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Re: free sample player recommendation

Postby rasputin » Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:32 pm

My apologies if this ancient post has already been answered, but one that comes to mind is sfz

http://www.kvraudio.com/get/769.html
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Collyn » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:09 am

Just for completeness I should mention the great sampler Shortcircuit - it makes a great free drum sampler...

"...high-quality resampling, an innovative selection of filters/effects and an interface tuned towards creative sample mangling"

Wish this had happened before I bought Battery..

http://vemberaudio.se/index.php
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby dickiefunk » Sat May 03, 2008 1:59 pm

Some superb new Free Compressors (poss. current best of the freeware) :-

Compressive

http://martineastwood.com/index.php?cat=2

Density

http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=206363&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

Feed Forward, Feed Back, Feed Multi

http://www.rhythminmind.net/presetblog/2008/04/29/professional-compression-for-all/

EQ's

Pushtec (absolutely love this one)

http://leftoverlasagne.googlepages.com/

IIEQ

http://www.ddmf.eu/

Also check out Bootsies Rescue and Tessla SE

Rescue

http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2790499

Tessla SE

http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=202790&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

Stereoizer Plugins

Up Stereo

http://www.quikquak.com/Prod_UpStereo.html

Voxengo Stereo Touch

http://www.voxengo.com/product/stereotouch/

Tuners

G-Snap (great for tuning vocals)

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

G-Tune (most accurate of the freeware tuners)

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

I also find my other go to freeware fx are :-

Reverbs - SIR, Freeverb Too
Compressors - Kjaerhus Classic Compressor, Camel Phat, Camel Crusher, ReaComp, Jeroen Breebaart PC-2, TLS 2095
De-Esser - SpitFish
EQ's - Electri-Q Posihfopit edition, Voxengo Overtone EQ, ReaEq
Gates - GVST G-Gate, Floorfish
Guitar Amps - FreeAmp 3.5, Guitar Suite, Voxengo Boogex, AradAz Amp, Juicy 77
Limiters - Buzz Maxi3, Jeroen Breebaart Barricade, W1 Limiter, TLS Pocket Limiter

Others

CLAS, BaxxPander, X-Cita, Flux BitterSweet, RubberFilter, SupaPhaser, Stereoizer PRo, Mr Donald (leslie sim), Voxengo Span Spectrum Analyzer.

Oh and Wavosaur (audio editor).
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Batch Unzip

Postby Prophet X » Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:18 pm

Chopsy wrote:I used ISO Recorder to make a bootable ISO CD.


That's one of my favourites & something similar should've been built into Windows.

I also like UnzipThemAll, which does batch unzips & unrars.

Although questionably free (on a coverdisk), I was trying out the GenesisCM VSTi last night. For trance/Virus/Tiesto-type sounds - wow! :)
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby maggotspawn » Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:56 pm

A couple of cool apps that I couldn't do without.
CCLeaner, cleans up garbage files and has a good registry cleaner.
Revo Uninstaller, it's main use is uninstalling programs. Gets all the crap that the Windows uninstaller misses, plus has some useful utilities. These 2 utilities work with Vista as well as XP. I also like to prowl around www.snapfiles.com, lots of great freeware... :headbang:
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby WADEAL » Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:33 pm

I don't think that anyone has mentioned Ambience yet.

This is a really great reverb plugin.

You get a "nag screen" on the freeware version that you have to keep clickin on, but that can be removed by making a payment.

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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:09 pm

...and to save anyone asking, I've just tracked down a link for Ambience:

http://magnus.smartelectronix.com/ :beamup:


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Vera - VERify Archive utility

Postby Phil Tipping » Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:59 pm

Vera is a simple but useful tool for verifying your archives and other file transfers. It's probably not alone on the market, but it's easy to use and is just a single executable file with nothing to 'install', so no changes to any system files or the registry....and it's free!
Details, screenshots & download from the Freebies section of www.philizound.co.uk http://www.philizound.co.uk

The current version is limited to 4GB files and may not be the fastest of checkers, but it's in regular use here after a couple of scary moments backing up my music files when I found there was nothing in Windows to easily check binary files in a hierarchic archive/copy.

One incident was a failing CD/DVD burner which started to take longer and longer burning files, and some of these turned out to be corrupted. Once I'd realised this I started using the burner's built-in verify option, but this gave no indication of which files had failed, and also wouldn't verify existing DVDs which were now suspect.

The other incident started out as a straightforward Windows copy of hundreds of WAV files to some external USB discs for use on another PC. The process took several overnight runs to complete and all appeared ok. It turned into a nightmare much later when tiny clicks in some of the tracks were eventually traced back to the original copies being corrupted. Searching the internet showed this to be a 'known problem' with some USB devices - unbelievable :madas:

Hope you find it useful.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby sdalek » Fri Sep 19, 2008 8:54 am

Hi- not sure if anyone has mentioned this one yet, but I really rather like the E-phonic tape delay. I've used it for a few things and it seems to make a track sit nicely in a mix.
http://www.e-phonic.com/plugins/tapedelay.php
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Re: Vera - VERify Archive utility

Postby Phil Tipping » Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:16 am

New version 2 available; 4GB limit removed :)
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby The_BPP » Tue Sep 30, 2008 8:43 am

sdalek wrote:Hi- not sure if anyone has mentioned this one yet, but I really rather like the E-phonic tape delay. I've used it for a few things and it seems to make a track sit nicely in a mix.
http://www.e-phonic.com/plugins/tapedelay.php

+1 For that - it sounds as good as line 6's delay modelling unit (can't remember what it's called), that I USED to use.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Simoon » Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:01 pm

Hey there,

this is obviously going to be a very popular and resourceful sticky.

