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Free VST for sound FX in video/movies production 1/2

When it comes to sound FX, nothing can’t beat a good field recording mic + audio editing + sampler, or even faster : freesound.org + free VST sampler .

For the selection to follow we have found some free VST/VSTi that are ultra-specialized (one trick pony sometimes) for very special task. More music, less talk :

1. CensorCUT : the Bleep generator VST by GrooveZing

Beep VST !

Beep VST !

Info and download : http://www.groovezing.com/en/plugins/censorcut.php

This one is a free VST effect : it lets the audio signal pass thru it but when you hit the “-18” button, it replaces the audio with a BEEP sinus sound @ 1KHz ! Censoring the sound like in TV shows. It also works with the MIDI keyboard. Beep volume is available from the parameters (but not the interface).

Here’s the demo mp3 from the website :

It can even encode your sound to make sound like a “crypted TV program” (with the same encryption sound used by the very first french pay TV channel in the mid 80’s)

 

 

2. Field ambience tool VST by Tweakbench

Field Ambience VST

Field Ambience VST

download it here : http://www.tweakbench.com/field
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Windows 95 freeware studio

It’s time for archaeology : let’s exhume 4 or 5 applications that ran on Windows 95 and try to make a nice freeware virtual studio for dance  / techno / jungle production.

the first thing we need is a good solid hard kicking BEAT BOX :

1. HammerHead Rhythm Station v 1.0 by Bram Bos

Rhythm device for the headstrong

Rhythm device for the headstrong

Download it here : http://www.threechords.com/hammerhead/download.shtml

Old school beat !

This rhythm making software is basic and come with rock solid drum kit : 909 oriented, with hard & hardcore bass drum + closed hihat / open hihat / claps / snare & some nice breakbeats.

  • there are 6 slots for user sounds.
  • the user interface is straight forward, 909 style, it takes about 0.2 seconds to understand and master it.
  • there is distorsion unit (per sample)
  • you can also reverse the sound
  • the shuffle slider adds some groove to your beats !
  • tempo up to 250 BPM,etc..

The software come with funky presets : hip hop beat , jungle beat, hardcore gabber rhythm…
of course, it lacks some of refinements we found on our “modern”  plugins, like time stretch / slice , accents, filters etc.. But from the limitation come the creation!

 

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Wavosaur for Mac ! with Wineskin

Wavosaur for Mac OS X : works !

Wavosaur for Mac OS X : works !

If you want to run Wavosaur audio editor on MAC OS X, it’s now possible : with Wineskin, one can do a wrapper that handle a Windows software into a Mac app.
And we have done it for you !

Download Wavosaur 1.1.0.0 for MAC OS X

=>  Wavosaur for MAC OS X  <=

It has been tested and works for :

  • OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • OS X 10.7 Lion
  • OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks

VST plugins are working : just be sure to use the Windows dll version (not the Mac version)
Download the ready-to-use Mac app or follow this guide for building a Wavosaur application for MAC :

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5 Free autotune VST

Come on, one more time !

The real time pitch correction, the “autotune“, is the effect we all love to hate (and vice versa).
T-Pain, Cher, Daft Punk, Tatayet, Black Eyed Peas, and so many artists have used it creatively, for getting this weird robotic voice feeling.

 

We have searched all around the interweb, and tested for you : 5 FREE autotune VST plugins, to use in real time in any sequencer or DAW. We tend to prefer vocoder over the pitch corrector/autotune effect, but anyway, here’s the TOP 5 :

1. KeroVee VST by g200kg

KeroVee VST

KeroVee VST

Info & download @ http://www.g200kg.com/en/software/kerovee.html

We already talked about this one in the “Voice FX post”, because it can do wicked chorus effects !
It’s also a nice pitch corrector autotune plugins : it’s intended to sound robotic, and works great for that “T-Pain effect”. Do you belieeeeeve it is free ? =>  yes it is.

before / after :

 

2. AAS Autotune by Arguru

Direct download : archive

AAS Autotune VST was coming with Aodix, a tracker/sequencer created by Arguru http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Antonio_Arguelles_Rius
It works nicely and give instant autotune effect without too much effort on parametring the knobs/sliders. This old plugin is still the best !

before / after

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Text to Speech VST now for MAC ! : VST Speek & AU Speek AudioUnit

AU Speek

AU Speek

VST Speek and AU Speek are free text to speech plugins for recreating the sound of the Commodore 64 Software Automatic Mouth vocal synthesis software.
More info here.

