Computer Music magazine has launched its 214th issue, “Ultimate Freeware 2015″.
In our cover feature, we’ll show you the free software to use if you’re looking for professional results without splashing ANY cash. We’ve trawled the internet for gratis plugins and come back with only the cream of the crop. Find out where to find them and how to use them across 15 pages and 23 videos.
You’ll get the lowdown on:
The best free synths out there right now, how they sound and how to use them – Datsounds OBDX, Green Oak Crystal, u-he Triple Cheese, TAL NoiseMarker and more;
34 free mixing effects, from classic EQs and compressors, through modern stereo and pitch manipulation tools, and many more;
Free tools that can take your sound and your workflow to the next level;
Where to find 36 new creative effects for your plugins folder. Whether you’re into glitching, pitching, phase, delays, or any other sound-skewing tools, we’ll give you the goss on the best stuff out there;
How to get the best of Linux as a free software studio – our video will take you on a tour of the best Linux-based tools and noisemakers
…And a lot more
The new issue is available for purchase at Apple Newsstand, Google Play, Zinio, and in print.
Computer Music has announced that its latest magazine includes a free copy of SKnote Snap, a transient exciter plug-in for Windows and Mac.
Brighten or dull the attack and sustain of your sounds with Snap, a unique transient exciter plugin created exclusively for CM by software perfectionists SKnote. Their other analogue-flavoured creations include the console-emulating Stripbus, tape saturator Roundtone, and the mighty MCAudioLab EQ1passive equaliser.
Snap detects your incoming transients (or attack) and allows you to apply two intelligently-linked filters to your signal. You can add brightness to a snare or hi-hat’s crack, tame a drum group’s spikiness, or soften a piano’s sustain without blunting its attack.
SKnote Snap features
‘Hit’ and ‘Body’ knobs to treat attack and/or sustain for precise dynamic sculpting.
Brighten or dull transients independently of the signal’s sustain.
Great for shaping drums, percussion, guitars, groups or mixes.
Transient metering and value readouts.
Clear, compact interface.
32-/64-bit PC VST.
32-/64-bit Mac AU/VST.
The plugin is included with Computer Music 197 (and onwards).
MusicRadar has announced that a free copy of the Toontrack EZdrummer Lite software is available from Time+Space, in celebration of the Drum Expo 2013 online drum show.
Those kind folk over at UK distributor Time+Space have stepped forward with a free download of Toontrack’s EZdrummer® Lite plug-in worth £19.95.
EZdrummer® Lite is a stripped down version of the multi-microphone drum-sampler that offers a taste of EZdrummer’s multi-miked virtual drum kit. It comes with a selection of MIDI programmed drum beats for you to play your songs over and it’s the perfect way to quickly add drum parts to your compositions – you can even program your own!
EZdrummer® Lite will work within all the main DAWs such as Cubase, Pro Tools, Logic and Fruity Loops.
Prime Plugins has announced it is giving away a Maschine, the groove production studio by Native Instruments, in collaboration with MusicRadar. PRIME PLUGINS are giving away the powerfully awesome Maschine by Native Instruments. This fantastic … read more
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Computer Music has announced that the digital edition of Computer Music 182 now includes downloads of the content previously only included with the cover DVD of the print edition. Computer Music’s editor writes: Downloads are … read more
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Computer Music posted some exclusive news on MorphoX, the upcoming virtual synthesizer instrument by LinPlug. LinPlug MorphoX From Computer Music: MorphoX is essentially a hybrid virtual analogue synth, and includes all the standard VA features, … read more
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