Acrobatics has released Mate, a free synthesizer instrument for Windows.
Mate is a hands-on, simple desktop musicians friend, inspired by synthesizers of the seventies and eighties.
It produces original synth tones and reproduces strings, pianos, basses, organs and bells patches with ease, but it can also explore wild and spacey atmos using its flexible modulation options and smart programming.
- 32-bit ultra-optimized code, zero latency, samplerate independent engine.
- All sample rates supported.
- Each control is fully recordable and automatable in host.
- Most knobs & switches receive external MIDI control changes.
Mate for Windows (VST) is available to download from KVR Audio as part of the Developer Challenge 2014.
More information: Acrobatics
AXP has released Flextron, a virtual-analog guitar amp effect plug-in for Windows, made for the KVR Audio Developer Challenge 2014.
It’s based on a concept of the hybrid guitar distortion pedal I’ve built for myself a while ago. The prototype pedal in its turn was based on two commercial tube emulation technologies – Flexwave by Crate and Cooltron by VOX.
This combination was discovered by accident when I was repairing my bandmate’s VOX Bulldog distortion pedal. I didn’t like the Bulldog that much, however I got interested in its low-voltage tube design so I assembled a copy on a test bench. On its own it has provided very little overdrive, just as expected, but when combined with the Crate Flexwave preamp (my favorite solid-state distortion) it has completed its already great tone, giving it more fullness and presence. I’ve used this arrangement for rehearsals and some gigs and got complemented for the tone.
Flextron goes a step further and accurately models a range of Crate solid-state amps powered by the Flexwave circuit. Every stage of the preamp signal path is carefully analyzed and modeled with the same attention to details as my previous SoftDrive GV and SoftAmp FM25 plugins.
Flextron for Windows (VST) is a free download.
More information: AXP / Flextron
Z3 Audiolabs has launched Rez3, a free resonator effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Rez3 is a Resonator FX VST plugin, it offers a multi LFO with 6 different waveforms and an envelope follower to modulate tone, feedback, filter cutoff and filter resonance.
Further it provides 6 independent resonator voices where the first of it is the master and all others can be detuned to the master note, each voice is also equipped with a pan slider and a range button which you can use to set the detune range between one octave and one semitone.
Rez3 for Windows (VST) is freeware, released as part of the KVR Developer Challenge 2014.
More information: Z3 Audiolabs / Rez3
WOK has launched Instretch and Brakeback Mangler, two free effect plug-ins for Windows.
Instretch is an instant extreme time stretcher. It will record audio for up to 30 seconds and then play it back up to 100 times slower with selectable pitch. Also manual “riding” thru the sample with endless hold of a grain is possible.
Brakeback Mangler is an audio mangler for tapestop/reverse/delay effects. It includes a tape-stop effect, a reverse playback unit, an instant non-stop reverse sound faker and a stereo delay with filter, overdrive and forward/backward/pingpong/panner extras.”
Both plug-ins are released as part of the KVR Developer Challenge 2014. They are available to download in Windows VST format.
More information: WOK
Xenobioz has announced the release of Lucid, a free syntehsizer instrument for Windows made for the KVR Developer Challenge 2014.
Lucid is a Subtractive Synth that combines Waveshaping with FM and Morphing.
- 3 Oscillators with one waveshaper each.
- 3 different FM modes (Algorithms).
- 4 different Osc combination modes. Mix, Morph, Meld and Vertical Morph.
- 1 ZDF Filter with 6 different modes.
- 3 LFOs with Audio rate modes of which two can be waveshaped.
- 2 ADSRs with adjustable slopes, Velocity control, randomization and Keytracking.
- 1 Polyphonic distortion (waveshaper).
- 1 Delay that can be modulated.
- 1 Reverb.
- 1 Randomizer, key triggered or run by LFO3.
- 384 presets.
Lucid is available to download for Windows (VST).
More information: Xenobioz / Lucid
Madbee Audio has released Q-meleon, a free equalizer effect plug-in for Windows.
Madbee Audio Q-Meleon comes with a highly editable GUI (Profiler).
This plug-in allows you to design your own equalizer by acting on parameters that change the curves behavior.
- Double precision filters
- Automatic band width correction at nyquist frequency when working below 48 KHz.
- Two GUI modes: really simple or highly editable
- Integrated help window.
- Some presets based on classic gear.
- Two saturation modes: Soft clip (only odd harmonics) and Tube (even and odd harmonics).
The plug-in is freeware for Windows (VST), as part of the KVR Developer Challenge 2014.
More information: Madbee Audio
Ignite Amps has launched Emissary, a custom tube amplifier effect plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Front and back
It has been developed to accurately model its real hardware counterpart, built for Ryan Huthnance (The Seer/Gaped/Chrome Bison/Emissary Studios) by Ignite Amps, in 2014.
The Emissary is a no compromise custom amp built for the kill. Featuring a very versatile clean channel that ranges from pristine cleans to slightly overdriven tones and a mean lead channel designed for serious bone-crushing distortions, it offers a very wide tonal palette for the modern metal musician.
Every single component on the signal path of the real analog circuit has been taken into account and modeled in the best possible way to match the original sound, keeping an eye on CPU performance and real-time playability at the same time.
The plug-in GUI has been 3D modeled and rendered by Voger Design, in order to resemble the real amplifier as much as possible.
The Emissary is meant to be used as a virtual guitar amplifier for live playing and jamming, tracking or mixing inside hosts capable of VST or AU Plug-Ins support.
Emissary is available as freeware. The plug-in competes in the KVR Developer Challenge 2014.
More information: Ignite Amps / Emissary