Category Archives: VST plugins

Beta testers needed for RaveGenerator 2 MAC OS X

Hi everybody,

after a long and painful porting, the RaveGenerator 2 VST/AU is ready for beta testing on Mac OS X!

look at the beast :

RaveGenerator 2 is coming on MAC

RaveGenerator 2 is coming on MAC

if you have a MAC, don’t hesitate to try the beta version.
leave a message in the comments or write an email to : contact@wavosaur.com

and don’t forget to give details about your configuration :

  • 32 or 64 bit
  • OS version
  • what host are you using (32 or 64 bit, what version).

so far i tested in Ableton 9.2.3 32 bit, Renoise 64 bit, Reaper 64, VSTLord, AULab
seems to work :-)

Come on don’t be shy !!

Free VST Live Looper : Instalooper ( a 64 bit instajungle!)

Some times ago, when i needed to loop/glitch/stutter on the fly i used the “Instajungle” VST effect : a handy VST looper with no GUI (don’t need), that works well with MIDI control

instajungle

Unfortunaly, the development stopped and there’s no chance to see a 64 bit version, or to fix bugs that happen in some hosts.

And then i found the INSTALOOPER VST by AudioBlast !!

instalooper1

Free download : http://www.audioblast.me/downloadinstalooper.html
It’s a free VST for Windows and Linux, coming in 32 bit & 64 bit version.
It does basically the same as Instajungle : loops a part of the incoming signal, all sync’ed to the host.
don’t hesitate to have a look at the manual ! because it’s not obvious that you have to right-click on the buttons to make them act like “toggle” button and not “push” button.

7 Free Utility VST plugins

It’s time for a selection of free VST plugins that don’t produce any noise, nor have something to do with sounds.
Plugins for storing comments / any text in your DAW project, or for displaying RSS news in real time, showing the time of the day, etc.. they’re all here : here’s a list of utility plugins !

1. VSTNotes

VSTNotes

VSTNotes

download : direct link

This was a free plugin by ProXL, it’s Windows only & 32 bit : you can add any number of instances in your project and take some notes, the notes are saved with your project.
It works well, even in host that steals the key-press like Ableton.
You can choose a background color, mix any font/color/style.
Perfect for saving comments or lyrics or anything you want to type.

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6 free Sampler VST plugins

Sometime you just need a plain good old sampler VST plugin for your tracks :
just load a .wav sample, tweak some envelope, maybe adjust pitch, and add some loop points. No more no less.
You don’t need the bells & whistles of Kontakt, nor gigabytes of library => just load some samples and come on !

So here’s a selection of 6 FREEWARE sampler in VST format:

1. TX16Wx VST

TX16Wx sampler VST

TX16Wx sampler VST

download 100% free : http://www.tx16wx.com/

Available for Windows (32 & 64 bit) & Mac (VST & AU 64 bit)
This one is more than a simple sampler for loading & playing audio files!
It’s the more complete & full featured free sampler.
Tons of modulations & envelope, powerful keyboard mapping…
You can choose between 4 sizes for the UI (from 800X600 to 1280X768)
and the plugin can record from its own inputs (DAW inputs).
This is also the more “up to date” plugin.
It can load wav, aiff ogg, flac + sf2 soundfonts and sfz.

 

2. Grace : Sampler

Grace Sampler

Grace Sampler

download : http://www.onesmallclue.com/plugin/grace/

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Resurrecting free VST plugins for Mac OS X 64 bit part1: DFX Tranverb & Zr3 Organ

The short story:

Here you can download ZR3 Organ VST &DFX Transverb VST for Mac OS X 64 bit :

ZR3 organ VST 64 bit for Mac OS X

zr3 organ VST 4 MAC os X
direct download  : AZr3 organ VST for Mac OS X 64 bit
source code : src + XCode project
author website : Rupelrausch

 

