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Half way there! over £500 raised for Cancer Research and 2 plugins released for free so far, more to come

********** [ THIS FUNDRAISER IS NOW CLOSED ] **********
Thank you to everyone who participated, your generosity is appreciated


 

Thank you to the 44 wonderful people who have donated so far! After this pocruk_c_logo_widgetst you all responded positively to help me to raise over £500 (against a target of £1000) for Cancer Research UK, a deserving charity that funds scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner.

As we made it to the half way mark, I am releasing 2 of the 4 plugins for free, for everyone.

These are both 32 bit Windows VST, previously only available to buy. More info on these plugins is below

If more generous people donate enough to reach £1000, then I will release the other two

 

  • Slix – randomising loop slicer
  • Erratic 2 – drum sample player

 


If you didn’t already donate but wish to do so, you can still help to beat cancer by donating via my JustGiving page – https://www.justgiving.com/de-la-mancha/

The great thing abjg-logo-header-purpleout using JustGiving is that your donation goes directly to Cancer Research UK, so you can be certain that all funds will put to good use. I don’t see, handle or earn any money from this.


Please, please, please, please, please, consider any small donation you can make, it will go directly to Cancer Research UK who fund scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner. They receive no government funding and rely on donations.

If you have ever used and liked any of my free plugins in the past, please consider my request for this small gesture to a cause I believe in and brings hope to humanity of beating this disease one day.

Many thousands of people have downloaded and used my freeware, I simply ask that a small percentage of the good-hearted and community-spirited amongst you support my cause in return. Thank you.


Please note: The main website and plugins are suspended temporarily during this fund raising campaign. Once I reach the £1000 target, they will all return along with the 4 new plugins.


Some info on the plugins…

slixslix is a randomising loop slicer, which switches between up to 4 loops and can shuffle, repeat, reverse and gate the slices of each loop according to user defined probability. Load any 4 loops, sync them to tempo, slice them up and then set probabilities that each loop will play and for each randomising effect per loop. Even the randomness is randomised, with a parameter that varies the probability in a user defined range. slix was co-developed with sink, who also provided the included 295 original loops

features

· Load any 16, 24 or 32 bit, mono or stereo wav file into the 4 loop slots
· 445 MB of original drum loop content (295 loops) by sink covering many electronic genres (breakbeat, dubstep, drum & bass, electro, 8 bit, lofi, vintage, IDM, FSU and glitch)
· Tempo-sync each loop by setting length in beats, allowing stretching or different lengths if desired
· Choose any number of slices per loop
· Slix plays when triggered by any midi note, with volume envelope per loop for fades
· 4 effects with independent parameters per loop
. Reorder – plays slices out of sequence for variation per loop
. Repeat – stutter effect by repeating slices
. Reverse – play the slice backwards
. Gate – add silent gaps into the loop
· Variation range to randomise probabilities
· Normalise and mono options per loop
· Stereo-out and Multi-out versions (slix and slix 4×4)
· Single loop version (slix one) for simpler applications or lower CPU
· 57 presets covering a range of sounds and styles

erratic2erratic 2 is a drum sample player with many randomising and velocity sensitive options to make any drum pattern sound different on each loop. It can be used to add realism or surrealism depending on how you want to set it up. At the core you have a 15 slot drum sampler with 6 velocity layers per slot, each layer can be played according to velocity, cycled (round-robin) or randomly triggered. To vary things up a bit you can determine the hit probability and hit repeat probability for each slot and add a random factor for the velocity, pan and swing for each hit.

In addition to the velocity layers, this update adds velocity-sensitive decay envelopes for volume & filter cut-off, as well as velocity sensitivity to pitch and filter cut-off. Another new feature is the hit repeat probability, with delay time, repeat velocity and velocity sensitive feedback. The step-sequencer is replaced by a more flexible midi / piano-roll triggering, which allows better management of note precision, long patterns and different time signatures. Improvements have been made to give 4 choke groups across all samples, better mute/solo options, sample reverse, sample normalisation, MIDI out, support for 32 bit wavs and more samples than ever before.