You can download AudioUnit or VST version :

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download AUSpeek1.3 (64 bit Cocoa) for Mac OS X 10.8 (Moutain Lion) or later

download AUSpeek1.3 (32 bit Cocoa) for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or later

download AUSpeek1.3 (32 bit carbon) for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or 10.7 (Lion)

download manual

Choose the 32 bit carbon version if you are using an OS older than MAC OS X 10.8
Choose the 64 bit version if your host only supports 64 bit AudioUnits (Logic X)

some help on how to install :
http://music.tutsplus.com/tutorials/quick-tip-how-to-manage-vst-and-audiounits-plugins-in-mac-os-x–audio-7439

 

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download VSTSpeek 1.3 (64 bit Cocoa) for Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or higher

download VSTSpeek 1.3 (32 bit carbon) for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or 10.7 (Lion)

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5 free VST effects for voice : doubler, chorus, pitch changer

Sometimes(very often!)  we need to add effects on our voice recording. To make it sound better, to make it sound thicker, or just to maker it sound incredible!
For widening/thickening, or making choir like voices, you can use : chorus, voice multiplier, voice doubler, stereo wideners.
For radical changes or special FX, you can use harmonizer / pitch changing, genre changer, pitch correction / autotune.

 

Here’s a top 5 of free VST effects for changing the voice :

 

1) Azurite multi voice chorus VST

Azurite chorus VST

Azurite chorus VST

This great chorus can work on many type of sources : guitar, voice, etc..
It works nicely for voice, it’s not too hard/harsh and does a good job on mono inputs for spreading voices and give a stereo effect.

 

 

information & download @ http://distorqueaudio.com/plugins/azurite.html

Dry voice  :

Voice with chorus!

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Text to Speech VST : VST Speek !

Techno is reactivated

Techno is reactivated

VST Speek is a free vocal synthesis VST plugin for recreating the old skool robotic text to speech we all love. Choose a preset, type any text and let’s speak !

download VST Speek 1.3 for Windows 32 bit

download VST Speek 1.3 for windows 64 bit

VST Speek + reverb

UPDATE

v1.3:
– fix for crash in Cubase when selecting preset from drop down menu
– add hack for Presonus Studio One : text is now editable
– fix memory leaks
– MAC OS X version !!! => see https://blog.wavosaur.com/text-to-speech-vst-now-for-mac-vst-speek-au-speek-audiounit/

v1.2:
– now the  hack for getting keyboard events in Ableton is less dirty 🙂
– fixed potential bug on close plugin

v1.1:
– 64 bit version for Windows
– Fixed bug with audio buffer
– Added hack for Ableton Live 9 : plugin should get keyboard keys input now
– Added support for VST Key (not tested ! we don’t have Cubase)
VST Speek text to speech is 100% freeware, the plugin is based on the Software Automatic Mouth (SAM) vocal synthesis software created by Softvoice Inc for the Commodore 64.
The original C64 software has been reverse engineered and ported to C by Sebastian Macke : http://simulationcorner.net/index.php?page=sam

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Top 10 free VST effects 64 bit

Now that Wavosaur can work natively on 64 bit systems, we need some 64 bit VST plugin effects that are full 64 bit. Many of the free VST plugins are still 32 bit, but we have found some nice 64 bit plugins, for your needs : compressor, limiter, reverb, equalizer, filter, distorsion !

 

1) TDR Feedback Compressor II

TDR Feedback Compressor II ! free

TDR Feedback Compressor II ! free

Info and free download @ http://www.tokyodawn.net/tdr-feedback-compressor-2/

This software compressor is very clean, works nice with any input, and has all the controls you need. You can use it on the master if you want, it has this transparent quality. It’s free, it’s x64, it’s funky.

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Wavosaur 1.1.0.0 is out : new version, now in 64 bit too !

Wavosaur, now available in 64 bit

Wavosaur, now available in 64 bit

Wavosaur has been updated !
The version 1.1.0.0 is now ready for download :

http://www.wavosaur.com

Wavosaur is now available as 32 bit application AND 64 bit application !
The 64 bit version runs natively on 64 bit Windows system, like Windows 7 and Windows 8, this means Wavosaur can adress more RAM. And of course can run 64 bit VST plugins.

In this 1.1.0.0 version we also fix bug with the VST host, that was causing some plugins to stop working, like the Izotope plugins.
The VST compatibility is improved !

Free declipper plugins : let’s try to fix clipping / distorsion !

Before & After declipping

Before & After declipping

Imagine you have a sound file that was badly recorded, with no possibility to re-record, and with no clean version : how to deal with the clipping, the saturation, the distorsion ?
Imagine you have a mix/(pre)mastering that was crushed-to-death in a “loudness war” fashion and you have lost all the original files :

how to fix this mess ?

Is there a possibility to clean / smooth the sound ?

how to “unsaturate” ?

can i have declipping ?

-> no <-

it’s too late, we can’t go back to the clean sound!
But we can do our best to limit the damages.
here’s some informations : http://www.wavosaur.com/forum/can-distortion-be-removed-or-minimized-t1262.html

 

 

And now a selection of plugins to help fixing the clipping disasters :

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