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: Pulteq EQ emulation from AnalogObsession

I sometimes catch myself wondering these days: just how useful are these vintage emulations of classic hardware? Surely, with all the tech tools at our disposal these days we don’t need to stay stuck with designs from the 50s, right? Wrong! Audio junkies love vintage emulations and this one’s pretty cool. Now this free plugin…

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: 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…

basiQ from Kuassa: The best EQ you’ve never heard of

Check it out: the basiQ from Kuassa, a kick ass emulation of the legendary-even-though-I-just-found-out-it-exists Baxandall Equalizer. Even better, it’s free. Here’s the spiel: “basiQ is an acronym for Baxandall Simulation Equalizer, a free 3-band equalizer plugin with photorealistic graphics from Kuassa. As the name implies, the engine is modeled after the design of the classic…