Interview: Tony Frenzel from Klanghelm

Few things in this world are certain, other than death, taxes and the indisputable fact that Klanghelm makes amazing plugins. The Germany-based software company makes a range of best-in-show compressors and saturation plugins – we love and use them often – so we tracked down head honcho Tony Frenzel to get the inside skinny on…

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Free plugin: The Octaver OC-D2

A wicked plugin-in octave divider in the vein of an iconic pedal? Yes please. Built by one Christopher Hooker, the OC-D2 is basically an octave divider – it can generate pitch shifts to either one or two octaves below. It’s also an homage – in look and feel at the very least – to the…

Interview: United Plugins

United Plugins caused a stir when it launched in June – three different effects built by three different developers? That’s different, we thought. There’s a strategy at play of course and if the coming together of several big brains from the audio industry results a world with a greater net total of cool audio plugins,…

Free: Tonmann De-Esser VST

Ahh, sibilance. Crucial for intelligibility, but lethal in high doses. And if you’re stacking your vocal tracks, that goes triple. The battle may be a little closer to won with the Tonmann De-Esser, a great little free plugin from Tonmann. Check out the spiel from the website: “Tonmann DeEsser is a basic high frequency dynamic…

Free digital audio workstation: Tracktion T7

Tracktion is excellent software for those looking to get into home recording. Everything you need is here: a simple drag and drop interface, full mixer functionality (with plugins) and an unlimited number of tracks available for creating that rock opera epic. Here’s the spiel from Tracktion: “This is no ‘Lite’ version, we do not impose…

Free: Marshall 1960 Lead Cabinet IRs

Check out these free Marshall guitar cabinet impulse responses from Laptop Guitarist! We decided to test the tone of each of the four speakers loaded into our trusty Marshall 1960 Lead cabinet. We were amazed at the diffence between speakers and decided to capture the unique tonal characteristics of the whole cabinet and put it…