Disillusioned with a lack of suitable plug-ins, developer Alex Hilton started to build his own. A1 TriggerGate is a rhythmic gate audio processor that can be used to get the effects heard in dubstep, house and electronic music. There’s a variable onboard step sequencer, where each beat consists of four steps, or three in triplet mode, and each step has a volume fader. There are integrated effects, too: low-pass filter, drive/distortion and echo/delay to keep things interesting. These don’t have tons of controls, but sound great. Although highly programmable, the effect also has a randomizer for punching in new settings.
- The main draw of Cableguys PanCake is the ability to pan according to modulations sync’d with your audio, so put a beat loop through it and it can, for example, pan left and right in time with beats, creating a more musical movement than you might otherwise achieve.
- Krush offers the most instant, smile-on-your face fun when booting it up for the first time, not to mention having yet another clean and modern GUI.
- The Virus is a virtual analogue that has been used across many dance genres, including a lot of trance, and this will give you that hard-edged phasing and movement that a lot of the sounds in that genre use.
“If you’re going to try any of this year’s roundup, give this a go – we dare you try it and not smile. It’s among the best freeware effects for this reason.”