2014 KVR Developer Challenge The Olympics Of Free Music Software

kvr-challengeKVR has announced the 2014 KVR Developer Challenge – a contest to create a new free audio plug-in, application or sound library.

It’s sort of like the Olympics of free music software and soundware.

Anyone can enter. KVR members will vote on the entries and pick the winner.  Continue reading

Free Ableton Live Rack – Rhythmic Pan

rythmic-pan-rackAudiomodern has announced the latest in a series of free Ableton Live Racks, Rhythmic Pan.

Rythmic Pan is a Live Rack with time Sync and time delay options on macro knobs.

It joins Audiomodern’s other free Live Racks, which include a hard snare compressor rack, a rack based on the HAAS effect (an effect for localizing sounds) and a dry/wet rack.

See the Audiomodern site to download.

Free Mixing/Mastering Equalizer For Mac, Windows – SlickEQ

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Tokyo Dawn Records has released a previously in-house studio tool as a free download – SlickEQ, made in collaboration with Variety of Sound and Vladg/Sound.

TDR VOS SlickEQ is a mixing/mastering equalizer. It offers, three (and a half) filter-bands arranged in a classic Low/Mid/High semi-parametric layout. An elaborate auto gain option automatically compensates for changes of perceived loudness during EQ operation. Optionally, SlickEQ allows to process either the stereo sum or stereo difference (i.e. “stereo width”) without additional sum/difference encoding. Continue reading

Free Plugin, Proximity, Lets You Psychoacoustically Position Sounds

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Proximity is free plugin, for Mac & Windows, that lets you control the psychoacoustic ‘depth’ of sounds.

The plug-in is an easy to use distance ‘pan-pot’, based on several psycho-acoustic models. The idea is to give you a way to manipulate the depth of several sound sources in a straightforward and convincing manner.

Several models can be combined:

  • Distance signal delay by speed of sound
  • Distance gain loss
  • Absorption of high-frequencies in air
  • Stereo width manipulation
  • Proximity effect of virtual microphone
  • Distance based early reflections

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Free Microtonal Synthesizer For Windows

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Xen-Arts has released Xen-FMTS 2 – a free microtonal synthesizer for Windows.

Xen-FMTS 2 is a 4 Operator FM Synthesis VSTi with a specialized set of features for computer musicians interested in exploring the possibilities of making music with alternative intonation systems

It is a freeware 32-bit plugin instrument for Windows that includes 115 patches, 55 microtunings and 56 partials files. Continue reading