Free: LA-2A clone AdHd Leveling Tool

There are few compressors more coveted than the legendary LA-2A compressor by Teletronix. The electro-optical compressor is famous for its gentle transparent compression, making it the perfect choice for pristine vocal levelling, bass and drums, or anything that requires gentle dynamic reduction or additional warmth. Free plugin versions are rare, so this is a sweet…

Free: Steven Slate Drums SSD5-Free

Good quality, free drum kit VSTIs are few and far between. We’ve covered a couple in these pages, but none compare to the thoroughly excellent free SSD5 demo from Steven Slate Drums. It’s a full working kit, free of limitations, except one: the free version comes with just one kit, instead of the myriad instruments…

Free: Isol8 advanced mix monitoring tool

Here’s something awesome from the cool cats at TBProAudio. The Isol8 is an “advanced mix monitoring tool” which provides a range of functionality to help you achieve better mixes. It’s good stuff that lets you divide the frequency range into 5 bands. “These 5 bands can be soloed or muted individually. This will help you…

Free: Limiter plugin from D16

Who wants a free limiter? Everyone, I assume, and here’s a kick-ass one available from D16, 100% free. Here’s the spiel: “Quality and performance makes Frontier a perfect tool for almost any studio situation. Its simple and clear interface in combination with excellent sound quality will surely be appreciated by any engineer looking for efficient…

Free: ZETA guitar cabinet impulses

Everyone loves guitar impulses. After all, there’s nothing better than avoiding songwriting and recording by auditioning guitar cabinets for hours on end. So here’s a couple of freebies from Italian studio, Zeta Factory. Cabinets included: Orange PPC 212 Closed Back Bogner 212 CB Closed Back Stack Diezel 412 FC (V30) Mesa 412 Recto Slant Bogner…