ALL Free VST Effect Racks for Immediate Release as of Now

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Due to an increasing upcoming workload, we’ve decided to release the freeVST racks all at once, instead of in monthly batches as originally planned. That’s over four-hundred and twenty individual racks now available! Talk about an expanded toolkit.

These are “default/template” audio effect racks for many different plugins which are available publicly for free in 64-bit. You simply load any of these Ableton racks, and it loads its corresponding plugin (assuming it’s installed). Each rack includes help text which will be shown when hovering over macro controls.

Most of the plugins we have racks available for have 32- bit and mac versions as well; however, some are 64-bit or windows-only. Mac-only and AU plugin racks are planned for a future update. FreeVST racks here will be updated periodically as necessary to reflect developer updates. If you know of a free vst developer we missed or encounter any issues, please leave a comment.

ABLETON LIVE 9.6 required (Intro, Suite, or Standard).
Yes, you can even use all of these racks with Live 9 Intro!

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Tons of new stuff: “Collection Three”

COLLECTION THREE includes 6 brand-new, premium, self-installing Ableton Live packs, which can be purchased individually or as a collection for some ultra-snazzy discountage. Isotonik Studios is the place to find them.
There are various audio demos at performodule’s soundcloud.

DynaMixing Four
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A shrewd set of audio effect racks with streamlined workflow for potent mixing in mind. Includes some “Artificially Intelligent” devices in the vein of the “Ionic FX” pack.
Stuff it comes with…

3-Stage Compression go-to which can be set as-needed for source material with any variety of dynamics.
Auto-Width Curtailer dynamically narrow unnaturally wide stereo.
Eleven push it (barely or way) over the cliff edge with a special chain of eleven co-reactive serial processes.
Expandurator (not to be confused with the easier-to-use but simpler Exbandurator) this allows for extremely precise fine-tuned “parallel bandpass expander saturation”, which allows frequency-specific material hidden in a part to be brought to light in a mix almost magically, with minimal alteration of level.
Flabber a unique method to beef up your low end.
Froptical Compressor a quirky multiband optical-style compressor which can be used to massage the overall tone with analog suave.
Jitterator add in randomly flickering, frequency focused saturation. Nice for adding analog humanization to digital parts.
Near vs Far one-knob method to emulate characteristics of closeness or distance (minus the volume level aspect).
Tight vs Dense one-knob method to fade between a tighter, more focused sound, and a denser, bigger sound.
Frequency Highlighter play a loop & sweep this around, making note of resonant frequencies. Or use the Auto-Sweep version, sit back, let it do it’s thing, and drink a tea.

Guitaritis
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A deluxe suite including combo amp racks making the utmost of Live’s built-in Amp and Cabinet devices, “Stomper” effects designed like guitar pedals and guitar Chord presets.
Stuff it comes with…

Combamps a whole bunch (30) of combo amps which are crafted to optimize Ableton Live’s built-in Amp & Cabinet devices to their utmost. These racks make it much easier to dial in your sound (combination of preamp drive, tone, envelope settings, biasing, and gain structure) without having to constantly adjust the output level to match as well. They also optimize your timbre selection options by providing many “dual” and even three “triple” racks, which combine and balance the tone of multiple amps. In testing, these multi-combamps have been much-appreciated for an expanded range of unique amp flavors, as you now basically have 30 unique amp models, instead of 6. All combamps have been gain-staged at multiple points in the signal chain using both Peak and LU matching with both “Strat”and “Les Paul” styles, as well as bass electric guitars. The dual & triple combamps are gainstaged with a system resulting in relatively balanced levels at all gain settings when using wide panning (so that one amp is not way louder on one side than the other one). Since every guitar has its own tone & envelope character, these values are guaranteed to be imperfect, but it should result in you only needing to make miniscule volume adjustments to fine-tune your ultimate sound.
Post Amp Compressor a simple compressor with settings calibrated ideally for taming an amp output’s transients.
Guitar Chords 35 presets for Chord based on actual human guitar fingerings.
Stompers 18 racks set up like guitar pedals, designed for use with a Combamp akin to a physical guitar routing setup.  If you have a midi foot controller you can use them exactly as such. Includes…
Booster
Chomper
Comper

Dister
Dualay
Flonger
Gater
Glitcher
Phozzer
PitchDownDelay
PitchUpDelay
Smevel
Somber
Sproing
Swamper
Toner
Tremotary
Whamper

Groovification 2
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A robust collection of groove files which implement rhythmic “chop” effects in quarter, eighth, and sixteenth-note patterns.
Stuff it comes with…

Chopper Grooves 302 of them! Drop a Chopper Groove onto an audio OR a MIDI part, make sure your global groove amount is up, and hear it do its thing. Drop different Chopper Grooves onto different tracks… then when you turn global groove amount up… they all start chopping in their own way.

