JHudStudio has announced that the Vocal King Pro ($29 value) audio effect is now available for free download from their website.
Vocal King Pro is a dual compressor effect in VST, VST3, AU plugin formats for digital audio workstations on PC and Mac. Apart from the compressor module, the plugin also features an array of filters for enhancing the tone of the processed vocal track. Originally sold for $29, Vocal King Pro was re-released as freeware on November 7th, 2019. This is not to be confused with the old Vocal King Free plugin.
The plugin’s user interface features two large VU meters, four buttons for selecting the active mode (Clean, Soft, Hard, Dirty), and seven knobs for fine-tuning the compressor and filter modules. The pres compressor knob adjusts the gain and boosts the vocal’s presence while gently compressing the signal. The tone controls work in tandem with the first compressor module to shape the vocal’s dynamic and frequency response. The final compressor is there to smooth out the vocal without audible gain reduction artifacts.
Overall, Vocal King Pro is a useful tool for processing vocals. It is an all-in-one solution for compression and tonal shaping, similar to commercial plugins like CLA Vocals and JST Bus Glue. The compressor sounds very good in practice, with subtle saturation and tonal shaping added to the mix. Thanks to its intuitive interface and fast workflow, Vocal King Pro can be used to mix vocals with ease.
JHudStudio is also offering VK-2knob, a simplified version of the Vocal King Pro plugin. It features the same compression engine minus the tone enhancement controls.
Vocal King Pro can be download completely free of charge from the developer’s website. The software doesn’t require activation. Simply download the provided ZIP archive, extract it to your VST plugins folder and you’re good to go.
More info: Vocal King Pro (23.1 MB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/VST3/AU plugin formats for Windows & macOS)