This roundup of freeware plugins features a creative stereo panner, spaced out frequency shifter, a fully-loaded bitcrusher, an analog modeled distortion tool, and a simplistic compressor.
Each month we search the web for some of the industry’s most essential freeware instrument and effect plugins. Our list of quality VST plugin downloads offers modern tools for your arsenal without having to spend a dime or waste time trawling the internet.
1. Cableguys | PanCake
PanCake is an excellent plugin for designing flexible panning modulations. This creative stereo panner allows you to create custom panning waveforms that modulate your sounds across the stereo field in unique ways.
2. Valhalla DSP | Freq Echo
The Freq Echo is a frequency shifter with analog echo emulation. It’s capable of adding modulation effects such as chorus, phasing, and flanging. It also can be used to apply endless glissandos and runaway echos.
3. Tritik | Krush
Krush is a fully-loaded bitcrusher with some extra tricks! It combines bit crushing and downsampling capabilities with the warmth of its drive stage and analog modeled resonant filters. There is also a modulation section to intensify the effect further. Krush is great for mangling and destroying your sounds in creative ways as well as injecting gritty vibe.
4. Softube | Saturation Knob
This analog modeled distortion plugin works great for injecting musical coloration to any sound. Use it to fatten up bass lines, add some harmonics and shimmer to vocals, or to destroy drum loops. In addition, it offers three flavors of distortion and one main knob to drive the effect.
5. Klanghelm | DC1A
DC1A is the little brother of Klanghelm’s more advanced DC8C compressor. This simplistic dynamics tool packs a lot of punch for only having a few controls. From gentle, smooth leveling to heavy pumping, this plugin will deliver. Its sound also imparts pleasant sounding saturation with just enough punch to give your drums more character.