SoundToys have announced the release of Little AlterBoy, a vocal manipulation, auto-tune and pitch shifting processor in VST/AU/RTAS/AAX plugin formats for Windows and Mac OS X. The plugin is available as a free download for a limited time period.
Similar to the Native Instruments tradition of giving away awesome tools for free during the Christmas period, SoundToys have been giving away some fantastic goodies during the the SXSW conference and festival for the past couple of years. Last year they offered the brilliant Little PrimalTap delay plugin as a free download and this time around they’re giving away Little AlterBoy, a surprisingly versatile and powerful vocal processing effect.
Little AlterBoy works as a simple auto-tune effect, a pitch shifter (this can also work fantastic on other types of sounds and not just vocals), a harmonizer, a robot-style vocal processor, and lots of other stuff if you combine several effects. According to SoundToys, their goal was to create a tool which would deliver “a whole slew of classic vocal tricks”, from old school classics like harmonizing and robot voices to modern time favorites such as the auto-tune effect. My favorite feature of the plugin so far is the powerful pitch shifter module, which works absolutely great for turning almost any sound into an EDM-style build-up effect. Take a long (or looped) sound like random street noises or engine sounds and automate the pitch shifter knob do get a huge tension builder type of SFX.
To get your free copy of Little AlterBoy, visit the promo page linked below and sign in to your SoundToys user account (you can create a user account for free if you don’t already have one). The plugin will be added to your user account right away and you will also get your own personal sharing code which can give you unlimited SoundToys plugins for life if enough people get Little Alterboy using your code. There will be more than 50 winners in total, however only one user will get the aforementioned grand prize.
This is a limited time offer which will expire on April 1st, so make sure the you download and activate your free copy of Little AlterBoy before that date. After the freebie offer has expired, SoundToys will release a commercial version of the plugin which will be called AlterBoy. All registered Little AlterBoy users will get a special offer on the price of the upgrade to the commercial version of the plugin.
Please note that you will also need a working iLok user account in order to register and activate your copy of Little AlterBoy. The iLok dongle is NOT REQUIRED. You can register and activate your copy of the plugin completely free using the iLok License Manager application.
UPDATE #1: You will get two free activations of Little AlterBoy in your iLok user account.
UPDATE #2: SoundToys website seems to be down at the moment. They’re probably receiving too much traffic, causing their server to go offline. It will probably be back in a couple of hours and the freebie offer is here to stay until April 1st, so there’s no need to worry!
Check out the Little AlterBoy demo video:
Little AlterBoy is available for free download via SoundToys (112 MB download size, EXE installer, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/AU/RTAS/AAX plugin formats for Windows & Mac OS X).