DestroyFX Transverb VST effect 64 bit for Mac OS X

DFX TRansverb 64 bit 4 Mac OS X

direct download : Transverb VST 64 bit for Mac
source code : src + xcode project + visual studio project for windows
author website : DestroyFX

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VST Speek beta for Linux

I have ported the famous VST Speek plugin for Linux :

VSTSpeek on Ubuntu 12.04 (Renoise host)

download it now !!
- VSTSpeek for Linux 32 bit
- VSTSpeek for Linux 64 bit

it’s a Linux native VST and should work with :

- Bitwig Studio
- Renoise
- Tracktion
- Ardour
- Energy XT
- QTractor

please note that it’s a beta and could be unstable or suffer strange bugs.

Note about the key press :

Some hosts “steal” the keyboard focus, so you can’t type any words in the text zone.
It happens with Ardour 4 for example : and VST effEditKeyUp / onKeyUp (and down)  are not yet implemented (“keypress are not sent to LINUXVST”) in Ardour.
That’s why i came up with a workaround : click on “Config” button then check “dirty hack”.
and now you should be able to type the words in the text field.

VSTSpeek in Ardour 4

Calling beta testers ! ravegenerator 2 is coming (win)

You all know Rave Generator VST, the plugin for all oldschool rave techno breakbeat hardcore house lovers.
V 2 is coming !!
I’ve already tested in Ableton, Renoise, + many free VST Hosts.

I need some beta testers

more particularly CUBASE & FL Studio users.
ONLY WINDOWS for the moment (Mac versions will come later)
32 or 64 bit
don’t be afraid to horribly crash :-)

send an email to contact@wavosaur.com.

there’s no manual yet but it should be pretty straightforward.

bonus:

here’s a funky thread about the origin of the “Landlord” stab :
https://www.gearslutz.com/board/electronic-music-instruments-electronic-music-production/990794-i-think-i-found-real-origin-landlord-stab.html

it was 99% sure that it was sampled from the LinnDrum demo tape !

 

Best Free Synth VST AU plugins for MAC OS X

This post is for the Mac users.
When it comes to Mac OS X, the number of freeware plugins is very low, compared to the Windows world.
The popular “Save as VST” softwares (Synthedit and Synthmaker) are Windows only.
The “upgrade” politic of Apple is a sort of nightmare for developers (and sometimes users!), so many old free plugins don’t work anymore…

I have searched for free MAC plugins over the web and then tested !
- only free synth (not effects), in VST and or AudioUnit (AU) format
- the OS used is Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
- i tested the plugins in Ableton Live 9 / Renoise / some free VST & AudioUnit host softwares (Pedalboard, the JUCE open source plugin host, VSTLord, AULab, Ugly VSTi Interface…)

It’s a selection with free virtual analog synths, organ emulations, epiano emulations, drum synth, bass synth, FM synth, emulation of Oberheim / NordLead / DX 7 synth, chip synth, guitar emulation…

and here a list of 25 free synth plugins for Mac OS X :

 

1. Synth1 AU/ VST

Synth1 AU for Mac !!

Synth1 AU for Mac !!

http://www.geocities.jp/daichi1969/softsynth/#down

The must-have free synth plugin is available for Mac since one or two years, it is in beta state, it still have some minor bugs with the UI, but it’s usable and you can benefit from the incredible amount of presets created for Synth1, including these :-D
=>
https://blog.wavosaur.com/synth1-presets-chris-bank-volume-2/  &
https://blog.wavosaur.com/chris-bank-synth1-reup/
I had some problems for saving preset in Ableton Live.
Synth1 can do an incredible variety of sounds.
The most versatile Synth in this list

 

2. OBXD AU / VST

OBXD AU

OBXD AU

https://obxd.wordpress.com/

The free Oberheim OB-X OB-Xa OB-8 emulation !
work without any problem in my AudioUnit / VST hosts on Mac.