features

– Plays any 16, 24 or 32 bit stereo / mono WAV files from RAM for low CPU
– 15 sample slots, each triggered by user-definable midi note
– 6 velocity layers per sample slot, can be selected by velocity, round-robin or random
– 4 choke groups, each slot can be assigned to a group and be cut by a group
– Per sample slot parameter modulation includes;
– Hit probability
– Swing randomising
– Hit repeat probability, with adjustable delay time, repeat velocity and velocity sensitive feedback
– Velocity randomisation
– Pan randomisation
– Velocity sensitive pitch
– Velocity sensitive volume decay envelope with adjustable contours
– Low pass filter with velocity sensitive cut-off
– Velocity sensitive cut-off decay envelope with adjustable contours
– Midi out
– Mute and solo for each sample slot
– Sample reverse
– Sample slot normalisation
– Selectable mono/stereo and quality level for low RAM systems
– Multi-out version has 15 stereo outputs for routing to individual mixer channels in your host
– Single-out version available where host does not support multi-out plug-ins
– 1480 samples (306 MB) covering velocity sampled acoustic kits, vintage electronic, glitch, jazz, world and esoteric noises
– over 40 presets covering various kits and technique examples

loopholeloophole is a midi-triggered loop sampler, which allows you play sections of up to 4 different loops using midi notes to control which section of which loop plays. This can be a great way to mash up 4 different loop styles or add quick variations on 4 similar loops. As well as having full control of which sections to play, you can also trigger random sections too.

You can load any 4 loops and sync them to host tempo, then using midi notes you can play the loops, switching between loops, playing several loops and defining which sections play. You also get a visual display of the loops, the play position and which sections are being played. The multi-out version lets you apply further effects processing to each loop separately. Loophole also has a volume envelope per loop to declick or fade in/out

features

– Loop sampler, using midi notes to trigger sections of each loop, either specifically or randomly
– 171 original drum loops in 24bit Wav format, across 19 different kits covering acoustic and electronic styles (Rock, Jazz, Breakbeat, DnB, Hip Hop, Dubstep, Lofi, Glitch, 8 bit, House, Trance and more)
– Loads any 16, 24 and 32 bit WAV in mono or stereo
– Very low CPU (<1% on 2.2GHZ dual core CPU)
– Tempo-sync each loop by setting length in beats, allowing stretching or different lengths if desired
– Play sections of each loop, each triggered by a different midi note
– Play random sections using one midi note
– Graphical representation of loops, play position and triggered sections
– Normalise and mono options per loop
– Envelope per loop to fade in/out or declick
– Volume control and mute per loop
– Stereo out and Multi-out versions
– 21 presets covering different styles and sounds
– 12 midi files showing examples of basic and advanced triggering
– Updated to SE 1.1

ImpakterImpakter is a vintage drum module plugin containing 320 samples of original drum sounds generated on analogue synths and drum machines. It’s simple and fun to use with a few advanced features to give some variation and randomisation on every loop.

 

Gear used to generate and process the samples:

  • Analogue synths: Korg MS20, Roland Juno60, Gakken SX-150
  • Analogue drum machines : Yamaha MR-10, Korg KPR-77, Antonelli Organ 2377 rhythm box, Mattel Synsonics
  • Analogue processing: Electro Harmonix Micro synth, Mam VSR3 spring reverb, Lexicon reverb, Boss GE-10 equalizer, Tube compressor, analogue VCA compressor
  • Vintage synths: Yamaha TX81-Z FM synth

features

· 320 original electronic drum samples generated on vintage hardware synths and drum machines by sink
· 4 modules for kick, snare, hats and percussion sounds
· Each module can host 2 samples and trigger either depending on user defined probability
· 2 levels of randomising can be assigned to each modules’ volume, pan, decay and pitch for variation every loop
· Boomer module has resonant low pass filter and dirt control
· Smacker module has resonant band pass filter and dirt control
· Tweeter module has tempo-sync repeat function with hold
· Lazer module has tempo-sync delay function with damping
· 2 midi triggers for Smacker for differently pitched sounds
· 3 midi triggers for Lazer for differently pitched sounds
· 2 midi triggers for Tweeter for different decay envelopes
· 2 stereo outputs for separate post processing
· Global envelope decay control
· 52 presets covering a range of sounds and styles

 

logo-1A big thanks to Bedroom Producers Blog for hosting the downloads for these plugins and without which this wouldn’t be possible. BPB rocks!

