Category Archives: Plugins

Generative Midi Plugin!

Midi Madness, an algorithmic melody generator, in its original form ran as both standalone software and plug-in.

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The announcement a few months ago that it was making a comeback revealed that some problematic aspects of the first iteration will be addressed. The most obvious of these was that you couldn’t hear any of the generated musical ideas in real time, which made the process somewhat laboured.

“This new version is a better realised product in numerous ways (and is free to owners of v1)”

Let’s rewind a little and see how the melody generation process works. Midi Madness generates MIDI phrases based on probability weightings set by the user in series separate modules.

The Notes module, for example, features a series of sliders above each note of a chromatic scale. Dragging the slider upwards for a particular note increases its chances of being included in the final melodic phrase.

A common scenario would see you push up the sliders for notes that fit the current scale. This is made a little easier by accessing the Chord Selector, which automatically assigns note weighting based on nine different chord types.

By specifying a key signature, the programme then highlights relevant commonly used chord types. The Length module uses a similar system of sliders to select the probability of a range of note lengths (or rest). There is also a range slider for staccato vs legato notes.

The Velocity, Octave and Humanise (note timing) modules use distribution curves where you drag the lowest and highest values and shape to determine the probabilities. A more elaborate variation on this is used to create controller curves for up to four simultaneous CCs and Pitch Bend.

The Sequence section is where all the magic comes together and provides a visual display of the final phrase (of between 1 and 32 bars). Longer phrases can make use of multiple note weightings to facilitate changing chord progressions.

The final phrase can be dragged from here into your DAW. However, if you’re using the VST version of the plug-in, its output can be routed to a MIDI or instrument track, and this is where the process comes alive.

This new version is a better realised product in numerous ways (and is free to owners of v1), though we still have some reservations about the size and usability in some areas.

Midi Madness claims to be the “latest, sickest tool in EDM”, but in our view this does somewhat oversell the software. However, while you won’t necessarily get instant gratification, it is both interesting and useful – with a distinct leaning to the experimental end of electronica. Take the demo for a spin and see what madness ensues.

via http://www.musicradar.com/reviews/tech/midi-madness-2-622916

10 free 64 bit VSTs for windows!

Now that Wavosaur can work natively on 64 bit systems, we need some 64 bit VST plugin effects that are full 64 bit. Many of the free VST plugins are still 32 bit, but we have found some nice 64 bit plugins, for your needs : compressor, limiter, reverb, equalizer, filter, distorsion !

1) TDR Feedback Compressor II

TDR Feedback Compressor II ! free

TDR Feedback Compressor II ! free

Info and free download @ http://www.tokyodawn.net/tdr-feedback-compressor-2/

This software compressor is very clean, works nice with any input, and has all the controls you need. You can use it on the master if you want, it has this transparent quality. It’s free, it’s x64, it’s funky.

2) Reverberate LE

Reverberate LE

Reverberate LE

download now ! => http://www.liquidsonics.com/software_reverberate.htm

We already talked about the Reverberate plugin in the “top 5 best free reverb VST” post.
It’s good, it’s a convolution reverb plugin, so you have to feed it with some impulse response file, and it’s x64 !

3) W1 Limiter

W1 Limiter free VST plugin

W1 Limiter free VST plugin

Information and free download here : http://www.yohng.com/software/w1limit.html

the W1 Limiter plugin is a clone of Waves L1 limiter. It really does the job. don’t hesitate to downoad and test ! it’s freeware.

4) Marvel GEQ

Marvel GEQ

Marvel GEQ

information & download @ http://www.voxengo.com/product/marvelgeq/

Everybody needs a good graphic EQ for mastering / mixing / sound design
This free plugin is a 16 band linear phase EQ, is very clean, and allows you to make quick adjustments  to your tracks.

5) TAL Chorus

TAL Chorus

TAL Chorus

Freeware download => http://kunz.corrupt.ch/products/tal-chorus-lx

This is a Juno60-esque chorus, it’s available in 64 bit, and it does the job.

6) Izotope Vinyl

Izotope Vinyl plugin

Izotope Vinyl plugin

Go ! http://www.izotope.com/products/audio/Vinyl/

The ultimate LOFI, now in 64 bit ! Because everybody needs gthe sound of a good old grammophone.

7) Camel Crusher

Camelcrusher

Camelcrusher

Get it now ! => http://www.camelaudio.com/vst-plugins.php

Does it have a distorsion unit ? Yes !
Does it have a compressor and a post filter ? Yes !
Does it have a “phat mode” ? YES !
Does it have a “Turn it to 11 ” preset ? YEAH !

And it’s freeware + works on native 64 bit host.

8) Sinusweb FreeverbToo

Freeverbtoo free plugin

Freeverbtoo free plugin

more info and download @ http://www.sinusweb.de/

The freeverb algorithm, in a nice interface, and with an additional gate. It’s very nice and will fill your reverb needs.

