NUSofting has released version 0.9.0 of Bit Fluzer Free, an audio effect plugin that is similar to standard “bit crushers”. It features two channels with input filters and audio bit reductions modulated by two LFOs.
Using the Bit Fluzer plugin you can alter the bit depth of the audio signal from your instrument or audio tracks in your DAW in various ways. The two bit depth controls range from one to 20 bits in continuous fashion, moreover the bit depth can be made to rhythmically oscillate with the LFOs. That way you can obtain a range of mono or stereo modulating effects: from subtle “sound warming”, due to the soft noise introduced by a little bit depth reduction, to more aggressive distortions and groovy patterns.
The two channels can work independently on different sections of the audio spectrum, since one channel features a lowpass filter and the other a highpass filter.
NUSofting released this freeware effect plugin to advocate the main motives of repair.org, that is to raise awareness about the possible “progressive loss of rights” of users to fix and maintain their own electronic devices. NUSofting think this is especially relevant for musicians who are used to customizing and fixing their instruments, either acoustic or electronic. Therefore, beside the economical and environmental concerns, the products policy of some hardware firms could damage the creative habits of artists using electronic devices. You may see the repair.org website for more info.
Disclaimer: NUSofting has no benefit from, or association with, repair.org or individuals involved in that “United States based” organization.
Bit Fluzer Free is currently available for download for Windows (32-bit/64-bit VST). Mac versions will be released later.