1. AudioThing Fog Convolver 2 NEW*
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A genuinely stereo spatial tool that responds to every nuance dynamically.
Convolution reverbs are new and recent in the history of this effect. The nicest part about this type of effect is that impulse responses are used in the spatial context of your effect, which allows you to recreate more accurately how a reverberation would occur in a given environment.
- IR selection
The top left corner’s “IR 1” and “IR 2” buttons allow you to choose which impulse response is presently being changed, with the option of swiftly skipping any of the two. The little “Link” button (the small chain) connects the settings for both inputs, and the “Lock” button disables all parameters except the IR, which is loaded from a preset.
- Graphic EQ
The inbuilt equalization may be turned on and off at any moment. There are five bands, and the ability to control each one with a mouse click while the mouse wheel adjusts the “Q” factor of that band. Each band may be reset to its default setting by double-clicking it.
- Routing section
The little piece in the far right corner of the screen is in charge of determining the effect’s proper routing. You can select one of five routing modes: “Single,” “Serial,” “Parallel,” “Parallel Mix,” or “True Stereo.” You may also change the “Balance,” “Mix,” and “Output” settings for each IR.
- General parameters
The nine general parameters are controlled by the grey knobs. “Pre Delay,” “Gain,” “Pitch,” “Start,” “End” (sets the start or end point for the IR), “Fade In,” “Fade Out,” “Curve,” “Balance,” “Mix,” and “Output” are among them.
- Parameter lock
If you need to prevent some parameters from changing values, utilize the “Parameter Lock” option to make them unchangeable. If a parameter is locked, it will not be changed by any modifications, which may be specified for all parameters or just one.
- IR selection
This plugin is available for macOS 10.9 to 12 (64-bit only) and Windows 7 or higher (64-bit only). It runs in VST2, VST3, AAX, CLAP, and AU plugin formats.
The wonderful thing about current plugins is that they frequently surpass our expectations. Thinking of anything as a reverb with personalized impulse responses is quite the future, and it’s about time we started using some cutting-edge technologies in our job endeavors.
Fog Convolver 2 masterfully mixes contemporary IR modeling with classic controls and settings, providing an unmatched sound texture to whatever ambient you wish to create in your track..
2. AudioThing Outer Space
Outer Space by AudioThing will help you to provide spatial sound naturally.
Tape delays are a great effect, as they always bring quite a live sound. The idea is that the repeating does not occur clearly in time, which gives more organicity. Now we will tell you about one of the plugins that do this job well.
Outer Space software from AudioThing will give you echo, reverb with echo, or only reverb. It emulates a popular analog box that pros use both on stage and in the studio. You will have many settings and the ability to get high-quality sound. Let’s try to figure out what this plugin is.
- Choose The Mode
You will have a Mode Selector to help you choose the required operation. In total, there are 12 modes: four echoes, seven echoes with reverb, and one pure reverb. Switch between them to get the sound you want.
- Three Playheads
In addition to this, you will have three Playheads. The number and how many of them work will depend on the selected mode. However, you can customize the operation of each of them yourself. Namely, synchronize with your host’s tempo, or set the time in milliseconds.
- Bass & Treble Control
It is also worth noting that Outer Space has its small equalizer in the form of Bass and Treble controls. But keep in mind that they will only act on the echo. However, you can also set them to affect the reverb as well. To do this, go to the More menu and select the required option.
- Shape The Sound
Of course, you will get several other settings to help you provide the required sound more thoroughly. In particular, we are talking about Repeat Rate, Intensity, Wow/Flutter, and Echo Volume controls. For example, Wow/Flutter will help to get a wobbling effect.
- Noise & Tape Age
Another great feature of this software is that you can add analog noise. It is a kind of mixture of tape and physical units. In addition, you will be able to influence the age of the tape thanks to the switch in the lower right corner. There are options New, Old, and RT.
AudioThing Outer Space is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.9 or higher, both 64-bit only. It comes in VST2/3, AU, and AAX formats.
Outer Space is a great tape echo plugin that allows you to use delay and reverb. It has twelve modes of operation and all the necessary settings. Therefore, thanks to it, you can easily add spatiality to your guitar parts. In addition, you can use the software on other instruments you want.
3. AudioThing Speakers
AudioThing Speakers is a multi-effects microphone and speaker emulation plugin.
The plugin simulates various speaker and microphone setups and allows you to apply effects such as distortion, filtering, and modulation to the sound. It can be used to add character and warmth to recordings or to create unique, distorted sounds.
