Free music software round-up: Week 27

Featuring a new version of the UVI Workstation

A firm freeware favourite gets an update this week – if you don't already own the UVI Workstation, now's the time to get the download.

Also on the menu is a varied selection of synths and an EQ plug-in that promises to sort out problem high- and low-end frequencies in your mixes.

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Alterex X*One

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

The name refers to the fact that this synth has one oscillator, one modulator and one 12dB low-pass filter (it's monophonic, too). It's similar in design to Alterex's Vicon, but promises to produce a phatter sound. This module will form the core of the X*Pand synth that will be released in 2010.

HG Fortune Arracis Gold Free

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

HG Fortune reckons that this new synth's most notable feature is its 4x8 oscillator step sequencer, which promises to enable you to create interesting sounds before you even get beyond the oscillator section. The free version is limited to 128 waves per oscillator (of which there are four), three voices and wave/SF2 loading for oscillators 1 and 2 only.

Univers Sons UVI Workstation 1.1

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

To be honest, you really should have downloaded this already, but if you haven't, the 1.1 update makes the UVI Workstation an even more enticing prospect. It adds (among other things) an arpeggiator, a tap tempo feature and full compatibility with 64-bit computers.


Opulent Audio synths

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

At just $8 for three plug-ins, Opulent Audio's instruments weren't exactly pricey before, but it's still worth celebrating their new freeware status. bLO-Fish is a 3-oscillator lo-fi synth; Tenacity is a 2-oscillator "monophonic monster"; and DirtyGirl is an VA/FM/granular synth.

AcmeBarGig LSHS Corrective EQ

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

AcmeBarGig has moved away from guitar amps for a moment to release this corrective EQ. It's designed to sort out problem frequencies at the low- and high-ends of your mixes, leaving them sounding "bright, punchy and clear". The plug-in comes from the company's new developer Rob Loyst.