This time around, we’re looking at a relatively simple program from Hermann Seib (who also has some other really cool stuff available) called VSTHost. You can probably guess what it basically does from the name, it hosts VST(i) plug-ins. However, it does have some features beyond basic plug-in loading, most of which I will try to cover here.
In this installment of Obscure Audio Software, we’ll be taking a look at a freeware program called SPEAR, an acronym for “Sinusoidal Partial Editing Analysis and Resynthesis”. In a nutshell, it allows you to view and edit a sound as a visual representation of its individual frequencies (partials), and then resynthesize the sound.
Sforzando is an SFZ player from the same company that brought us Bidule, which I covered in a previous article. It is available for Mac or Windows, and works as a standalone application or plug-in in VSTi, AU, RTAS, and AAX formats.
Video on Steemit/Dtube:
In this video, I use a pair of loop recorders to create a different type of feedback loop. This is meant to show a concept rather than be only a straight tutorial, though the video does show you one way to do it in Reaper using a plug-in called Mobius (link below).
The latest edition of Obscure Audio Software:
In this edition of Obscure Audio Software, we’ll be taking a look at a free and open-source loop machine called Giada that is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux called Giada. The developers call it “your hardcore loop machine” and describe it as “a free, minimal, hardcore audio tool for DJs, live performers and electronic musicians”.
In this video, I go over a sound design trick with reverb and distortion. Though I’m using Reaper here, you can do… by fstateaudio
Audio Freeware Feature: Full Bucket Music Mono/Fury (Win/Mac, VSTi/AU) This is the first in a new series of articles I’ll be doing on various freeware audio programs, which I plan to do once per month in place of a second “Obscure Audio Software” article.
Audio demo referenced in the article:
In this short video, I go through the most important parts of the setup I’m using for the “Monday Night Noise Session” videos. When I gather the resources, I’ll try to do one that includes more about the hardware side. Also, for the curious, the mixer I reference in the video is a Tapco MIX260fx.
Another installment of Obscure Audio Software:
Obscure Audio Software: Xenakios Hourglass (freeware granular audio processor for Windows) – Steemit
In this installment of Obscure Audio Software, we step away from the modular stuff to examine Hourglass, a fun (and free) granular audio processor. This is a standalone-only program, though it can load VST plugins. Main screen with a VST automation envelope visible Hourglass is more of a single-purpose type of program than the things I’ve previously covered here.
Video on DTube:
In this video, I share a little trick I picked up for working with heavily-distorted kick drums, which have a tendency to muddy up a mix. The basic idea is to leave the undistorted kick intact, while mixing in a second layer with distortion applied.