However, would it be possible to recode this so that only links and a description are posted? These could then instantly be ordered into alphabetical order. That way there wouldn't be any doubling up of links and it would be easy to navigate.

I know it's a hassle for a free resource so understand if it doesn't happen, it's just that the reason you gave initially was to avoid confusions etc.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Martin Walker » Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:25 pm

Sorry Simoon - I don't think recoding is feasible, and part of the charm of personal recommendations is the useful comments that posters add about why they like it, how they're using it, and so on.

If at some point I find myself with several hours and no deadlines to meet, I'll see if I can pull out all the links and put them into one vast list, but I somehow doubt that this will happen :beamup:


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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Mike L » Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:11 pm

VSTi:

Free EMU Proteus VX -can be downloaded directly from EMU site or from here:
http://en.audiofanzine.com/s/emu/download-proteus-vx-for-free/

Free Native Instruments KORE Player with 300MB sound content
can be downloaded from here:
http://www.native-instruments.com/index.php?id=koreplayer&L=1&ftu=a3eb04b79ef3c01
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Nagger - free utility for PC work-a-holics

Postby Phil Tipping » Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:45 am

Here's one you may need after reviewing all these other free programs....
It's called Nagger and is a serious attempt at trying to reduce the genuine health & safety problem with computer over-use (coincidentally mentioned in a radio news item today).
Ideal for any work-a-holics; I know how difficult it is to drag yourself away from the computer when you get engrossed :x

It basically reminds you to take a rest from the computer after a certain period. It's very easy to use; no bells and whistles but it does the job effectively.

The default settings are as recommended by Health & Safety (10 minute rest period every hour), but you can configure it how you like. You can override it if you really must (some deadlines just can't be ignored), but it makes you feel guilty of the dangers as you have to type in one of the over-use symptoms ;)

Screenshots, more details & download (free) are on the Freebies/Software section of www.philizound.co.uk

Hope you like it.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Rod Staples » Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:02 am

You seem to have all the music ones covered.

But it has always annoyed me not being able to see the seconds on the clock, and the date as well for that matter (that tooltip only works sometimes).

The solution is: TClockEX
http://www.rcis.co.za/dale/tclockex/
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Wossname » Sat Nov 22, 2008 6:41 pm

Martin Walker wrote:
JonasNorberg wrote:I would recommend Helix from audjoo.com it's way powerful and pretty popular too. And I created it :)

www.audjoo.com/Helix.html

Welcome to the SOS Forums Jonas!

Thanks for the link - we don't allow advertising here, but as your VSTi is freeware it would be churlish of me to remove your post ;)


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Churl away. from the website:
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Trial Version Limitation
* Occasionally Random Pitch (about 13 notes every 400 notes played)
* Occasionally Ring Modulated Noise (about 5 sec every minute)
* No saving
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This would not count as "free" in my book.
More like "very annoying".
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby distaudio » Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:25 am

Not sure if anyone has posted this link. But it contains alot of well known compressor and EQ clones

http://antress.webng.com/
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:39 pm

wossname? wrote:
Martin Walker wrote:
JonasNorberg wrote:I would recommend Helix from audjoo.com it's way powerful and pretty popular too. And I created it :)

www.audjoo.com/Helix.html

Welcome to the SOS Forums Jonas!

Thanks for the link - we don't allow advertising here, but as your VSTi is freeware it would be churlish of me to remove your post ;)


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Churl away. from the website:
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Trial Version Limitation
* Occasionally Random Pitch (about 13 notes every 400 notes played)
* Occasionally Ring Modulated Noise (about 5 sec every minute)
* No saving
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This would not count as "free" in my book.
More like "very annoying".

I suspect this was free when it was first posted wossname, but at $149 it certainly doesn't qualify any more, so I've deleted those posts.


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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Andras » Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:05 am

dickiefunk wrote:Check out Organised Trio at www.soundfonts.it .! The best free hammond clone out there. They also have a great Leslie sim called Mr McDonald. These combined have now repalced NI B4 in my studio. Also, as mentioned by another poster they have an awesome Fender Rhodes called Mr Ray 73 and a Wurlitzer called Mr Tramp! These ( along with Ticky Clav a superb free Hohner Clavinet ) have replaced my NI Elektrik Piano!!! Awesome stuff!!!!!!!!

I totally agree with this statement. I love these VSTi. Check them out!
I also know and have tried NI´s Elektrik and B4, and I prefer the sound af the freeware.
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