Surreal Machines released Crack, a freeware transient shaper effect in VST, VST3, and AU plugin formats for PC and Mac.
Crack is a freeware transient shaper plugin developed by Surreal Machines. The same developer also released a more advanced transient shaper plugin called Impact (€49).
The plugin has four controls: Attack, Release, Gain, and a Dry/Wet knob. The gain section offers four different modes: Thru, Clip, Limiter, and Maximizer.
Surreal Machines also included a preset manager, A/B testing functionality, and the ability to resize the UI by up to 200% of its original size.
Thanks to its simple control layout, Crack is exceptionally straightforward and easy to use. I like it when a plugin gets the job done without any fancy features or UI gimmicks.
Each control knob features a real-time meter, which displays the amount of gain boost or reduction applied to the signal. This makes it easier to fine-tune the amount of transient shaping in non-ideal listening environments.
Following the recently announced Vital synthesizer, I think that Crack will be one of the best free VST plugins released this year. The world of free music production software lacked a good transient shaper, and this one delivers.
That said, I wish Surreal Machines went for a different name with this one. It feels awkward to mention “cracks” in the contest of plugins and software in general.
If you’re looking for a more advanced transient shaper plugin, the newly released Impact could be a good fit. It costs €49 and adds numerous features, including multi-band saturation and transient shaping, pre/post equalization, and more.
To download your free copy of Crack, visit the Transient Machines product page, scroll down and click the “Download Crack Free” button. A valid user account is required to complete the checkout process. After signing up and completing the free checkout, the download link and the serial number will be delivered to your inbox.
Crack is available in VST, VST3, and AU plugin formats for digital audio workstations on PC and Mac. Both 32-bit and 64-bit plugin hosts are supported.
More info: Surreal Machines Crack (7.93 MB download size, ZIP archive containing EXE installer, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/VST3/AU plugin format for Windows & macOS)