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Drumgizmo

Drumgizmo

Drumgizmo is an LV2 sample based drum plugin that mimics the set up of a real acoustic drumkit. It uses an open drumkit file format, so you can create your own drumkits for Drumgizmo. There is even an editor called DGedit that comes with Drumgizmo to help you make this task as easy as possible. There are also currently 5 drumkits available from Drumgizmo's website.

Parallel Compression

Parallel compression is a form of upward compression. It can add punch and energy, without sounding overly squashed. It does this while retaining some of the dynamics of the original signal. This is achieved by mixing a heavy compressed version of the track in with the original, uncompressed version. This is done by using a compressor as a send effect, instead of an insert.

Sidechain Compression

Sidechain compression is when a signal, other than the main input, is used to control the amount of compression. A classic example of this is a kick drum being used to duck the level of a bass line. The compressor is inserted on the bass track but the kick drum is used to trigger off the compressor, which in turn momentarily ducks the bass signal, creating a pumping effect.

Tutorial on how to use the SC3 LADSPA plugin for side chain compression

Hexter

Hexter

Hexter is a software synthesizer that models the sound generation of a Yamaha DX7 synthesizer. It is available as a DSSI plugin and also as a standalone client.

ZynAddSubFX

ZynAddSubFX

ZynAddSubFX is a open source software synthesizer capable of creating a countless number of instruments. It is feature rich and has a large number of parameters. It includes three hybrid synth engines that combine additive, subtractive, fourier and other synthesis methods. ZynAddSubFX is available as a standalone, LV2 and DSSI plugin.

ArtyFX Plugins

ArtyFX Plugins

Arty FX is a plugin bundle of artistic “RT” effects from OpenAV. The aim of this plugin collection is to allow the designing of your sound just as you desired using a fast, effiecient workflow.

The suite includes reverb, delay, saturation and filter plugins, amongst others.

Guitarix

Guitarix

Guitarix is a modular, virtual amplifier. With Guitarix you can choose different preamp and amp models, combine them with various effects and speaker cabinet emulations to come up with your very own tones.

Ultimate Guide to Getting Started with Guitarix

Wet/dry

A wet/dry setting is used to balance the processed (wet) signal with the unprocessed (dry) signal. This is a common setting on reverb plugins to control how much of the affected signal you want mixed in with the original.

Pre-delay

A pre-delay setting is found on some reverbs. This setting allows you to set the length of time (in milliseconds) before the onset of the reverb, after the dry signal. This mimics how direct sound and sound reflections in a room arrive at our ears at different times. A short pre-delay will sound as if it is at the room boundaries, whereas a longer pre-delay will be perceived as being closer.

MIDI Controller

A MIDI controller is any device that sends out MIDI data to control another MIDI device or program. Some MIDI controllers are also capable of recieving MIDI data. Two examples of a MIDI controller would be a MIDI keyboard which can be used to control softsynths/external hardware synths or a MIDI DAW controller used to control fader/pan levels in your DAW as well as other things such as plugin parameters.

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