Free music software round-up: Week 31

Circuit-bending in a plug-in and much more

It won't surprise you to learn that there's a new synth for you to download this week, and there's a second instrument in the shape of a virtual Mellotron. Those who are more experimental in nature can satisfy themselves with a virtual circuit-bending solution.

Effects, meanwhile, are covered by a filter and a compressor.

If you've got a new free music software release, make sure you let us know about it by emailing with all the details.

Brainwork bx_cleansweep

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

Featuring the fabulously named Anti Crush Technology, this freebie from Brainworx is a high-pass/low-pass filter that its creators say should be the first plug-in in every mix channel. "This way you can filter out any unwanted hi-end and lo-end, and the result is a clean and tight mix," says the developer.

7Air Productions DepthCharge

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

Designed specifically for tracking (but also said to be useful in the master bus chain), this compressor has analogue-style VU meters and, most importantly, a dimpled metal background. Its creator says it'll deal with most material comfortably, but that it's particularly adept when handling drums, guitar and vocals.


Artifake_Labs RedTron_400

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

Another Mellotron emulation from Artifake_Labs, this one is based on the 400 model. It has six sound types (violins, choir, flute, brass, string section and cello) and what's described as a "realistic user interface". RedTron_400 can also be used as a SoundFont player.

ToneBytes Bend Box

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

If you like the idea of circuit-bending but aren't so keen on messing around with wires and solder, Bend Box could be for you. Said to be capable of creating a wide range of different noises ("from soft gurgling to ringing grinding, or even strange melodic timbres") it's MIDI controllable and automatable.

Lucas Xie ganK

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

This synth is said to be both additive and subtractive, and features three oscillators, a Moog-style filter, an LFO and effects (including an 8-band EQ and a delay). There's not much more to say, really, so we'll leave the final words to Lucas himself: "Have fun".