Credland Audio has released Pink, a freeware noise generator designed for use as a mix reference tool, available as a VST/AU/AAX plugin for PC and Mac.
The team at Credland Audio is mostly known for their commercial plugins BigKick ($65) and StereoSavage ($79) which are available for purchase over at Pluginboutique. Pink is their first freeware release, a simple freeware utility for speeding up your mix balancing workflow. The utility is especially handy for use on projects with a large number of tracks (as a lot of EDM projects are nowadays), and it will certainly help you speed up the time it takes for you take to set up a mix. For beginners, it is a great tool for leaning a little bit about what pink noise (a sound engineers favorite kind of noise) can do.
For detailed instructions, you can head to Credland Audio’s website. They have provided links to related YouTube videos which show you how exactly to set up and use a pink noise generator to cut the pre-mix setup time from a couple of hours to a couple of minutes. In short, Pink should be placed on the master channel, set to a comfortable listening level, and then used as the reference for adjusting the level of each individual track. You can also check out Sound on Sound’s article which goes into a lot of detail about the how’s and why’s of using pink noise as a mixing tool – a very informative read indeed. It’s always great when developers not only hand out brilliant plugins for free but also give back to the music making community by providing an excellent mixing tip!
Pink can be downloaded free from the Credland Audio website directly. No personal information or user account is required.
Pink is available for free download via Credland Audio (4.79 MB download size, EXE installer, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/AU/AAX plugin formats for Windows & Mac OS).