9) Ohmforce Frohmage

Ohmforce Frohmage

Ohmforce Frohmage

Free ! download ! 64 bit ! => https://www.ohmforce.com/UseFreeSoftware.do?action=listFreeNonStandalones&productId=6

Hmm du bon froHmage, le filter qui sent des pieds !
It’s phat, it has 8 presets, it’s a filter for all the people.
and it’s available in 64 bit

10) Voxengo Span

Voxengo Span VST

Voxengo Span VST

Free download : http://www.voxengo.com/product/span/

We always need a good spectrum analysis, this one, is not only very good, it’s free and 64 bit !

Via http://blog.wavosaur.com/top-10-free-vst-effects-64-bit/

Chipmusic > Standalone 8-bit sound generators

Standalone 8-bit sound generators

Standalone softwares to create old-school electronical sounds, noises, effects and 8-bit sounds. For info, the freewares Audacity and MilkyTracker can generate 8-bit sounds easily, too ! Good for retro games !

BlipGen [windows]
Free Download >>> BlipGen.ziphttp://woolyss.com/chipmusic-generators.php?s=BlipGen
BlipGen This is a Windows application designed to assist tracker musicians in the creation of chip samples and low resolution sine, square, saw and triangle waveforms that loop flawlessly.
Import : DAT, RAW | Export : DAT, RAWAudio demo by Jerry Coox

 

FlexiMusic Generator [windows]
Commercialhttp://woolyss.com/chipmusic-generators.php?s=FlexiMusic+Generator
FlexiMusic Generator FlexiMusic Generator is a unique tool to generate musical and non-musical sounds. If you want to create unique pieces of music and exciting new sounds never before heard on this planet, then you’ll love the FlexiMusic Generator.

 

Four Cycle Synth [windows]
Free Download >>> Four_Cycle_Synth.ziphttp://woolyss.com/chipmusic-generators.php?s=Four+Cycle+Synth
Four Cycle Synth Four Cycle Synth generates short chippy, very messy sounding samples, which are more meant to be used as raw sounds, which you filter, and add effects to, than finished synth sounds.
Import : no | Export : WAVAudio demo by Jerry Coox

 

LabChirp [windows]
Free Download >>> LabChirp.ziphttp://woolyss.com/chipmusic-generators.php?s=LabChirp
LabChirp A program for creating sound effects for games, music, videos – whatever you want! A readme and some example sounds are included to get you started.
Import : LCH | Export : LCH, WAVAudio demo by LabChirp

Read more at -> Woolyss – Chipmusic > Standalone 8-bit sound generators.

Strawberry Fields Forever? No, but here’s a free Mellotron plugin

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Tapeotronic is a mellotron tape keyboard emulation.
There’s 16 patches of flute, string and choirs sounds and MIDI learn / automation.

Back a few years ago I made an album called Manasota under my pseudonym Justin Robert. For much of that album I used a Mellotron VST plugin. I’ve always loved the sound of these.

The one that I used is no longer available, but I found this one that seems just as good!

“The Mellotron is an electro-mechanical, polyphonic tape replay keyboard originally developed and built in Birmingham, England, in 1963. It evolved from a similar instrument, the Chamberlin, but could be mass-produced more effectively. The instrument works by pulling a section of magnetic tape across a head. Different portions of the tape can be played to access different sounds.

The original models were designed to be used in the home, and contained a variety of sounds, including automatic accompaniments. The bandleader Eric Robinson and television personality David Nixon were heavily involved in the instrument’s original publicity. A number of other celebrities such as Princess Margaret were early adopters.

The Mellotron became more popular after the Beatles used it on several tracks. It was subsequently adopted by the Moody Blues, Genesis and King Crimson, and became a notable instrument in progressive rock. Later models such as the M400, the best selling model, dispensed with the accompaniments and some sound selection controls in order to be used by touring musicians. The instrument became less popular in the 1980s due to the introduction of polyphonic synthesizers and samplers, despite a number of high profile uses from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and XTC.”  Wikipedia

Get it from the developer’s site!

Novatron-M400


Free Chiptune VST | Fantastic SID inspired free plugin for Windows!

I’ve tried several different 8 bit / chiptune / SID style plugins and I have to say that Dream64 by OdoSynths is one of the nicest ones I’ve tried. Dream64 is a wavetable synthesizer with a built in step sequencer and LFOs. The sound of it is quite great. Very much like old SID sounds.

I tested it out on Ableton Live and EnergyXT and it works great on both. My only gripe with it is the GUI interface is a bit too large in my opinion since the bottom of the plugin doesn’t fit on 1366×768 my screen. Still not much of a problem since I can access most of the controls.

 

It comes loaded with a ton of great presets. Many great drum sounds, fat basses, and very cool sounding lead patches. Definitely an essential plugin to have.

dream 64 vst

Download Dream64 here

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