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Let’s Beat Cancer – 4 free plugins if donations reach £1000 – Slix, Erratic2, loophole & Impakter

********** [ THIS FUNDRAISER IS NOW CLOSED ] **********
Thank you to everyone who participated, your generosity is appreciated

 


 

This pocruk_c_logo_widgetst is to announce something I’m doing to try and raise £1000 for Cancer Research UK, a deserving charity that funds scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner.

If I can raise £1000, then I will release 4 plugins for free, for everyone. The plugins are;

  • Slix – randomising loop slicer
  • Erratic 2 – drum sample player
  • loophole – midi loop player
  • Impakter – vintage drum module

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These are all 32 bit Windows VST, previously only available to buy and currently unavailable.

You can help to reach this goal by donating via my JustGiving page – https://www.justgiving.com/de-la-mancha/

The great thing abjg-logo-header-purpleout using JustGiving is that your donation goes directly to Cancer Research UK, so you can be certain that all funds will put to good use. I don’t see, handle or earn any money from this.

 


Please note: The main website and plugins are suspended temporarily during this fund raising campaign. Once I reach the £1000 target, they will all return along with the 4 new plugins.

 


 

Some info on the plugins…

slixslix is a randomising loop slicer, which switches between up to 4 loops and can shuffle, repeat, reverse and gate the slices of each loop according to user defined probability. Load any 4 loops, sync them to tempo, slice them up and then set probabilities that each loop will play and for each randomising effect per loop. Even the randomness is randomised, with a parameter that varies the probability in a user defined range. slix was co-developed with sink, who also provided the included 295 original loops

features

· Load any 16, 24 or 32 bit, mono or stereo wav file into the 4 loop slots
· 445 MB of original drum loop content (295 loops) by sink covering many electronic genres (breakbeat, dubstep, drum & bass, electro, 8 bit, lofi, vintage, IDM, FSU and glitch)
· Tempo-sync each loop by setting length in beats, allowing stretching or different lengths if desired
· Choose any number of slices per loop
· Slix plays when triggered by any midi note, with volume envelope per loop for fades
· 4 effects with independent parameters per loop
. Reorder – plays slices out of sequence for variation per loop
. Repeat – stutter effect by repeating slices
. Reverse – play the slice backwards
. Gate – add silent gaps into the loop
· Variation range to randomise probabilities
· Normalise and mono options per loop
· Stereo-out and Multi-out versions (slix and slix 4×4)
· Single loop version (slix one) for simpler applications or lower CPU
· 57 presets covering a range of sounds and styles

erratic2erratic 2 is a drum sample player with many randomising and velocity sensitive options to make any drum pattern sound different on each loop. It can be used to add realism or surrealism depending on how you want to set it up. At the core you have a 15 slot drum sampler with 6 velocity layers per slot, each layer can be played according to velocity, cycled (round-robin) or randomly triggered. To vary things up a bit you can determine the hit probability and hit repeat probability for each slot and add a random factor for the velocity, pan and swing for each hit.

In addition to the velocity layers, this update adds velocity-sensitive decay envelopes for volume & filter cut-off, as well as velocity sensitivity to pitch and filter cut-off. Another new feature is the hit repeat probability, with delay time, repeat velocity and velocity sensitive feedback. The step-sequencer is replaced by a more flexible midi / piano-roll triggering, which allows better management of note precision, long patterns and different time signatures. Improvements have been made to give 4 choke groups across all samples, better mute/solo options, sample reverse, sample normalisation, MIDI out, support for 32 bit wavs and more samples than ever before.

