Pluggotic has released Squosc, a free effect plug-in inspired by squareboxes.
When any material passes through it’s input the constantly running oscillators are modulated via an envelope follower. Unusual oscillators intermodulations and a series of “bend-buttons” offer a cheap and non-always-logic escape from traditional midi-note or pattern based composition. an example could be a drumloop turned into bleeping melodies, electric basslines, trashy drones, 8bit style sweeps and other less-stable oddities, Squosc comes with 33 horrible presets for quick non-sense.
When it’s input is silent, it doubles up as a tone generator.
Well know for the raw sound, squareboxes are usually processed with guitar amplifiers, filters, reverbs or whatever chain of fxs. they come unlabeled pretty often, too. Squosc makes no exception.
Squosc is available to download as a freeware VST effect plug-in for Windows PC.
More information: Pluggotic
Pluggotic has released Jenna, a sampled analog synthesizer.
Jenna from Pluggotic is a soulful resumè of full-ranged funky & (neo?) romantic patches for hip keyboardist and “museum-in-a-box” collectors.
six multisamples from a vintage italian analog monophonic synthesizer, 149 mono 16bits waveforms for 31 Kontakt2 (or newer) patches.
- The original feel, high quality sampling and looping in six monophonic “naked” patches.
- 20 expressive fx’ed patches: basses, leads, organs, layered, harmonized, etc. (Kontakt2 or newer only)
- Three reverb IRs with Kontakt2 patches.
- Bonus: naked patches for ShortCircuit and NN-Xt, economized patches for Morgana.
- The download contains: 31 Kontakt patches, 8 Shortcircuit patches, 12 NN-XT patches, 12 Morgana patches.
Jenna is available to purchase from ProKits, priced at £2 GBP.
More information: ProKits / Pluggotic Jenna
Pluggotic has released Necroloop, a freeware slicer effect plug-in for Windows PC.
Pluggotic Necroloop is a pseudo real-time stereo slicer for buffer-freaks.
..what does it mean? or why the “pseudo”, you might ask.
Necroloop is an effect that records incoming material in 8/16/32 slices and plays it back in horribly twisted ways with it’s live, sequenced editing tools. Necroloop only demands for incoming audio and a running host. Just load it as a common stereo insert fx and let anything run through, a drum loop, melodic instruments, vocals..or an entire mix.
- Incoming audio is recorded in 8/16/32 slices.
- Forward and reverse playback modes.
- Various sequencers with 32 patterns to store sequences:
- “Loop Start” and “Loop End”, manipulate loop points of the 8/16/32 slices.
- “Jittering” sequencers control randomizations for “Loop Start” and “Loop End”.
- “Pitch” and “Pitch jittering”.
- “Multi-Fx”, control multi-fx’s parameters 1 and 2.
- The effect section features:
- Multimode filter (lp/bp/hp/notch).
- ring modulation, with a choice of four waveforms.
- Tons of chaos/randomize options.
Note: Necroloop has a fixed latency of one or two measures. The real time manipulation affects what has been recorded one or two measures before.
There is no information on Necroloop on the Pluggotic website at this moment, so download Necroloop for Windows PC here.
The amount of last month’s quality freeware plug-ins had me struggling to limit the list of top picks to just 4.
The following plug-ins stood out for me. Feel free to post additions if you feel they should’ve made this list.
- Shattersync by Pluggotic
Pluggotic took Jack Dark’s Shattershot Lite and modified it to be host synchronized and implemented MIDI. Shattersync is perfect for creating subtle hiccups to full scale FSU madness.
- Beatburner by Code Audio
This synth turns your beats into lovely new sounds by waveshaping and filtering the input.
Warning: Beatburner tends to suck up big chucks of your spare time!
- Umbra by H.G. Fortune
Umbra is a synth / SF player combination much like H.G. Fortune’s STS and ProtoPlasm series plug-ins. It is great for experimental soundscapes & athmospheres. The free version of this synth includes only 24 waveforms (128 for the full version), but it is still has a lot to offer. I love H.G. Fortune’s lazy buttons which allow for fast and sane randomizing of this synth.
- Machin by de la Mancha
I have to admit I haven’t even had a chance to check this one out, but I just know it’s going to be great fun, just like truc. Be sure to check this one out if you’re into FSU type plug-ins.
I know there aren’t any Mac plug-ins in this list, but I’m afraid I don’t own a Mac…
Pluggotic has released Shattersync, a modified version of DarkWare’s Shattershot Lite.
Shattersync is a stuttering/repeating effect plug-in based on modulated delays triggered by a step-sequencer. Repeats of all sorts, glitches and noises, random events and singular/casual phrases re-arrangements can be achieved quickly, on both melodic and rhythmic material.
For those knowing and loving Shattershot Lite VST, Shattersync is essentially a host (and therefore BPM) synchronized version of its predecessor. it should be noted that the work I made to modify the creature will not make it sound any better and possibly all the voodoo magic spawned from Shattershot Lite will disappear, replaced by a tamed, ordered, boring, mechanism of nothingness.
The alterations of the original design are focused on:
- New modulations, now host-synchronized.
- A new independent stuttering FX in the signal chain.
- MIDI implementation.
- New GUI.
Visit Pluggotic for more information and a link to download Shattersync.