- Speaker emulations
AudioThing Speakers features a library of 50 different speaker simulations, including both classic and modern models. The speakers range from vintage tube-powered units to modern digital models and include various types, such as guitar and bass speakers, studio monitors, and even car speakers. Each speaker has been carefully modeled to capture its unique characteristics, such as frequency response, distortion, and other tonal qualities. You can choose from the library of speakers to apply to their audio and adjust the settings to taste. Some of the speakers included are Altec, Celestion, JBL, EV, Fane, Gauss, Jensen, Klipsch, and more.
- Microphone emulations
The plugin also features 32 different microphone emulations, which can be used to add a sense of realism and depth to the speaker simulations. The microphone emulations include both dynamic and condenser models, as well as vintage and modern options. Some of the microphone emulations include: Shure SM57, Shure SM58, AKG C12, AKG C3000, Neumann U47, Neumann U67, Rode NT1-A, Rode NT2000, and more.
- Distortion/Degradation Algorithms
AudioThing Speakers also features 18 different distortion and degradation algorithms, which simulate various analog and digital distortion types, such as tube saturation, tape emulation, and bitcrushing. Tape, Tube, Transistor, Diode, Bitcrisher, Lo-Fi, Decimator, Shaper, Overdrive, etc., are some of the algorithms in the plugin.
- Realistic ambiance
The plugin also features 42 different background noise options, which can add a sense of realism or ambiance to the audio. These background noise options include various environmental sounds such as crowd noise, traffic noise, and nature.
To use AudioThing Speakers, you will need a computer that meets the minimum system requirements of your chosen DAW, and that can run VST, AU, or AAX plugins, in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
In conclusion, the plugin is a powerful and versatile tool that can add character and warmth to recordings, or create unique, distorted sounds for electronic music production. With its library of speaker simulations, microphone emulations, distortion and degradation algorithms, and background noise options, you can achieve many tonal options and add a sense of realism to your recordings.
4. Audio Thing Latin Percussion
Audio Thing’s Latin Percussion plugin is a sample-based sequencer that emulates the Sound Master Latin Percussion, a rare analog drum machine from the ’80s.
It features six different instruments that you can shape, pan, pitch shift, and mix independently, and a rhythmic pattern board. You can also randomize each instrument individually on the pattern creator board to shape your very own patterns. Without further ado, let’s dive right into its key features:
- 6 Individual Instruments:
Latin Percussion plugin comes with six different instruments with individual pan, pitch, and volume mix knobs, which is a time saver if you already have something in mind. It also features a randomizer button on the pattern sequencer area that comes in handy if you want to spice things up a little. You can randomize each instrument separately.
- Pattern Creator:
It’s possible to get creative and build nice grooves within this feature. It makes it very easy to adjust, allowing you to modify every aspect of the sequence pattern, like the number of steps, by just clicking on the step numbers above. When you’re done, you can also throw the pattern into your DAW and see it instantly, as Midi notes.
- FX controls:
It also features overdrive and reverb effects to shape unique sounding sequences. You can add reverb to create dimension on a specific instrument in the groove and give it a different vibe.
- 20+ Presets:
There are about 20 different presets in this plugin that will accelerate your workflow with different classic Latin rhythmic patterns (including Samba, Rumba, and Chachacha) that you can modify and customize to taste when creating nice new grooves.
Supports Windows 7 or higher, and macOS 10.6 or higher, runs on 64 bit only, and comes in VST2, VST3 AU, and AAX formats.
Audio Thing’s Latin Percussion is a versatile, efficient, and CPU-friendly rhythmic sequencer. It takes nearly no time to figure out, enabling you to let your creativity go without holding you back.
The fact that it has separate controls for each instrument to shape both sequence patterns and tone makes it really practical to achieve exciting rhythms to flavor your productions. Although it might seem limited, possibilities are infinite, and from my personal experience, it helps spice things up quite nicely when producing.
5. AudioThing SR-88
Evoke the 80s sound with this simplistic, sample-based drum machine emulation.
The SR-88 is, of course, based on the affordable SoundMaster Memory Rhythm SR-88 drum machine. It features five drum pieces, including a kick, snare, two hi-hats, and a cymbal. Similarly, there is a simple pattern sequencer that also supports midi drag-and-drop into your DAW.
The plugin features a low-pass filter, overdrive, plate reverb, and a compressor. As with the original unit, all of the effects affect the master output. Unfortunately, you cannot send multiple outputs to your DAW. Then again, being a minimalistic drum sequencer, you wouldn’t require it anyway.
