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Free Stuff

Quality audio tools can come cheap — free, in fact! The items listed below are some personal favourites recommended by AudioTechnology writers, and they won’t cost you a cent.

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Softube Saturation Knob — tasty harmonic distortion with no-fuss controls

iZotope Vinyl — the sweet LP record emulator for the ultimate lo-fi mojo

Klanghelm DC1A — a proficient bus or instrument compressor with no-fuss controls

Brainworx bx_subfilter — sculpt, tighten, and beef up that low end to perfection

Brainworx bx_cleansweep V2 — high- and low-pass filtering with 6dB/octave curve

Elysia niveau filter — simple, functional, musical dual-shelf equalisation

Brainworx bx_rockrack — a tasting plate of Brainworx guitar amp goodness

Klanghelm MJUC jr. — variable-mu tube compression with distinctive character

Tokyo Dawn VOS SlickEQ — a mixing/mastering semi-parametric equaliser

SPL Free Ranger — a four-band graphic EQ with smooth, musical curves

Brainwork bx_solo — a stereo width tool with mid-side/left-right monitoring

Acon Digital Multiply — chorus effect combined with phase randomisation

fxpansion DCAM FreeComp — punchy console-style bus compression

Tokyo Dawn Kotelnikov — transparent peak and RMS dynamic range manipulation

iZotope Ozone Imager — narrow or widen a track’s stereo image with simple controls

Ohmforce Frohmage — a creamy low-pass filter with a widely adjustable character

iZotope Neutrino — a spectral shaping tool to subtly boost detail and balance in your mix

Flux BitterSweet — transform your transients from spiky to smooth or vice versa

Wave Arts Tube Saturator Vintage — dual-12AX7 tube circuit simulator with EQ

Klanghelm IVGI — a handy Swiss army knife of saturation and distortion

Native Instruments Guitar Rig 5 — based on Guitar Rig 5 Pro and with 50 presets

Tokyo Dawn Nova — silky smooth dynamic equalisation with a spectrum analyser

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Stroh Violin — a resonating metal body and horns make this violin truly unique

Super Audio Boy — GameBoy audio samples, a true sonic blast from the past

Output Signal — test drive this powerful pulse synth engine with four sound sources

60s Rogers Pop Kit — the drum sound of the ’60s era recorded on a Rogers PowerTone kit

Victorian Music Box — mysterious and dark multi-sampled music box with convolution reverb

Concert Kazoos — 25 tuned plastic mouth-horns that sound a little less silly than the name suggests

Cinesamples Jerry’s Pianos — not one, but two Steinway grands recorded simultaneously

Zvenigorod Toy Piano — a small USSR piano with a unique sound that resembles a xylophone

Angel’s Harp — the soothing sound of an orchestral harp sampled over 79 keys

RMI Rocksichord — RMI’s electronic harpsichord prog-rock icon with all 12 original stops

Speak And Spell — the Texas Instruments toy morphed to bring the random factor in bucketloads

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Korg Gadget LE — hours of fun with recreations of your favourite analogue synths

Novation Launchkey — a powerful synth with 80 patches and an arpeggiator

Propellerhead Figure — a fun composition tool with Drums, Bass, and Lead Synth

KV331 SynthMaster Player — a preset-based synth with two X/Y pads and eight parameters

IK Amplitube CS — turn your iPhone into a guitar processing powerhouse jam-able drum loops

Remixlive Loops — a finger-drumming paradise with built-in recorder and loop-based sequencer