features

– Plays any 16, 24 or 32 bit stereo / mono WAV files from RAM for low CPU
– 15 sample slots, each triggered by user-definable midi note
– 6 velocity layers per sample slot, can be selected by velocity, round-robin or random
– 4 choke groups, each slot can be assigned to a group and be cut by a group
– Per sample slot parameter modulation includes;
– Hit probability
– Swing randomising
– Hit repeat probability, with adjustable delay time, repeat velocity and velocity sensitive feedback
– Velocity randomisation
– Pan randomisation
– Velocity sensitive pitch
– Velocity sensitive volume decay envelope with adjustable contours
– Low pass filter with velocity sensitive cut-off
– Velocity sensitive cut-off decay envelope with adjustable contours
– Midi out
– Mute and solo for each sample slot
– Sample reverse
– Sample slot normalisation
– Selectable mono/stereo and quality level for low RAM systems
– Multi-out version has 15 stereo outputs for routing to individual mixer channels in your host
– Single-out version available where host does not support multi-out plug-ins
– 1480 samples (306 MB) covering velocity sampled acoustic kits, vintage electronic, glitch, jazz, world and esoteric noises
– over 40 presets covering various kits and technique examples

loopholeloophole is a midi-triggered loop sampler, which allows you play sections of up to 4 different loops using midi notes to control which section of which loop plays. This can be a great way to mash up 4 different loop styles or add quick variations on 4 similar loops. As well as having full control of which sections to play, you can also trigger random sections too.

You can load any 4 loops and sync them to host tempo, then using midi notes you can play the loops, switching between loops, playing several loops and defining which sections play. You also get a visual display of the loops, the play position and which sections are being played. The multi-out version lets you apply further effects processing to each loop separately. Loophole also has a volume envelope per loop to declick or fade in/out

features

– Loop sampler, using midi notes to trigger sections of each loop, either specifically or randomly
– 171 original drum loops in 24bit Wav format, across 19 different kits covering acoustic and electronic styles (Rock, Jazz, Breakbeat, DnB, Hip Hop, Dubstep, Lofi, Glitch, 8 bit, House, Trance and more)
– Loads any 16, 24 and 32 bit WAV in mono or stereo
– Very low CPU (<1% on 2.2GHZ dual core CPU)
– Tempo-sync each loop by setting length in beats, allowing stretching or different lengths if desired
– Play sections of each loop, each triggered by a different midi note
– Play random sections using one midi note
– Graphical representation of loops, play position and triggered sections
– Normalise and mono options per loop
– Envelope per loop to fade in/out or declick
– Volume control and mute per loop
– Stereo out and Multi-out versions
– 21 presets covering different styles and sounds
– 12 midi files showing examples of basic and advanced triggering
– Updated to SE 1.1

ImpakterImpakter is a vintage drum module plugin containing 320 samples of original drum sounds generated on analogue synths and drum machines. It’s simple and fun to use with a few advanced features to give some variation and randomisation on every loop.

 

Gear used to generate and process the samples:

  • Analogue synths: Korg MS20, Roland Juno60, Gakken SX-150
  • Analogue drum machines : Yamaha MR-10, Korg KPR-77, Antonelli Organ 2377 rhythm box, Mattel Synsonics
  • Analogue processing: Electro Harmonix Micro synth, Mam VSR3 spring reverb, Lexicon reverb, Boss GE-10 equalizer, Tube compressor, analogue VCA compressor
  • Vintage synths: Yamaha TX81-Z FM synth

features

· 320 original electronic drum samples generated on vintage hardware synths and drum machines by sink
· 4 modules for kick, snare, hats and percussion sounds
· Each module can host 2 samples and trigger either depending on user defined probability
· 2 levels of randomising can be assigned to each modules’ volume, pan, decay and pitch for variation every loop
· Boomer module has resonant low pass filter and dirt control
· Smacker module has resonant band pass filter and dirt control
· Tweeter module has tempo-sync repeat function with hold
· Lazer module has tempo-sync delay function with damping
· 2 midi triggers for Smacker for differently pitched sounds
· 3 midi triggers for Lazer for differently pitched sounds
· 2 midi triggers for Tweeter for different decay envelopes
· 2 stereo outputs for separate post processing
· Global envelope decay control
· 52 presets covering a range of sounds and styles

 

logo-1A big thanks to Bedroom Producers Blog for agreeing to host the (eventual) downloads for these plugins and without which this wouldn’t be possible

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.


