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Platform/format: PC and Mac/VSTDownload
The Rusty Trombone Erectifier – that name alone should be enough to make you want to download this doubler/phaser/exciter plug-in, and the charmingly homemade-looking interface will draw you in further. Developed by Shuriken, it's designed for widening and phattening your sound, but it can also be misused in other ways.
The big idea behind this graphic EQ is that it sounds distinctly analogue but, because of its 'multi-dimensional buffers' (values used in the plug-in are pre-calculated), it shouldn't put too much strain on your CPU. Version 1.1 is now available, and enables you to select three different types of filter mode – one for each resonance level.
This open source Impulse Response processor has just been updated to version 2.0.7. Several bugs have been fixed, and stability in zero-latency mode has been improved. Give it a spin.
Platform/format: PC/VST Download
Chances are that you already have an acoustic piano in your sonic armoury, but if you don't – or if you're unhappy with the one you've got – you can try Joe Real's offering. It's described as "warm with good bass and treble", though the developer does warn that you "need to have plenty of memory".