Free music software round-up: Week 21

New instruments and effects at a glance

There's plenty to get your downloading teeth into this week, with a good selection of free instrument and effect plug-ins coming our way. One particularly industrious developer has been remarkably busy, posting a new amp sim for five days on the bounce.

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Nick Crow Lab TubeDriver

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

No, it's not an London Underground train simulator, it's a tube amp plug-in. There's a pre-EQ, Bias, Drive and Volume controls, and also options to dial in noise, adjust the amount of parameter drift and flip the phase of the output signal.

DSK Music Synthopia 2

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

This second version of Synthopia has a triple-layer architecture, meaning that it's possible to stack up sounds or pipe each layer through a separate MIDI channel. There are 128 presets in five categories, while filters and LFOs are also part of the synth's makeup.

Homegrown Sounds Introjector Lite

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

Introjector is best thought of as a loop re-sequencer. The idea is that you load a loop, adapt it using the eight onboard sequencers and then export the results. The Lite version is limited in several respects (you can only load one WAV at a time and there are only two sequencers) but, as its presence here indicates, it has the advantage of being free.


AcmeBarGig Preampus Week

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

AcmeBarGig has been releasing one of its new hybrid amp plug-ins every day recently, with one more to come. As of now, you can download Dick Head, Meat Head, Knuckle Head and Brain 2 – the name of the final amp remains a mystery.

Togu Audio Line TAL-Reverb

Platform/format: PC, Mac/VST, AU Download

The latest plug-in to be added to the TAL line is an open-source plate reverb that promises to be easy to use and to produce a smooth sound. Togu claims that slightly modulated delay times should help to keep the reverb tail free of artefacts.

b.serrano Anubis

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

Another free virtual analogue synth is released into the wild: this one has two oscillators, two LFOs, a multimode filter and a 7x7 modulation matrix. A selection of effects is also included, namely vibrato, tremolo, delay and chorus. CPU friendliness is another plus point.