Best freeware of the month: November 2022

Our freeware round-up for the month of November includes a lo-fi vinyl processor, a hardware-modelled compressor and a useful hearing test app.

Best Freeware November 2022

Before you start adding those new plugins to your online cart, check out the free tools and instruments we’ve found this month. November’s round-up includes a one-knob transient tool, a handy app for testing your ears, a spooky harpsichord instrument, a super punchy compressor and a lo-fi vinyl plug-in.

SuperflyDSP – Lost-Vinyls

SuperflyDSP - Lost-Vinyls

Take any sound and give it a dusty, lo-fi aesthetic with this free vinyl effect plug-in from SuperflyDSP. You can choose from four modes; Broken, Lost, Old and New, which affect the frequency bandwidth of the signal.

There’s a Depth control to increase the tape-effect, a Rate dial to control the flutter frequency, and a Noise slider to increase the volume of the background noise. There’s also an Artifact slider for added glitch and distortion, a Crunch button for additional harmonics, a Stereo Mode for added width, and finally, a Mix slider so you can balance the wet and dry.

Techivation – T-Puncher Free

Techivation - T-Puncher Free

  • macOS and Windows
  • 64-bit VST/VST3/AU/AAX
  • Download Techivation

Compression is an essential production technique. But sometimes you just want to reach for a simple tool can makes something sound more or less punchy without worrying about the finer details.

T-Puncher Free does just that, with a simple, one-knob interface that you turn to the right to increase the punchiness of your drums or instruments, and to the left to soften the transients and overall sound. If you choose to upgrade to the full version, you get a bunch of extra features including attack and saturation controls, a frequency range selector, two effect modes, M/S processing and more.

Digital Brain Instruments – Audiogram

Digital Brain Instruments - Audiogram

Hearing loss is an unfortunate inevitability with age, but looking after your ears will minimise the impact. Digital Brain Instruments’ handy standalone app can help you check where your hearing starts to tail off in the high frequencies, so long as you have some decent speakers or headphones.

Simply select which ear to analyse, then press the spacebar to start a sine wave sweep. When you can no longer hear any sound, hit space again to stop it, and the app will record the results. Rinse and repeat for the other ear and check it every once in a while to keep track of your hearing.

 Electronik Sound Lab – Darksichord 3 Lite

 Electronik Sound Lab - Darksichord 3 Lite

Create upfront harpsichord riffs or creepy, distorted drones with this nifty harpsichord-based rompler instrument. You can blend sub bass, harpsichord and organ layers, and each has its own pan dial. From there, you have an ADSR amp envelope, LFO modulation controls, lowpass/highpass filter and master tuning control. There are also built-in distortion, delay and vintage reverb effects to further craft the sound.

It’s surprisingly versatile and can be used for pop, hip-hop and other genres, or for more cinematic sound design.

Kiive Audio – Xtressor NUKE

Kiive Audio - Xtressor NUKE

Xtressor Nuke is the little brother to Kiive Audio’s Xtressor plug-in, and there are no prizes for guessing which hardware compressor it’s based on. You get an input control for driving into the compressor circuit, and output and ,ix dials for balancing the results and setting up parallel compression.

There are also three release settings, an adjustable HPF on the sidechain, oversampling and an Autogain feature. The full version brings a wealth of additional features such as attack, release, mode controls, saturation and more.

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