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Free music software round-up: Week 85

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A triumvirate of music-making freebies this week: a reverb, a plug-in for beefing up your dubstep sounds and, most intriguingly of all, an application that lets you make music by doodling.

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.

NTS audio labs rev-1 pro

NTS audio labs rev-1 pro

NTS Audio Labs Rev-1 Pro

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

This "professional" reverb has just been updated and released as a freeware product for the first time. Features include syncable pre-delay time, Room, Width and Damping controls and high/low-pass filter knobs. The reverb inversion facility, meanwhile, promises to facilitate the creation of different kinds of effects.

Sound plus design sound doodle

Sound plus design sound doodle

Sound + Design Sound Doodle

Platform/format: Mac Download

A curious little application that promises to let you sculpt sounds through the act of doodling. What this actually means is explained in this walkthrough video (opens in new tab), but to give you some basic specs, the tools at your disposal include a stereo multitap delay, reverb, a granular synth and a 5-bank comb filter.

ASL soundlab dub-expander

ASL soundlab dub-expander

ASL SoundLab Dub-Expander

Platform/format: PC/VST Download

If you like dubstep and easy to use plug-ins, sit up and pay attention. Dub-Expander is designed specifically to add thickness and width to dubstep basslines, leads, pads and atmospheric sounds and features just Size and Mix controls. What could be simpler?

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.