The pattern sequencer is a 32-step sequencer. You cannot create multiple patterns. So, you will be using the drag-and-drop button quite extensively. However, it supports saving patterns and reloading them. Further, you can get some inspiration using the randomize button per channel and pattern.
The plugin is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.7 or higher, both 64-bit only. It comes in VST 2/3, AU, and AAX formats.
As a minimalistic, easy drum machine, the SR-88 feels just fine. It does what it set out to do, and the sound is genuinely nice. However, even after considering the price, it would’ve been much more helpful if it had multi-outputs and multiple patterns.
6. AudioThing Alborosie Dub Station
Alborosie Dub Station is a multi-effects plugin by AudioThing.
Alborosie Dub Station was explicitly created to suit Reggae music. AudioThing spent loads of time meticulously analyzing and recreating the original filter, echoes, and spring reverb owned and modified by the legendary pioneer of Reggae music “King Tubby” AKA Osbourne Ruddock. These effects were used by Ruddock during the golden era of Reggae and ensured a genre-accurate sound.
- Filter man
The filter man effect is at the top of Alborosie Dub Station. It’s modeled after the famous “Big Knob” that King Tubby used in the 70s. It’s a passive high-pass filter with 11 frequency steps. You get a knob to select the type of filter, choosing between the original and a more controlled one named measured, a knob to choose the frequency step, the impedance of the filter, and finally, the gain.
Echowuk is based on the iconic MCI 2 tape that King Tubby used to record and create tape delay effects that are now synonymous with Reggae music. AudioThing studied the tape that was located in Tubby’s studio in Waterhouse Kingston to create Echowuk. You can run it freely for a true Reggae feel or sync it to your DAW, making it ideal for all music genres. You get the standard input and output controls, a hiss control for adding noise, a dry/wet knob for parallel processing, and of course, feedback and time controls.
- Spring Bling
Spring Bling is modeled after the modified Fairchild Spring Reverb used by Tubby himself that was located in his studio in Waterhouse Kingston. It contains the iconic spring reverb sound that you’d associate with King Tubby records and has a single knob to adjust the intensity of the effect. The sound is exactly as you’d expect it to be, perfect for Reggae and Ska.
You can easily save patches in Alborosie Dub Station to easily recall them in future projects. Another fun feature is the randomize button which resets the entire interface and randomizes all three effects. It can be an enjoyable tool to play with.
Alborosie Dub Station is available on Windows 7-10 and macOS 10.9-11 in VST2, VST3, AAX, and AU formats.
Alborosie Dub Station is an excellent multi-effects unit by AudioThing. It can achieve effects that truly capture the feel of early Reggae music, and that’s due to the amount of effort and respect AudioThing put into researching King Tubby’s gear. A proper must-have tool for all Reggae producers.
Audiothing Things – Motor (Tremolo, Vibrato & Panner with Morphing Feature)
Motor is a hardware-based audio morphing mechanism.
Based on “The Crystal Palace” machine by Dave Young, Motor is an advanced audio modulation tool that also offers the vibrato effect. The workflow is super simple: all you need to do is set the modulation rate and turn up the Vibrato knob. The Wave graphic will let you select the waveforms for modulation.
- Synced Rate
By clicking on the little eighth note next to the Rate knob, you can also make Motor synced to your DAW. It’s probably best not to use it for vocals or other manual instruments. However, for synths or keyboards, it might have an interesting effect.
- More Than Just Vibrato
Other than vibrato, Motor has tremolo and auto-panner effects as well. Altogether, they can turn this simple plugin into an audio-mangling experimental tool. Try it out on guitars or organs for a “Leslie” effect.
- Audio Modulation
Motor supports a side-chain input as well. While it doesn’t do much for the vibrato effect, it creates exciting modulation effects using the tremolo or panner parameters. The effect best suits creating strange sound effects and “robotic” voices.
Motor is available for Windows 7 or higher and macOS 10.9 or higher, 64-bit. It comes in VST 2/3, AU, and AAX formats.
The plugin is not for vibrato alone, and it’s probably a good thing for your creativity. We suggest you set the rate to around 4.5 to 6 Hz and automate the Vibrato knob for vibrato. It works excellently to create natural sounds.
Shaurya Bhatia, is an Indian Music Producer, Composer, Rapper & Performer, who goes by the stage name MC SNUB, and is also 1/2 of the Indian pop music duo, called “babyface”. A certified Audio Engineer & Music Producer, and a practicing musician & rapper for more than 6 years, Shaurya has worked on projects of various genres and has also been a teaching faculty at Spin Gurus DJ Academy.