Old 03-27-2006, 06:49 AM   #41
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Now I need speech synthesizers: one that produces sound like the old commodore64/Atari computerized digital speech,and one that sounds very realistic.
The FLStudio speech synth is not very good for this and sounds very "fruity" ,but the male voice in the Opera web browser based on the IBM engine sounds (phrases) very realistic for a synthesized thing.
The biggest problem of the FLStudio speech synth is making it
speak languages other than english,like German,Russian,Japanese,etc. that rely on using pure vowels and hard consonants.Too hard to make the Fruity speech synth do this. For example,I can't make it "speak" the German word "Kanalisation" correctly.
"Kawnawleesawtseeon" sounds too weird to be useful.
Also,a good free vocoder can help with this kind of stuff.The Fruity one is not useful for making that vintage 80's "computerized/robotic" voice,like Kraftwerk's or that used in early 90's "Electronica/Techno" music for example.

I'm not sure if I fully see what you're looking for. But I got some good experiences with the TTS (text to speech) functionality of Wavepad, a good free wav and mp3 editor (http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/masters.html) . It you need German or other languages, just download the needed language components (http://www.microsoft.com/msagent/downloads/user.asp) and use them in Wavepad. You can treat the actual sound file in Wavepad itself (supports DX, VST) or use a free VST vocoder in REAPER such as:
http://www.sonicspot.com/trashcoder/trashcoder.html
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I've now had a chance to try "GMulti" and it's very easy to use with nice features like width control on each band.
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I really like GMulti. It also does paralell compression!
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Old 03-29-2006, 06:41 PM   #45
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Yeah, Id say that was kickass, well done mate, I enjoyed it..
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Old 03-30-2006, 02:03 PM   #46
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SIR Impulse Response Processor
http://www.knufinke.de/sir/index_en.html

A great free effect plugin, with more power and possibilties than Wizoo Verb (250 bucks). The best free real reverb tool you can get, I suppose.

Be sure to check the impulse responses file depository:
http://noisevault.com/index.php?opti...tory&Itemid=29
Start downloading some Lexi impulses, load the waves in SIR and see what it does to your sound. Amazing. Also check the cabinets etc. to perfectionize guitar sounds. And... too much to mention.

And if you like experiments, you can try out loading any wav file you like... Well, endless possibilities; a superb reverb tool that can be transformed in a versatile synth.

(I edited this post twice, a bit unsure about the actual quality and usability of the plugin. Tried out various things now; it's simply great).

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Old 03-31-2006, 06:38 PM   #47
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Already mentioned by Art, but here you'll find the AMBIENCE reverb and the NYQUIST paragraphic equalizer:

http://magnus.smartelectronix.com/
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Old 04-01-2006, 06:16 AM   #48
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I think reverbs like SIR can work very well if the original material is pretty dry - otherwise there is a danger that you'll be listening to two acoustics at once - the original one and the convolution-produced one, which can unsettle your ears.
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Old 04-01-2006, 01:02 PM   #49
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Hello, newbie signing in.

Didn't see these posted yet, so if you need amp sims check this out:
http://207.218.248.76/~fretted/

Also there's the Simulanalog guitarsuite:
http://www.simulanalog.org/guitarsuite.htm
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Old 04-06-2006, 11:16 AM   #50
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Lots of good looking synths here:

http://www.vst-archiv.de/index.php?t...=galerie&kat=2

Maybe this should be a sticky?
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Old 04-06-2006, 02:47 PM   #51
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Found this chorus the other day. Pretty great.

Charsiesis:
http://bicycle-for-slugs.org/charsiesis2-1.zip
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Old 04-06-2006, 06:42 PM   #52
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I really like GMulti. It also does paralell compression!
I love that thing.


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Hello, newbie signing in.

Didn't see these posted yet, so if you need amp sims check this out:
http://207.218.248.76/~fretted/

Also there's the Simulanalog guitarsuite:
http://www.simulanalog.org/guitarsuite.htm

Simulanalog, my favorite, Fretted freeamp also very good, he's working on an update for Freeamp btw.


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Lots of good looking synths here:
http://www.vst-archiv.de/index.php?t...=galerie&kat=2

Maybe this should be a sticky?

Some good stuff there shane, be sure to grab Plugsound, and CeloxMega, I already have them, but I did pick up the drum synths on that page, Im always on the hunt for anything drumwise


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Found this chorus the other day. Pretty great.
Charsiesis:
http://bicycle-for-slugs.org/charsiesis2-1.zip

Gonna check it out.

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Old 04-10-2006, 03:55 AM   #53
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I'm being lazy and haven't checked whether http://miksybrandt.panicnow.net/plugins.htm has been mentioned before - GTG synths and quite persuasive drum samplers (all freeware I think?).
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Old 04-10-2006, 04:35 AM   #54
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"Mr Ray 21" VSTi within Reaper required me to restart the PC from the front panel button - totally locked it up. Gulp - now getting file system checking message from XP during startup that I've never seen before! Ungulp - all seems working now but I've deleted that instrument from my collection.

