VST/AU plug-in instrument/effect round-up: Week 40

7th Mar 2012 | 12:07

VST/AU plug-in instrument/effect round-up: Week 40
The best of the rest

We’ve already briefed you on FabFilter’s Saturn and Arturia’s Spark Vintage Drum Machines, but these represent just the tip of this week’s plug-in release iceberg. Join us now as we delve below the waterline.

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NEXT: HG Sounds Vortex VSTi

VST/AU plug-in instrument/effect round-up: Week 40
HG Sounds Vortex VSTi
PC, Mac/VST, $70

Still in beta but deemed stable enough to be usable, Vortex contains 12 sequencers and dedicated synths for each of them. It’s designed to be a performance instrument, and comes with real-time triggers that enable you to manipulate the sequencers with effects. The price listed above is an introductory one.

Buy or download demo of HG Sounds Vortex VSTi

VST/AU plug-in instrument/effect round-up: Week 40
Mandelbrot Drummer VST Rhythm Maker
PC/VST, $19

This MIDI sequencer plug-in is designed to make it easier to program drum patterns. It uses Mandelbrot Fractals to alter velocities rhythmically and enables you to experiment with poly-rhythms and unusual time signatures. You’ll need another drum plug-in to generate sounds, too.

Buy or download demo of Mandelbrot Drummer VST Rhythm Maker

VST/AU plug-in instrument/effect round-up: Week 40
discoDSP ThrillMe
PC/VST, €19

discoDSP has now been in business for 10 years, but rather than throwing a party, it’s releasing this multi-effects unit to celebrate. It features a 3-band compressor, 4-band spectral enhancer and mathematical waveshaping limiter.

Buy or download demo of discoDSP ThrillMe

VST/AU plug-in instrument/effect round-up: Week 40
OverTone DSP PTC-2A Vintage Program EQ
PC/VST, £39.95

Yet another EQ that takes inspiration from the classic Pultec hardware designs, this one offers separate LF Boost and Attenuate controls, passive filters and a transformer-coupled gain stage that promises to add to the vintage tone. There’s a de-cramped mid-range filter, too.

Buy or download demo of OverTone DSP PTC-2A Vintage Program EQ

VST/AU plug-in instrument/effect round-up: Week 40
Sound Magic Neo MasteringQ
PC/VST, €69

This mastering EQ promises to implement a “revolutionary concept” in EQ. It works, we’re told, by automatically detecting and locking in on the most audible/sensitive frequency, making the EQ process much simpler.

Buy or download demo of Sound Magic Neo MasteringQ


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