Harmonicality
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Audio effect and MIDI racks designed for enhancing and manipulating harmonics by various methods.
Stuff it comes with…

Harmonic Colorizer enhance harmonics using various different methods. By using different amounts of each knob, you can set up your own unique boost texture to help a part stand out against its various song elements, or use it to subliminally add a particular color to a submix or mix.
Overtone EQ (3 versions) EQ racks set up to select a target frequency, and then manipulate the harmonics based on that frequency. The Even & Odd version allows separate control of even & odd harmonics. The Even vs Odd will boost Even or Odd and attenuate the other (useful for hearing the difference between those types of harmonics). The Sculptor version is useful for manipulating each harmonic interval individually.
Undertone EQ (3 versions) just like the Overtone EQs, but these manipulate lower harmonics instead (not as common of an operation). They include the same 3 versions.
Harmonic Chord Presets these will add in MIDI notes based on harmonic intervals. Simple, but useful. Includes 2nd through 4th harmonics which each add only 1 note and also CoarsePerfect, and Undertone versions which each add multiple harmonics.
Harmonics Extender (3 versions) MIDI racks which can be used to set (& automate) the amount of added harmonics. Includes CoarsePerfect, and Undertone versions.

Amplitude Operands
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Utility presets allowing to divide or multiply level according to Sound Pressure Level, Acoustic Intensity Energy, and Perceived Loudness Sensation.
Stuff it comes with…

Sound Intensity by Energy (Utility Presets)
Sound Loudness by Sensation (Utility Presets)
Sound Pressure by Voltage (Utility Presets)
divide or multipy audio level by either “SPL”, “SIL”, or “Volume”. This is technical stuff. Check out http://www.sengpielaudio.com/calculator-soundlevel.htm for more info. Basically…
-use SPL (voltage) division when you want to sum parts perfectly (i.e. 5 copies of something each divided by 5 SPL and recombined will equal the exact level of the original)
use SIL (energy) for acoustic energy calculations. Like, let’s say you’ve got a really small sound, like a pin drop. Multiply it by 100 SIL to estimate the level provided by 100 pins dropping at the same time.
use Volume (loudness) for the human perception of level.
So, to make something seem twice as loud, subjectively, multiply it by 2 Volume.
There are also included some racks to choose/automate which multiplier/divisor to use:
SPL Divisor

SPL Multiplier

Volume Divisor
Volume Multiplier

Note Range Setters
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An assortment of midi racks, primarily for composers, which filter incoming notes according to standard instrument & vocal ranges, plus tools for making custom note ranges.
Stuff it comes with…

Note Range Setter (Absolute) define a playing range by setting the lowest and highest allowable notes
Note Range Setter (Relative) define a playing range according to distance from a root note
Note Range Blocker (Relative)
set a sub-range of notes to block from being played within a range

Includes individual MIDI racks for a vast range of classical and folk instruments, as well as standard vocal ranges:
Brass
36 instrument ranges
Exotic 2 instrument ranges
Guitar & Plucked 58 instrument ranges
Mallets 8 instrument ranges
Percussive 5 instrument ranges
Piano & Keys 14 instrument ranges
Strings 15 instrument ranges
Voices 35 vocal ranges
Winds 88 instrument ranges
Simply set a note range before a MIDI instrument to allow it to only play notes within that range.

NEW Sale Packs: “One Knob Wonders”, “Advanced Splytterz”

Two new premium packs for Ableton Live have been released, after extensive testing periods.
These are some of the most robust and practical stuff we’ve created yet!
All Premium PerforModule packs are self-installing, meaning that you simply drag them into Live and all the devices will now be in your library, categorized.

okw 1“One Knob Wonders”
Includes 64 different single-knob effects, each designed for a specific purpose.
They range from highly practical mixing tools to wacky, nifty performance tricks.
<- Click the link for more details.

