Bob Leggitt has released Classic-H and Skanksta, two free virtual organ instruments for Windows.
The Classic-H provides the essence of an old tonewheel organ within the VST environment. This VSTi captures the distinctive personality of a classic Hammond/Leslie combination, as well as simulating twin manual operation across a single MIDI keyboard, using a variable key-split function.
Thirty extremely cool presets provide a jumping-off point for almost every type of music, from the ‘Full Throb’ of old time soul to the screaming distortion of Deep Purple-type rock. It does gobble CPU, but it has the sounds, and it doesn’t cost a penny.
The Skanksta is a ska-orientated VST organ, designed to produce a light and bright sound which will fit in well with quite a number of quirky and/or rhythmic music styles.
It’s essentially a Vox Continental II with animation provided by a rotary speaker rather than a vibrato unit, and selectable key-splitting to simulate two manuals across a single MIDI keyboard. The key-splitting is particularly important for reggae-derived styles, where the left hand part will typically contrast sharply in tone with the right hand.
Classic-H and Skanksta are available to download as freeware VST instrument plugins for Windows.
More information: Classic-H / FreeST Skanksta
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on Jan 11, 2012
Bob Leggitt of Planet Botch has released five effects in the new Stomp King series of VST plug-ins for Windows.
Bob Leggitt Stomp King effect plugins
These are highly individual, but extremely musical freeware devices which have the sonic aura of a classic vintage stomp box range.
Among the first batch are some offbeat and interesting units including an analogue delay, a very cool guitar amp simulator (also brilliant for bass or clonewheel organ), a sophisticated ‘dimension’-style symphonic chorus, a cyclic filter and a standalone vibrato.
The Stomp King effect plug-ins for Windows (VST) are available to download at no cost.
More information: Planet Botch
Bob Leggitt has released the GutterSnipe, a free organ instrument in the FreeST plug-in series.
The GutterSnipe is the fifth virtual organ in the FreeST range. It has a new tone engine and voicing, specifically geared towards rougher, heavier sounds. The new design includes analogue waveform stereotyping, an unusual ten-drawbar tone system, powerful overdrive, built-in reverb, and dynamic crushing for that ‘speaker cracking under the strain’ feel. A newly tailored version of the Real Rotor speaker simulator is also built in.
The GutterSnipe allows more aggressive sounds than previous FreeST organs, due to its guitar amp-style pre-gain structure. But before I get into that I need to mention the DI/Cab button, because it’s more than a simple Rotary on/off switch – it’s a complete mode change.
GutterSnipe for Windows (VST) is available as freeware.
More information: Planet Botch
Bob Leggitt has released FreeST Mutiny, a virtual polysynth instrument, designed to create retro, analogue-type sounds.
The kind of sounds keyboardists used in the days before MIDI. The VSTi is not based on any particular synth model, but was created with an ethos of 1970s simplicity – everything on the front panel, no hidden parameters, what you see is what you get.
I wanted the synth to be musical and have a practical, useful sound set – presets which could go straight into recordings without much tweaking. I feel the presets are a big part of what this VSTi is about.
Bob also released Real Rotor, a rotary speaker effect.
The FreeST Real Rotor VST rotary speaker effect replicates the sound of a mic’d up, valve-type, bass-plus-horns rotary speaker cabinet, as typically used with an old Hammond organ. It’s a development of my original Real Rotor effect, which was integrated into the FreeST VSTX3 virtual organ. Not only does this new version have improvements over the original, it’s also the first time the rotary has been available in its own right, not as part of an instrument. So now the Real Rotor can be used with any VST organ, and indeed any other instruments you feel it would suit.
Bob Leggitt plug-ins are available as freeware for Windows (VST).
More information: Bob Leggitt
Bob Leggit wrote in to share the news about his FreeST Organ series of free virtual organ instruments for Windows.
I need to make clear first of all (what with this site having such a high spoof content), that these are genuine free VST instruments.
Virtual organs for musicians who create and record using a VST host and are looking for some retro keyboard sounds. As I write this they’re brand new and not available elsewhere. I plan to add more in the near future, so if you’re interested, please keep an eye on this page.
FreeST Organ plugins
- VSTX3 – Korg CX3-style analogue tonewheel simulator with added ‘outboard’ rotary & chorus.
- The Nash – late ’70s / early ’80s-style home organ with drawbars and effects.
- Rawgan – versatile combo organ / analogue synth hybrid with assignable drawbar tones.
- VSTV1 – basic ’60s organ.
The FreeST Organ plugins for Windows (VST) are available as freeware.
More information: Bob Leggit