Lukas Blersch has announced that his totally awesome Thesis 2 granular delay effect in VST plugin format for 32-bit Windows is now re-released as freeware.
The granular delay that supports pitch shifting, timestretching, panning options and LFO modulation. Fully MIDI integrated and tempo synchronised, along with a preset system that supports real time preset changes.
Thesis 2 was originally priced at €21 when it was first released back in February 2013 (here’s the news item on Rekkerd). A free demo version was also offered for download back then, however we can now get the full version of the product for free.
According to the announcement posted by Lukas Blersch on KVR Audio, he is changing his approach to plugin development (perhaps switching to 64-bit platforms?) which is why he’ll need to change the source code for all of his currently available products. That’s why he’s decided to re-release Thesis 2 as freeware, while he’s developing other stuff. Donations are still accepted, so you can support the developer if you enjoy using his free products.
Anyways, this is great news because Thesis 2 is such a cool granular delay that it’s not even funny. You can get some absolutely lovely quirky sounds with it and the interface offers a great hands-on approach to parameter editing with almost zero learning curve. Definitely a recommended tool for producers who like to keep their sounds on the glitchy side.
If you’re looking for something similar in the freeware world, you should definitely grab the HYSTERESIS glitch delay effect by Glitchmachines. It is also a free download, packing loads of glitch power under the hood.
The plugin is currently available only for 32-bit Windows systems. It can be bridged for use on 64-bit Windows, according to the note on the download page linked below. No Mac support yet.
Check out the Thesis 2 demo video:
Thesis 2 is available for free download via Lukas Blersch’s website (4.9 MB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit VST plugin format for Windows).