FerricTDS appeared in this month edition of UK’s Computer Music Magazine which also covers a short interview with me. Read the full article in the magazine or just click right here (Spoiler Alert!):
The KVR Developer Challenge 2009 has come to a close, the votes have been counted and the rankings have finally been decided. Best of all, there’s now a bunch of great freeware effects, instruments and odd-ball plug-ins for all of us to download for free. So let’s take a look at the very best of ’em and speak to the winner…
Bootsie’s FerricTDS came out on top, a PC VST effect for adding tape-style dynamics, saturation and limiting to your instruments and mixes. We spoke to Bootsie (aka, Herbert) to find out what inspired the creation of his winning plug-in.
“The FerricTDS concept was based on all my previous work in the area of digital audio saturation,” says Herbert. “Ferric’s core engine doesn’t only rely on saturation curves, which can be expressed as standard DSP waveshaping algorithms, but also incorporates some more sophisticated micro dynamic treatments. However, I intentionally didn’t implement some of the known side effects of tape, such as noise, crosstalk or frequency and phase distortion. Besides all of these explorations, I also put a tremendous amount of time into performing all the listening tests and fine adjustments.”
And is a Mac version in the pipeline?
“There’s no Mac port planned at the moment – all my efforts are currently spent on developing for PC. However, I can announce a brand new preamp and channel strip simulator to be released in Q1 of 2010.”
While we look forward to that, there are plenty of other great DC09 plug-ins to check out. Second place went to the cross-platform (PC, Mac and Linux) HybridReverb2 by c.borss. This convolution-based reverb enables the user to import different room impulse responses (many come supplied) to obtain various natural-sounding ambiences, and it has a 1/3-octave graphic EQ, too.
Third prize went to de la Mancha’s four-operator FM synth, FMMF, which employs 17 FM algorithms, 11 waveforms per operator and seven multi-segment envelopes for amp, pitch and effects modulation. daz.diamond’s Twin Engined Reverb, described by the developer as a “character reverb”, was a mere four votes behind FMMF and so was awarded the ‘wild card random selection’ prize.
Fifth to tenth place was made up by LpD’s massTurbotar, L-Day’s Antopya, Astralp’s Phase Shifter, g200kg’s SpectroBits, CableGuys’ PanCake and IIRs’ Equinox.
To check out all the entrants in full and to download their inventive plug-ins and apps, browse your way to the KVR website.