Best Free Bitcrusher VST/AU Plugins!

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Today’s edition of BPB Freeware Studio features a list of the best free bitcrusher VST/AU plugins for Windows and Mac.

A bitcrusher is essentially a very straightforward type of effect – it simply reduces the bit depth of the audio signal, leading to audible degradation.

However, I’ve found that there’s a big difference in sound between various bitcrusher plugins, probably due to different algorithms being used. Also, some plugins come with neat extra features like sample rate reduction, smoothing, modulation, and various other goodies. Thus, I’ve decided to make a big list of all useful freeware bitcrushers I know of and let you choose your own favorites from the bunch. There’s some well known stuff in the list, but also some gems I’m sure you’ve never heard of!

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My favorite freeware bitcrusher plugin is CMT Bitcrusher. Due to its slick interface design and ultimate ease of use, I tend to reach for it first when I need to apply some digital distortion to a signal. Most of the time it works perfectly.

CMT Bitcrusher by CMT.

CMT Bitcrusher by CMT.

If you want a more subtle effect, TimeMachine is a very good choice. It was designed as an emulation of those famous vintage samplers like the E-mu SP-1200 and such. In fact, it works very well for this, try using it on drums and notice how it adds harmonics and makes the samples sound slightly more punchy. Of course, you can always push it harder and use it to crush the hell out of things.

TB TimeMachine by ToneBoosters.

TB TimeMachine by ToneBoosters.

Ok, but how about a  multiband bitcrusher? If you like that idea, check out Multiband Bitcrusher I and thrummaschine, both of which are 3-band bitcrushers with some pretty neat extra features up the sleeve.

thrummaschine by de la Mancha.

thrummaschine by de la Mancha.

Finally, a little known gem is the D-BD/SR-D2 developed by Anton Savov (UPDATE: no longer available!). It’s a great bitcrusher unit with useful extra features like filters, band compreesion, white noise, etc. I also dig the pixel-perfect GUI.

D-BD/SR-D2 by antto.

D-BD/SR-D2 by antto.

As I said, all the plugins in the list have something unique about them, so I encourage you to check them all out and keep the ones you like. It would be cool if you could leave a comment saying which ones you liked the most. Also, if I’ve missed mentioning a good freeware bitcrusher, feel free to leave a link in the comments section!

And that’s pretty much all for today. Have fun bitcrushing, spread the word about this article and thanks for reading BPB!

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Tomislav is a journalist, music producer and web designer from Belgrade, Serbia. He is also the owner and editor-in-chief here at Bedroom Producers Blog.

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Tricky Loops

No, I’m using bit-crushers and with them I make such an earth-shaking, ass-kicking beat that everyone on the dance-floor is throwing their clothes away…so everybody can have a crush on somebody… :-)

(Don’t believe everything in this world…)

jay
jay

the link for “LoFi PLUS by Subtek”
sends us to a “console DEMO” page …
(or did i miss something reading while translating
from english to french…)

bmovie
bmovie

I really like SicknDstroy
http://www.ineardisplay.com/sickndstroy/

beta tester
beta tester

dunno if best, at least one of them Novaflash Distorder

http://www.numerisson.com/novaflash/vst/distorder/index.html

Aelfric
Aelfric

Virtual Creations Elite Reducer 2 is now available on the Mac.

Arseniy
Arseniy

CMT Bitcrusher – also has very good distoriton with 3 options!

U-o
U-o

Missing Tritik Krush here…

Bryan Lake
Bryan Lake

Thanks for the shout! I love Tritik plugins! And yeah, Krush should definately be on this list. Tritik is having a two-year anniversary sale btw! 30% off TkDelay and Moodal :)

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