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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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

Sometimes the simplest things are the most useful… introducing the free “Utilification” Ableton Live Pack

Here’s a {free} ableton live pack of effects that are made for simple yet extremely useful purposes, including fading, stereo panning, m/s encoding and decoding,.

It is highly recommended to grab these and implement them into your Ableton Live library.

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INCLUDES:

Audio FX

“-inf to +0 Fader” — just like it says, this is a simple fader from negative infinity to zero decibels. When you want a quick and easy volume knob that goes all the way to silence and maxes out with no boost (unlike the “utility” device), use this.

“LR to MS Controller” — this will switch a Left-Right Stereo file to transmit its left channel as the sides and its right channel as the center, or you can swap those results so the right is the sides and the left becomes the center.
You can then tilt the center and sides channels, mute them, and alter their levels.

“MS to LR Controller” — this will switch a Mid-Side Stereo file to transmit its sides channel as the left and its center channel as the right, or you can swap those results so the center is the left and the sides becomes the right.
You can then tilt the left and right channels, mute them, and alter their levels.

[an example of using these controllers would be to make an MS recording into LR to be able to apply a stereo effect to it, then to return it back to MS again]

“Instant Muter” — Mutes the audio, plain and simple, the moment the knob is moved above its minimum value. Use this to be able to easily interrupt the audio flow wherever you want within a chain.

“Stereo Panner” — Allows for “stereo panning”. Using clever routing, this allows non-exclusive panning of audio wherein the content from the opposite side is moved over rather than being faded out (while maintaining overall level). This allows for more natural-sounding panning of stereo sources without losing material.
[For example, let’s say you have a stereo track with a guitar panned hard to the left side and a piano panned hard to the right. Normally if you use a pan knob to move right, the guitar sound would be lost. With this, panning right will gradually move the guitar over to the right along with the piano, rather than removing it.]

“Phase Adjust” — Select among 4 phase-flip options with one knob, and implement micro-delay to align waveforms more carefully, either between the source and the mix or between the left and right halves of the source.

“Utilify” — “Swiss army knife” which includes most of the above devices in one rack.  Use this as a more robust replacement for Ableton’s built-in Utility effect.

—>>> Download “Utilification” for Ableton Live 9 via Isotonik Sutdios <<<—

new free Multiband Reverb effect rack for Ableton Live 9

“PerforModule: MultiBand Reverb”

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A reverb effect rack sending different calibrated reverb algorithms to the lows, mids, and highs. The lengths, widths, and shapes of each reverb chain are scaled compared to each other leading to very complex, smooth and lush sound which can be used from very short ambience “small box” reverbs to extremely long-tailed hall reverbs, and everything in between. The tone can be altered carefully with just a few macro controls to sculpt the sound with great versatility and ease.

Add in Low, Mid, or High reverberation, change the room size and tightness, and alter the tone with the cutoff and diffusion knobs.

Each chain of the reverb is suited for the frequencies of material sent through it.
The “Low” chain additionally saturates its output. Tip: Try using it on a kick drum or drum buss with a higher “Tightness” setting and turn up “Low Reverb” then play with the room size to add a natural boom to kick drums. 

Click the image above or these words to grab “Multiband Reverb” for free!

Check out an audio demonstration of various settings of the “Multiband Reverb” applied to drum + percussion loops_

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ps check https://performodule.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/how-to-organize-user-plugin-presets-like-a-boss-in-ableton-9-using-the-hidden-architecture/ for how to save this in your Live 9 library so that it shows up in the “Places” section of the browser. Super nifty.

[update] HUGE thanks to ABLETON for featuring PerforModule’s “MultiBand Reverb” for “Free Stuff Friday”!!!

Updated set of free special racks to economize cpu: “The Enablerz”

“The Enablerz”

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What they are:  An Ableton Live rack (one each for effects in audio tracks, effects in return tracks, midi effects, and midi instruments)  used to temporarily disable devices without deleting them, thereby freeing up some ever-precious CPU.

Features:  Frees up CPU of contained racks. Click-free realtime operation (feel free to enable/disable while audio is routing through). Input Trim & Output Gains.The Enablerz - TrackHow to use:

1. Drop your device or devices which use lots of processing into an instance of the appropriate type of The Enabler [into the “Drop Here” area].
2. When you want to stop processing by the contents, twist down the “Enable” macro. Now they are disabled. In the case of “The Track FX Enabler” and “The Midi FX Enabler”, clean signal will continue through unprocessed. The other two Enabler devices, “The Return FX Enabler” and “The Instrument Enabler”, completely halt all signal passing through them when disabled.

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FAQ:
Q: Why is this better than just using the on/off buttons to turn off a rack or a group of racks?
A: During real-time audio processing, it avoids ugly clicks and other artifacts from possibly occurring when enabling or disabling an effect rack all of a sudden during playback, due to the way the chain mapping shifts prior to the devices themselves being powered off.  (You may have noticed that sometimes turning an effect on or off while playback is happening can cause some not-fun weirdness).  In the case of “The Return Enabler”, it also mutes the signal flowing through it (normally if you disable say a reverb plugin in a return track, the dry signal will then be running through it unabashed), which is more convenient than simply powering off fx in return tracks individually, as then return tracks are not routing an unwanted doubled clean signal. 
Q: Will The Enablerz provide me with free booze money?
A: Unfortunately not (still… sorry). That is a planned feature to be implemented in a future update.

the Enablerz - MidiBonus tip: Also use “The Return FX Enabler” for multichain fx racks and return fx inside drum racks, when those effects are adding “supplemental” signal.

Grab .rar file of “The Enablerz” (for free!) by clicking
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Backstory (what led me to make it):
So i was making a new “default” Ableton Live set (the set that opens automatically whenever you open live), trying to get the ultimate template set up to maximize my workflow efficiency in the studio.
In the setup are various return tracks set up with basic effect types that work well as sends (reverb, delay, etc), including a custom multiband harmonic excitation rack for boosting the lows and the highs separately…. problem being, that effect rack by itself just running jumped my cpu by about 15%… ouch!
I want to have the harmonic excitation rack there to use in any mixdown during the final sculpting… but i don’t really need it enabled all the time.  I COULD just turn off the Device Activator for that effect rack. But the problem is, when you do that, the dry audio goes through. Which i don’t want, for a return track, in this case. I would have to disable all track sends feeding the return… no fun.
So instead… i made the first version of “The Enabler”. Now my default tempalte set opens with all those effects in there — but not initially using processing power, just lying in wait, in hibernation, one might imagine it as, easy to immediately enable right when i want to.

Note on Saving:
It is recommended to save “The Enabler” devices into a folder or folders in your user library entitled “Special” to get them to show up in the “Categories” section of your main browser (as per this guide: https://performodule.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/how-to-organize-user-plugin-presets-like-a-boss-in-ableton-9-using-the-hidden-architecture/). Note that the “Midi FX Enabler” will still show up in the “Other” folder even if you do this due to Midi fx only having 2 categories. 

*Note – if you downloaded “The Enabler” previously:
Please replace the original “The Enabler” with “The Return FX Enabler” as this is the more evolved version – not requiring any mapping like the old version did.