BPB’s Top 40 Freeware VST Plugins Of 2014!
A couple of words about top 3 effects.
I had pretty interesting concept of a mixture of parallel equalization and splitband compression in one plugin but the approach was just of pure interest without any realistic vision of final plugin. The plugin was created for KVR Audio Developer Challenge 2014 in a great hurry and under very stressful conditions. Some parts were created in less than a hour and the most complex part of this project was to bring all components together and quickly create some kind of acceptable GUI. So we have what we have. The sound of the plugin is good, the plugin is really helpful in many complex mixing/mastering situations but GUI usability is far from ideal. That’s why we’re going to re-release this plugin with enhanced workflow and with some new features under Tokyo Dawn Labs. Also I’m very happy with my 2nd place on KVR DC14 too! And also thanks to Lesha for the current skin.
#2. TDR Kotelnikov
I can’t say, I did a lot for this plugin. In my opinion the most remarkable contribution from me was complete removal of feedback path (lol) and maybe a little help to RMS part (which led to high CPU usage we finally have). But in GE version I had a great pleasure to implement FDR, variable slope HPF and equal loudness stuff. Also our conversation with Fabien about the name of this plugin was very fun!
It was really joyful experience to collaborate with Herbert on this project and to program DSP code for it and also to add such nice things as EQ saturation, Soviet mode and auto gain stuff. For GE version I’m still not 100% sure (about 75% actually) for the decision to add tilt filter instead of the 4th band but finally we have unique linear shape tilt, great workflow I’m happy with and also with such small additions as Japanese mode, a couple more saturation types and new HPF/LPF stuff! I like standard freeware version due its extreme simplicity and I use it a lot (although I have GE version too). The CPU usage is higher than desired but we tried to reduce it in recent 1.1.0 update.
See you next year!
What can I add for this? First, it is a great pleasure to work with these guys. Next, we have a project to be released very soon. And we’re going to release 64-bit version for it. And we’re going to release Mac version too. And… Okay, no more information for today.
(where T stands for “troll”)
I had a part in great discussion about “wider” sound of analogue consoles. Check upcoming AudioTechnology Magazine issue, BTW. During this discussion I developed some kind of proof of concept plugin just to check possible reasons of wider sound. This developed plugin acts very subtle so most people just can’t notice its action! That’s why it’s “troll plugin”. You can use it for this purpose 😉
Add this plugin to each track and bus of your mix and feel analog vibe added!
Technically, the plugin applies very small amount of random EQ to L & R channels, adds very small amount of 2nd harmonic, adds small level of white noise and slightly widens frequencies around 10 kHz. Also it has “Gain” control and thus can be used as smooth gain fader.
Check this out: T Analog Channel (Windows VST 32/64 bit), T Analog Channel (Mac OS X VST 32/64 bit)
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
PS. Oops, I almost forget! This KVR topic may be interesting for you: “News from the labs”
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Yeah, we finally got KVR DC12 results! Proximity is 2nd for Windows and the 1st for Mac, oh yeah!
- Congratulations to VoS ThrillseekerXTC!
- Congratulations to Tokyo Dawn Labs Proximity (and me as the half of the project)
- Congratulations to g200kg Kamioooka!
ALSO THANKS FOR ALL DEVELOPERS IN CONTEST! THERE WAS A LOT OF GREAT PLUGINS!
And also for all who voted, THANK YOU! Because your votes was the best motivation for all developers.
And my personal conclusions. 1. Herbert is invincible. We both have more than 2 times less votes that he has 🙂 2. Youtube videos are very good for promotion, BTW.
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