Big thanks to Bedroom Producers Blog for hosting all of these downloads. Check ’em out!
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Ooops – new download links for Scylla and unstable

Oooops, seems like I underestimated the traffic and downloads of Scylla have pushed dropbox limits too far and the download links were cut.

logo-1But good news! The wonderful and generous Bedroom Producers Blog has offered to host the plugins, so you can get your hands on them again. It’s worth checking out BPB for all your VST news, reviews and samples

All links on mysite for Scylla and unstable have now been replaced with working links

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Links for all the other plugins should start working again once dropbox lifts the suspension

Scylla – the six headed monster – VST synth is released for free

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Scylla is a 32 bit Windows VST instrument capable of sample-playback combined with subtractive synthesis to produce a wide variety of sonic possibilities ranging from lush pads to far-out soundscapes and effects via scorching leads and chunky bass.

Scylla includes three different types of oscillators that can be modified to a wide variety of styles and three built-in samplers that can accommodate .wav audio samples, which can be played back in grain table, waveform, sample or single hit format. All the audio can be modified and modulated through LFO, volume and filter envelopes, Ring-Modulation, and Unison.

Scylla was co-developed with Singing Crane

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Scylla has a tabbed interface with a different tab for each of the 3 layers and a Global tab for effects and LFOs. Each Layer is identical except each has a different type of oscillator, with a Cross-modulation osc, a Morphing osc and a Spectral osc

features

  • Three layers of programmable audio sources
  • Each layer consists of:
    • Sample player capable of loading full-length samples and custom waveforms
    • Oscillator (Dual-OSC with cross-modulation, Morphing OSC, Spectral OSC)
  • Each sampler features:
    • Playback: Oscillate, Play-Once, Loop-Release
    • Basic audio playback features (normalize, stereo to mono, zero-crossing)
    • Customizable Loop points
    • Granular and Wavetable playback
    • Loads any WAV format sample from your own library
  • 96MB of sample content, including waveforms, samples and loops
  • 128 presets by brian botkiller
  • All audio sources have independent tune, volume, and pan
  • Ring-Modulation per layer
  • Variable stage Filter per Layer
  • Adjustable Amp and Filter Envelopes per layer (Envelope contours can be changed)
  • Layer Assignable Granulator engine
  • 2 layer assignable LFO effects for modulating ring-mod, cutoff (filter), and phase of one LF
  • Adjustable Global Amp Envelope
  • Mix level of each audio source can be adjusted
  • Mix level of each layer can be adjusted
  • Master Volume
  • Each audio source, envelope, ring-mod and filter can be switched off to save CPU
  • Midi CC support


Scylla
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 Scylla!
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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


unstable
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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basic65 – retro chiptune synth – is released for free

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basic 65 is a monophonic synth, inspired by the classic 80s home computer, the Commodore 64 and its legendary SID chip. Building on the waveforms and signal path of this famous chip, basic 65 adds further features and options to take things a step further.

The double arpeggiator allows complex versions of that retro 8-bit game sound and the modulation options inspire experimentation via the mod envelope and 2 comprehensive LFOs. Pulse width modulation, ring modulation and oscillator detune/sync are key ingredients in the signature sound. Throw in some pitch drift, bit drift, a sprinkle of dirt and randomisation and you have a wide range of lofi, chiptune, retro-tastic sounds at your disposal.

This version is the update to the popular basic 64, redesigned from scratch, with many improvements, new features and all new presets. basic 65 was co-developed with sink, who also made the amazing presets.

features

  • Monophonic synth in VST format for Windows based hosts
  • 3 oscillators with pulse, saw, triangle and noise waveforms
  • Pulse width can be modulated by envelope or both LFOs
  • Each oscillator can be sync’d to another and/or ring modulated by another
  • Each oscillator has its own ADSR envelope and can be routed to filter individually
  • Resonant filter with low pass, high pass, band pass and notch modes
  • 2 tempo-sync Arpeggiators in series for complex arp sounds
  • Arp tempo, range and note length can be adjusted
  • Modulation envelope can control pulse width and pitch of individual oscillators as well as filter and dirt
  • 2 tempo-sync LFOs with wide range of waveforms, including random
  • Both LFOs can control pulse width and pitch of individual oscillators
  • One LFO also controls filter and dirt, the other can modulate the depth and speed of the first LFO
  • Envelopes are non-linear and can be retriggered from zero or smoothed on each new note
  • Pitch drift models instability with variable depth and frequency
  • Options for 4, 6, 8, 12 or 16 bit audio with randomising feature
  • Developed with SE 1.1, so no problems with multiple instances
  • 128 presets by sink covering arps, leads, bass, drums and lofi sounds


basic65
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.

