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my personal pick of free vst plugins
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 1:19 am    Post subject: my personal pick of free vst plugins Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

my pick of free and useful vst plugins:

tin brook tales software:
- pocket limiter
- saturated driver
- tapestop

more info at: http://hem.bredband.net/tbtaudio/

tritone digital:
- colortone free (eq)

info and download (requires registration): http://www.tritonedigital.com/colortone.htm#download

christian knufinke:
- SIR (convolution reverb)

more info at: http://www.knufinke.de/sir/index_en.html
free impulse responses: http://noisevault.com/ and http://www.echochamber.ch/

smartelectronix:
- mdsp: analog delay
- magnus: ambience (reverb)
- bram&sean: supaphaser
- koen: ktgranulator

more info at: http://www.smartelectronix.com/ and http://destroyfx.smartelectronix.com/


since i got my nm i hardly use softsynths anymore... Laughing
however, this is one i liked: voltkitchen's minimogueva: http://www.home.no/gunnare/


hope this helps,
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks. I was looking for a better limiter.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Please help me understand. What do you do with a digital limiter? I can see big value in using and analog limiter before you go into your ADC stage but once the signal is digital I'm not sure.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Basically the same as what you do with a analogue one; if you have some signal that has sudden spikes you limit it which gives you headroom so then you amp it up. Hugely preferable to clipping. Yes; it decreases the dynamics but if used properly it can actually increase the preceived dynamic.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2006 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

a limiter is a compressor at a 10:1 ratio...and can yield interesting sound-shaping possibilties

an electric bass heavily limited can sound quite 'synth-like'

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

besides using a limiter as a compressor effect, having a limiter on the master/bus protects your speakers and your hearing if you are working with softsynths or some of the more experimental plugins or utilize busses/sends.

there is one more free plugin i always use and which is very useful in this context: elemental audio's inspector (spectrum and level analyzer)

more info here: http://www.elementalaudio.com/products/inspector/


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

noodulator wrote:
besides using a limiter as a compressor effect, having a limiter on the master/bus protects your speakers and your hearing if you are working with softsynths or some of the more experimental plugins or utilize busses/sends.

there is one more free plugin i always use and which is very useful in this context: elemental audio's inspector (spectrum and level analyzer)

more info here: http://www.elementalaudio.com/products/inspector/


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My needs exactly!

I also use Inspector.
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