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: 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…

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: 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: 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…