Just set up single FX rack with all the VSTi's I can find in one setup (though all unticked except one!). Makes it easy to quickly select the one I want.
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I'm being lazy and haven't checked whether http://miksybrandt.panicnow.net/plugins.htm has been mentioned before - GTG synths and quite persuasive drum samplers (all freeware I think?).
I did some time ago. I am quite a fan of those.
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"Mr Ray 21" VSTi within Reaper required me to restart the PC from the front panel button - totally locked it up. Gulp - now getting file system checking message from XP during startup that I've never seen before! Ungulp - all seems working now but I've deleted that instrument from my collection.
MrRay 22 works fine here.
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Old 04-10-2006, 08:52 AM   #57
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KT Granulator is quite cool too. Great for wicked fx.
TAURUS Great Mono Bass Synth
Stereo Tools is a very useful Channel Strip tool (Swap channels, Gang PAN, MONO/STEREO switch, MID/SIDE)
NuBi LE & Spinner LE Really great sounding Hammond emulation plus a leslie cabinet. Also they look very tasty, especially Spinner.
Ultra Phazer 1 of the best Phasers I've seen.
Crazy Diamond Says it all, no?
UGO's Synths They're all good.

Even the free FX & Instruments are becoming really good and effective now. I remember some time back many of them weren't all that great, but this is changing.

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Old 04-23-2006, 03:13 PM   #58
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Probably most of you out there already have this, but for those that don't...get it now, btw it has a ton of presets to tweak...yes that's right, I use presets..

T-Sledge multiband compressor.

http://www.ismusic.ne.jp/sweetboy/T-SLEDGE/

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Old 04-23-2006, 04:38 PM   #59
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Heck, I thought I knew them all but I've never seen that one mentioned anywhere.

Not that I use multiband compressors but I like downloading free stuff....
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T-Sledge is a sweetboy alright, I use it alot, it sits nicely in the master track..
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Old 04-23-2006, 05:14 PM   #61
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I use presets too,as a base for some additional tweaking later on.
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T-Sledge multiband compressor.
Thank you for this one, I don't know how did I missed it, is sounds too good for free vst!

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I use presets..
For me, presets are good as a basis for sound creation and processing, or for setting different versions for same task, but I have to tweak them, I'm a tweaking maniac!
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Old 04-26-2006, 08:29 AM   #63
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Just found Clone Ensemble Bass Phaser. I think it was released recently. Sounds pretty good.

http://www.cloneensemble.com/

Vst or DX.
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Old 04-28-2006, 05:15 PM   #64
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This one is not free - but I'm so gobsmacked by the Rayspace reverb that I'm actually going to pay money for it, which isn't like me!! I've never heard a reverb which always sounds so natural and believable when used on acoustic music (well, unless you really stuff up the settings). Very well worth trying, and the interface is quite addictive - though you would be well advised to read through the short help file to get the best results. http://www.quikquak.com/ is the site.
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I hadn't realized RaySpace was so inexpensive! I'll have to look into it, as I've heard nothing but GLOWING reviews from all corners.

Here's a pretty nice little multiband compressor (the guy calls it a "Dynamic Equaliser"). Sounds pretty good, and it does upward compression and downward expansion.


http://www.platinumears.com/IQ4gui.zip
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Heh, thanks for the IQ4 reminder - I seem to recently have downloaded it but not installed it, which I've now done!
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Old 04-30-2006, 07:08 PM   #67
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Check out Angular Momentum's free stuff here:
http://www.amvst.com/index.php?name=Downloads&c=2

Interesting LFO controlled filterbank (http://www.amvst.com/uploads/2_filter.png) and a lot of other free stuff, good synths, soundfonts, loops etc.
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Old 04-30-2006, 10:20 PM   #68
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Here's something I've just come across - a CD I recorded way back - listen to a couple of these excerpts and you'll hear why at the end of the day there's no reverb like the real thing. I recorded it in a South London church using a single pair of mics via a preamp direct to DAT and it was edited and mastered with no eq or effects at all - those were the days!

http://www.emusic.com/album/10601/10601155.html has it. [Not a commercial plug as I have no further financial interest in this].
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Here's something I've just come across - a CD I recorded way back - listen to a couple of these excerpts
Art, that's the first time I hear someone refer to Shostakovich's opus 34 as just something Indeed a great sound, very well recorded. Did you ever happen to record his op. 87 as well? - which I think is one of THE compositional masterpieces of the last century. It was written for Tatjana Nikolayeva, who plays it in a cool but heartbreaking manner, and therefore it doesn't even matter too much that the actual (recording) sound of her performance are very much below average (now I know: she should have asked Art Evans to handle her sound).

I would think that it's mighty difficult to get a good grip on reverb control when recording solo piano in a church, the piano being a chamber instrument, op. 34 being chamber music. You must be a real professional, and a very good one. Colin Stone, the performer, isn't too bad either - but Nikolayeva is I think another and more rare division.
Thanks for the info & link.
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No to op.87 - but I did edit the complete, live Beethoven sonatas performed by Tatjana Nikolayeva, release on the Olympia label. The first I think to be released by a female pianist. The opportunities for editing were relatively few - we simply had the masters from the live performances with no patches, so all one could do was to take tiny bits from repeats where necessary, and where possible. The great majority were necessary because it appeared that if a member of the audience had a very bad cough, the concert managers invited them to sit nearest to the mics and to make as much disturbance as possible. Perhaps I am being unsympathetic to those who have to endure the Russian winter.