Here’s a highlight of some my favorites from the set…
Noisify: adds source-reactive noise and degrades signal
FonePhilter: retro telephone tone with signal overdrive
DownFilter Dirty: performance sweep utilizing Live’s new analog filter functionality
GrainPitch Up: crude realtime pitch shifter
Pianosator: “piano reverb” of chromatic resonances
BassCream: velvety bass guitar process based on a classic pro studio workflow
Shredder: scorching tone for hard rock/heavy metal lead guitar, easy-peasy
Characterizer: adds mid-range richness and warmth
De-Essify: de-esser which works like magic
JuiceSnapper: aux buss finalizer / transient enhancer
SuperUltraMega: Makes. Stuff. Louder.
Chube: chorus to sound like going through a metal tube
Breepitate: glitchy fun
BrownLoop: loop and shift a clip down to half speed
SeaShore: transform any audio into a pleasing surf wave
PongFreez: more glitchy fun
TapeFlange: emulates splitting the feed into an extra tape machine

Want a taste test? Click here to grab “DownFilter Dirty” from One Knob Wonders right now for free!
(The free effect posted here will be changing periodically)

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“Advanced Splytterz”
Includes template racks used for splitting up any audio source into multiple chains by various methods.
<- Click the link for more details.

Useful for when you want to do things like
-apply different effects to different frequency ranges
-apply different effects to the left and right sides of a stereo file
-apply effects to just the mid or side channels for super easy m/s processing
-different effects chains which alternate based on a time interval
-effects applied separately to above and below a transient threshold
-etc…
It also includes three “tri” devices pre-loaded with effects and a “behind the back panner” for an interesting phase-shift panning technique.

 

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drumhead smTelling you about the “Drum Enhancerz” Ableton Live pack by PerforModule.

<- Access the sale page by clicking on the drum head.

It includes racks which are calibrated for sculpting of specific drum elements. Included are…

Enhance Cymbals
Enhance Kicks
Enhance Overheads
Enhance Snares
Enhance Toms

Each rack includes 8 macro controls for sculpting your drum sounds with ease.
A few of the capabilities are…
-plush control for smooth cymbals
-smack control to add top attack to kicks
-smash: go-to overhead compression
-pitch-matched resonance for boomy toms

Remember, your best “bang for buck” is to grab “PerforModule Collection 1”  and “PerforModule Collection 2” !

“Drum MIDI FX” Free Pack

A new free Live pack is available at Subdivizion.
It includes a handful of midi racks which are specifically designed for use before drum racks in Ableton Live.
Especially fun stuff for live performance if you like to play drum racks with a midi pad controller.
Also very useful for hastening studio production workflow.
Click the image below to learn all the details of the specific devices and to grab the pack.
Many thanks to Subdivizion for hosting. Enjoy!

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Controlling MIDI in Ableton Live with a Video Game Controller

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DO WHAT NOW?
Get your video game controller to do stuff in Live.
DO WHY? Because doing so is awesome. Duh!
DO HOW? This is where it gets tricky. But not that tricky.

MIDI or KEY mapping? Key mapping alone is groovy, but you are limited to toggling between two values. That’s no fun for a filter sweep! With 0-127 ranges you can map that analog joystick to control knobs and faders with full precision.

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Free “Chopper” Effect Rack

Here’s a free effect rack.  It allows you to chop up your audio, with a rate knob that fades between 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, and 1/32 notes, and avoids triplets. Or, the rhythm can be switched to “Triplets” mode instead. There is built-in extra gating for adjustable dynamics, an “LFO Type” knob to select between 4 different flavors of chopping including random, and an “invert LFO” switch which will make the chop come in where it was going out and vice versa.

Good for live performance, especially on sustained synth tones.

Enjoy~
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<- click image to D/L “Chopper”

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Bonus shoutouts to ISOTONIK STUDIOS
http://isotonikstudios.com/
The brain behind PerforModule has had the pleasure to delve into the “Modular Series” set of devices and wow is there some truly innovative and useful stuff in there! “Follow” adds some much-desired added functionality to clip launching, such as the ability of making a clip launch the next clip when it ends, no matter the length. “Smart” is a great multi-knob to map anything to anything, with the ability to set response curves. So you could for example have one knob that controls parameters in two or more different effects parameters in different tracks in your set, and one of them could ramp up then ramp back down while another just ramps up. Endless possibilities. “Looper” adds extra control to using the loop brace in arrangement view, and there are 3 super-wild glitch effects as well as more nifty gadgets. What’s super cool? If you get one of the Isotonik sets, you get lifetime updates to all the devices.
Grab the free version of “Follow” here: http://isotonikstudios.com/basement/follow-le/

 

The Uno Plus Series: 33 single-knob FX racks for Ableton Live 9.

