Venn Audio has announced the release of Utility, a freeware channel strip tool in VST and AU plugin formats for 32-bit and 64-bit digital audio workstations on PC and Mac.
Audio production company Venn Audio has released a free channel strip plugin called Utility, a general purpose all-in-one channel utility that has a boatload of functionality without feeling bloated. If ever there was a plugin with an understated name (and that’s not a bad thing), this one would most definitely take first prize.
The plugin has a fairly simple appearance, with straightforward functions and controls that are easy to get to and do what they should, (especially handy in post production work, where time is often of the essence). Utility features two main meters for the input and output signal on the left and right of the UI, with a middle panel which contains the rest of the plugins controls. These include individual gain and mutes for both the left and right channels, hard/soft clipping, high-pass and low-pass filters, phase and pan controls for each channel, a width control with mid and side mutes and gain sliders, mute, pad, and DC buttons. All controls can be automated inside the DAW, which is particularly handy if you need to fix issues that occur only in a particular part of the mix.
Although Utility is released as freeware, the developer has given the user an optional choice to donate via PayPal, either by clicking the small question mark at the bottom of the plugin itself or by visiting the product page. The plugin can be downloaded directly from the product page linked below, no registration or activation required. It is available as an Audio Unit and VST plugin for PC and Mac, with support for both 32-bit and 64-bit digital audio workstations.
Utility is available for free download via Venn Audio (3.09 MB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/AU plugin format for Windows & Mac OS).