I also recall being in the audience at her final Wigmore Hall concert in London - she received a huge bunch of flowers at the end, and then decided to play an encore - she laid the flowers actually inside the piano, and of course it then didn't function very well, requiring her to stop and remove them, much to the amusement of the very affectionate English audience.

Sorry guys, getting off topic...
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she received a huge bunch of flowers at the end, and then decided to play an encore - she laid the flowers actually inside the piano, and of course it then didn't function very well, requiring her to stop and remove them, much to the amusement of the very affectionate English audience.

Sorry guys, getting off topic...
Very much off topic, but a lovely story. A fine variation on Cage's prepared piano...
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Sorry guys, getting off topic...
No problem

Interesting reading...
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Old 05-01-2006, 02:20 PM   #73
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Here's a link to a great set of FREE VST plugs ...well, they're "donationware", actually. I have used the GComp and GComp2 compressors, the GRevDly (reverse delay), the GDuckDly (ducking delay) and tried out GSnap (AuoTune knockoff) and I have to say that these things ROCK!! Check 'em out and see for yourself!

http://www.gvst.co.uk/effects.htm

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Default audio calculators

No VST, but a handy free online tool: "11 very cool javascript sample calculators to help us to deal with samples, time-stretching, pitch-shifting, tempo, delays, sampling rates, sample lengths, bpm, notes..."

http://mp3.deepsound.net/eng/samples_calculs.php
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Sorry guys, getting off topic...
Great story, actually.
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Old 05-01-2006, 07:49 PM   #76
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Arguru's Stardust:
http://zkantar.free.fr/pagestardust.html



Features

Stardust is a VST plug-in that is designed for channel processing as well as mastering. Audio is processed through 5 stages :

Bass Enhancer
Bass frequencies are enhanced around the selected frequency, with Q and gain control, then rotated in a 200Hz selectable pole rotator (0-off to 8 poles).

Treble Enhancer
Treble frequencies are enhanced around the selected frequency, with Q and gain control, then rotated in a 10 kHz selectable pole rotator (0-off to 8 poles).

Stereo Enhancer
The stereo image is enhanced and applied with the specified delay.

Multi-Band Compressor
8-Band Multi-Band compression is applied to audio, global compression parameters can be specified.

Wideband Compressor
Analog-like wideband compressor.

Detailed Monitoring
Every stage has a scalable VU meter or oscilloscope.

Input/Output and Precision
Stardust is a VST2 plug-in that has 1 32-bit input pair and 1 32-bit output pair. Internal calculation precision is 64-bit. Stardust can handle rates up to 192 kHz.
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I couldn't quite work it out in respect of the MB compressor - where are the bands?
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Stardust is a plug I use often for the "Mutt Lange, switching off the dolby's " effect
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here's a few loose plug-ins & utilities that were already posted in other threads. i rounded these up cause it seemed like they belonged here. this thread has been quite handy in expanding my collection.

total uninstall 2.35 its usefull for all the installing and uninstalling of Reaper
http://www.freeware-guide.com/dir/util/uninst.html

anvil studio a free mutitrack that supports notation
http://www.anvilstudio.com/
and a midiclock generator (thx petramar)
http://users.pandora.be/sdrsite/sites/serge/midiclock/

the entire "reverbs echos thread"
http://www.cockos.com/forum/showthread.php?t=794

cyberfree drumsampler and also dr005 drum sampler in the
drumsampler thread (thx petramar and sinkmusic)
http://www.cockos.com/forum/showthread.php?t=810

multilens stero filter plugin (thx manning 1)
http://www.sinusweb.de/ml.html

voxengo span realtime spectral analyzer
http://www.voxengo.com/product/SPAN/

and inspector spectral analyzer (thx sinkmusic)
http://www.tucows.com/preview/280105

varrious daivd ross eq's (thx art evans)
http://www.davideross.net/php/vst.php

lame mp3 encoder (thx justin)
download and put it in same directory as reaper.exe
http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Lame_Encoder.htm

hammerhead rhythm station, stand alone drum machine?
(thx pour the cure)http://www.threechords.com/hammerhead/download.shtml

virtual keyboards the whole thread
http://www.cockos.com/forum/showthread.php?t=771

vbstrip tool channel strip and eq (thx funkster1)
http://www.vb-audio.com/

tempo tap tells you tempo of song (thx pipelineaudio)
http://www.analogx.com/contents/down...o/taptempo.htm

soundfonts and soundfonts players thread
http://www.cockos.com/forum/showthread.php?t=722

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KVR news: "Sonicbytes has released Preview 3 of Phrazor. This free unlimited preview version provides the complete live functionality, a detailed manual and fixes many plugin issues."

Interesting VST for several reasons, I'd say:

http://www.sonicbytes.com/phrazor/gif/ani.gif

http://www.sonicbytes.com/phrazor/phrazor.htm
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