screws around with your audio and ouputs an unholy version of whatever you fed it

A – choose 1 from 11, using the power of your ears to decide which you like best

B – like A, but B

mode – choose 1 from 9 ways that A messes up B, or B messes with A

xy pad – using your mouse, a midi pad or sheer will power, move the puck around to influence how much freq show will destroy your audio

boost

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boost is a dual-band, parallel compression effect that enhances your audio by boosting the lows and highs whilst still letting some of the original signal through to get a nice blend. Increase the gain to get more compression, then tweak the low and high band to suit the sound you want. The boost knob increases the mix of compressed audio with the dry signal.

features

  • dual band stereo compressors for low and high frequencies
  • parallel compression mixes dry audio with compressed audio to preserve transients
  • gain reduction indicators so you can see when compressors are working
  • boost knob increases mix of wet signal
  • gain knob increases input gain to desired compression level
  • high and low knob increase output gain of each freq band
  • all knobs are mapped to midi CC’s

D2

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D2 is an all-rounder compressor with an easy to use interface for quickly dialling in some common settings. D2 can be heavy or subtle, razor quick or gentle, clean or dirty and is happy as an insert or buss compressor.

features

  • Stereo compressor with gain reduction meter
  • True stereo, each channel is compressed independently
  • Threshold down to –40dB
  • Ratio 1.5:1 to infinity
  • Attack from 0-30 ms
  • Release from 5ms to 2.4s
  • Make-up gain to 20dB
  • VU meter shows actual and peak levels of gain reduction
  • Dirt option gives added distortion and enhancement
  • All control parameters named and mapped to midi CC

ring thing

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ring thing is a multi-flavour ring modulator, with frequency and mix level controlled by an XY pad and each axis modulated by it’s own tempo-sync LFO. The modulation in both axes is shown graphically on the XY pad.

features

  • 9 flavours of ring modulation, each with a different tonal quality
  • 11 ring modulation waveforms
  • XY pad controls modulation frequency and wet/dry mix level
  • each axis can be modulated by it’s own tempo-sync LFO with depth control
  • 7 LFO waveforms including random
  • each LFO can be damped and inverted
  • graphical display of modulation on the XY pad
  • LFO’s can be asyncronised to add further complexity to the modulation
  • all controls have midi CC and midi learn support

sumo

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sumo is an effect plugin to make any sound as fat as you like

It’s good for fattening up leads and basses, adding some weight to pads, making your vocals chubby and your drums obese. This limited edition japanese import version comes with these instructions;

 Each button for another taste of revolution of lard. From selection detune of pressing, lag and deformation