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So you’ve installed your DAW and are ready to start recordings and work on mixes only to realize that you don’t have any Plugins to really work with? Today in this post I’ll show you guys some must have Free Audio Plugins for any DAW and get started working or recordings/mixes.

No. 1

TDR KOTELNIKOV

TDR Kotelnikov is a wideband dynamics processor combining high fidelity dynamic range control with deep musical flexibility. As a descendant of the venerable TDR Feedback Compressor product family, Kotelnikov has directly inherited several unique features such as a proven control scheme, individual release control for peak and RMS content, an intuitive user interface, and powerful, state of the art, high-precision algorithms.


With a sonic signature best described as “stealthy”, Kotelnikov has the ability to manipulate the dynamic range by dramatic amounts, while carefully preserving the original tone, timbre and punch of a musical signal. As such, it is perfectly suited to stereo bus compression as well as other critical applications.


The concept is “proudly digital” in the sense that it doesn’t try to emulate any previously existing device. This is the original!

No. 2

Proximity

Proximity is a collaborative effort by Tokyo Dawn Labs and Vladg Sound.
The plug-in is an easy to use distance “pan-pot” based on several psycho-acoustic models. The idea is to give mixing engineers a reliable tool which allows him to manipulate the “depth” of several sound sources in a straightforward and convincing manner.
Several models can be combined:

  • Distance signal delay by speed of sound
  • Distance gain loss
  • Absorption of high-frequencies in air
  • Stereo width manipulation
  • Proximity effect of virtual microphone
  • Distance based early reflections

All models can be turned on and off to taste. Distance modulation options extend the creative possibilities even further. Units can be switched from metric (meters) to imperial (inches).

No. 3

Klanghelm DC1A

  • Two knob compressors are f*cking awesome.
  • Go from a light, gentle squeeze to heavy pumping and crunchy distortion with only two knobs.
  • Negative mode offers upward or over compression. Downward compression is what everyone calls compression, but upward compression is when a quiet signal falls below the threshold the signal increases in level, which leads to embellished dynamics and a unique sound.
  • Deep mode adds a HPF to the sidechain.
  • Mono mode each side is compressing independently from the other.
  • Relax mode changes detection from Peak/RMS.
  • Built-in mix feature for quick and easy parallel compression
No. 4

Slick EQ

TDR VOS SlickEQ is a mixing/mastering equalizer designed for ease of use, musical flexibility and impeccable sound.
Three (and a half) filter-bands arranged in a classic Low/Mid/High semi-parametric layout offer fast and intuitive access to four distinct EQ modes, each representing a set of distinct EQ curves and behaviors. An elaborate auto gain option automatically compensates for changes of perceived loudness during EQ operation. Optionally, SlickEQ allows to exclusively process either the stereo sum or stereo difference (i.e. “stereo width”) without additional sum/difference encoding.
In order to warm up the material with additional harmonic content, SlickEQ offers a switchable EQ non-linearity and an output stage with 4 different saturation models. These options are meant to offer subtle and interesting textures, rather than obvious distortion. The effect is made to add the typical “mojo” often associated with classy audio gear. An advanced 64bit multirate processing structure practically eliminates typical problems of digital EQ implementations such as frequency warping, quantization distortion and aliasing. Beside the primary controls, the plug-in comes with an array of additional helpers: Advanced preset management, undo/redo, quick A/B comparison, copy & paste, an online help, editable labels, mouse-wheel support and much more.
No. 5

TAL Reverb

TAL Reverb-II is a super diffuse and lush reverb effect with a fast build up time. Ideal for ambient reverb sounds.
No. 6

Valhalla FreqEcho

Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful.

Freq Echo is perfect for dub, Dr. Who, and all of your psychedelic needs.

Bode-Style Frequency Shifter + Analog Echo Emulation create surprising sonic effects. Subtle chorusing and double tracking to barberpole phasing and flanging to endless glissandos and runaway echos.
No. 7

Analog Obsessions LALA

Smooth silky compression reminiscent of the most well-known compressors ever made. Compare to CLA-2A and UAD. One of the sexiest looking GUIs I’ve ever seen. Additional features that are not found on the original hardware include a mix knob and more sidechain filter options, which make this classic even more versatile.

Get in touch!

If you guys have another other questions you would like to shoot at me, just shoot me a mail at ronak@gray-spark.com.
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