Free: Metal Zone Clone from Mercuriall

I don’t know why, but whenever I hear the news that Mercuriall has released a new plugin, I just about stroke out – in a good way. Actually, I do know why I do that – their plugins are amongst the baddest-ass of any on the market. Now they’ve gone and done the unthinkable, creating…

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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: 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…

Interview: Alex from Audio Assault

The cool cats at Audio Assault are pretty good at making kick-ass plugins that don’t break the bank. From smashing metal amps to distortion and compression effects – to the recent release of the mighty HellBeast – we like their style, so we thought it was time to interview them. We’re in New Zealand however…

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…