SoundBytes Freebies Of The Month – July 2014

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Mix and produce your tunes with best freeware tools. Tomislav Zlatic shows us what some of these treasures are and where to find them.

by Tomislav Zlatic, July 2014


Dear readers, June was a very busy month in the world of freeware and we’re very excited to present you with a fresh batch of free software and soundware goodies for your virtual studios. We’ve tested all the free releases from last month and picked the best freebie tools for your music making endeavors. All that’s left for you is to enjoy another edition of “SoundBytes Freebies Of The Month” and start making some great music with these free products!


GTO/GTX by de la Mancha

Our first pick for this month is a bundle of two vintage style compressors developed by de la Mancha. After his unfortunate website crash which happened last year, this talented VST plugin developer has started re-releasing his previously commercial plugins as freeware. Last week he introduced us to free versions of his GTO and GTX compressor plugins, both of which are essential additions to your collection of dynamic processors.


Both compressors are packed with loads of vintage character and they’re top notch tools for adding mojo to processed audio. The main difference between GTO and GTX is the fact that GTO operates as a standard peak compressor, while GTX reacts to the RMS level of the audio signal on the input, resulting in smoother compression.

These two compressors will work great on drum tracks and bass lines, but you can also use them to glue your entire mix. Additional features include sidechain inputs and a nifty dry/wet mix knob for super easy NY-style compression.

GTO and GTX are released as a 32-bit VST plugins for Windows based hosts.



The Weird Side Samples by 99Sounds

99Sounds is a new indie sound design label which releases free sound libraries crafted by talented sound designers from around the world. Their latest release is The Weird Side Samples, a collection of free sound effects for use in electronic dance music and film scoring.



The sounds were designed by Johan Ekelove aka Introspectral, who used different bits and pieces of his album The Weird Side Of The Mundane to create this inspiring collection of futuristic sound effects. The included samples range from glitchy noises and sci-fi effects to eerie soundscapes and processed vocal sequences.

If you’re looking for more free samples, you could also take a look at other 99Sounds releases which cover field recordings of rain and thunder, as well as a free collection of natural clap samples and finger snaps.

The Weird Side Samples collection of free sound effects contains 182 audio samples in 24-bit WAV format.



Hysteresis by Glitchmachines

Speaking of glitchy sound effects, here’s a plugin which will help you create your own glitch sounds with ease. The development team at Glitchmachines has recently released Hysteresis, which is a unique freeware delay effect for achieving weird digital artefacts and glitchy tones.


What makes Hysteresis stand out from the plethora of delay effects out there is the stutter effect module located in the feedback path. By using this effect on the delayed signal, it’s possible to get some incredibly weird noises on the output. Things get even more interesting if you combine the stutter effect with longer feedback times and the built-in resonant filter.

There’s no right or wrong way for using this plugin, however Hysteresis sounds exceptionally well when used on drum loops and other percussive elements. It can be used to generate industrial drum sequences in no time, just by playing around with different parameters on top of a regular drum loop.

The plugin is shipped with a collection of factory presets designed by Ivo Ivanov. The presets sound great, although you’ll have to tweak the plugin yourself if you’d like to use it for less obvious glitch effects.

Hysteresis is available as a 32-bit & 64-bit VST/AU plugin for Windows & Mac based host applications.



Dexed by Digital Suburban

Fans of FM synthesis have a big reason to celebrate. Digital suburban has released Dexed, a freeware VST plugin which faithfully emulates the legendary Yamaha DX7 hardware synthesizer. The plugin comes with over 300 factory presets and it is also capable of loading original Yamaha DX7 patches in SysEx format.


Although the amateurish looking GUI may make you think that this is just some lackluster attempt at emulating the DX7, spending some time playing this plugin will quickly make you realize that it’s actually one of the best sounding DX7 emulations around. Actually, the only real drawback of Dexed is its user interface, which can act a bit buggy at times. Everything else works perfectly and the sound engine is almost identical to the original hardware instrument. Adding to this, the developer has announced that an updated version of the plugin will be released soon, fixing some of the GUI related issues.

If you’re not skilled at programming your own FM synthesizer patches, there’s no reason to worry. There are literally thousands Yamaha DX7 patches available for free download out there, and they work flawlessly with Dexed.

Dexed is available as a 32-bit & 64-bit VSTi plugin for Linux, Mac and Windows based digital audio workstations.



Amplio 2 by VST Zone

If you need an all-in-one solution for multi-band processing of your audio tracks, look no further than Amplio 2. The new version of the Amplio multi-effect by VST Zone keeps all the best features of its predecessor, while adding enough functionality to make it become one of the best multi-band effects in the software world.


The plugin splits the incoming audio signal into three separate frequency bands, which can then be processed with an array of built-in effects. The built-in effects section covers saturation, distortion, reverb, equalization and spatial processing. Of course, the user can tweak the frequency band cutoff points manually.

Amplio 2 is released as a 32-bit & 64-bit VST plugin for Windows based host applications.




The summer is here and what better way to hide from the heat than to grab a nice icey drink and spend some time making music in your studio using these great freebies. Who knows, you might hit the charts with the next big summer hit!

So, enjoy your summer dear readers and have fun with these free goodies. In the meanwhile, we’ll keep our eyes open in search for new freebies for the next SoundBytes issue.


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