New: MIKKO Guitar Cab Simulator

This has got to be one of the better the cab sims out there. Coming with nine guitar cabinets, all captured with six different microphones – that can be combined to endless possibilities – there are tonal possibilities aplenty with the MIKKO. You can place the mics anywhere – in front of the dust cap,…

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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…

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…