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Free music software round-up: Week 76

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A happy new year to free music software hunters everywhere: let's hope 2011 will be as filled with gratis download goodness as 2010. We're certainly hitting the ground running; if you scroll down you'll find six free plug-ins that'll help you to shake off those January blues.

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

RS-met engineersfilter

RS-met engineersfilter

RS-met EngineersFilter

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

Free filter plug-ins aren't exactly few and far between, but the developer says that this particular one happens to allow for extremely steep filtering. It uses "high-order filter design methods that are commonly used in science and engineering," resulting in low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, band-reject, high/low shelving and peak/dip filters of orders up to 20 for the user.

Samsara cycle audio vmp1

Samsara cycle audio vmp1

Samsara Cycle Audio VMP1

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

VMP1 stands for Virtual Mono Poly - yes, this synth is both 16-note polyphonic and monophonic. There are four oscillators plus filter, LFO, Envelope Generator, Delay Effect, Portamento and Output Amplifier sections, giving the classically-styled interface a very familiar look.

Elektrostudio virtual model pro

Elektrostudio virtual model pro

Elektrostudio Virtual Model Pro

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

This monophonic analogue-style synth has two oscillators, an LFO, a filter and an ADS envelope. If you think it looks familiar, that'll be because it's designed to emulate the Moog Prodigy, a 1979 synth that's particularly useful for basslines.

aaltoverb

aaltoverb

Madrona Labs Aaltoverb

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

Madrona has pulled the reverb unit out of its Aalto synth, packaged it up in an Audio Units plug-in and then served it up as a free download. It's not exactly a complex device, having just dry/wet mix and brightness controls, but that'll make it easy to use, and CPU efficiency is also promised.

Xenobioz lektro

Xenobioz lektro

Xenobioz Lektro

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

Another synth, this one creates its sounds via phase distortion, a tone generation method that was pioneered by Casio in the '80s. There are two oscillators, a waveshaper, three LFOs, a randomizer, two ADSRs, a tone controller, a filter and a delay.

Ueberschall elastik player

Ueberschall elastik player

Ueberschall Elastik Player 2.0

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

This is the free software that's used to host Ueberschall's Elastik loop libraries and comes with a demo soundbank to get you started. Loop tweaking can be done via the Loopeye interface, while there's now a browser, sequence mode and zplane.development's timestretching algorithm built in, too.

I’m the Group Content Manager for MusicRadar, specialising in all things tech. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 20 of which I’ve also spent writing about music technology.