##UPDATED## 25 Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/05 16:54:07 (permalink)


ORIGINAL: Legion

Ha ha, being poor means one has to searsh for the gems in the jungle of free stuff I got really inspired by your post and as I saw some of my favourite plugs mentioned I thought I could add some more to the list. This thread is definitely a great initiative!


I've only paid for two plugins - the PSP Vintage Warmer 2, which is a really impressive bit of kit and gets used all over my mixes, and I just bought the Har-Bal software two days ago but I haven't had much chance to play with it yet.

The rest of the 200 plus VST's I've got available either came with my recording software or a free downloads!

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/05 17:07:32 (permalink)
I just did a scan of my vst-folder and found 697 dll-files... I haven't bought one VST yet (just don't have the money, there sure are some I want...) if one don't count the ones that comes bundled with hardware or the Sonah. (I really need to have a late spring clean in my folder though as there, obviously, are a lot I never actually use and some that indeed are quite bad)

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/05 17:12:39 (permalink)

Ha ha - 697!! - and I thought I was a hoarder!!

BTW, I can't believe I missed out the Bass Lane from my original set - it has a permanent spot in my bass guitar FX bin and if I'm not using loops, I bus it and send the kick drum through it too.




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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/06 02:02:50 (permalink)
So does the wow and flutter affect both channels the same or each individually? Or could applying this effect separately to L and R channels with subtle yet slightly different settings be used to make a recording sound wider (since the L/R difference would be slightly increased)? After reading some threads about how some people claim that digital recording narrows the stereo field someone suggested that L and R channels on tape may not be 100% in sync that it may be the cause of the so-called "wider" analog sound. It would be interesting to test that idea in digital using something like this plugin...

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/06 04:13:41 (permalink)

ORIGINAL: SteveStrummerUK

BTW, I haven't forgotten getting you involved on HOTMK - I just haven't got around to arranging the bits and bobs into a coherent song yet. I'll let you know when I finally get there if you're still up for it.



Bien sur mon ami. Looking forward to it.

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/06 12:13:44 (permalink)

ORIGINAL: altima_boy_2001

So does the wow and flutter affect both channels the same or each individually? Or could applying this effect separately to L and R channels with subtle yet slightly different settings be used to make a recording sound wider (since the L/R difference would be slightly increased)? After reading some threads about how some people claim that digital recording narrows the stereo field someone suggested that L and R channels on tape may not be 100% in sync that it may be the cause of the so-called "wider" analog sound. It would be interesting to test that idea in digital using something like this plugin...


Lucas - if you set the unit to 'Dual' mode, there are separate controls for the left and right channels - Legion may be able to help you more as it's one of his.



Shad - I'll be in touch.

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/06 14:38:18 (permalink)
The description for the YouWaShock plug is a classic:

Use: Though nothing can bring back the missing particle You Wa Shock ! strength is in the behind parts. Excrete excite sound for your trucks. Push harder for more excite sound. The knob will go up. You can operate You Wa Shock ! as early as possible in the truck or to be late. The 4 A B C D fixings create new crunch excrete. Listen for a happy sound.


I've been searching for a way to excrete excite sound for my trucks. :)


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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/07 18:43:58 (permalink)
altima_boy_2001: You should be able to do that, just remember to keep the effect subtle or you could easily make it sound old and broke instead (wich sometimes, still, combined with a tape saturator can be just what the doctor ordered )

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/07 19:40:05 (permalink)
What pray tell is a truck? (Other than a vehicle for hauling stuff?)

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/07 19:42:29 (permalink)
A truck is, off course, what every musician want to excrete excite from. Do it early, don't be to late!

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/07 19:45:47 (permalink)

ORIGINAL: Legion

A truck is, off course, what every musician want to excrete excite from. Do it early, don't be to late!


I thougt it was the next step up from a bus.

What a silly pruck I am

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/07 20:07:05 (permalink)
If you don't excrete excite on your truck you might be late for the bus. Then you will make an unhappy sound instead of hearing the happy one you were looking for.

Question is can you excite your lorry (if that would be the preffered word depending on nativity) and is YouWaShock working as well as MTV's Pimp My Ride?
post edited by Legion - 2008/06/07 20:32:02

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/07 21:02:28 (permalink)
Hrrrmmm.. when my keyboard starts excreting, I think I will indeed have to run it over with a truck.

