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Re: Free Plug ins

Postby Generic » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:08 pm

Oh, turns out there's a difference between Roomworks and Roomworks SE. I had SE, which is much more limited. The full version of Roomworks, which is included on Cubase 6, is actually pretty nice.
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Postby Lunkhead » Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:03 pm

SE is more limited in its features, and I think may also use less CPU. Room Works is pretty CPU intensive.
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Postby Manhattan Glutton » Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:10 pm

Hoop yeah better move this to another thread lest this forum with buzzing activity get cluttered
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Re: Free Plug ins

Postby nyjm » Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:00 am

So, this topic is awesome, but 13 pages has just gotten too unwieldly to search through. I've compiled most of the posted links here :

https://sites.google.com/site/freevstiplugins/

I've done a little editing, checking for live links and eschewing anything that is either demo-only or for-pay. It's all Freeware all the time.

I'd love some feedback. I'm not sold on the organizational structure, which is by type and alphabetical. There's very little cross-referencing since I just dumped "collections" (like Voxengo or DSK) into their own category.

Anyway, enjoy!

P.S. I do plan on reviewing this every few months to check for dead links, etc.

Edit: It's like a scab; I have to keep picking at it. Did a little cosmetic rearranging with drop-down tabs instead of the Google's clunky default exploding menus.
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Re: Free Plug ins

Postby Billy's Little Trip » Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:05 am

That's fantastic! Good job and worth it's weight in gold. bookmarked

.....If you print it on paper, that is. Not if you hold up your computer monitor with the site on the screen. That would make it worth, like, a kajillion dollars. :?
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Re: Free Plug ins

Postby king_arthur » Sat Jul 02, 2011 3:16 pm

nyjm wrote:I'd love some feedback. I'm not sold on the organizational structure, which is by type and alphabetical.


Okay, showing off my own ignorance here, but that's not exactly new... could you add an "introduction to plugins" page that (among other things) describes the different plugin formats and the programs they work with. For example, "If you are using ProTools, you can use XYZ and VRX plugins. If you are using Audacity, you can use..."

In general I don't record onto the computer, but I've started taking the mixes off my AW16 workstation and putting them on the computer and doing a bit of compression and EQ here and there before calling 'em finished, using Audacity. As I recall, the last time I looked at plugins, whatever I was using didn't use the kind of plugins you could find for free, but maybe Audacity is better for that. I just recall that there are different flavors of plugins, and it would help to have a reference that would tell me, "okay, if you're using program X, you need to look for plugins of type D; click here for a list of all the type D plugins we've found."

What I'd love to try (though I know it might not work the way I want it to, and maybe it doesn't even exist) would be a frequency-based multiband compressor where I could have it do a spectrum plot on some reference track and then compress and EQ my own file so that my spectrum plot looked like the reference one. For free. That works in Audacity.

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Re: Free Plug ins

Postby nyjm » Sat Jul 02, 2011 4:49 pm

Hmm, a "how-to" guide would be useful; but a cross reference by software compatibility... There are literally scores of plug-ins linked there, when you start counting the "collections" pages; it's a tall order to the point of being unfeasible.

But maybe we could do a "Top 5 / Top 10" for each of the popular recording programs. I'd need some help with that. What are the programs that everyone uses? And what are your favorite plug ins?

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Re: Free Plug ins

Postby fluffy » Sat Jul 02, 2011 5:03 pm

Logic is my favorite, if it werent already painfully obvious by my posts on this thread.
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Postby nyjm » Sat Jul 02, 2011 5:24 pm

And what are your favorite FX?
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Postby Billy's Little Trip » Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:46 pm

fluffy wrote:Logic is my favorite, if it werent already painfully obvious by my posts on this thread.

I've said this before, but I fear this. What if a system/program dominated the DAW world like windows did to operating systems? Yikes! I'm SOOOoo into the novice programers /slash/ musicians out there. Like fluffy and jast off the top off my head. I want to "hear" everyone's take on things. Not the Manhattan Glutton version trying to spoon feed society on how things "should" sound.
Even though Albini is my hero in the engineering world, he is really just an opinion of how things should be mixed and quite successful. But he isn't, nor should be the last word.
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Postby Manhattan Glutton » Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:20 pm

Billy's Little Trip wrote:I've said this before, but I fear this. What if a system/program dominated the DAW world like windows did to operating systems? Yikes!

How does this even relate to the rest of your post? Using the same DAW won't make things sound the same.

I'm SOOOoo into the novice programers /slash/ musicians out there.

Like me! Oh...

Not the Manhattan Glutton version trying to spoon feed society on how things "should" sound.

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Postby Billy's Little Trip » Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:38 pm

:D ...that's all I cam say.

...oh, and you mix like a conceded guitar cunt. You remind me of a cook that dominates everything with garlic. :P
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Re: Free Plug ins

Postby fluffy » Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:40 pm

nyjm wrote:And what are your favorite FX?

The ones that come with Logic, mostly. It has a very nice set of mastering plugins, and Space Designer and Platinum Verb are amazing reverbs. There's also some great guitar amp simulations and pedal simulations. Tape Delay is also flexible enough that you can set up all sorts of fun gooey glitchy madness (I tend to use that on my abstract drums, cf Bad Cat, Sorry To Inform You, and Baby Be Quiet).
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Postby Billy's Little Trip » Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:45 pm

Thank you. I was in the moment.
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Postby Manhattan Glutton » Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:46 pm

Billy's Little Trip wrote:You remind me of a cook that dominates everything with garlic.


Good good, let the butthurt flow through you.
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Re: Free Plug ins

Postby Billy's Little Trip » Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:57 pm

Is that a come back? Really? If it is, I wasn't looking for one. If it's not, then sorry that I just pictured you as total dork. <3
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Postby Manhattan Glutton » Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:03 pm

I totally am. Why else would I be posting at this time on Saturday night?
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Re: Free Plug ins

Postby Billy's Little Trip » Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:09 pm

It's early for me. And why are you getting so mad? Dude, I don't hate you or anything. You say I can't mix, I say that you WISH you could be as awesome as fluffy as a programer. We're busting balls. Are you really that defensive? Sorry, I'll be sure to be serious face with you from now on. :cry:
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Postby Billy's Little Trip » Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:13 pm

fluf, didn't you see where I said "that's all I cam say" :P
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Postby Manhattan Glutton » Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:16 pm

Nah, I'm just trying to understand. First you're talking about DAWs, then I'm The Man, then something about programmers and garlic.
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Postby Billy's Little Trip » Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:19 pm

Wait, when were the man? :lol:

....back to conceited? (thank you eF)

...that's what I call fluffy now, eF.
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Re: Free Plug ins

Postby fluffy » Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:22 pm

Get a room, you two.

Jeeze, as if this thread hadn't already drifted enough...

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