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.

PULS – monophonic pulse wave synth – is now free

PULSdownload

PULS is a monophonic pulse wave synthesizer with simple controls but complex sounds. From 2 pulse wave oscillators you can get chunky basses, scorching leads, retro chiptune, dusty lofi and oddball noises. With an unusual isometric pixel-art interface , what it lacks in knobs, it makes up for in sound.

It features custom pulse waveforms, unison, oscillator sync and ring modulation for some big ‘n’ dirty sound potential, with a tempo-sync LFO for pulse width modulation (PWM) as well as detune and volume modulation.

features

  • Monophonic pulse wave synthesizer
  • 2 oscillators with custom pulse waveforms
    • Adjustable Pulse width, modulated by LFO (per osc)
    • Unison per oscillator
    • Oscillator sync and ring modulation between oscillators
  • adjustable non-linear Release
  • Tempo-sync LFO with 4 waveforms with adjustable speed and depth
    • Pulse width modulation per oscillator
    • Detune and volume modulation
  • Tempo-sync arpeggiator with 6 patterns
    • Arp can cover 1 to 4 octaves, synced to host (1/32 beats to 4 beats)
    • Adjustable note length (0-100%)
  • 32 presets covering many styles

PULS 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


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dirty harry – lofi synth is now free

dirty harry used to be a payware VST synth, but since I stopped selling any plugins at all, I thought I’d release it for free. Enjoy it in all its dirty, gritty, lofi glory!

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dirty harry is an unashamedly DIY lofi synth based on the samples of my two homemade, lofi noisemakers, the Atari Punk Console and the BugBrand WOM

dirty harry offers 20 unique waveforms in all their mono/monophonic glory. For extra grit the oscillators can be sync’d or ring modulated. Fidelity can be lowered further still with reduction in sample quality, distortion and a unique ‘bad contact’ emulation. 2 tempo sync LFOs allow modulation of filter, pitch and contact, with one LFO modulating the depth and frequency of the other. There are envelopes for volume, pitch and filter, with different contours and pitch options. Throw in an arpeggiator, pitch drift and portamento and you can see that whilst it may be lofi in sound, it doesn’t lack for sound design feaures

features

  • 20 unique waveforms sampled from my homemade lofi synths, the Atari Punk Console and the BugBrand WOM
  • 3 oscillators, syncable to osc1 and ring modulatable with each other
  • Each osc can be routed to the filter independently
  • 2 tempo sync LFOs with many waveforms, can modulate filter cutoff, each osc pitch and the contact depth and wet level
  • LFO 2 can modulate the depth and speed of LFO 1
  • 2 envelopes for volume, filter or pitch, with various contours and options to modulate up/down
  • Tempo sync arpeggiator
  • Dodgy contact emulation
  • Pitch instability
  • Low quality, dirty, lo-fi options
  • 16 additional dirt types
  • 3 additional lofi options
  • Arp octave range
  • 104 presets covering Lead, Bass, Arp, Drone, Fx and Basic styles

 

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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.

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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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basic 64 is back for free download

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I thought I’d put back an old favourite for download since I had a few requests for it.

 *** please note, this is an old synthedit plugin – it’s not 64 bit anything and it’s windows only ***

As you may know, I stopped developing plugins a while ago, and then after a catastrophic web/database corruption I stopped selling plugins altogether, but leaving the freeware downloadable. Since my hosting contract finished, I moved everything over to a wordpress site, so the freeware is still all here, and whilst I was at it, I added basic 64 back, which wasn’t available following the release of basic 65.

I still won’t be developing any new plugins and I don’t plan on selling any of the payware plugins, just thought I’d upload and oldie that had gone missing. I have a couple more oldies in the archives that I will upload at some point soon too.

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