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/07 21:54:36 (permalink)

ORIGINAL: Legion

A truck is, off course, what every musician want to excrete excite from. Do it early, don't be to late!


just don't run your truck into your buss and you'll be okay. That might be too much excitement for one excrement.
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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/10 02:17:10 (permalink)
altima_boy_2001: You should be able to do that, just remember to keep the effect subtle or you could easily make it sound old and broke instead (wich sometimes, still, combined with a tape saturator can be just what the doctor ordered )


With the wow & flutter plugin it seems quite hard to get a subtle effect whenever it's set into "dual" mode. After an hour I just gave up. Another problem was when I closed the plugin GUI and pressed play it reset to some default, over-the-top preset, even if I saved the settings as my own preset. I guess I'll be looking for something else.

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/10 03:07:56 (permalink)
Hmmm, haven't had that problem you're describing. Still, to get a subtle effect instead of inserting it directly into the master bus try routing only the sounds more compatible with the effect through it on the way to the master, I've found that working pretty well (it wont solve the problem with the plugin resetting on you though...).

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/11 12:04:27 (permalink)
Never mind. Mistaken bump.
post edited by brundlefly - 2008/06/11 12:06:55

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/12 23:57:09 (permalink)
Steve, I appreciate learning the kings english from your posts. Don't let us Americans americanize your English. But, please post the definition of what Pruck means... umm but only if it's suitable for nuns and little kids to read.

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/13 03:17:36 (permalink)

ORIGINAL: Rbh

Steve, I appreciate learning the kings english from your posts. Don't let us Americans americanize your English. But, please post the definition of what Pruck means... umm but only if it's suitable for nuns and little kids to read.


I was just mimicking the misplaced vowels in the passage about the 'YouWaShock' plugin Bitflipper quoted above.

It misspells the word track as truck - I chose to misspell another word as 'pruck'

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/21 16:04:44 (permalink)


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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/28 16:57:18 (permalink)

The excellent Voxengo Overtone GEQ has been updated to v1.5 - DOWNLOAD HERE


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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/06/30 08:49:12 (permalink)
Thanks for the information, downloaded it now

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/08/09 16:03:30 (permalink)


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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/08/09 18:08:04 (permalink)

ORIGINAL: pistolpete

Wow, some actually useful info from Steve!
I wonder which one JamzOr uses to compress the crap out of the free mastering he does.


Don't quote me on this, but I believe he uses OZONE 3 and then over to CD Architect for masters.


 

 
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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/08/22 09:12:12 (permalink)

ORIGINAL: spindlebox


ORIGINAL: pistolpete

Wow, some actually useful info from Steve!
I wonder which one JamzOr uses to compress the crap out of the free mastering he does.


Don't quote me on this, but I believe he uses OZONE 3 and then over to CD Architect for masters.

Hey Scott, I missed that little gem somehow!

Strange ain't it that when you give his trolliness some real info he goes all quiet

I only popped in for a bumpity-bump - up yer go...

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/08/22 10:48:09 (permalink)
Steve/ Legion: thanks for the links to new toys galore! The only one I've used in that list is Kjaerhaus Classic, whioch I've used a lot. But I love new toys, so.......

By the way, that was clearly NOT pete, but a very clever imposter............

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/08/22 14:40:24 (permalink)
BootEQ



Bootsy always makes great plugins and now he's come up with an EQ. I've only tried it a little yet but I really think it's woth it to give it a shot.
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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/08/22 15:37:45 (permalink)
Love the concept behind this thread. In keeping with my tendency to look gift horses in the mouth, could I offer a suggestion?...

That only plugins that have been confidently voted (by at least one person) as being significantly better than other widespread alternatives be allowed into the top post. IOW, I love to hear suggestions of cool, weird, or new plugins, but I really, REALLY like SteveStrummerUK's original premise of listing the plugins he is keeping as he throws out all the other interesting ones he's accumulated. There is a very long thread of free plugins on this site, as on most recording forums, but they all grow extremely long and sprawling and full of "try it and see what you think" endorsements. I think there is value in keeping a short list.

In that spirit, my own suggestion for absolute best-of-breed freeware is the Simulanalog suite of guitar effects. Not much mastering application, but they are second-to-none when it comes to guitar effects emulators. No GUI, unfortunately, though! Download here:

http://www.simulanalog.org/

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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/08/22 17:35:16 (permalink)


This is actually a great free EQ suitable for mastering. It is fast, easy and does not color the sound at all. A real gem.

Linear Phase EQ
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RE: Free Mastering and Mixing VST plug-ins 2008/08/22 18:33:48 (permalink)

Thanks Daniel - that appreciated.

I've added it to the main list.


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