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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby sig-ex » Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:27 pm

I've relied constantly on these. They're really good and reliable for what they do and are fairly updated.

MuseScore
Best free music notation software in my opinion.

Sekaiju
Minimal but advanced/dedicated MIDI editor. (Windows only)

Plogue sforzando
Enables you to play many nice SFZ sample libs. Free alternative to Cakewalk's SFZ plug-ins.

Audacity
Been using this for over a decade. Very well known & no need to explain :D.

Wavosaur
Supplement audio editor to Audacity. (Windows only)

Mp3gain
So you don't have to change the volume when your media player changes track. Not as updated, but doesn't have to be because it has a very well defined function. (Windows only)
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby OneWorld » Sat Mar 26, 2016 4:28 pm

Does anyone know how to get the activation key from MT Power Drumkit 2. It is now free but I have installed it, clicked the 'activate' button but it keeps returning with Invalid, as if it is not going to the activation link and thus not pulling down the required key
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby alexis » Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:46 pm

Melda has a bunch of useful free plugs, thirty of them at last count!

https://www.meldaproduction.com/effects?kw=free

(If the link doesn't work, can just go to the main site and migrate from there).
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Kostas_99 » Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:32 pm

Check out free Softube Saturation plugin - one knob + one lever, but still good!

For a limited time, Sie-Q from Soundtoys is free (offer ends October 13).

Some NI Reaktor synths are free - highly recommended. Even if it's Carbon 2 it's still great. Loving sound it can make.

Aand... Steinberg VB-1. A bass guitar. Never thought I would use it - seems so old but sounds good, and works. deep bass.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby JamesKitcher » Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:14 pm

One I discovered recently... https://www.izotope.com/en/products/mas ... mager.html

I've tried a lot of stereo imaging plugins and they usually cause more harm than good; often collapsing to mono or 'adding stereo depth' results in artifacts or poor quality. This one is excellent however, and it's freeeeee.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Living Room Rocker » Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:11 am

The ultimate giveaway... :clap:

Cakewalk by BandLab:
https://www.bandlab.com/download/assistant/windows" target="phpbbpopup

http://forum.cakewalk.com/Cakewalk-By-B ... 43935.aspx" target="phpbbpopup

Kind regards,

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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby forumuser918214 » Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:55 pm

HOFA System Freeware is an entire mastering/fx suite with lots of good presets and 20+ modules. It sounds just fine to me. You may not need much else.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby banterbanter » Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:31 pm

https://www.spitfireaudio.com/labs/?utm ... 542336c16f

Lots of quality VSTi's for free from Spitfire Audio

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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby blinddrew » Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:19 am

banterbanter wrote:https://www.spitfireaudio.com/labs/?utm_source=Spitfire+MASTER+List&utm_campaign=a3112100a3-LABS_Choir_Announce_011118&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_df4ead2b5d-a3112100a3-344376369&mc_cid=a3112100a3&mc_eid=542336c16f

Lots of quality VSTi's for free from Spitfire Audio

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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby kieransi » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:49 pm

I didn't see this mentioned so far, Caustic is actually a rather brilliant mobile DAW which is free for Windows. It reminds me a lot of Reason and I've seen it used to create some fantastic sounds.

It lacks a lot of the features that would make it desirable to people who already use more professional DAW software (I don't think the instruments work as plugins), but when I was first starting making music, I used it a lot. It's very intuitive and easy to use.

http://www.singlecellsoftware.com/caustic
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby imjustabilly » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:29 pm

Have any of you used Reaper audio? It's paid, but you can 'evaluate' it for free forever it seems. Thinking about using this.

also, has anyone had any experience using any of these free audio tools for recording multi-track podcasts?
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby James Perrett » Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:32 am

Lots of us use Reaper - it is very well written, stable and does pretty much everything you'd expect a DAW to do. But it isn't free although the cost is very reasonable for most people.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby R_A » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:56 am

DMG TrackControl is excellent. I use it on every track in my DAW.

https://dmgaudio.com/products_trackcontrol.php

Fully equipped stereo toolkit
M/S encode and decode
M/S and L/R Panning
Stereo Width control
Channelstrip input controls for Phase and LR Swap
High-pass filter with adjustable frequency and slope
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby Guest » Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:46 am

R_A wrote:Fully equipped stereo toolkit
M/S encode and decode
M/S and L/R Panning
Stereo Width control
Channelstrip input controls for Phase and LR Swap
High-pass filter with adjustable frequency and slope
Thanks for your share,it is so great.
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby shmuelyosef » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:44 pm

James Perrett wrote:Lots of us use Reaper - it is very well written, stable and does pretty much everything you'd expect a DAW to do. But it isn't free although the cost is very reasonable for most people.
I completely agree...I was a Cakewalk user for >20 years (starting with the MIDI sequencer products through SONAR!). Probably spent $2000 over the years updating and adding things. After Gibson bought them and then shut them down, I demoed a number of solutions, and ended up with Reaper. It was better in every way. You can get away with using it for free, but I was so immediately impressed with it's superiority over SONAR (and Pro Tools) that I'm all in and was glad to pay the $60 and support the community. Two years in now and still thrilled...not least is the availability of tutorials (the best of them from KENNY GIOIA)

I would suggest that you go look at a few of the videos before you decide...this educational piece is a great bonus
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby shmuelyosef » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:48 pm

alexis wrote:Melda has a bunch of useful free plugs, thirty of them at last count!

https://www.meldaproduction.com/effects?kw=free

(If the link doesn't work, can just go to the main site and migrate from there).
Their oscilloscope and spectrometer plugins are amazing if you are into analog synth programming. I have a reaper template that just pulls up my mixer output and opens both of these for sound design. Allows me to set all manner of things accurately (e.g. filter cutoff frequency, pulse with %, sync setting optimization, etc...)
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Re: Your Recommended Free PC Software

Postby James Perrett » Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:53 pm

shmuelyosef wrote:
alexis wrote:Melda has a bunch of useful free plugs, thirty of them at last count!

https://www.meldaproduction.com/effects?kw=free

(If the link doesn't work, can just go to the main site and migrate from there).
Their oscilloscope and spectrometer plugins are amazing if you are into analog synth programming. I have a reaper template that just pulls up my mixer output and opens both of these for sound design.

Reaper has both of these functions already as JS plug-ins. I find them very useful when I can't be bothered to get the oscilloscope out.
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