 

 

3. Tyrell N6 AU / VST

Tyrell N6 freeware

Tyrell N6 freeware

http://www.u-he.com/cms/tyrelln6 
DL here : http://www.amazona.de/amazona-de-freeware-synthesizer-tyrell-n6-v3/

U-He loves the Mac, don’t hesitate to have a look at the other freeware on the Website, all are working without problems in VST or AudioUnit format. I have also selected Triple Cheeze and Zebralette from the same developer. These plugins are good and full featured.

TyrellN6 plugin comes with a big amount of presets, and a deep variety of sounds. It’s powerful and easy to program. It’s rock solid stable and have a nice UI too!

 

 

4. FreeAlpha AU / VST

FreeAlpha AU

FreeAlpha AU

http://www.linplug.com/alpha.html

This freeware from LinPlug sounds very good, it has punch and is easy to tweak. It can do punchy bass, but also nice pads and clean leads. Despite its simple look, it’s powerful and funky!

 

 

5. Crystal AU / VST

Crystal Synth Plugin

Crystal Synth Plugin

http://www.greenoak.com/crystal/dnld.html

The old Crystal Synth is still top, and one of the best synth for complex / evolving PADS, with its multipoint envelopes, and the complete modulation matrix.
One of the best virtual synth, for more than 10 years!

 

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Extract vocals from song with kn0ck0ut VST

Another question our users often ask is “how to extract voice from songs ?”, “how can i make an acapella of this song” ? etc..
Vocal isolation is a black science, it’s the voodoo of audio processing… or just a good old spectral substraction !

The principle is basic, find a part of the song without the voice, and substract it from a part with the voice, so you are left with only the voice part. The ideal situation is where you have the normal song (voice + music) and an instrumental version of the same song.

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Free VST emulations of famous synths / hardware

The magic of software virtual instruments ! Recreating known piece of hardware, emulating famous synth, trying to capture the spirit of a machine, attempting to copy the sound and feeling of an instrument!

Here’s a compilation of all the articles about free VST plugins that try to emulate the most famous synths, plus links to the freeware plugins that are the only one to recreate a kind of machine (they didn’t get an article). Below is a list of best free VST emulations.

TB 303 + cat in space

TB 303 + cat in space

Here you can find free virtual alternatives to the classic analog synths :
MiniMoog, Arp 2600, Arp Odyssey, Synthi VCS3, Obeirheim OB-X

There are also your favorite FM / Vector Synthesis / “digital” synths :
Yamaha DX7, Prophet VS, PPG Wave, Ensoniq SQ80

The usual techno/trance suspects are here too :
Roland TB303, Alpha Juno, Juno 60, JP-8000, Korg Mono / Poly, Clavia Nord Lead 2

We did not forgot the Jazzy/Funky/Rock famous instruments :
Fender Rhodes electric piano, Hammond B3 organ, Farfisa combo organ, Hohner Clavinet, Wurlitzer E-piano, Mellotron & Arp Solina.

And even the antic Theremin + some funky toys : Speak and Spell & Stylophone.

This is work in progress, i’ll add free VSTi plugin if we find some new free recreation of well known synthesizers.

All the VSTi in this list are freeware.

Here we go :

1. Minimoog

freemoog

https://blog.wavosaur.com/best-free-vst-minimoog-emulation/

 

2. ARP 2600

arppe2600VA

https://blog.wavosaur.com/2-free-arp-2600-vst-emu-preset-banks/

 

3. ARP Odyssey

oddsay

https://blog.wavosaur.com/4-free-arp-odyssey-vst-emulation-128-presets/

 

4. VCS3 Synthi AKS

cynthia

https://blog.wavosaur.com/free-ems-vcs3-synthi-aks-vst-emulations/

 

5. Oberheim OB-X / OB-Xa / OB-8

obxd

https://obxd.wordpress.com/

 

6. Roland TB 303

venom303

https://blog.wavosaur.com/best-free-tb-303-emulation-sotware-vst-plugins-standalone/

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