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Native Instruments Driver – free distortion and filter effect – Christmas gift

Another Christmas gift. This time it’s from Native Instruments. The plugin is called Driver and it’s a filter and distortion unit. They describe it as: “an inspiring creative tool from the creator of MASSIVE featuring the rare pairing of a high-quality filter with a punishing distortion unit. The smooth filter section delivers a wide range of effects, from ultra-subtle to incredibly rich, while two modulation sources produce dramatic textural shifts.

The distortion section is capable of everything from light saturation to complete sonic destruction.“.

DRIVER will be released as a $49 / 49 Komplete effect early in 2013.

Download: Native Instruments Driver

AuraPlug Freetortion Series

Auraplug Freetortion series contains four different VST effects. Red Skull Distortion – an aggressive high-gain distortion pedal simulator with unbelievably chunky metal tones for playing Nu Metal, Grind Core, Hard Core, Trash Metal or any genre that requires crushing sound. The tone section gives you complete control over Bass, Midrange, and Treble to get the ultimate chunk for your virtual rig.
Fuzz-Stone Distortion – a ’60’s styled guitar fuzz tone pedal which simulates the Legendary Stones’ Satisfaction guitar tone.
Fuzz-Stone[Ge] Distortion a Fuzz style Germanium transistor distortion simulator.
Last but not least – Whamdrive Distortion/Pitch Shifter can shift the pitch of an incoming audio signal. It allows you to pitch an incoming audio stream in realtime with an external MIDI foot controller or with the GUI controls. Whamdrive features 14 different pitch modes. The harmony note and the input signal are mixed together as if two guitars were playing simultaneously in the first nine modes. Whamdrive works like a classic pitch shifter in the last five modes. The effect also includes a distortion unit with cabinet simulation. It has a special equalization method (uses only one knob) which gives you wider, stronger EQ control.

Whamdrive preview

Fuzz-Stone[Ge] preview

Download: www.auraplug.com

Morfiki Redu(p)cer Vst

Morfiki Redu(p)cer is a versatile bit-reducer and decimator type plug-in with unique morphing abilities. Combining it with additional filters and stereo spread functionality we achieved effect processor , that is fun and exciting to play with. What morfiki stands for ? It’s the system of parameter control. Main goal of it, is to let You manipulate Your sound easly, without lines of weird automation.

Features include :
stereo processing (lowpass, hipass & decimator have spread parameters)
quantizer
decimator
all parameters are controlled by morfiki preset system
easy parameter value reset-functionality
moderate cpu usage

Redu(p)cer can generate extremely high levels at its output (for example,it can be caused by setting a high attenuation/resonance of filters) it is recomended to set a limiter/soft clipper plugin in a fx plugin rack of your DAW right after the Redu(p)cer (or just set the master volume to low when experimenting).

It’s an amazing, unique in it’s own way vst effect plug-in.

More info:
morfiki.blogspot.com

Download: Morfiki Redu(p)cer

Camel Crusher FX

CamelCrusher is a free ‘colouring’ multi-effect plugin. It offers two characteristically different distortion sounds which can be blended together to create a wide variety of tones and textures. Great for guitars, drums and plenty more!

There’s also a warm, smooth analogue-style low-pass filter with buckets of resonance. Finally, let’s not forget the easiest-to-use compressor you’ll find anywhere. It can ‘phatten’ up your sound as quickly as you can turn up the ‘Amount’ knob!

Camel Crusher not only offers heavy distortions but also very subtle ones. I use it quite often for (that’s right) leads, plucks (if I want more gritty, analogue sound). Overall, very nice plug-in – you don’t need to read manual to use it 🙂 Also the presets seem ok.

Download:
CamelAudio.com

Voxengo Boogex

Voxengo Boogex is a free guitar cabinet emulation plug-in which is able to create heavy distorted sound as well as slight distortion sound. It’s main feature is ability to apply any speaker cabinet impulse response – selection of built-in impulses is available but you can also load impulses from wav files.

Voxengo Boogex comes with several example factory presets.

Features:
* Emphasis and Cut Filters. These are used to shape the sound of an amplifier.
* Pre-filter. Used to filter the incoming guitar signal. This is usually useful if the pickups on the guitar are too boomy or too crisp.
* Amplifier. This part is usually represented by a single Drive knob on actual guitar combos. The concept has been refined in Boogex and it is possible to get very different overdrive tones using four knobs (tone, drive, dynamics, phase).
* Processing latency is very modest – 96 samples (2.1 ms at 44.1kHz).

Is it quality stuff ? Well, some people are still amazed that such product is free 🙂

You can find some nice cabinet impulses at http://guitarampmodeling.com

Download: http://www.voxengo.com/product/boogex/

Nick Crow Wagner Sharp

Wagner Sharp is an amazing Tube Guitar Preamp created by Nikolai “NickCrow” Voronin. What can I say – it almost sounds as real stuff 🙂 For better effect, you can insert some guitar cabinet emulation plug-in (for example Voxengo Boogex) after Wagner Sharp.

Features:
* Cut Low / High – input High Pass and Low Pass filters.
* Drive – Determines the amount of gain applied by the preamp.
* Bass, Middle, Freq, Treble – Tone Stack gain controls, freq – middle frequency tune.
* Volume – Output level. When light red led – decrease volume value.
* Quality – Internal plugin SampleRate in realtime (control of oversampling).
SampleRate always have a maximum value in Render (Mixdown) mode of VST host (if supported by host).
* Power – Switch plug-in in bypass mode.

Here’s the little demo below (not mine 😉 ) using Wagner Sharp

Download: Nick Crow Wagner Sharp