10 Free Plug-ins for Pro Tools 10

Just because it's free doesn't mean it isn't valuable! And the same goes for plug-ins! Mike Watkinson finds 10 free plug-in gems for use in Avid's Pro Tools 10 DAW.  

Nothing is ever free for ProTools right? Wrong! There are plenty of free plug-ins out there if you care to look around. Last time we looked at free stuff, the focus was on synth plug-ins for all DAWs, so this time here are 10 of the best free effects plug-ins for Pro Tools (but some will also work with other DAWs).


DrumCore Free version 3

DrumCore Free Version 3


You only get two kits with the free version of DrumCore, but it's still 1.16 GB of lovely drum sounds, something noticeably lacking from a basic installation of Pro Tools.


Amplitube Custom Shop

Amplitube Custom Shop


IK want you to use Custom Shop as a portal to their online purchasing system, but with the free version you get four preamps, nine stomp boxes and two rack effects which is enough to get you started with guitar amp simulation!


Thump

Thump


A percussive subharmonic synthesizer that creates low end for your mix '" add bottom to your kick, strengthen a bass line or even synthesize drones.


Niveau Filter

Niveau Filter


Modelled on a semi-parametric Baxandall filter, the Niveau is essentially a hi-fi tone control on steroids, and is great for making wide-range changes to frequency - and there's nothing like it in Pro Tools built-in plug-ins!


Frohmage

Frohmage


Partly chosen because of its name I'll admit, this is another tool not found in Pro Tools built-in plug-ins, which are mostly tasteful and transparent. The cheesy one is a low-pass filter with resonance, distortion and delay, just great for '

Mike has been obsessed with music software since he first saw Fairlight's Page-R, and has tracked its development through his work as a performer, composer and producer. As a writer he has contributed articles to Sound On Sound since 1999, and currently writes their Apple Notes column. As well as being a certified Logic Pro and Pro Too... Read More

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