Archive for Free VST

X-Cita

X-Cita beefs up your tracks with added harmonics
X-Cita beefs up your tracks with added harmonics

I’ve been using the Elogoxa’s “X-Cita” for some time. Essentially, it’s a really straightforward exciter, an effect that creates harmonics to boost low or high range frequencies. It’s intended for mastering, but I personally like to use it to add extra punch to my percussion tracks. Check out its effect on a basic break:

Dry (without effect)

Low-end X-Cita

High-end X-Cita

You can download the X-Cita free from the Elogoxa team at http://www.uv.es/~ruizcan/p_vst.htm

It’s also included with a bunch of other free vsts in the “Huge Free VST Bundle,” which is listed under pages.

-Kibbles

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Magical 8-Bit Plug

The magical 8-bit plugin is a super-light, user friendly chiptune synth

The magical 8-bit plugin is a super-light, user friendly chiptune synth

One of my favorite and most used free plugins is the Magical 8-Bit Plug from the killer japanese 8-bit jazz group YMCK.  This thing is by far the best sounding, most user friendly plugin for 8-bit video game sounds. Other 8-bit plugins have all sorts of bells and whistles; this thing is bare-bones and sounds amazing, all while taking up hardly any processing power. 

YMCK

YMCK is the an interesting 8-bit jazz group. They're the only outfit out there with a signature plugin, and it's free.

It’s got 5 different “primitive” waveforms: square, triangle, noise, 25% pulse and 12.5% pulse. For leads, the square wave is incredible, especially with a touch of bit-crushing and compression. The following clip features the square wave used in a familiar tune:

square-lead

Magical 8-Bit Plugin also works great for electro basslines too:

 square-bass

For softer, more string like sounds, the triangle wave can provide some lushness.  Here’s a sample of the triangle:

triangle-pad

Less of a favorite of mine, the pulse wave also has some applications:

pulse-lead

You can download the plugin for a host of operating systems here: http://www.ymck.net/english/download/index.html

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