Freebie Friday: Chorus Audio Effects, Freebies and Some Great Plug-ins for Sale
A chorus plug-in can give the impression that you have multiple voices, guitars, a string ensemble, or other sounds when in reality, you don’t. In summary, a chorus effect helps you have a thicker, more layered sound by simulating many copies of individual sounds at the same time. I think of it like those Tibetan throat singers. There may be only one singer but it sounds like multiple voices.
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In the video below, Johnny DeMarco explains the chorus effect with an analog guitar pedal and the two controls for rate and depth. These plugins can mimic this analog pedal in a digital method.
As you can see, this effect can be very versatile. Today, we feature some freebies, and then some that we sell that have robust features and bring more to the table, or to your DAW, as the case may be.
Free Chorus Plug-ins
Acon Digital Multiply
VST | AAX | AU Mac / Windows
The description on the Acon Digital site says:
Acon Digital Multiply is a free and versatile chorus effect with a unique twist. Each simulated voice is processed with a phase randomizing filter so that unpleasant comb filter effects are avoided. The effect can be used to simulate the effect of several performers playing the same tones simultaneously, to widen the spatial image or to create special effects for sound design. Multiply can simulate up to 6 additional voices and both the pitch and the loudness of the voices can be modulated. There is also an integrated equalizer consisting of low cut, low shelf, high shelf and high cut filters that can be applied to the effect signal. An integrated pre-delay section makes it possible to create modulated and diffuse echo effects.
Blue Cat Chorus
VST | AAX | | RTAS | AU Mac / Windows
This plug-in also enables you to drastically change the original sound and create deep pitch modulation or crazy ‘bubbling’ effects. With the additional “Spread” control on the stereo version, the famous stereo widening and head spinning chorus effects are a few clicks away.
This one was featured on Pro Tools Expert a few months ago, as well.
Blue Cat has a whole Freeware plug-in pack that I’ve heard very good things about. It includes this one, Flanger, Gain Suite, Triple EQ and more. Check out the Blue Cat Freeware Plug-ins Pack II.
More free plug-ins with Chorus features:
Other Great Plug-ins with Chorus Options
The Ultimate Echo Plug-in
When we designed EchoBoy, we were looking for an echo that was warmer than existing delay plug-ins, yet not as dark as guitar pedal echos. EchoBoy is now one of those ‘must-have’ plug-ins for Pro Tools and has become a permanent fixture on the aux faders of thousands of top mixers and engineers.
EchoBoy’s chorus even emulates the CE-2 chorus, considered a holy-grail of guitar chorus pedals. And yes, turn it up! EchoBoy is designed to be abused, just like real analog gear.
Don’t waste your time, modulate it!
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