VST/AU plugin instrument/effect round-up: Week 66
Where weird meets workhorse
A “chaos modulator” joins a “unique creative tool”, a ‘chipcrusher’ and an ‘unfiltering’ plugin in this week’s slightly unconventional selection. If you’re looking for something more straightforward, a collection of buss compressors, a vocal processor and a bassline synth should keep you entertained.
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NEXT: Plogue Chipcrusher
More than just a bitcrusher (so we’re told), this retro-inspired plugin can also serve as a speaker simulator and noise machine. It puts audio through simulations of lo-fi digital audio codecs, adds grit and then outputs through speaker and filter impulse responses.
Buy or download demo of Plogue Chipcrusher
Slate Digital Virtual Buss Compressors
These three analogue-modelled compressors can be used either as separate plugins or in a rack together. FG-Grey models the “British 4000 series console compressor”; FG-Red is based on a classic ‘red-faced’ compressor; and FG-MU takes inspiration from various vintage compressors and is purportedly “full of analogue mojo and vibe”.
Buy or download demo of Slate Digital Virtual Buss Compressors
Acidgrooves LSD-611 The Kali
This “unique creative tool” offers equalization, saturation, distortion and filter-powered effects. Its signal path is circuit-modelled, and we’re told that it can be used to “add warmth, remove excessive bottom, or add classic filter funk”.
MaxSynths DSP-2 Vocal
Vocal processing is what this one is all about. Use it as an insert and you’ll get an Intelligent Dynamic Processor (which looks very like a compressor); a saturator; a 4-band EQ; and a room emulator. Plenty to go to work with, then.
As its name implies, this is a plugin that detects and removes filter effects - resonances, equalization, roll-offs and the effects of comb filtering. The detected filter response can also be applied to another signal or saved as an Impulse Response.
Buy or download demo of Zynaptiq Unfilter
SonicXTC B-Line 303
This bassline synth doesn’t just emulate Roland’s TB-303 – it takes inspiration from the same company’s SH-101 as well. There are distortion, delay and doppler effects, plus a waveshaper unit.
Buy or download demo of SonicXTC B-Line 303
Sinevibes Drift 2.0
Version two of this “chaos modulator” enables you to create unpredictable filter and phaser effects and add never-repeating stereoscopic pulsations. It’s powered by two instances of the complex-sounding Lorenz attractor algorithm, but the interface itself is pretty simple.
Buy or download demo of Sinevibes Drift