Throughout the years, I’ve owned several guitar amps with built-in spring reverb, and I’ve always loved that twangy, metallic sound. Spring reverb in electric guitar amps works by taking the signal from a guitar’s pickups, amplifying it, passing it into one end of a long coil, picking it up at the other end, and then amplifying that signal some more. Because the internal coil is long and twisty, the sound waves don’t travel directly from one end of the reverb tank to another, but instead take their time and bounce around. This produces the characteristic reverb effect we’ve all come to know and love.
I’ve always wondered what a violin would sound like if it were subjected to a similar treatment. Of course, an acoustic violin is a bit more analog than an electric guitar – there is no pickup – which raises the question: what if you were to attach the spring directly to the body of the instrument you were trying to add reverb to? After seeing a Simon the Magpie Youtube video in which Simon attempted a similar experiment on his acoustic guitar, I knew exactly what I had to do. You can watch my experiment unfold in the video linked above.
(And yes, I’ve since replaced the slinky I stole from my son.)
Everything we’ve learnt using Synthedit and making music has been put inside this new plug-in. Although there’s no great presets included, those switchable oscillators from Osmosis, the XT oscillators from Xtruder, the filter cambinations from Filterknock, and the MVM matrix modulation allows the user to recreate a wide range of sounds beyond the limits of classic synths.
Of course, everything is made with Synthedit but a little coloured to get a better timbral experience.
This and all other great performances may be seen from Daryl Hall’s widely acclaimed (e.g., Rolling Stone, SPIN, Daily Variety, et al) free-to-view website, and Palladia TV show, called “Live from Daryl’s House”. Simple, yet satisfying concept: He and his band fellowship and jam with established colleagues and stars, as well as extremely talented and noteworthy newcomers, at his country home/studio in Amenia, NY.
Booker T. Jones, the legendary, multi-Grammy award-winning songwriter, record producer, arranger and front-man of “Booker T. & The MG’s”.
Linux LV2 plugin – preferred for all sequencers that support LV2
VST plugin – especially for proprietary solutions that don’t support LV2
JACK standalone – application using JACK for midi input and audio output
Windows VST plugin – 64-bit VST usable in many Windows DAWs
macOS VST plugin – 64-bit VST for macOS 10.9 and later
SpectMorph is a free software project which allows to analyze samples of musical instruments, and to combine them (morphing). It can be used to construct hybrid sounds, for instance a sound between a trumpet and a flute; or smooth transitions, for instance a sound that starts as a trumpet and then gradually changes to a flute. In its current version, SpectMorph ships with many ready-to-use instruments which can be combined using morphing.
SpectMorph is implemented in C++ and licensed under the GNU LGPL version 3.
Oldigy is a plug-in that emulates the sound of low-resolution digital systems. With Oldygy you can emulate the sound of old samplers, game consoles, phones, or simply add digital distortion to your sound. Oldigy replaced Oldigy-T (track) in the Syntler product line. Now the plugin works in stereo mode. And also you can choose not only the bit depth but also the sampling rate. The plugin does not require instructions, if you know at least a little bit about digital sound.
SAMPLING RATE button – selecting the sampling rate. Depends on the current sampling rate of your DAW. From 3675 to 22050 for 44/88K and from 4000 to 24000 for 48/96K. Press the button repeatedly until the desired sampling rate is set.
BIT DEPTH button – selects the bit depth from 4 to 12.
NONLINE PCM button – you can use non-uniform pulse code modulation. This means that the compounder is included in the signal processing circuit. The input signal is compressed and the output signal is expanded. This increases the accuracy of the digitization at low signal levels and decreases the accuracy at high signal levels. This has a good effect on the signal-to-noise ratio. With Oldigy you can choose how much nonlinear modulation will affect the input signal. From 0 to 100 percent in increments of 25. In real devices there is no such possibility. This adjustment allows you to add the desired level of “digital dirt” more accurately.
FILTER button – Adjusts the depth of the adaptive filter. The filter softens digital artifacts depending on the level of the input signal.
ON – BYPASS button.
Oldigy is а free plugin. Use it in your projects and get good old warm digital sound). Enjoy!
Unzip. Put unzipped folder “OLDIGY” (and oldigy.dll for VST2 32 bit) in the appropriate directory:
An affordable hybrid monophonic synthesizer that allows you to create new sound universes inspired from the real world, where objects collide, vibrate, and resonate.
Anyma Phi blends the classic ingredients of electronic music with physical modeling technology, allowing it to simulate acoustic sound sources, such as strings or reeds, as well as resonating structures, like wood, glass, or metal.
Anyma Phi is compact enough to stand on your keyboard, or anywhere on your desk, and is compatible with any MIDI controller, such as keyboards, sequencers, or even wind controllers, including our own Sylphyo
Whether you play live or record in the studio, design sounds or play presets, Anyma Phi will become an indispensable tool. It can even be used as a stand-alone effects processor, or as part of a guitar effects pedal setup.
"Hello! My name is Caio and I'm a Brazilian composer and sound designer, as well as an audio developer. You can check out here some of the games I did music and audio for as well as some projects and audio tools I developed. Enjoy! Caio created a procedural wind sound design algorithm for a game that he is doing audio for, and turned it into a plugin.
Vendaval is a “pay what you like” download in VST/VST3 and AU plugin formats, including free. The open source plugin requires Csound (Csound installation files are included in the download).”
Cymbal Killer is a 2-band Gate especially designed for drums. With it’s two bands you can have different envelope settings for the sustain (low frequencies) and attack (high frequencies) of the drum. It allows the sustain to breathe while keeping the attack short to kill the cymbal bleed entering through the close mics on a drumset (hence the name).
– It has a side-chain input and high-pass, low-pass and parametric filters (shared by the two bands) for focusing the sound of the drum on the detector circuit;
– Lookahead for allowing the full transient through (introduces latency);
– Two visualizers (one for each band) for watching the envelope;
– Mix slider for allowing a mix between the original clean signal and the gated signal.
These plugins are free to use and I make them on my spare time. If you like them and are able to help by donating, I would be very grateful.
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