33 varied and wonderful 1-knob fx.

What comes with the Uno Plus Series:

“Tasty Grit” ~ 3  carefully calibrated racks to add different types of flavorful dirt & chunk, from gentle & ear-pleasing to the neighbor banging on the wall begging you to please stop.
_Cramp*: Feel your muscles tightening? Add a final touch of warmth, chunk and sizzle to an audio part, group or a full mix with this soft-clipping saturation / compression combo.
_Gramp*: Amp & distortion channel to add “smack” to audio. You whippersnappers better get off my lawn!
_Tramp*: Nasty Amp & distortion channel which devastates sound. Trashy, sleazy, slutty; lets it all out.

“Wobification” ~ 4 devices for adding wobble to any audio source, ranging from liquidy smooth to uber naughty. Each device has a different overall character and behaviour as you twist its knob.
They also have a dry / wet macro knob, but we’ll still count them as 1-knob fx just because.
(the first version of this was developed to be able to play “dubstep acoustic guitar” live. Fun stuff.)
_Wobify: Smoooth Sine wobble.
_Blobify: Burbly Bleeb wobble.
_Gobify: Gritty Goblin wobble.
_Zobify*: Zappity Zam wobble.

“Wacky Creatures” ~ 16 One-Knob effect racks that create wacky & varied fantastical monster effects, calibrated for live performability. Get bestial!
[we’ll leave the descriptions to your imagination on these ones]
_Freak*
_Insect
_Taffee
_Draggle

_Bubbler
_Flasagne
_RoboTube
_BrainLicker*
_TripleQuack
_SpeakyImp*
_FrogScorch
_ProtoSpasm
_FlyingMaggots
_Dopplebanger
_SnuffleMuffigus*
_Grump (1-knob version of “Groomp” from the “Super Sub Follower” at subaqueousmusic)

“Space Rhythms” ~ 4 “space” effects from the far reaches of the cosmos. Don’t forget to come back to earth eventually.
_Pantor ~ Randic syncopative delay. Whoah, man.
_Gurble ~ Gurbly delay / verb. Trippy, dude.
_SpaceOut ~ Roll Thru the clouds. Awesome sauce.
_Whaaaat ~ Weird glitchy echo. Radical, dig?

_”Directional Faders” ~ A set of 6 special mixing fader gain knobs that fade the sound in a specific direction, adding dimension.
Tip: During a section of a song when several parts fade-in or fade-out at the same time, try using a different Directional Fader on each to do the fades rather than using volume automation like you normally might (for example: have two instrument parts fade out, one fading to the left and one to the right, or have a drum clip fade in starting with the low frequencies and a percussion part from the center expanding outward to full).
_Fade Outward: <- ●● -> fades to the sides
_Fade Inward ● -><- ● fades to the center
_Fade Leftward <- ●● fades to the left
_Fade Rightward ●● -> fades to the right
_Fade Downward  ●● cuts highs as it fades
_Fade Upward / ●● / cuts lows as it fades
(‘Fade Upward’ and ‘Fade Downward’ each have ‘smooth’ & ‘resonant’ modes. Choose resonant mode for a nice enhancement to the cutoff point.)

It is assumed you own Ableton Live Standard
Effects marked * Require ownership of the “Amp” and/or “Collision” Live Packs
(or Live 9 Suite which comes with them)

As a bonus, you will also get EVERY free PerforModule One-Knob effect released prior to “Uno Plus”. That’s 44 bonus FREE racks which results in a nifty total of 77 one-knob effect racks!

PerforModule Uno effects are delicately programmed for balanced levels. You will never have any crazy runaway feedback problems or sudden painful volume bursts. They are designed so that any setting of the Single Macro has a theoretically beneficial result. Nifty information will appear on mouseover of the title bar and macros, such as the default knob position. Unless noted in their descriptions, the Uno effects will not cause any clicks or zipper noises when adjusting values in a live performance setting or with automation, nor will they cause your significant other to spontaneously admonish you (no guarantees on that last one).

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CLICK HERE ^ to Purchase “Uno Plus by PerforModule” at Isotonik Studios now!